It’s funny how things work out in life, and sometimes people just have no explanation for why certain things happen. It really makes you wonder — are there such things as coincidences or is everything working on some meticulously preset plan? For instance, do our pasts determine the future or by way of some unseen cosmic force, or are coincidences simply that: coincidences?
Ancestory.com did some snooping around on the behalf of some of our famous fantasy friends: Robert Pattinson who obviously plays vampire hunk Edward Cullen from the Twilight series and Emma Watson, the smartest, sassiest witch from the Harry Potter series, Hermione Granger. What’d they find out? Well, it will definitely make you reevaluate the coincidence vs. destiny debate.
It turns out that Robert Pattinson is a distant relative of another well known blood-sucker: Dracula. Of course, Dracula is a fictitious character, but the man behind the inspiration of Dracula — Vlad the Impaler — is very real and very much Pattinson’s real-life distant relation. Spooky!
Vlad the Impaler was a 15th century Romanian ruler who had a Russian surname that was none other than Dracula meaning “Son of the Dragon” (an Order that he and his father were initiated in). He was known for his cruel punishments and executions of hundreds of thousands of people, which are believed to be most likely exaggerated.
How interesting that the author of “Dracula,” Bram Stoker, found inspiration in this guy to base his VAMPIRE character after him! Other relations of Pattinson include other royals who you’ve probably heard of: a Prince Harry and Prince William? Guess Rob Pattz has it in his blood (no pun intended) to be famous!
Emma Watson’s genealogy is even more coincidental — er — meant to be? It turns out that her distant relation was none other than an ACCUSED WITCH in the 16th century: a Joan Playle of Essex County, England!
Playle was excommunicated from the Church of England after she was accused of doing witchcraft, a common practice in the time of Queen Elizabeth I for a woman who was “poor, old, widowed, single or otherwise unprotected,” according to press release from Ancestry.com Hmm…if only she had gotten that acceptance to Hogwarts like her cuz Hermione and found herself a sweet Ron Weasley, things may have worked differently for poor Joan.