J.K. Rowling has given Harry Potter fans a history behind Harry Potter's family and the Potter name. Harry Potter is the son of James and Lily Potter, but like any ancestry, there's a lot more to it than just mom and dad, and it dates back to the 12th century.
You can read the full description here, which talks about how the Potter name fits in with both the wizarding world and the world of muggles. It also talks about the link between the Potters and Peverells, who are the original owners of the Deathly Hallows. There's also information on how they ended up with the Invisibility Cloak.
Here's an excerpt from the origin breakdown:
"In the Muggle world ‘Potter’ is an occupational surname, meaning a man who creates pottery. The wizarding family of Potters descends from the twelfth-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, a locally well-beloved and eccentric man, whose nickname, ‘the Potterer’, became corrupted in time to ‘Potter’. Linfred was a vague and absent-minded fellow whose Muggle neighbours often called upon his medicinal services. None of them realised that Linfred’s wonderful cures for pox and ague were magical; they all thought him a harmless and lovable old chap, pottering about in his garden with all his funny plants. 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."
As a fan of Harry Potter, it's always exciting to see new information like this come to light years after the saga came to a close. The Pottermore website is also going through some big changes as we get closer to the release of the film Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. It has apparently been redesigned to be the "digital heart" of Rowling's Wizarding World.
"Pottermore.com now includes more content than ever before and is designed to be consumed in a completely different way to the original site, which was launched in 2012. The new site contains entertaining features, commentary and articles about the Harry Potter series and the wider Wizarding World."
For more information on the site, head on over to it and start exploring!