Harry Potter Universe

Harry Potter Etymology- Wizarding Schools

There are five known wizarding schools, four of whose names have been revealed. These are Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Scotland, Beauxbatons Academy of Magic in France, Durmstrang Institute in Scandinavia, Mahoutokoro in Japan, and a Brazilian wizarding school of an unknown name. Hogwarts was founded...

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Harry Potter Etymology- Pets

I thought it might be nice to move away from people for a bit. This turned out to be a long, but just an average post.   Hedwig- The word Hedwig has the elements hadu meaning ‘battle’ and wig meaning ‘fight’. There have been numerous powerful and noble women named Hedwig throughout history- Hedwig of France...

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Harry Potter Etymology- The Marauders and The Dursleys

It being Harry’s birthday, I decided to reprise my series once more. Today is about the people closest to his heart. Remus John Lupin(10th Mar 1960 -2nd May 1998, killed by Antonin Dolohov)- This is an easy connection to make. Romulus and Remus were the twin founders of Rome, who...

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Harry Potter Etymology- Historic Pure-blood Families

It is mentioned numerous times that almost all the purebloods are related to each other because of inbreeding. I came across this wonderful chart(apparently with input from JK Rowling, here- http://tinyurl.com/6eypral)  that gives a better graphical representation of the Wizarding families than I can explain in words. (Note that...

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Harry Potter Etymology- Great Wizards

In the following series of posts, I do a little etymology- origin of the character names and the spells(of course, many are quite obvious). But first, a warning to those who haven’t read all 7 books or watched the movies- these posts contain a lot of spoilers. When I...

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