Anyone who reads my Moviepilot page knows that I think J.K. Rowling is one of the cleverest authors in modern times. There are countless instances in the Harry Potter series of secret messages, hints, and the like.
We learned last Fall, or during Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets depending on how you look at it, that J.K. Rowling is a fan of anagrams.
She released this Tweet, which circulated around the Internet (and Moviepilot) until it was solved:
Now, whether or not J.K. Rowling intended for her fans to be "Tom Marvolo Riddle-ing" her characters and rearranging their names into different meanings is difficult to say. This could just be an overzealous fandom, but it's fun to imagine that these were all part of her grand master plan!
Harry Potter - "Try Hero Part"
This one is pretty self explanatory. Harry was forced into the role of a hero whether he liked it or not. He was the Chosen One, after all.
Tom Marvolo Riddle - "I am Lord Voldemort or Immortal, Odd Lover"
We all knew that first one - at least I assume so if you're reading this post - but the second is also interesting. Voldemort was essentially immortal after splitting his soul into the Horcruxes and as a child conceived under a love potion, his concept and understanding of love was completely skewed.
Peter Pettigrew - "Tip: Pet We Regret"
Well yeah, I would say that after finding out Scabbers was actually Peter Pettigrew regret is a pretty understandable feeling.
Arthur Weasley - "We Salute Harry"
There was never a question of Arthur's loyalty to Harry. He would have, and did, follow him into battle.
Ron Weasley - "Lose Wand Early"
As we know, Ron's wand was destroyed before his second year even started, after they crashed the Weasley's car into the Whomping Willow.
Rubeus Hagrid - "Bushier Guard"
Not only is Hagrid the Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts, but after Harry's parents died he gave Harry the love, care, and protection that any parent would. He also has quite the beard, which makes sense of the "bushier" part of the anagram.
Romilda Vane - "Love in a Dram"
Romilda Vane was the Gryffindor student who tried to slip Harry some Chocolate Cauldrons laced with a love potion from Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. They later accidentally fell into the hands of an unsuspecting Ron Weasley who then became infatuated with Romilda until he was given an antidote.
Remus Lupin - "Primus Lune"
According to Mugglenet Primus comes from the Latin word which can mean "first" or "full" and Lune is the French word for "moon." As Remus turns into a werewolf during a full moon, this is a pretty nifty anagram.
His name has another interesting non-anagram story behind it: Remus was one of the mythological founders of Rome who was nursed as an infant by a she-wolf, while Lupus means "wolf" in Latin.
Severus Snape - "Persues Evans" (Pursues)
Yes, "persues" is spelled wrong, so it's quite the stretch but it's still a very nice though! This one is very sweet and ties us into the star-crossed relationship that launched a thousand ships, the fan-fiction kind, that is. Snape spent his childhood befriending Lily, whose maiden name was Evans before Potter, and when he lost her he spent the rest of his days trying to make it up to her. He was pursuing her affections even after her death.
Why couldn't those two kids just work it out?
While some of us may think that these anagrams were intentional, they were likely not at the forefront of J.K. Rowling's mind while writing the series, but they have since been discovered and had their meanings established by fans. If anything, this is a real testament to Harry Potter's dedicated and creative fanbase!