Names from Myth:Names from Myth:
Greek, Roman, Celtic,Greek, Roman, Celtic,
and Moreand More
• Rowling explains in Short Stories from Hogwarts of
Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, “A very
great variety of first names are given to children by their
wizard parents, some of them being what we might
think of as Muggle names (e.g. James, Harry, Ronald),
others giving a distinct flavour of the personality or
destiny of the bearer (e.g. Xenophilius, Remus, Alecto).”
(Kindle Locations 518-520).
• Rowling adds that these “destined names” are
actually chosen after consulting with destiny,
explaining, “A certain sector of magical society,
however, follows the ancient wizarding practice of
consulting a Naming Seer, who (usually for a hefty
payment of gold) will predict the child’s future and
suggest an appropriate moniker.” Presumably, this is
why Remus Lupin is so-named before he’s even
(Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and
Dangerous Hobbies, Kindle Locations 523-524).
• The pantheons themselves weren’t a strong match, but
there are a few particular references to consider.
• Parvati is the wife of the god Shiva, known for her
courage (the perfect Gryffindor).
• “Padma” refers to Saraswati, the goddess of intellect
(the perfect Ravenclaw).
• Nagin is used for the female snake in Hindi, while Nagini’s
power parallels the mythic nagas, or snake-people of
Celtic CorrespondencesCeltic CorrespondencesDumbledore The Dagda: The All father, god of the arts, knowledge,
magic, prophecy, prosperity, and regeneration
Rubeus Hagrid Rudiobus, the Celtic god of horses
Filius Flitwick Sucellos, the Celtic 'good striker' and smith god
Gilderoy Lockhart Angus Og, the beautiful male god of love
Brighid, the triple goddess of healing, poetry and
Severus Snape Lugh, the tormented god of healing, reincarnation,
prophecy, knowledge, and revenge. He was forbidden to
wed any woman and his flower wife betrayed him for
another. His sign was the white stag.
Madam Rosmerta Rosmerta "The Great Provider“: Celtic Goddess of fertility
Sybill Trelawny Corra, Goddess of Prophecy, transcendent knowledge,
and transitions. The rune stones, crystal balls, and tarot
cards were her symbols.
and the Carrows
The triple war goddesses Badb/ Madb/Macha
Mad-Eye Moody Balor of the Evil Eye
Isolt’s ancestor is
“the famous Irish
This “Animagus whose creature form was a crow” was
actually a goddess in Celtic myth.
Peter Pettigrew Nuada of the Silver Hand could use it as well as his living
one. He was toppled from his throne because he was no
James Potter Cernunnos the stag, a forest god who dies each year in
the sacred marriage only to return more powerful.
• “Merlin” and “Morgana” famous wizard cards.
• The magic ceiling above Hogwarts’ Great Hall is an exact copy of the ceiling
above Arthur’s Round Table.
• As Arthur was the only one who could pull the sword from the stone, so Harry is
the only one who could pull the Sorcerer’s Stone from his pocket.
• The Goblet of Fire, the graillike object Harry quests for
• Names: Ginevra (Italian for Guinevere), Arthur Weasley, Voldemort/MORdred,
• Percival, of course, offers the Arthurian link. He was a valiant fighter who
quested for the grail (or in Harry Potter’s world, the Horcruxes) but failed in his
goal. His teenage protégé Galahad succeeded, through immaculate faith
and goodness. Clear parallels appear here with the Dumbledore-Harry
relationship. Percival Dumbledore (father to Albus) and his namesake, Percy
Weasley, likewise appear as knights who fail, but leave others to battle and
complete the great quest against Voldemort
• Isolt Sayre, founder of Ilvermorny
The Hallows of BritainThe Hallows of Britain
Grail Hallows Rowling’s Objects
The Pole of
Crucifixion Spear Elder Wand
The Sword of
Sword Broken Sword Godric’s Sword
Cup The Grail Hermione’s Beaded Bag
The Stone of
Pentacle Platter or Stone Resurrection Stone
The Thirteen Treasures of Britain, Arthurian
Ability Makes the
into it (for
Apparition Fiendfyre Sorting