Harry Potter’s family history is revealed by J.K. Rowling.
Years after the films and books were finished, Harry Potter fans just couldn’t get enough of the story of the boy who lived. It seems that even J.K. Rowling isn’t done with the wizarding world either.
Pottermore is the interactive website where Harry Potter fans can enjoy the quirks and magic of the wizarding world, but it is also the best place to get exclusive tidbits that were never revealed in the books.
The latest news is the reveal of Harry Potter’s family history. Everyone knows that Harry’s parents were killed by Voldemort the night he became “the boy who lived,” but no one knew more to that.
According to Slashfilm, based on a full family history essay on Pottermore, there are a few important things to note about Harry’s family. First is that the Potters weren’t among the “Sacred Twenty-Eight” or the list of pureblood families. His family began way back in the 12th century with a man named Linfred of Stinchcombe, a man known as the Potterer. The name Potter is actually a corrupted version of Potterer.
So Harry’s family line wasn’t included in the list because it was a common muggle name and also because the Potter’s were very passionate about helping muggles.
Another is that the Potter fortune was made off potions. Fleamont Potter created the “Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion” for messy hair and then sold the company which quadrupled the family’s gold. All this gold was passed down to Harry when his parents passed.
Last is the story of the iconic Invisibility Cloak. It was first owned Ignotus Peverell but was passed down to the Potters when his granddaughter, Iolanthe, married Linfred of Stinchcombe’s eldest son. The only condition Iolanthe asked was that the cloak, one of the three Deathly Hallows, must remain a secret.