So, this week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is Best Character Names. I decided to look at ten of the most creative Harry Potter names. JK Rowling is so creative with her names in the Harry Potter series, so it’s a bit difficult to choose my top 10!
- Argus Filch
Argus was a giant with 100 eyes in Greek mythology. He served as a watchman – very fitting for the caretaker.
Filch means to steal in British English, often in a sneaky way.
2. Bellatrix Lestrange
As part of the Black family, Bellatrix is named after a star. Bellatrix is known as the amazon star. The amazons were warrior women in Greek mythology. Lestrange is a play on words for l’etrange, which means the strange one in French.
3. Caractacus Burke
Burke is the surname of an infamous serial killer, William Burke. He murdered people in the 1820’s and sold their bodies to doctors for medical research. I think it’s perfect for the owner of the shop on Knockturn Alley that sells items like the Hand of Glory.
4. Dolores Umbridge
In Latin “Dolor” means pain, sadness, grief, and resentment (very fitting for this abusive ‘teacher’) and umbridge is a play on words on “umbrage” meaning to take offence. She does take offence frequently, particularly to ‘half-breeds’.
5. Fenrir Greyback
Fenrir is a wolf monster in Greek mythology, and Greyback is another monster in Greek mythology.
6. Fleur Delacour
Jo has said before that Fleur Delacour is a play on the French “fleur de la cour” meaning flower of the court. Given that she’s meant to be beautiful, it seems quite fitting.
7. Merope Gaunt
Merope is named after a star in the cluster Pleiades. The star was named for a nymph daughter in Greek mythology who married a mortal and had a son with him. The myth says she’s the dullest star in the constellation because she feels ashamed for marrying a mortal. Interesting for Merope Gaunt who married a muggle and had a child with him, despite the wishes of her prejudiced family.
Gaunt means lean and haggard, particularly because of hunger and suffering. I feel like this describes how she looks in the pensieve chapters.
8. Pomona Sprout
Pomona Sprout, teacher of Herbology, is named for the Royal goddess of fruit trees and gardens. Sprout means to grow, but are also those yuk green things Brits eat at Christmas.
9. Regulus Black
Regulus is Latin for the little king. He is also named after the brightest star in the Leo constellation, which is interesting because despite not being in the Gryffindor lion house, he is extremely brave.
10. Xenophilius Lovegood
Xeno = strange and phile = love. As Luna’s eccentric father he definitely has a love for odd things, like the Deathly Hallows and crumple-horned snorkacks.