The Harry Potter series gave us a good deal of information about Harry and his family, but apparently, there is even more to learn about Potter than the series has told us previously. According to Independent.Co.UK, Rowling posted information on her website PotterMore that traces Harry’s lineage all the way back to the 12th Century. PotterMore also contains short stories regarding what happens to Harry and company after their time at Hogwarts is over. It appears the world of Harry Potter is far more vast than most people probably thought originally. IGN discovered some of the information about Harry that Rowling revealed in her written short entitled The Potter Family.
“Harry’s oldest recorded descendant is a wizard named Linfred, who Muggles viewed as an eccentric old man who was always ‘pottering about in his garden with all his funny plants.’ In reality he was inventing potions — like Skele-gro and Pepperup Potion — but they nonetheless nicknamed him ‘the Potterer,’ which over time became just Potter.”
The new posting on PotterMore also discusses how the Potters became wealthy and how Harry’s father James inherited an invisibility cloak. According to the Potter fansite, Linfred the potter was able to sell the potions he crafted to the village folk and his children later inherited the money he earned when he was alive.
Linfred’s son Hardwin would later marry a woman named Iolanthe Peverell, whose grandfather had given her his invisibility cloak since she was the oldest of her generation. Iolanthe would continue the tradition, and each generation of Harry’s family would pass it down to the eldest in the next generation. When Harry first gets the Invisibility Cloak, Dumbledore mentions that it had been in James’ possession previously.
The Potter fansite also has a stunning new redesign that makes things simpler to navigate, yet somehow cooler-looking than it was before. When one first fires up the homepage, they’ll be greeted by a slideshow of Rowling’s other Potter-related titles set against a dark red background. The slideshow can be moved manually, but viewers may find it more tantalizing to click the white font on the front page that declares “Welcome To The New PotterMore: There’s so much to tell you.”
If that invite doesn’t get you interested in further exploring Harry’s world, nothing will. Rowling seamlessly weaves the history of our world into that of the wizarding world and Harry’s family in particular as she tells tales about Potter’s family during WWI, and speaks about a wizard named Henry Potter who was called Harry by close friends.
“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”
Check out the new PotterMore for yourself and let us know what you think. Perhaps as time goes on, we will learn more about Harry’s family and their heritage.
[Image Credit: PotterMore.com]