If you think the Eriovixia Gryffindori, a recently identified species of spider, looks like it’s wearing a mini-Sorting Hat, you’re not alone.
The scientists who identified the creepy crawler went with the name “Gryffindori” because… well, they’re Harry Potter fans, and it does honestly look like the spider is ready to enroll in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The spider was described in a paper published in the Indian Journal of Arachnology (PDF) from Rajashree Khalap, Javed Ahmed and Sumukha J. N. as a “new species of cryptic, dry-foliage mimicking araneid.”
Here’s what the scientists had to say about the eight-legged aspiring wizard:
This uniquely shaped spider derives its name from the fabulous, sentient magical artifact, the sorting hat, owned by the (fictitious) medieval wizard Godric Gryffindor, one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and stemming from the powerful imagination of Ms. J. K. Rowling, wordsmith extraordinaire, as presented in her beloved series of books, featuring everyone’s favorite boy-wizard, Harry Potter. An ode from the authors, for magic lost, and found, in an effort to draw attention to the fascinating, but oft overlooked world of invertebrates, and their secret lives.
The scientists told J.K. Rowling via Twitter about the spider’s name, and in classic Rowling fashion, she noted that she was “truly honored.”
— Javed Ahmed (@curiocritters) December 10, 2016