Even those who are not fans have to admit that the Harry Potter series is something of a cultural juggernaut. Fans of the books have given the series a huge boost, giving the series a life that’s extended far beyond the original publishing of the novels and even the release of the films. It’s not that surprising, then, that so many fans would choose to make Harry Potter an important part of their lives. For many, that includes naming their dogs after characters, creatures, and even places in the series.
It shouldn’t be too surprising that the various Harry Potter dog names are currently among the most popular in the world. There are hundreds of possible names to pick, but we’ve narrowed it down to a list of some of the most popular. If you’re wondering what you should name your dog, hopefully this list will be able to help you to find a magical name that’s suitable for your new pet.
The Most Popular Harry Potter Dog Names
If you’re looking for Harry Potter dog names, you’re in luck – there are plenty of them, most of which are related to beloved characters in the film. Though these names run the gamut from the obviously-magical to the very mundane, they all have something to do with Harry Potter. If you’re in the mood for some magic, you’ll find a name to love here.
Some of the most popular names are, of course, the names of the major characters from the film. Harry is obviously a very popular name, as is Potter. Hermione also gets a nod here, with names like Weasley, Ron, Granger, and Luna ranking very high. Dumbledore, Minerva, Albus, Severus, Gilderoy, Remus, Hagrid, and Lupin all represent the staff on the list, while Percy, Ginny, Draco, Neville, Cedric, and Diggory are all fine names that come from the student body.
There are, of course, plenty of other names based on characters that show up on the big list. Tonks and Sirius both rank very high, as do Bellatrix and Cornelius. Newt, Lucius, and Godric are up top as well, with Dudley, Gryffindor, and Riddle rounding out the rest of the human-based names.
If you’re looking for something a little more exotic, there are also names based on magical creatures and items. Dobby is one of the most popular Harry Potter names, with Winky and Hedwig also on the list. Fluffy, Errol, Fawkes, and Padfoot are all very popular, along with Fang, Norbert, and Crookshanks – even though the latter is the name of a cat! Finally, you can always go with Harry’s favorite broomstick – Nimbus.
Harry Potter Names: Places, Things, and Creatures
Maybe you don’t want to name your new pet after a specific character in Harry Potter. Instead, you might be looking for a name that has more to do with one of the general concepts in the books than anything that’s based on a person. Luckily, there are some great concepts that lend themselves easily to naming your dog.
One of the most popular names for dogs in the Harry Potter fandom is Buckbeak, the name of a hippogryph in the books. Phoenix and Patronus are likewise incredibly popular names for those looking for general concepts. Even Muggle tends to be a name of choice among some fans.
Quidditch is a very popular dog name, alongside the ever-popular (if strange) Snitch. Butterbeer and Goblin are also surprisingly popular names among fans, with Quaffle also jumping into the fray. Like spells? You might want to look at Alohomora or Accio as the perfect name for your new pet.
Given that Harry Potter fans tend to be big readers, it’s not all that surprising that they also tend to be big fans of clever wordplay. Some fans have actually worked some great Harry Potter puns into the names of their dogs – something that will certainly make them giggle, and leave their dogs confused.
After all, why just have a dog when you can have a Gryffindog? Maybe your smart dog is more of Ruffyndor, a Ravenpaw, or a Hufflepup? Regardless, all of these dogs probably go to Dogwarts with Hairy Pawter and Pansy Barkinson. Fortunately, your dog loves you no matter how bad the pun, so feel free to use one of these silly names.
How to Choose a Harry Potter Name for Your Dog
While all of the choices above are great for fans of books and movies, the truth is that you do need to put some thought into naming your dog. After all, this is a name that you’re going to be using for your pet for many years to come, so taking a little bit of extra time to think about that name is a good way to make sure that you pick something you actually like.
The good news is that having a big list of names like this is a great place to start. Though you might not know your dog yet, you can start to get some ideas. Harry Potter names are fun and give you plenty of options, but they’re probably even more important because they can give you launching points for other names. Try to sit down and use your imagination to think of names that you would want to call a dog and names that you are comfortable yelling out if your dog happens to go running down the street.
Don’t get too stuck on a name before you meet your new dog, though. Your dog’s name really does need to match his or her personality, so make sure that you’re able to get a good idea of who your dog is before saddling him or her with a specific name. While it’s a little funny to see a dog who has a name that’s so different from his or her actual self (see: big dogs named ‘Tiny’), it’s usually better to make sure that you find something suitable for your pet.
The good news is that there are enough Harry Potter names out there that they can fit just about any dog. While they might not all be easy to fit on a small dog harness, all of these names can be great for different dogs.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the #1 dog name?
The most popular names for dogs in the English-speaking world are Bailey for male dogs and Bella for female dogs. In the Harry Potter fandom, though, Luna continues to be the most popular name with Dobby coming in a fairly close second. Names tend to change in popularity every year, though, with names like Molly and Charlie perennially vying for the top spots and names like Daisy and Buddy rarely falling out of the top ten.
2. What are some badass dog names?
There are plenty of dog names that sound tough. Names like Spike are, of course, very common among those who like to make sure that others know exactly how dangerous their dogs can be. There are also a handful of names from the Harry Potter fandom that tend to be fairly tough-sounding, with Sirius, Draco, and even Lucius coming to mind. Of course, there’s nothing a name can do to make a dog act any tougher than it really is so try to make sure that your dog actually has a personality that fits his or her name before you give him or her one that doesn’t fit.
3. What are some unique dog names?
One of the great things about dogs that it that you can name them pretty much anything. Some of the names from the Harry Potter fandom are really unique and don’t show up anywhere else – you won’t find many other dogs named Tonks, for example, and you probably won’t find too many Errols running around out in the wild. The important thing about choosing a unique name is making sure that it’s something that you’re comfortable calling your dog and that your dog will be able to respond to when he or she is needed.