Because Severus Snape, the angry double agent professor in the Harry Potter series, was so good at playing both sides of the magical fence and eluding capture by He Who Shall Not Be Named, and in this case we mean Voldemort not Trump, he has been immortalized in name. A species of crab has managed to escape our grasps for over twenty years but now that we know the sneaky little crustacean is creeping through our darkest oceans scientists have named it, Harryplax Severus.
But don’t be fooled, the Harry aspect of it does not come from the chosen but rather from Harry Conley who discovered the crab those twenties years ago when digging in the muddy sands in Guam all those years ago. Being slow on the uptake it was only recently that we realized that it was a brand new species of crab. Therefore the Harryplax comes from Mr. Conley.
— Live Science (@LiveScience) January 24, 2017
This is not the only animal that’s name honors the magical world of witchcraft and wizardry. Let’s take a look at a couple others:
The founders of this interesting arachnid stated its name was due to:
fabulous, sentient magical artifact, the sorting hat, owned by (fictitious) medieval wizard.
This species of dinosaur fossil was named after the Magical School of Witchcraft and Wizardry because it both looks like a dragon and dinosaurs are a favorite of the series author’s children.
We can all hope one day to be important enough that our legacy too will ride on the backs of a new type of crab or dinosaur fossil from long ago but until then…
Wands at the ready!
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