No, none of my furbabies are named after a literary hero/heroine—a fact which breaks my fragile, nerdy heart. In fact, the closest I’ve ever come to a having a pet that was named after a book character was a crested gecko named after a movie character. Her named was Stitch, after the lovable psychotic alien-dog. I’ve always wanted a pet whose namesake was rooted in literature. It just never happened because: A) my parents named the pet or B) the pet came from a shelter and was already named. That’s not to say I haven’t tried. I tried to push many nerdy-book-inspired names on Tala. Thankfully, none of them worked out because Tala just suits her so much!
In case you’re in the market for names that you can actually choose, here are twelve pet names inspired by Harry Potter, in no particular order, ranging from the seemingly normal (unless your love for Harry Potter is as deep as mine) to the outrageous. I conjured most of these with dogs in mind because, well, I own dogs. But some of the names in the list, if not most, could definitely work for any animal!
Why WOULDN’T you want your dog named after Hagrid’s loveable hound? Fang was proof that big dogs are just bumbling teddy bears. This would be an especially cute misnomer for a smaller dog—which, in all honesty, probably has more courage than Fang did; I distinctly remember Hagrid referring to him as a “bloody coward”
Another doggo of Hagrid’s. A three-headed monstrosity, to be exact—he seems to love misrepresenting his dogs with their names, doesn’t he? Not that I’m complaining. I LOVE dog-misnomers! It’s strange to think, but Hagrid has given us two of the more normal names in this list—I know! Rubeus Hagrid did something normal in the context of pets. Who’d have thunk.
Possibly one of my favorite characters in the series. She’s not afraid to be who she is, and she certainly isn’t ashamed of it either. This is something that is embedded in the personality of every single dog—it doesn’t occur to them that they’re different from everyone else. Another trait shared by Luna and our furbabies is that they both embrace everyone around them, no matter what. I think we could all take a page or two out of the Luna-Canine Handbook.
I would love to pretend that I’m terribly clever here, but really I’m just a dork with no semblance of self control or shame—DIG-gory. Yes, I made a Harry Potter-Doggo pun. And I’m PROUD!
If you name your pet after the loveable houseelf, I hope that it is just as loyal and that it doesn’t try to kill you—I mean, to save your life—on several occasions.
This is another more normal name. If you don’t want your pet’s name screaming that you’re a Potter fanatic, then this is a good, subtle hat tip to the books we love so much.
Another one of my favorites—she’s such a strong, unique character who owns who she is and doesn’t let anyone stand in her way. Tonks is definitely a woman who gets what she wants—a fitting character trait as I’m certain that most dogs are also quite adept at getting whatever they want.
Just imagine a dog or cat with big, sad eyes… now name it Winky. Enjoy that cuteness overload.
Zabini, remember that buttwipe? I’ll give him the credit of an awesome name—because that’s really all he had going for him—that’s perfectly suited for a border collie! I also LOVE border collies and even own one, so I might be just a LITTLE biased there. Feel free to name whatever dog you like Blaise if it suits you.
Another HP name masquerading as normal, for anyone who might want the Harry Potter without going full-blown wizard’s-robes-wearing, wand-flailing, bespectacled—what am I talking about, that sounds fun! Forget the normal names—let’s go Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs!
Speaking of Padfoot…remember Sirius’s code-name from Goblet of Fire. Take advantage of this seemingly average dog name…just like he did. Us Potterheads know the true dork-dom behind it!
This is probably the most out-there name on this list. I almost didn’t include it because I selfishly want to hoard it for my next border collie. It just suits the breed so perfectly!
I know some of these are fairly normal, and that your favorite might not be in this list. I didn’t want to include a lot of the more obvious names like Harry, Sirius, Lupin, or Hedwig. That’s not to say I didn’t include SOME names that probably struck you as great pet names. That part was inevitable—partly because of the nature of this post and partly because the fangirl inside me couldn’t resist. I mean, it wouldn’t have been fun if I’d only included names like Oliver, Fluffy, and Fang. I had to squeeze SOME fun ones in! Feel free to share some of your favorite names from Harry Potter that could be pet names!
Pro-Doggo Tip: teach your dog tricks using Harry Potter spells! “Come” turns to “Accio”, “Play dead” to “Avada Kedavra”, “Speak” to “Crucio”, “Stay” to “Petrificus Totalis”—okay, that last one might be a bit too much for your dog to grasp. But you get the idea!
BONUS Pro-Doggo Tip: Have even more fun AND feel like a real wizard by doing so while wildly waving your wand about!
Okay, now I feel an overwhelming need to create a series of Harry Potter Wand Training Clickers. I’m only now just realizing how bad I need this in my life! Why hasn’t anyone done this yet!!!!???