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Magical names from Harry Potter

I love Harry Potter. I can only imagine how much fun/horrible it was to name all of those characters; most of whom had names that matched their character in some way. Here are some of my favorite names from the world of our favorite boy wizard.

Alastor – So, this is one of my favorite names in general (though I prefer the Alistair or Alasdair spelling).The Gaelic for of Alexander, meaning “defending warrior”, Alastor is the name of ex-auror and DATDA teacher, “Mad-Eye” Moody. I just love the sound. It seems so masculine and antiquated.

Bellatrix – Alright, so yeah, she was a pretty evil lady, but I just love the name. Part Isabella, part Beatrix, all awesome. The meaning, “female warrior” is certainly appropo for the Death Eater, and the galatical reference as one of the stars in the Orion constellation, makes this a name worth looking at (even if you would never actually use it).

Hermione – I have always had a soft spot for Hermione. My father has had several nicknames for me, especially ones that have no relation to my actual name. His favorite and mine is “Gertrude Hermione”. I have a sinking sispicion that the Hermione part of my nickname is after Hermione Gingold, the actress who played Eulalie McKechnie Shinn, the mayor’s wife in “The Music Man”. Having been a fan of hers for a long time before we met Hermione Granger, I was aware of how to pronounce it (her-MY-o-nee). A Greek name meaning “messenger”, with ties not only to HP, but Helen of Troy and William Shakespeare, Hermione is a great choice.

Lavender -This is my new favorite color/flower name. I just adore the “Lav” and “Endie” nicknames. Not only the name of a HP character, Lavender is also a character in Roald Dahl’s children’s book, Matilda. The essential oil from the lavender plant has been used for its healing and cleansing properties, as well as its fragrance. Lavender is an off-beat, yet recognizable choice.

Minerva – An ancient Latin name meaning “intellect”, Minerva is a bold choice. However, the nickname may make it more approachable. While Minerva is staunch and serious, Minnie is fiesty and playful. Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom, magic, poetry, and commerce. She is usually grouped with other virgin goddesses, Diana and Vesta (which I think makes a fabulous sibling set).

Percy – I love Percy. Not so much the character (he was a jerk), but the name. A French place-name, Percy is a rare name that feel both aristocratic and playful. Parents and children should recognize it from Thomas the Tank Engine, but it also has a literary flair in the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. I can’t think of any pthing negative to say about the soft yet strong Percy.

Remus – An ancient Latin name with an unknown meaning, Remus is a bit of a hipster choice. But I just can’t help myself. Remus and his twin brother Romulus were the mythological founders of Rome. However, people may remember the stereotypical (and controversial) “Uncle Remus”, made famous in Disney’s Song of the South. Despite its historical namesakes, Remus still gets a thumbs-up from me as bold pick, made more usable with the nickname, Remy.

What are some of your favorite names from the series? I know I could write several more posts based on Harry Potter names.

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