J.K. Rowling Just Wrote the Longest, Craziest Family History for Harry Potter

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J.K. Rowling Just Wrote the Longest, Craziest Family History for Harry Potter.

The author is known to occasionally take to her dedicated Pottermore website to share updates or indulge fans in secrets from the series, and her latest post goes totally above and beyond. Unveiled Tuesday, the newly redesigned site is designed to be “the digital heart of the Wizarding World” that the bestselling author first introduced in her blockbuster novel series and perpetuated with the series of hit films. “The Potter family is a very old one, but it was never (until the birth of Harry James Potter) at the very forefront of wizarding history, contenting itself with a solid and comfortable existence in the backwaters,” Rowling writes in a new entry about her famous character’s ancestry.In addition to exclusive Harry Potter secrets, the made-over site features updates on the upcoming spin-off, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the 2016 London play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” It’s a known fact that Harry’s parents left him with a Gringotts’ vault full of gold.She’s the success story of modern British literature and he’s the boy wizard who made her name – so it makes sense that JK Rowling is back in the Harry Potter habit.

Rowling put together an entire oral Potter family tree—you know, because so many fans were staying up nights wondering what Harry’s ancestors were doing in the year 1250. New writing by JK is at the core of the site which also features the never-before-seen article revealing the history of the fictional Potter family from its illustrious beginnings in the twelfth century. Linfred, according to Rowling, was a powerful potion master who created two potions, (Skele-gro and Pepperup Potion) which are still used in the modern wizarding world. The entire post is certainly worth reading for a healthy dose of Rowling-isms, but we’ll certainly do our to recap (because honestly, who has time these days?). Martindale/Getty Images) Along with listing a few notable predecessors, she also explains how the Potter clan built up its modest fortune and how the Invisibility Cloak became a family heirloom.

Potter fans will soon have the chance to find out their true Patronus — a guardian, which takes the shape of an animal, and is cast to protect wizards. It was, Iolanthe explained to Hardwin, a tradition in her family that the possession of this cloak remained a secret, and her new husband respected her wishes. The new blog post starts by using Harry’s veritable wizard notoriety as a base for the reach into the past, and although she acknowledges that, Potter is a not uncommon “Muggle surname”, as a wizarding dynasty the name has always had some clout. Taking into account Harry’s past and his family name, she reaches back into Potter folklore, all the way to the 12th century and a “locally well-beloved and eccentric” potion maker named Linfred of Stinchcombe, nicknamed ‘The Potterer”. “None of them realised that Linfred’s wonderful cures for pox and ague were magical; they all thought him a harmless and lovable old chap, pottering about in his garden with all his funny plants.” It goes on: “His sales of such cures to fellow witches and wizards enabled him to leave a significant pile of gold to each of his seven children upon his death. “Linfred’s eldest son, Hardwin, married a beautiful young witch by the name of Iolanthe Peverell, who came from the village of Godric’s Hollow.

The site also promises news updates, insider information, sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes reports and glimpses of the new projects from a “Pottermore Correspondent.” Ron suspected that Harry’s cloak may be the same as that created by Peverell due to its good condition – traditionally Invisibility Cloaks wear out over time, and Harry’s had originally belonged to his father, James.

The cloak was then handed down to the eldest in each new generation of Potters, which included Harry’s grandfather, Fleamont, and their son, James Potter. Following James’s death, at the hands of Lord Voldemort, Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore kept the cloak in his safekeeping until Harry enrolled at the school.

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