Magic in a Muggle Word: How Many Witch and Wizard Names Are There?
In honor of the recent publication of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script, we thought we’d take a look at how many people living in our Muggle world today share names with J.K. Rowling’s characters. Even though Cursed Child wasn’t written by Rowling herself (it was the project of playwright Jack Thorne), the book is an exciting return to a world most of us — myself included — have really missed! Whether you’ve gotten the book yet or not, here’s a list of the magical people living among us.
As you might expect, this name is actually pretty common. 122 Harry Potters reside among us, primarily in Florida, with a few Harry Potter, Jrs. and Harold Potters thrown in for good measure.
A little more common, there are over 600 Ron Weasleys in the United States all around the country. If anyone in the Midwest sees a car flying through the sky, you can expect the one exact match for Arthur Weasley to be very angry.
Five women live in the United States with this name, and you just know that they’re outperforming all the other residents in absolutely everything in Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Reports indicate that the house-elves in these areas are some of the happiest.
No one in the nation has this name, which makes sense, as Hagrid is a singular creature whose good spirit is unmatched by anyone.
No luck here, either. Trying to think of a name for your baby?
Okay, prepare yourselves: there are 56 exact matches for Tom Riddle and tons of possible matches — hundreds of them, all around the country. Thomas Riddles, too. “Tom Marvolo Riddle,” however, yielded no results — which means any of Tom Riddles could be the Tom Riddle. Start practicing your Slug-Vomiting Charms and your Bat-Bogey Hexes! This brings me to…
Yes, there is indeed one Lord Voldemort. He lives in Quebec. I wonder if he’s retired from evil to sample cheese and offer wine tastings?
Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley Dursley
Happily, these folks are strictly fiction.
There are no Ginny Weasleys in the U.S., but don’t despair: there are 10 Ginny Potters.
Okay, so no Draco Malfoy, but there are a handful of people with the surname Malfoy, including one with the first name Narcissa. Distant relatives? Or not-so-distant relatives, perhaps…
Harry Potter is a vast, magical realm, full of possibility. So is your world! You can look anyone up with Whitepages Premium and get access to their records, licenses, and contact info, so you’ll know if they’ve moved to Hogwarts or not. Always be kind to your witch and wizard neighbors, but don’t forget: CONSTANT VIGILANCE!
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