The story of Harry’s family begins in the 12th century with a “locally well-beloved and eccentric man” named Linfred of Stinchcombe, who had ~seven~ children:
His reputation as a well-meaning eccentric served Linfred well, for behind closed doors he was able to continue the series of experiments that laid the foundation of the Potter family’s fortune. Historians credit Linfred as the originator of a number of remedies that evolved into potions still used to this day, including Skele-gro and Pepperup Potion. His sales of such cures to fellow witches and wizards enabled him to leave a significant pile of gold to each of his seven children upon his death.
One of those children married Iolanthe Peverell, granddaughter of Ignotus Peverell, who all true Potter fans will know was the holder of one of the original Deathly Hallows:In the absence of male heirs, she, the eldest of her generation, had inherited her grandfather’s invisibility cloak. It was, Iolanthe explained to Hardwin, a tradition in her family that the possession of this cloak remained a secret, and her new husband respected her wishes. From this time on, the cloak was handed down to the eldest in each new generation.
JKR also reveals that Harry’s great-grandfather was a member of the Wizengamot, and his grandfather was responsible for the invention of Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion, used by Hermione at the Yule Ball.
The full backstory can be read here.
Along with the backstory comes a completely redesigned version of Pottermore.
Originally launched in 2011, Pottermore is the “digital heart of the Wizarding World”, where fans can read new information on their favourite characters and hear news about the ever-growing franchise.
As well as a complete redesign, the website now includes sections for news regarding all things Harry Potter and a page for features written by Pottermore staff members.
The site’s redesign also comes with a new logo, in Rowling’s handwriting, and the promise of the opportunity for fans to discover what their very own Patronus might be.
Happy exploring, Potter fans!