2Main CharactersName Origins and Favorite Spells and Potions
3Harry Potter Expelliarmus Expecto Patronum Favorite Spells First Name: HarryHarry is JK Rowling’s favorite boys name.It is of Anglo-Saxon origin and means “power”.It is shared by the magician Harry Houdini.Last Name: PotterA name that JK Rowling has been fond of since childhood.Alludes to “Potter’s field”, a place where unclaimed bodies are buried, like those of orphaned children.Expelliarmus (Disarming Spell) - Latin combination of "expellere" meaning "to expel" and "arma" meaning "weapon or upper arm.“Expecto Patronum (Spell used to conjure a Patronus) - In Latin, "expecto" is to "await, desire, or hope for" and "patronus" is "protector." Hence, "to hope for a protector." A Patronus is used to protect against a Dementor.
4Associated Spell and Potions Ron WeasleyFelix FelicisWingardium LeviosaAssociated Spell and PotionsLast Name: WeasleyIn Ireland, Weasels are considered unfortunate animals, which is a reference to the Weasleys being poor.Rowling has always been fond of weasels.Felix Felicis (Luck Potion) - "Felix" is Latin for "lucky, fortunate, or happy." "Felicis" is derived from two Latin adjectives, one for "lucky" and one for "of the lucky." It translates as "lucky of the lucky," but seems more acceptable to write it as "luck of luck." Could haves ties to the word "felicity" which means "extreme happiness."Wingardium Leviosa (Levitation Charm) - "Wingardium" is a combination of the English word "wing" and the Latin word "arduus" meaning "steep." "Leviosa" contains the Latin word "levare" meaning "ease, lift, or pick up".
5Hermione Granger Alohomora Avis Oppugno Favorite Spells First Name: HermioneRefers to the patron saint of high magicMeans “well-born”, “earthly”, or “stone”.A character in Aeneid and A Winter’s Tale.Last Name: GrangerMay refer to the Granger movement to improve the lives of farmers, much like starting SPEWA granger is a very common person, like mugglesAlohomora (Spell that opens locks) - Derived from the Hawaiian "Aloha" meaning "goodbye," and the Latin word "mora," meaning "obstacle."Avis (Spell that Ollivander used to make birds fly out of Krum's wand) - Latin for "bird."Oppugno (Spell that makes conjured creatures attack on the command of the conjurer) - In Latin, means "I attack."
6Favorite Spell and Potion Albus DumbledoreSectumsempraVeritaserumFavorite Spell and PotionFirst Name: AlbusSevere refers to “strict” or “cruel” which highlight his personalityMentioned in Mansfield Park a favorite novel of RowlingLast Name: DumbledoreA town in EnglandBased on a person Rowling knew.Sectumsempra (Spell used to seriously cut another person) - In Latin, "sectum" means to "cut, wound, or amputate" and "sempra" is derived from the word "semper" meaning "always" or "at all times." Hence, "to wound always or make a permanent wound."Veritaserum (Truth Potion) - "Veritas" is Latin for "truth" and "serum" is a potion.
7Favorite Spell and Potion Severus SnapeSectumsempraVeritaserumFavorite Spell and PotionFirst Name: SeverusSevere refers to “strict” or “cruel” which highlight his personalityMentioned in Mansfield Park a favorite novel of RowlingLast Name: SnapeA town in EnglandBased on a person Rowling knew.Sectumsempra (Spell used to seriously cut another person) - In Latin, "sectum" means to "cut, wound, or amputate" and "sempra" is derived from the word "semper" meaning "always" or "at all times." Hence, "to wound always or make a permanent wound."Veritaserum (Truth Potion) - "Veritas" is Latin for "truth" and "serum" is a potion.
8Favorite Spell and Potion Lord VoldemortHorcruxMorsmordeFavorite Spell and PotionAssumed Name: Lord VoldemortRefers to a dark wizard in medieval times named Voldemortist, meaning Lord of EvilIn many European languages “mort” or “mord” means death or evilIn French, “vol-de-mort” means flight from death.Horcrux - "Horcrux" when broken down in many languages means "outside the cross." This is consistent with the very unholy nature of creating one, and why it is stricken from the pages in a lot of textbooks. "Crucis" means "pain or torture," and "hor" is a shortened form of the noun "horreum," which means "storehouse." Thus, "tormenting storehouse." A Horcrux is effectively a "storehouse" for the part of the soul that an individual destroys when killing someone. "Hor" can also remind readers of the words "horrible" and "horrid." The English meaning for "crux" is "the critical feature or essence," like the crux of an argument. Similar to the Latin translation, it then becomes understood as "essence storehouse." Many consider the soul to be the essence of an individual. A "crux" is also defined as a "difficult puzzle," so Horcruxes can then be seen as "horrible" or "tormenting puzzles." In Egyptian mythology, Horus was the son of the god Osiris, who became the God of the Dead. Crux is also Latin for "cross." If you combine these two words, you get the "cross of Horus," also known as the "ankh" (a cross with a loop at the top). The ankh was the symbol of life. Thus, a Horcrux would ensure life.Morsmordre (Makes the Dark Mark appear in the sky) - Combination between "mors" (Latin for "death") and "mordere" (Latin for "to bite"). Death bite? No -- Death Eater.