- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 11:04AM
It was 20 years ago yesterday, that J.K. Rowling released Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone but we've only just found out some groundbreaking info.
Since J.K. Rowling is an absolute genius, she has kept the magic going over on Pottermore, the digital heart of the wizarding world. Thanks to the website, Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter have all been kept alive!
In one of Rowling’s latest posts on Pottermore, the author delved into Harry’s family tree.
Turns out, Harry Potter isn’t the only Harry Potter. Harry’s great-grandfather was named Henry Potter but was known to his close friends as… Harry.
Harry’s great-grandfather was a bit of a revelation for the wizarding world too, because according to Rowling he publicly condemned the then Minister of Magic for forbidding the magical community to help Muggles during the First World War… so he was a good guy, just like the Harry we know and love!
Buuuuut, his outspokenness (sounds similar to Harry's Dad James, aye?!) was the reason that the Potters were basically excluded from the Sacred Twenty-Eight (the Sacred Twenty-Eight were the 28 British families that were considered “truly pure-blood”).