Since J.K. Rowling set up Pottermore many new facts and stories from the Harry Potter universe have emerged that just drive fans crazy.
And the latest is perhaps the most intriguing one yet. Brace yourselves…
The Harry Potter that we know so well wasn’t the first Harry Potter.
In a recent Pottermore entry titled The Potter Family, it’s revealed there was another Harry way up in the Potter family tree.
Rowling explains that because the surname Potter was common in the Muggle world, the Potter family was never a big player in the wizarding world.
The Potter family is a very old one, but it was never (until the birth of Harry James Potter) at the very forefront of wizarding history, contenting itself with a solid and comfortable existence in the backwaters.
In this family there was a member called Henry Potter, who was known as Harry to his friends.
Henry became infamous for his attitude towards Muggles whom he always defended.
Rowling said in the entry:
Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates), who 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.
Standing up for the greater good? It appears that the Harry we know so well inherited a lot from his ancestors…
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.