Wizard alert! Part I of the final Harry Potter film has us drooling over both the gorgeous, all-grown-up actors from the series and J.K. Rowling’s amazingly creative character names. So grab your wire-rimmed glasses and take a gander at this magically delicious list of Hogwarts-inspired names!
Harry Potter, the main man himself, has a name with that little-old-man chic we love! Not only is Harry a royal name (Think adorable bad boy, Prince Harry!), but it also has hunky, dashing associations, like Harrison Ford, Harry Hamlin … not to mention the ORIGINAL magician, Harry Houdini.
Ron Weasley is HP’s best friend and it’s a fitting moniker, since Ronald means “ruler with counsel.” Ronald has been on the Social Security Administration’s 1000 most popular names since 1882 , and is currently #341, so it’s still got game!
This off-the-beaten-path name was plucked from obscurity for the main female character in the “Harry Potter” series, Hermione Granger. It’s still really rare, but at least people can pronounce it now! (It’s: her-MY-oh-nee!) It’s an ancient mythological name, which comes from Hermes, the messenger to the Gods. Another awesome author (you might have heard of William Shakespeare!) used this name in The Winters Tale.
Quidditch Seeker, Cedric Diggory is a champion of a character with a supremely cool name to match. The name Cedric was actually created by literature–Sir Walter Scott made it up for his novel Ivanhoe. It’s also super-popular, having been on the Social Security Administration’s top 100 list in the US since 1937!
Ginny Weasley (Ron’s baby sister and the love of Harry’s life!) has a name with the granny-chic vibe that’s totally popular among parents today. And the nickname “Ginny” is a nice alternative to the popular Jenny. The name saw its height of popularity from 1913 to the late 1930′s, during the time of famed author Virginia Woolf. Who’s afraid of a cool name like that? Certainly not us!
Witchy woman, Luna Lovegood is the epitome of girl power (she co-led Dumbledore’s Army!) and she’s got a powerfully cool name to match! Luna means “moon” and is cool not just because it’s an awesome nature name, but because it’s also the name of a Roman goddess! Need more reasons to love it? It starts with the letter “L”, which is a current buzz letter for girls names–think Lila, Leila, Layla, Lucy…
Fleur Delacour is the fab French character who became the flower of Bill Weasley’s heart. Fitting since Fleur is the French word for flower. It’s beautifully earthy and not overly popular … yet! Expect to be seeing more of this one as parents pick up on the Harry Potter trend!
Oliver is one of the fastest chart climbing names in recent times, having climbed over 100 spots into the top 100 in two years! And speaking of climbing, Oliver Wood was the famed captain of the high-flying Gryffindor Quidditch team! We love Oliver for its schoolboy charm, but also for its ability to “twist” right around and become sophisticated with ease.
Seamus is the epitome of Celtic tough-guy cool and Harry Potter’s Seamus–Seamus Finnigan–fits up to this rugged name, as a member of Dumbledore’s Army. This uncommon, yet dashing name is the Irish form of James.
J.K. Rowling is so great at finding infrequently used, yet fantastic, nature names for her female characters. Lavender Brown is a schoolmate of Harry Potter’s and is also a character in another children’s novel, Matilda by Roald Dahl. We love that it’s so flowy and feminine.
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