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49 Magical Baby Names Inspired by ‘Harry Potter’

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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:

1. Harry

The boy who lived. Of course this name starts the list off.

2. George

Do you think Princess Kate and Prince William are secretly Potter fans?

3. Molly

How can you not love Molly Weasely, who steps in as Harry’s psuedo-mother from the moment she meets him?

4. Ranger

Drop the G from Hermione’s last name, and you have a boy name I really like.

5. Bill

A job in banking doesn’t usually involve curse breaking, unless you’re Bill Weasley.

6. William

If you want the longer version of Bill, William is a classic name (think Shakespeare, Prince William and poet William Blake).

7. Victor

If you’re hoping for a Quidditch-playing child, you might consider this spelling of Viktor Krum’s name.

8. Orion

Sirius Black’s middle name. (Isn’t this a GREAT name?).

9. Trevor

Neville Longbottom’s perpetually lost toad. But a nice name anyway.

10. Teddy

Lupin and Tonk’s son and Harry’s godson. And who wouldn’t want a godfather like Harry Potter?

11. Sybill

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).

12. Roy

Gilderoy might be a bit of a mouthful, but Roy is very manageable.

13. Ron

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.

14. Remus

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.

15. Raven

If I were to sort myself into a Hogwarts house, I think it’d be Ravenclaw.

16. Poppy

The Hogwarts nurse, who sees way too much of Harry throughout the series as he breaks one bone after another.

17. Peter

The eternal question – was Peter Pettigrew a better rat or person?

18. Penelope

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).

19. Virginia

Ginny Weasley’s name is actually short for Ginevra, but Ginny is more commonly short for Virginia.

20. Ginny

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.

21. Oliver

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.

22. Fire

Okay, admittedly this name may raise a few muggle eyebrows, but I love this centaur name for a girl.

23. Nicolas

Nicolas Flamel, the creator of the Philosopher’s Stone which caused so much trouble in the first book.

24. Tom

Voldemort left behind his muggle father’s name, but I’ve always liked the name Tom.

25. Nev

I wouldn’t personally go for Neville, but I love the name “Nev.”

26. Miranda

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.

27. Marietta

A lovely name for a girl who, unfortunately, betrayed Dumbledore’s Army and got the wrong side of Hermione’s curse for her trouble.

28. Lily

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.

29. Lee

Lee Jordan always made me laugh with his Quidditch commentary.

30. Lavender

I think the relationship between Ron and Lavender Brown was one of my favorite fictional relationships of all time. So hilarious!

31. Kendra

Dumbledore’s mother’s name; means “knowledge.”

32. Katie

If you use this name, be sure to warn your child not to accept any mysterious cursed packages.

33. Jane

I’m not anxious to name a child after Dolores Umbridge, but I do love her middle name, Jane.

34. James

James Potter – trouble-making student who grew up to be a decent person and father of Harry Potter. Also, transforms into the coolest animal.

35. Grey

Fenrir Greyback is a male, but I love the name Grey for a girl.

36. Godric

At heart we all wish we were Gryffindors, don’t we? (I’m way too much of a wimp, though).

37. Fleur

Fleur is such a beautiful, feminine name.

38. Amelia

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.

39. Evan

Lily Potter’s maiden name is Evans – drop the S and it’s a great boy name.

40. Ariana

Dumbledore’s younger sister. Means “very holy one.”

41. Dean

Harry’s long-suffering roommate at Hogwarts.

42. Cyrus

If Sirius is a bit much for you, this is a more popular twist.

43. Charlie

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?

44. Charity

This professor of Muggle Studies met an untimely end, thanks to Voldemort.

45. Cedric

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.

46. Alice

Neville Longbottom’s mother who lost her mind after fighting against the Death Eaters.

47. Broderick

This Welsh name belongs to a Ministry of Magic Unspeakable and friend of Arthur Weasley.

48. Brian

I discouraged use of the name “Dumbledore” earlier, but his middle name (well, ONE of his middle names) is perfectly common.

49. Arthur

I think every reader has a soft spot for muggle-loving Arthur Weasley.

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