181 Harry Potter Cat Names For Your Little Wizard
J. K. Rowling’s magical universe of Harry Potter and his friends introduced the world to a colorful cast of characters with unique and often meaningful names. Perhaps your next bewitching feline friend would like to be named after one of these quixotic characters.
Many of the Harry Potter characters were named after characters of ancient myth and legend with a few suggestions from The Bard, but Rowling made them feel almost new. Here’s a few suggestions.
J.K. Rowling had a thing for flower names for girls. Most often, it was for symbolic reasons. The lily, for example, symbolizes life after death and Lily Potter’s love lives on in her son, Harry. Narcissa is vain, Pansy is unforgettable (no matter how hard you try) Poppy is a healer and Petunia is resentful. Myrtle perhaps got an ironic name, seeing as how she’s neither lucky nor particularly chaste. Some of the names are from classical mythology.
Penelope comes from Greek myth and is a good name for a cat who waits patiently for you. Minerva comes from Roman myth and is a good name for a wise and watchful cat who isn’t afraid to defend herself. Padma and Parvati get their names from Hindu myth; one being a lotus symbolizing divinity and the other being a goddess of fertility and creation.
Many of the names are just good old fashioned English names. Rowling once expressed a concern that readers didn’t seem too worried about what would be the fate of Hermione, seeing that she was named after the queen in Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale who was punished despite her innocence. Most likely, Hermione’s cleverness painted her as someone who could get herself out of trouble if she found herself in it. Maybe this name is good for a cat who gets in and out of trouble.
There is no shortage of odd and interesting girls’ names in the Harry Potter series. Take a look at this list.
- Ariana Dumbledore
- Bathilda Bagshot
For male names, Rowling seemed to fall back on good old-fashioned English names that wouldn’t be out of place if you heard them on Last of the Summer Wine or Downton Abbey. She also liked going into myth and legend for the names. Fenrir Greyback, for example, is named after a wolf in Norse mythology that will bring on the destruction of the world.
This is an appropriate name for a Lykoi cat, a mutation of the domestic shorthair resulting in a cat that looks much like a werewolf, though they’re much more friendly than their appearance would hint at.
The names Rowling picked for boys were often from the Latin and would be very meaningful. Ludo was a playful person whose love of games led to a gambling problem. Albus was known for his white hair and having pure intentions. Draco could be fierce like a dragon. Reubus was ruddy cheeked, often from letting his emotions get the best of him, be it anger or joviality.
There are many boys names from this list to consider. Take a look at this list.
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Creatures as Names
Of late, J.K Rowling has decided to work on a new project that will add to the world building of the Harry Potter universe. Harry’s tale is told, so Rowling wants to tell the tale of another person in another time and place in the same universe. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the title of one of Harry’s textbooks at Hogwarts and the name of a film exploring the adventures of Newt Scamander, the wizard who wrote this book.
Many of the Fantastic Beasts are based on creatures of myths and legends from many cultures. Some are just figments of Rowling’s vivid imagination.
A kneazle is a creature like an ordinary house cat, but larger and more intelligent. A puffskein is pretty much a tribble that’s been sterilized. A niffler is a creature that likes to hoard shiny objects. As for the creatures based on actual myth, a chimera has a lion’s head and an imp is mischievous so they may be good namesakes for a cat. For more suggestions, check out this list.
- Kitty Wizzard
Magical Characters as Names
An intro in the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them discusses the difference between beasts and being. The differentiation between the two is the intelligence necessary to understand and obey the laws of the magical community. Centaurs and merfolk requested to be classified as beasts rather than be associated with vampires or hags.
Sphynxes and giant spiders can talk but have a nasty habit of eating people. House elves, goblins and giants are beings but for one reason or another are largely disassociated with the wizarding world at large. The individuals of these magical races have names and beasts kept as pets are given names by their owners.
Fluffy might be a bit jejune as a cat’s name and Scabbers a bit uncomplimentary but Hedwig would suit a beautiful white cat with large eyes and Grawp would fit a large, friendly but somewhat clumsy Ragdoll cat. If you name your cat Peeves after the poltergeist you can always say “This is my pet, Peeves.” Check out this list for more suggestions.
Magical Cat Names
Some cat names just associated with magic in general might suit your cat. Hocus and Pocus would be great for a bonded pair. Here’s a list of names that celebrate the supernatural as a whole.