As Twitter Becomes Obsessed With Meghan Markle's 'Suitability,' J.K. Rowling Shuts It All Down

As the news of Prince Harry’s engagement to actress and entrepreneur Meghan Markle has spread, so have discussions about Markle’s “suitability” as a partner for Harry.

While most agree the entire conversation is distasteful and only Harry can decide who is or is not suitable for him, that didn’t stop conservative British newspaper The Spectator from weighing in on Twitter.

For those not in-the-know, “CofE” is short for the Church of England and, according to tradition, the reigning monarch of England is also the head of the Church. In this case, of course, that would be Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

But the notion that Markle is somehow “unsuitable” because she has been divorced struck people as a bit off, especially considering the history of the Church of England itself.

I mean…

History buffs weren’t the only ones with questions…

Even J.K. Rowling got in on the discussion, shuttingThe Spectator‘s assertion down with a single hashtag:

And Twitter was so here for it…

We wish Meghan and Harry all the best in their union!

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J.K. Rowling Just Officially Revealed That There Was More Than One Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling is keeping the Harry Potter universe alive and breathing through her world-building site, Pottermore. She frequently posts short stories expanding the world of witches and wizards, and it’s kept fans satisfied since the last book’s publication.

But a recent post from Rowling has many fans scratching their heads and wondering what the famous author’s future plans are.

In a recent post entitled The Potter Family, Rowling delves deep into Harry’s family tree and their lineage. She begins:

“The Potter family is a very old one, but it was never (until the birth of Harry James Potter) at the very forefront of wizarding history, contenting itself with a solid and comfortable existence in the backwaters.”

But it was this piece in the middle of the story that caught fans’ attentions:

“… Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates),  who was a direct descendant of Hardwin and lolanthe, and served on the Wizengamot from 1913-1921.”

That’s right. There was a Harry Potter before Harry Potter.

This Harry Potter, or Henry, was the one we know’s great-grandfather. As it turns out, he was just as big a do-gooder as his great-grandson would end up becoming. 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’.”

The ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’ were the 28 British families that were still “truly pure-blood,” or married to other pure-blood wizards, by the 1930s. Fans have interpreted this as a sign of things to come.

Rowling’s most recent film, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, was set in the 1920’s. Since there are four more films in this series slated for release, many are looking at these tales for any indication of where the stories might go. If future movies take the wizards into World War II, a group of xenophobic wizards would fit right in.

Whatever Rowling has planned, you can bet Harry Potter fans will eat it up and look for any clues they can find.

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J.K. Rowling Told Us Everything We Need To Know About The American Wizarding School

In anticipation for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts, J.K. Rowling has written some background to the American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Ilvermorny.

The houses for Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are each named after the favorite magical creature of the family members who founded the school. While we don’t yet know the complete personality profiles of each house, here they are: 

Wampus, which “favors warriors.”

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One of two sons, Webster Boot, chose Wampus, because he was “argumentative but fiercely loyal.”

 

Horned Serpent, which “favors scholars.”

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Mother to the family Isolt Sayre chose the Horned Serpent because she felt a kinship with the creature.

Pukwudgie, which “favors healers.”

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The father of the family, James Steward, chose the Pukwudgie because Isolt made a joke about one once. Classic dad move. 

And Thunderbird, which “favors adventurers.”

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The second brother, Chadwick Boot, chose Thunderbird, because they were “intelligent but often temperamental.”

The complete history of the school is here, but summarized the best snippets below:

Isolt was born in around 1603 and fled Ireland for America to escape her abusive aunt, Gormlaith Gaunt. The Gaunts are ancestors of Voldemort. 

In America she met James Steward, a muggle who saw her using magic. She had planned to kill Steward, but they instead fell in love and adopted two orphaned magical boys, Chadwick and Webster.

Isolt set up Ilvermorny for magical children and named it after her childhood home in Ireland. 

Ilvermorny runs in a similar fashion to Hogwarts because Isolt had read about the school in England. 

At one point, Isolt discovers that her wand belonged to Salazar Slytherin and contained basilisk horn. They buried the wand, but it soon sprouted a snakewood tree.

The robes of the school are blue and cranberry because Isolt wanted to be in Ravenclaw as a child and James loved cranberry pie. 

And yes, you can get sorted into your own Ilvermorny house if you don’t fancy going to Hogwarts after Brexit. 

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