Pets make the world a better place, and in today’s world, they are needed more than ever. They give us comfort, love, and loyalty in the midst of our daily chaos. Literary pet names are simply the best. For YA fans, there are so many great options if you want to name your pet something YA related, but the Harry Potter universe, in particular, offers boundless creatures and characters to inspire your next pet’s name. This fantasy series has plenty of animal creatures (hello, Fantastic Beasts!) and human characters, too. Here are a few timeless literary pet names inspired by the Harry Potter books. Whether feather, fin, or fur, this list will help you narrow down your Harry Potter literary pet names.
As literary pet names go, Crookshanks, Hermione’s beloved pet cat, would make an excellent name for your next feline. Many cats are just as intelligent, sassy, loyal, and loving but still a bit removed—Crookshanks loves Hermione and is a devoted friend, but he is definitely more cat than human, and he prefers to keep the boundary up.
You don’t have to have an owl in order to name your pet Hedwig. Cerebral and supportive, a Hedwig could definitely be a wise white cat or a beautiful white lab. Any bird would be privileged to be named after Harry’s beautiful owl, especially one with white feathers like a dove or a cockatoo.
Stumped on what to name your frog? Neville’s pet frog Trevor was a bit silly and unruly but nonetheless shouldered a load during his owner’s awkward years. Trevor’s magical qualities are up for debate, but we do know he has a good enough frog croak to feature in the toad choir singing “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”
The name Griffin is an excellent choice for a pet that embodies the Gryffindor characteristics: “daring, nerve, and chivalry.” Dogs have earned the reputation for being man’s best friend. Their loyalty to their people will lead them through great danger to protect the ones they love, definitely a Gryffindor motto.
Whether your pet has feathers or fur, Fawkes is a great name for a courageous pet. If you adopt a pet with special needs, calling it Fawkes honors your new buddy’s courage in fighting through life despite the odds. If you adopt or rescue an older animal, Fawkes is also a nice choice since Fawkes lives to be very old and wise.
Dragons are curious creatures. Norberta is a great name for your spunky, unpredictable, but playful new pet. Just like Hagrid’s dragon, Norberta was discreet enough, but she also desired freedom to live her life outside a hunt. If you’ve got a cat who goes outside out on the prowl, Norberta would be a fitting choice from the literary pet names inspired by Fantastic Beasts.
Everyone has a favorite Marauder: Moony, Padfoot, Prongs, and I guess even Wormtail. Moony and Padfoot are natural choices of literary pet names for your canine companion. Moony has a connection to wolves, so a Siberian Husky, Akita, Samoyed, or German Shepherd would be an awesome Moony in your home, or a Remus or Lupin. You definitely want any Lupin-inspired name to complement a pet with a serious, somber personality. I’d think any Moony would have a tortured hero complex going on, definitely a pet you’d want to cuddle with and take care of… rescue pets have earned the right to be named after such a phenomenally brave, resilient, and sweet character.
A black lab or black dog is an excellent fit for Padfoot, and Sirius’ name is also a great choice. Sirius definitely has the brooding hero thing going for him. You’d want to name a pet Sirius if he or she is daring, scrappy, and somewhat defensive, but also someone who cuddles up next to you at night or at your feet. Sirius is not just a guard dog protecting your home. He’s protecting your heart.
Luna is a serene and dreamy character and as literary pet names go, it is a great choice for any cat that has a bit of a mystical, dreamy personality. Any animal that displays a similar sense of laid back wonder would be a great Luna.
Professor McGonagall’s first name, Minerva, is unusual but beautiful. Minerva is the name of an ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and war—definitely very fitting for Hogwarts’ intelligent and commanding professor of transfiguration. The bonus for naming your pet Minerva is that it comes with a few cute nicknames: “Minnie” and “Min.”
J. K. Rowling popularized the Greek name Hermione, which was previously known mainly as a character in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Hermione is smart and confident with a lot of moxie. A feisty cat or dog would bear the name of one of literature’s smartest female warriors, Hermione Granger.
Last, but not least, naming a pet Harry (or the female Harriet) is a tremendous gift to your new furry friend. Harry Potter’s story grips you right from the beginning. He is an orphan, and that identity is very central to his character’s journey across the series. What are the pets we adopt if not orphans who have finally found their forever home? Maybe you’ve rescued the next great Harry.
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