by Cindy R. Williams
Where do you find the names of your characters?
Do you find them in a baby name book, movie screen credits, family members and friends names, your children's sports, choir and band performance names listed on the programs. Maybe you research names for their meaning.
My junior high school son came home yesterday, excited about a website they had viewed in English. It listed many of the names J.K Rowling used in her Harry Potter series, and what each of the names meant.
Here are some examples:
Draco means dragon.
Voldemort means flying death or flying thief.
Harry means home ruler, but it's also a favorite name of Rowling.
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is one of her more ingenious names.
Albus means white wisdom. Percival is a knight who saw the Holy Grail. Wulfric is wolf power. Brian means high, noble, strong. Dumbledore means bumblebee.
Sirius means scorching, burning. Sirius is also a bright star in a constellation and one of Orian's hunting dogs. You may remember that he was able to turn into a large dog called Padfoot. Rowley realy did her research.
Lupin means wolf or wolf like and is a French name for werewolf.
Luna refers to the moon.
Both names of Rita Skeeter refer to mosquitoes.
Where do you find your characters names?
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