Are you a Harry Potter fan? I still remember when my mom read the first book aloud to my siblings and me, and how, within one chapter, we were all deeply in love.
We went to the midnight sales of the last four books, attended midnight movie showings as a family and now, as a parent, I’m eagerly awaiting the day when my girls are old enough for me to introduce them to the magic of Hogwarts.
Of course, one of the things that makes those books so magical is the vast cast of characters, each with their own back story and personality. The books also make a great repository of possible baby names.
I’m not suggesting “Dumbledore” or “Hufflepuff” (is there any baby in the world cute enough to pull off a name like “Hufflepuff”?), but there are plenty of great names in J.K. Rowling’s enormous wizarding world that won’t raise Muggle eyebrows.
Looking at these names made me want to read the whole series again. Here are my favorites:
The boy who lived. Of course this name starts the list off.
Do you think Princess Kate and Prince William are secretly Potter fans?
How can you not love Molly Weasely, who steps in as Harry’s psuedo-mother from the moment she meets him?
Drop the G from Hermione’s last name, and you have a boy name I really like.
A job in banking doesn’t usually involve curse breaking, unless you’re Bill Weasley.
If you want the longer version of Bill, William is a classic name (think Shakespeare, Prince William and poet William Blake).
If you’re hoping for a Quidditch-playing child, you might consider this spelling of Viktor Krum’s name.
Sirius Black’s middle name. (Isn’t this a GREAT name?).
Neville Longbottom’s perpetually lost toad. But a nice name anyway.
Lupin and Tonk’s son and Harry’s godson. And who wouldn’t want a godfather like Harry Potter?
Sybill Trelawney is the slightly kooky Divinations professor at Hogwarts. (If there was ever a great film adaptation of a character, Emma Thompson’s is one).
Gilderoy might be a bit of a mouthful, but Roy is very manageable.
Was there ever a better best friend than Ron Weasley? I loved him from the first moment he appeared until the closing page of Book 7.
You may want to be wary of this name for a newborn, who might take to heart the werewolf lifestyle of staying awake all night.
If I were to sort myself into a Hogwarts house, I think it’d be Ravenclaw.
The Hogwarts nurse, who sees way too much of Harry throughout the series as he breaks one bone after another.
The eternal question – was Peter Pettigrew a better rat or person?
Penelope Clearwater probably was a lovely person, but had poor taste in boyfriends, if Percy is any indication (you’ll notice his name doesn’t appear on this list).
Ginny Weasley’s name is actually short for Ginevra, but Ginny is more commonly short for Virginia.
It’s so fun to watch Ginny grow from a little girl into a super-smart and fearless woman. She and Harry are a perfect match, I think.
The moment he appeared on the screen of the movie version of Book 1, I was a fan. A cute face plus a British accent? My 14-year-old self was delighted.
Okay, admittedly this name may raise a few muggle eyebrows, but I love this centaur name for a girl.
Nicolas Flamel, the creator of the Philosopher’s Stone which caused so much trouble in the first book.
Voldemort left behind his muggle father’s name, but I’ve always liked the name Tom.
I wouldn’t personally go for Neville, but I love the name “Nev.”
A writer of Charms textbooks in the Harry Potter universe. Don’t you love how fleshed out the entire world of Harry Potter is? It’s one of the reasons I love the series so much.
A lovely name for a girl who, unfortunately, betrayed Dumbledore’s Army and got the wrong side of Hermione’s curse for her trouble.
I was always desperate to hear more about Harry’s parents, and the fact that Lily has long been one of my favorite girl names made me love her all the more.
Lee Jordan always made me laugh with his Quidditch commentary.
I think the relationship between Ron and Lavender Brown was one of my favorite fictional relationships of all time. So hilarious!
Dumbledore’s mother’s name; means “knowledge.”
If you use this name, be sure to warn your child not to accept any mysterious cursed packages.
I’m not anxious to name a child after Dolores Umbridge, but I do love her middle name, Jane.
James Potter – trouble-making student who grew up to be a decent person and father of Harry Potter. Also, transforms into the coolest animal.
Fenrir Greyback is a male, but I love the name Grey for a girl.
At heart we all wish we were Gryffindors, don’t we? (I’m way too much of a wimp, though).
Fleur is such a beautiful, feminine name.
Amelia is the first name of Madame Bones, who presided over Harry’s disciplinary hearing after he summoned a Patronus in front of a muggle.
Lily Potter’s maiden name is Evans – drop the S and it’s a great boy name.
Dumbledore’s younger sister. Means “very holy one.”
Harry’s long-suffering roommate at Hogwarts.
If Sirius is a bit much for you, this is a more popular twist.
As a stand-alone name, Charlie (rather than Charles) is moving steadily up the charts. Plus, who doesn’t want to be named after a dragon-wrangling wizard?
This professor of Muggle Studies met an untimely end, thanks to Voldemort.
It was pretty impressive to me that Rowling could still make me like Cedric even when he was Harry’s opponent in love and the Tri-Wizard Tournament.
Neville Longbottom’s mother who lost her mind after fighting against the Death Eaters.
This Welsh name belongs to a Ministry of Magic Unspeakable and friend of Arthur Weasley.
I discouraged use of the name “Dumbledore” earlier, but his middle name (well, ONE of his middle names) is perfectly common.
I think every reader has a soft spot for muggle-loving Arthur Weasley.