What if I told you that there was more than one Harry Potter? You’d probably roll your eyes but what if J.K. Rowling was the one saying that? The famed author has been talking about “The Potter Family” on Pottermore and has actually said that same thing. Now, before you get all worked up about alternate universes, magic, time travel, or any of the other nonsense that would require this to happen, we’ve learned that our Harry isn’t the only Potter to share that name. Our Harry is actually a descendant of one Henry Potter who went by Harry to his friends.
What stands out here, though, is that Henry “was a direct descendant of Hardwin and Iolanthe, and served on the Wizengamot from 1913 to 1921.” Anyone who was wondering about our Harry’s past will suddenly realize that his bloodline was even more notable than we had already thought.
In fact, the first Harry was actually ousted from the ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’ because he so vocally “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.'”
So while Harry’s family actually might have at one point been part of the pure-bloods of those “Sacred Twenty-Eight,” they ended up being thought of as just Muggles. Henry wasn’t even that far removed from our Harry as he was the father of Fleamont Potter who was James Potter’s dad. Yes, so much was forgotten and covered up in just a few generations.
I can’t help but wonder if this could even have been related to the prequel story which she had written for charity and was stolen.
How many people want to guess that we’ll be getting at least one novel telling the tale of this older Harry Potter? Share your thoughts below!