Harry Potter was released 20 years ago, but J.K. Rowling is still revealing secrets about the series. Sit your butt down. The bombshell that Rowling just dropped is so big it could take out the entire village of Hogsmeade.
Recently, Rowling revealed that there were actually two Harry Potters. At first it might seem like Rowling created some secret second universe where Harry's evil twin runs rampant. But Rowling explained the bomb that she dropped on the Pottermore website.
Harry's paternal great-grandfather was also named Harry. Well... It was actually Henry, but he went by Harry, so that still counts. That means there's two Harry Potters in the world, which could be kind of confusing, no?
Rowling revealed more of Harry's lineage. We already know that Harry comes from good Wizard stock, but Rowling went into depth on his family tree. Apparently, Harry's great-grandfather, the other Harry, was a defender of Muggles who passed away from dragon pox.
"Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates)... served on the Wizengamot from 1913 - 1921. Henry caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, who had forbidden the magical community to help Muggles waging the First World War," wrote Rowling on the Pottermore website.
"His outspokenness on the behalf of the Muggle community was also a strong contributing factor in the family’s exclusion from the ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight," explained Rowling. The Sacred Twenty-Eight, as you probably already know, is "an anonymous publication concerned with preserving the purity of bloodlines within the magical population." But also, "Sacred Twenty-Nine" doesn't have as good of a ring to it.
Fleamont became successful in the potions industry, and created Sleekeazy's Hair Potion which tripled the family's gold. Fleamont married Harry's (the regular Harry) grandmother Euphemia. They eventually had a boy together, who was Harry's dad James.
Sadly, Harry never got to meet his grandparents. "Fleamont and Euphemia lived long enough to see James marry a Muggle-born girl called Lily Evans, but not to meet their grandson, Harry. Dragon pox carried them off within days of each other, due to their advanced age," wrote Rowling.
James Potter was, of course, a pure blood. But given the family's tolerance of Muggles, it probably ruffled no feathers when he married Harry's mother Lily. Lily was, as we all know, Muggle born, making Harry a half-blood.
Rowling really unpacked Harry's lineage for us (both Harrys). The Potter family is descended from Linfred of Stinchcombe, an eccentric 12th century wizard. Linfred was given the nickname "the Potterer" by the Muggles in his village. Eventually, this was shortened into just "Potter."
"Linfred was a vague and absent-minded fellow whose Muggle neighbours often called upon his medicinal services," wrote Rowling. Of course, none of this Muggle neighbors realized that they were being cured by magic! Per Rowling, "They all thought him a harmless and lovable old chap, pottering about in his garden with all his funny plants."
Hardwin, Linfred's oldest son, married Iolanthe Peverell who was the granddaughter of Ignotus Peverell (aka the third brother from "The Tale of the Three Brothers"). Iolanthe had inherited her family's invisibility cloak and, as Rowling explains, "From this time on, the cloak was handed down to the eldest in each new generation."
Rowling dropped this bombshell on her Pottermore website. The Pottermore website was started in 2012. Through the website, fans are able to catch learn more about the magical world of Harry Potter that you won't find in the books!