The wizarding community is already an amazing bunch however, there’s a lot of magic underlying behind their names. The etymological origins of some characters’ names could provide more information on them that you believed you knew.
The fun in Harry Potter’s title was that it sounded like something so normal for someone who accomplished quite a lot. If we dig further it appears to be an extremely appropriate name for the boy who lived.
Harry is the name of the character. Harry refers to one of the Middle English form of the name Henry, one that was favored by a number of English King. The theme of leadership is a part of Harry’s name and also the symbol of war, which Harry is unfortunately is very familiar with. Harry is also connected to Old High German word ‘Heri”which translates to “army”. Harry was one of the founding members of Dumbledore’s Army, this seems to be a fitting.
It is likely that you already know that ‘Dumbledore’ refers to an old word meaning ‘bumblebee that is quite sweet. “Albus” means “white as does the famous beard of the Professor. However, let’s not forget the many names he has in his middle, that go deeper into the more complicated features.
“Percival” suggests a story of war, since Percival is one of the knights who were legendary who served in King Arthur’s courts. Wulfric is, oddly it seems, is the word for ‘wolf power’, though we’re pretty certain Albus was not a lycanthropist with any abilities. As for Brian? This is a quaint Celtic word that means “noble” which is what Albus was very much.
The name of Hagrid may come from the word ‘hagridden’ meaning “stressed”. Hagrid is frequently hagridden for the sake of Harry in the end. Rubeus could be derived from the Latin “Rubeo,” meaning “I am red or red or. In fact, if you look at the novels that this is precisely what happens when Professor sip the glass of wine.
In no way is this a dramatic coincidence, Draco’s title is Latin for terrifying creature that spews fire, or more specifically the word dragon refers to the dragon. You might have noticed that Draco’s nickname can also be found in the Hogwarts school motto”Draco dormiens nunquam-titillandus“Never be a nuisance to an unresponsive dragon’. We’d definitely apply this similar logic to Draco as well.
In terms of his beloved name You might think that Malfoy refers to ‘blond, wealthy, and possibly rather rude’. It’s not however, the word ‘Mal is actually derived in Old French usually means ‘bad or evil’, and “foi” means “faith” or trust. It’s fascinating…
Tom Marvolo Riddle
We know that Tom Marvolo’s name is full of meanings personal to the character. Tom was never happy by his “filthy Muggle dad’s title’, as he described it, so he created a new name for his new selfcalled “Lord Voldemort’.
The name Tom was so reluctant to mention is around since the early 1700s and is among the most well-known names in the history of mankind. Additionally Harry and his names are included in the phrase “Every Tom, Dick or Harry’. Tom usually can be the male form of something, such as “tom cat”.
“Marvolo” isn’t a typical name, but it is derived from Tom’s wizard grandfather, Marvolo Gaunt. For ‘Riddle’, the term we use today is defined as’something that confuses or confuses that is definitely the case to Tom Riddle, but back in the 1800s, it was the Middle English term to mean “perforated with many holes” similar to the way Harry killed his diary in the Chamber of Secrets, you could say…
Do you know if you’ve not correctly pronounced Hermione’s name at the time you started studying the novels. Yeah, thought so. The complicated pronunciation aside, ‘Her-My-Own-Knee is a name with a lot in mythological meaning, for it is mentioned in Greek mythology. Hermione is the name of the child born to the king Menelaus from Sparta along with his wife Helen from Troy.
In the meantime, Granger, according to the Middle English definition, was amusingly an occupational name for “bailiff,” which, considering the amount Hermione Granger must tell of Ron and Harry is quite fitting.
The origins of the name of this ferocious Marauder could not be more fitting. We have Remus the name that is well-known from the Roman myth of ‘Romulus and Remus The story of twins who had been left at birth, raised by a wolf, and then went on to find Rome. There’s also the word “Lupin” – which is derived from the Latin “lupinus,” which translates to… drummer roll… “of an Wolf’. So it seems to be that Remus Lupin’s fate was in his name.