Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Harry Potter Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

Best Character Names (make this as narrow/broad as you’d like)

As soon as I started thinking about this topic, I realised just how many great character names there are in J K Rowling’s magical Harry Potter series. So here are my favourite cool and/or amusing Harry Potter character names:

  1. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore – The eccentric and wise headmaster of Hogwarts, has the longest and possibly the coolest name.
  2. Luna Lovegood – While she is extremely quirky and has some oddball beliefs, you just got to love Luna! And I think her name suits her perfectly. (I also considered her father’s name, Xenophilius Lovegood for this list).
  3. Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank – Hands down the funniest name has to go to Grubbly-Plank, the substitute Care of Magical Creatures professor.
  4. Mundungus Fletcher – A cowardly, light-fingered wizard dragged in to help the Order of the Phoenix – I often call my cat ‘Mundungus’ when she is being shameless!
  5. Fleur Delacour – This French Tri-Wizard champion is part-Veela (a magically seductive creature) who has a name as beautiful as she is.
  6. Salazar Slytherin – Over a 1000 years ago this pure-blood obsessed wizard founded the Slytherin house at Hogwarts and his name screams baddie!
  7. Bellatrix Lestrange – Another name that screams baddie is this for the  sadistic and deranged witch and an ardent follower of Lord Voldermort.
  8. Pomona Sprout – What better name could there be for a small, round witch, who is the magical plant-loving professor of Herbology?
  9. Nymphadora Tonks – This Metamorphmagus (a witch or wizard who can change their appearance at will) is one cool lady with a cool name.
  10. Cornelius Fudge – A whimsical name for the bumbling, good-natured Minister for Magic, who helps Harry out of a few sticky situations, when we first meet him.

What do you think of my choices? What are your favourite Harry Potter character names? Also, please leave a link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.


27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Harry Potter Character Names

    1. Sorry Lauren, I couldn’t figure out how to comment on your post as I don’t have a Google account :-S however I loved your list of favourite fantasy names. I agree Daenerys, Tyrion, Eowyn, Faramir and Aragon are greats names – I would just have to add Bilbo and Samwise 😀

  1. Great list of names, Jessica! 🙂 Slytherin and Bellatrix are two of my favorites, and you are right that their names scream baddies. The characters own their names so well, I think, especially in the movies, which is my source of HP knowledge. 😉

  2. Ha! They are great names indeed – I’d never really thought about how well she did that before. Salazar Slytherin is my favourite – his parents clearly intended him to be a baddie…

    1. Leslie, I am so pleased you enjoyed my list and Bellatrix is a very cool baddie name 😀 Thank you for linking in – I am looking forward to seeing what is on your list 🙂

  3. How fun! It definitely lends a whimsical tone to her books…I recently read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fjorde? I think and his names are a HOOT. The main character is named Thursday Next. 🙂

    1. Amy, I am pleased you found my list fun 🙂 I’m afraid I haven’t read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fjorde, however I agree Thursday Next is a great character name 😀

    1. Hello Anne, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face and I am so pleased you enjoyed my list so much 😀 Now I look forward to seeing what is on your Dickens list, especially as I think he is the king of funny, eccentric character names!

  4. I always liked Snape’s name. It sounds so much like “snake” which is apt. And though we’re getting into epilogue territory, I liked that Harry named one of his kids Albus Severus, because, with the Potter last name, the initials are ASP, pr “asp” which is, of course, a snake. Anyone whose read the series knows that snakes have some troubling connotations in Harry’s world. It was nice foreshadowing that there was something to come.
    My TTT

    1. FranL, Snape certainly does sound like snake which is very appropriate as he is the head of Slytherin house, whose symbol is of course a snake! Now I look forward to seeing what is on your list 😀

    1. Hello Life With All The Books, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face, especially a HP fan and I am so pleased you liked my list so much 😀

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