ByCourtney Abigail Bowman, writer at

So I decided to browse around one day and I was curious about one thing. How did the characters in Harry Potter get their name. Yes of all things to be curious about, it is the origins of characters names., which is the site of a all fandoms (really Harry Potter fans know whats up) had each character and the origins of each name. I chose a few that I thought were interesting. Again thanks to

Bellatrix- “Bella” is a construct of the word “bellum,” meaning “war,” and “trix” refers to “a woman in power.” Bellatrix is therefore known as the “female warrior” and is also the pale yellow star indicating the left shoulder of the constellation Orion, the Great Hunter (

Hagrid- J.K. Rowling said, “Hagrid is also another old English word meaning if you were hagrid… you’d had a bad night. Hagrid’s a big drinker. He has a lot of bad nights.” Grid was a Norse giantess known for having a terrible temper. “Ha” is a variant of the Old West Norse name element “half.” So “Hagrid” may just mean “Half-grid” or more notably “Half-giant.” ” Haggard” can also mean “appearing worn and exhausted, gaunt; wild or distraught in appearance; a disheveled individual.” From the Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, the Old English term hag-rid means “indigestion” (not surprising considering all the weird things Hagrid eats). Found in the exact same paragraph as “Dumbledore.” Coincidence? (

Dumbledore- Means “bumblebee” in Old English. J.K. Rowling has said that she chose this name because she imagined Dumbledore walking around the castle, humming to himself. (

Hermione- Means “well-born,” “earthy,” or “stone.” Refers to peony-type flowers. The feminine version of Hermes. In Greek mythology, was often known as the patron saint of high magic (no surprise our Hermione is so gifted). She was the daughter of Helen of Troy and King Menelaus of Sparta. In The Aeneid, Hermione was kidnapped by Pyrrhus, but her loving Orestes came and murdered Pyrrhus while he was praying. Hermione is also a character in Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale. The character is accused of adultery and dies before the intermission. At the end of the play, she is brought out as a statue and finally returns to life at the very end of the play. A possible connection to her petrification in Chamber of Secrets? (

Lupin- Lupus is the Latin derivative for “wolf.” Canis Lupus is the scientific name for wolf. To be described as “lupine” means to “resemble a wolf.” (

Lucius- A Latin male first name. A character in Shakespeare’s play Julius Casesar, Lucius is the servant of Brutus, the leader of the conspirators who plot against and assassinate Caesar. Possible connection to the similar-sounding “Lucifer” (the devil). Lucifer means “light-bearer.” In Romanian, lucios means “shiny,” a possible connection to his desire for the extravagant and valuable. A Roman General named Lucius Cornelius Sulla was usurped by the people of Rome but defeated them and seized control as a dictator. After doing so, he removed most of the popular say in the government and returned it to the Senate of Rome, which controlled the people, and founded a firm Republic. (

Now that you read this article move over to for all things Harry Potter, you know you want to. But I am curious to know who is your favorite character and why. Comment below, because I always find it interesting to know who is everybody's favorite characters and why that is.


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