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Harry Potter — a note on names

Today in my children’s lit class, our professor went over a paper she’s writign about names and language in Harry Potter … Rowling really is quite genius in some of her naming …

Horace Slughorn — for hoarding students, connections and luxuries ….
Hermione — for Hermes the god of communication …
Kreacher — obvious, I think …

But I just came across a new one …

Sir Nicholas Mimsy-Poppington — in a chapter of Through the Looking Glass (by Lewis Carroll), Mimsy is defined by Humpty Dumpty to be a combination if miserable and flimsy.

Genius, really.

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  • michelle November 2, 2006, 8:07 pm

    mark and I watched elf last night. thought of you. but mostly thought of myself

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