J.K. Rowling explains the mystery of a strange character in early 'Harry Potter' sketch

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Secret Harry Potter Sketches Released

LONDON — The last of the Harry Potter books may have been published over nine years ago, but it'll be a long, long time until people stop talking about them.

The latest hot topic in the wizarding world is J.K. Rowling's early sketches. The sketches have been floating around online for awhile now, but many people hadn't seen them until they resurfaced online recently.

One particular sketch of a scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone — and in particular, one character in the sketch — captured people's attention.

Introducing Gary.

​​​​According to the caption, that sketch is of "Chap 7. Draco Duel". The characters, listed left to right, are Neville, Ron, Harry, Hermione, and... Gary.

It's been awhile since we read that part of the Philospher's Stone, but we're pretty sure there was no mention of anyone called Gary.

Luckily, Rowling took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to set the record straight.

So there you go — not only did Dean Thomas presumably have a larger part to play in the original draft of the first book, but — back in the day — he also went by the name of Gary.

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 05: View of Hogwarts Castle at the opening Of 'The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter' at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 5, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
An interior view of Hogwarts is seen during the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening' press preview at Universal Studios Hollywood in Studio City, California, on April 6, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
A guest looks to purchase a magic wand inside Ollivanders during a soft opening and media tour of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park at the Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California in this picture taken March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
Guests shop inside Dervish and Banges general store in Hogsmeade Village during a soft opening and media tour of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park at the Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California in this picture taken March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
Novelties sit inside Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes during a media preview for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida June 19, 2014. The new attraction, which opens to the public on July 8, expands the original Harry Potter world, which opened in 2010 and is modeled after Hogsmeade Village, which is located near the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where the series' leading character Harry Potter begins his magical adventures. REUTERS/David Manning (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Guests look at a display of candy inside the Honeydukes sweets shop in Hogsmeade Village during a soft opening and media tour of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park at the Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California in this picture taken March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
View of the train in Hogsmeade at the Grand Opening of the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Universal City, California, on April 7, 2016. Fifteen years after Harry Potter's first big screen adventure, Universal is enchanting a new generation of Muggles with its most spectacular conjuring trick yet -- a theme park in the heart of Hollywood. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
View of the train in Hogsmeade at the Grand Opening to the public of the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Universal City, California, on April 7, 2016. Fifteen years after Harry Potter's first big screen adventure, Universal is enchanting a new generation of Muggles with its most spectacular conjuring trick yet -- a theme park in the heart of Hollywood. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans discover Hogsmeade at the Grand Opening of the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' to the public at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Universal City, California, on April 7, 2016. Fifteen years after Harry Potter's first big screen adventure, Universal is enchanting a new generation of Muggles with its most spectacular conjuring trick yet -- a theme park in the heart of Hollywood. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans walk through Hogsmeade at the Grand Opening to the public of the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Universal City, California, on April 7, 2016. Fifteen years after Harry Potter's first big screen adventure, Universal is enchanting a new generation of Muggles with its most spectacular conjuring trick yet -- a theme park in the heart of Hollywood. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans read the Hogsmeade newspaper at the Grand Opening of the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' to the public at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Universal City, California, on April 7, 2016. Fifteen years after Harry Potter's first big screen adventure, Universal is enchanting a new generation of Muggles with its most spectacular conjuring trick yet -- a theme park in the heart of Hollywood. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
A waiter serves butterbeer in Hogsmeade at the Grand Opening of the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' to the public at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Universal City, California, on April 7, 2016. Fifteen years after Harry Potter's first big screen adventure, Universal is enchanting a new generation of Muggles with its most spectacular conjuring trick yet -- a theme park in the heart of Hollywood. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans experiment the interactive wand on some of the window in Hogsmeade at the Grand Opening of the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' to the public at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Universal City, California, on April 7, 2016. Fifteen years after Harry Potter's first big screen adventure, Universal is enchanting a new generation of Muggles with its most spectacular conjuring trick yet -- a theme park in the heart of Hollywood. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: A general view of atmosphere at the Official Opening Of 'The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter' At Universal Studios Hollywood at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: A general view of the atmosphere during the official opening of 'The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter' At Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, USA - APRIL 6: People visit shops at Hogsmeade village in 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' theme park at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Los Angeles, USA on April 6, 2016. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, USA - APRIL 6: Store keeper poses in front of a shop at Hogsmeade village in 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' theme park at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Los Angeles, USA on April 6, 2016. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, USA - APRIL 6: People visit Hogsmeade village in 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' theme park at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Los Angeles, USA on April 6, 2016. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An interior view of Magic Wand hop in Hogwarts is seen during the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening' press preview at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Studio City, California, on April 6, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
An interior view of Hogwarts is seen during the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening' press preview at Universal Studios Hollywood in Studio City, California, on April 6, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
An exterior view of Hogwarts is seen during the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening' press preview at Universal Studios Hollywood in Studio City, California, on April 6, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
An exterior view of Hogwarts is seen during the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening' press preview at Universal Studios Hollywood in Studio City, California, on April 6, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
An exterior view of Hogwarts is seen during the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening' press preview at Universal Studios Hollywood in Studio City, California, on April 6, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
An exterior view of Hogwarts is seen during the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening' press preview at Universal Studios Hollywood in Studio City, California, on April 6, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
An interior view of Hogwarts is seen during the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening' press preview at Universal Studios Hollywood in Studio City, California, on April 6, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
An exterior view of Hogwarts is seen during the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening' press preview at Universal Studios Hollywood in Studio City, California, on April 6, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 05: A general view of the atmosphere during the Universal Studios Hollywood Hosts The Opening Of 'The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter' at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 5, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
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