Tuesday, 13 December 2016

tarnhelm, sorting hat

Entomologists working in south west India have found a new species of tiny spider whose camouflage—designed to disguise it as a dried leaf, to make it invisible like Siegfried’s helmet—and have dubbed it Eriovixia gryffindori after one of the academy’s founders Godric Griffindor.
In the Harry Potter series, Griffindor was renown for his preternatural knack for placing students in the fraternity or sorority house that would best help them thrive, and passed the gift along to his enchanted Sorting Hat to carry on with placement at Hogwart’s after he was gone. The discoverers have been so far silent on what magical properties this little spider might possess.