J.K. Rowling kinda, sorta says that two Harry Potters exist
Was it Polyjuice Potion?
As the 20th Anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” nears on Monday, a new tidbit on the backstory behind the famous boy wizard’s family has been released by author J.K. Rowling.
In a post titled “The Potter Family” on Pottermore, Rowling’s official Harry Potter website, JKR wrote on a new character named Henry Potter, known as Harry to his close friends.
Yes, another Harry Potter.
Henry Potter, Rowling wrote, “was a direct descendant of Hardwin and Iolanthe, and 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. 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’,” wrote Rowling.
The “Sacred Twenty-Eight” refers to a group of twenty-eight pureblood families from Rowling’s Wizarding World in the 1930s. “Muggles” are people that lack magical ability.
This post let Potter fans discover not only new information about Henry and his ancestors, but about his decendants as well.
According to Rowling, Henry Potter’s son was Fleamont Potter. Fleamont was the father of James Potter.
Of course, if you have read the books or watched the movies, you know that James Potter married fellow Hogwarts student Lily Evans. Once married, the couple had the Boy Who Lived and the namesake of the series, Harry Potter.
This new information from Pottermore not only confirms that Harry Potter was named after his great-grandfather, but also opens up the question of whether Henry/Harry Potter will appear in “Fantastic Beasts,” Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff movie series.
Through five movies, Fantastic Beasts is set to take place from 1926 to 1945 making an appearance or mention of Henry Potter possible.
2017 is a big year for Potter author J.K. Rowling whose second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series will undergo filming this summer and whose stage play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” was announced to be opening on Broadway next April.