Who is Gary in 'Harry Potter?' J.K. Rowling answers about the mystery character.

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It seems there's no end to the Harry Potter universe, as author J.K. Rowling continues to add stories to the series and unearth previously unanswered questions. Now, there's a new one after early Harry Potter sketches were found on the Harry Potter site Pottermore: Who is Gary? 

One of Rowling's sketches shows the lovable protagonists from Gryffindor from the first book — Neville Longbottom, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter — along with a character simply referred to as Gary on the far right. Naturally, fans had questions.

Thankfully, the Harry Potter fandom didn't have to wait too long for an answer to #GaryGate — Rowling has addressed the question on Twitter. As it turns out, Gary's name was changed to Dean — so he's Harry's classmate, Dean Thomas. Rowling's explanation for changing the name was quite simple: She renamed the character after a boy she knew. 

So there you have it. Now Rowling can put the mythology to rest — except for telling fans why Neville and Luna Lovegood never wound up together. That was just disappointing. 

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