Meet this cute crab. It’s name is Harryplax severus.
Wanna know where on earth that came from? Because it’s actually a pretty great story…
This crab was discovered back in 1998 by a “hero collector” named Harry Conley. Conley died in 2002, and it wasn’t until recently that biologists were able to take a peek at his clawed pal. At the National University of Singapore, biologist Jose Mendoza was trying to come up with a name for crab, wanting to honor both Conley and Harry Potter as a avid fan of Rowling’s series. He came up with Harryplax severus.
Mendoza chose to honor Snape because of the Potions Master’s ability to keep Dumbledore’s secrets for years “just like the present new species which has eluded discovery until now, nearly 20 years after it was first collected.” Which is adorable. And now there is a very aptly named crab out there.