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09/22/2015 09:59 am ET

J.K. Rowling Tells Us Everything About The Potter Family's Origins

Now we know where Harry's dad got that invisibility cloak.

With a new story on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling introduced us to Harry's grandparents -- and great-grandparents, and grandparents with scores of "greats" before them.

The Potter family wasn't ever one of the "Sacred Twenty-Eight" purebloods. But, we find out that Harry's grandfather, Fleamont, actually invented Sleekeazy's Hair Potion, so the Potters were pretty-y-y well-off when James (Harry's dad) came along. A more ancient relative called Linfred, Rowling explains, is also credited with inventing remedies that would become the foundation of some other essential wizarding potions. (Unfortunately, Linfred's great-great-great-great-etc. grandson failed to inherit Linfred's green thumb -- Harry never excelled at Herbology.) And although Fleamont and his wife, Euphemia, lived long enough to see their son marry Lily Evans, they never met their grandson. 

We also found out how James came into possession of the invisibility cloak. Turns out, it was a family heirloom stretching back to around the 12th century, when a Potter married a witch whose family passed down the cloak to each eldest child in secret. 

Voila!

J.K. Rowling routinely leaves Harry Potter fans little gifts like this, but this time it's in a prettier package -- her site, Pottermore, was just redesigned. She's also hired a Pottermore Correspondent who will report on everything in Rowling's magical universe, from updates at the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" set to news about Rowling herself.

Like the old site, a lack of clear organization makes it really easy to get lost. So we'll see you in a few hours.

 

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