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'Sorting Hat' spider is J.K. Rowling's new favorite fantastic beast

A newly discovered magical-looking little spider now carries a big name borrowed from the Harry Potter series.

A new species of spider found in India bears a striking resemblance to an important character from the Harry Potter universe.

Eriovixia gryffindori hides by mimicking the look of a dried leaf, but its brown, conical shape also makes it look at lot like the Sorting Hat from the Potter films. That's the famous headgear responsible for assigning our hero Harry to Gryffindor House at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

A team of scientists published a paper in the Indian Journal of Arachnology this month detailing the find and the fun name. Co-author Javed Ahmed tweeted an image of the spider to author J.K. Rowling, who responded with the message "I'm truly honoured! Congratulations on discovering another #FantasticBeast!"

Magical-creatures expert Newt Scamander would have a hard time tracking this particular critter down if it ever escaped from his "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" suitcase. The small spider could fit on a fingertip and it expertly camouflages itself when hiding out on dried foliage.

The paper explains the thinking behind the name, calling it "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."