If you grew up waiting to receive your Hogwarts letter at age 11, you know the powerful hold the Harry Potter series continues to have over multiple generations of readers. If you’ve made the magical decision to add a new dog to your household, the next dilemma is even tougher: what do you name your pet? The choice is simple and complicated for fans of The Boy Who Lived.
With seven books and eight films worth of unique characters, memorable actors, and countless magical creatures, the wizarding world of Harry Potter provides endless inspiration. In this article, you’ll find Harry Potter dog names to choose from. Grab a fresh butterbeer and start reading!
How to Name Your Dog
Since your dog wasn’t born into a magical family tree, you must consider other factors when choosing the right name. For instance, check out your pup’s physical appearance and personality. Are they ginger-haired like a Weasley? Well, you still have a lot of names to choose from there, but at least it’s a start.
Does your dog resemble a magical creature or have a personality that guarantees they’d be sorted into Slytherin? Take your tastes into account as well. Is the name Hermione one of your favorites because of Emma Watson? There’s your answer.
Whatever you decide to name your new dog, stick with your decision. Dogs generally learn their names quickly, and the faster you can teach yours, the easier training and communication will become.
Harry Potter Human Character Dog Names
It’s fair to wonder what inspired the Harry Potter author when it comes to many of her characters’ names. Harry and Ron may be plain and simple, but you have Bathilda Bagshot to consider. You can examine Harry Potter characters to inspire your dog’s name and find one that fits.
Harry Potter Creature Dog Names
Whether they are magical inventions or faithful pets like Hedwig, the Harry Potter universe is full of creatures who could inspire your dog’s new name. Here are just a few to consider.
Harry Potter Magical Objects Dog Names
We’ve included everything from spells to places to broomsticks in this category. Most of these names are immediately recognizable to anyone who is a Harry Potter fan. Call your pup at the dog park, and you might make new friends.
Harry Potter Actor Dog Names
As impressive as the Harry Potter books are, the movies added a whole new element to the series. Starring multiple unknown child actors, plus what seemed like every famous British star, the eight-film movie series offers many potential namesakes for your pup.
Harry Potter Puns for Dog Names
Okay, these names aren’t technically canon. But they are pretty clever, and if naming your dog a Harry Potter pun is wrong, then what is the point, honestly? Have some fun with this category.
Are you inspired by one of the Harry Potter names on our list? If so, you can send an owl to all your friends announcing the new arrival. Better yet, invite them to visit to help you get started socializing your new pet. Early training and socialization are key to helping puppies or dogs of any age maintain a calm temperament in stressful situations. There’s no spell that can help you raise a new dog right, but for most pups, treats are the most magical objects of all.
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