In her latest post on Pottermore, Rowling made a pretty surprising reveal: There are actually TWO Harry Potters in her ~magical wizarding world~. That's right. TWO OF THEM.
Of course, there's the Harry Potter we know and love — this lightning-scarred dude:
But as it turns out, he's not technically the first Harry Potter! Our beloved boy wizard is actually the descendant of another Harry Potter, who lived in the early 1900s.
And the original H.P. (whose real name was Henry but who went by Harry with "his intimates") was also pretty badass. Rowling writes:
Henry caused a minor stir when he 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'.
BTW, the "Sacred Twenty-Eight" was a list of 28 wizard families who were considered "pure-blood." So the Potters were kept off that list for fighting for #mugglesrights. Way to be on the right side of completely made-up history, Potter fam.