Hogwarts Legacy lets players make their own wizards or witches, but which names fit the game?
Fans of Harry Potter have been hoping for an open-world adventure game like Hogwarts Legacy ever since the books and movies made people want to be wizards and witches. Set a hundred years before the main series, players go to Hogwarts as their own made-up 5th-year student.
Many players will live out a childhood dream and go to Hogwarts as themselves, but if you want to get the most out of Hogwarts Legacy, you’ll want to make a character who fits into both the wizarding world and the late 1800s. The first step in making a real figure is to give Hogwarts a good name.
Hogwarts Legacy takes place from 1890 to 1891, so the main character, a new 5th-year student, was born in either 1874 or 1875. So, players who want to make a truly real character can look at what parents named their children in the late 1800s.
Even though there are no records of magical names from the time, there are muggle names. And since many magicians and witches have muggle names, these will do. Names like John, William, George, Mary, Emma, and Elizabeth are popular for this time period, according to sites like Britishbabynames and SSA.gov.
A Name That Reflects On The Nature Of The Character
In the Harry Potter series, it’s normal for characters to have names that hint at what kind of person they are. This might be because the first few books were written for kids. Who find it easy to tell if a character is good or bad by how their name sounds. For example, the names of some good characters, like Luna Lovegood and her Hogwarts Legacy friend Poppy Sweeting. Just make you feel good.
On the other hand, names like Gregory Goyle, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Amycus Carrow don’t make the people who have them sound very friendly. Players who want to play a hero, an evil, or something in between in Hogwarts Legacy might want to pick a name that fits their character.
Classical First Names
Many of the first names of characters in the wizarding world may sound fancy or even magical. But many of them are just borrowed from the ancient worlds of Rome and Greece. Cornelius Fudge, Theseus Scamander, and Minerva McGonagall are all examples of this.
As some of these names belong to real historical people and others to mythical heroes. Players looking for a classical first name can look through a huge number of lists until they find the right one. They could look at lists of Roman Emperors, characters from books like the Iliad and Aeneid, and the names of ancient gods, among other things.
Arthurian Or Medieval Names
Even though not many names in the Harry Potter books come from Arthurian legends. Hogwarts Legacy has a few more connections to the magical Middle Ages. In fact, the main character uses a kind of magic called Ancient Magic that hasn’t been seen since the end of the Middle Ages.
Merlin also has a special part in the game, and he may have used Ancient Magic in the past. Considering this, it would make sense for the main character to have a real Arthurian name, like Gawain or Iseult. If players aren’t happy with those, they can get ideas from the rest of the mediaeval world.
First Names From The Harry Potter Series
Character names are easy to find in places like the Harry Potter books and any other part of the world. There are a lot of names to choose from because there are hundreds of minor characters who have only been named a few times in the source material. Some of these names are really unique.
Even the biggest Harry Potter fans will find names they don’t know if they look at lists of all the characters’ names. Then, you can either use these names as they are or use them to get ideas.
Play As An Ancestor
Because there aren’t that many wizards. It’s more likely than not that known family names will show up in Hogwarts Legacy. Early in Happy Wheels game, players will meet a Weasley and a Black, who are both important people at the school.
In the same way, players can make their character a cousin of someone from the books without breaking canon. Many players who go this way will choose a well-known wizarding family name like Potter or Malfoy. However, the sorting ceremonies from the books are a great place to look for more unique names. Many Hogwarts students are mentioned for the first and only time in these, and since they are given houses. Players might want to pick a relative from the house they want to play as.
A Magical Or Victorian Spin On Your Own Name
If a player wants to play mostly as themselves. But is scared that their name doesn’t fit the world, they can always add a little something extra. Both first and last names can be made to sound more Victorian or magical by adding an ending. This won’t always work, though.
Most names also come from older names, though they have often been shortened over time. So, players could just choose a different version of their name that fits better with the wizarding world of the late 1800s.
A Name With Alliteration
Many of the characters in the Harry Potter books and in Hogwarts Legacy have names that start with the same letter. In other words, the first letter of these characters’ first names is the same as the first letter of their second names. Players can do the same thing when they name their own characters.
Some characters in the books have names that start with the same letter, like Filius Flitwick, Peter Pettigrew. And, of course, Severus Snape, who makes a short appearance as an Easter egg in Hogwarts Legacy. Even the four leaders of Hogwarts have names that start with the same letter. Alliteration is used less often in Hogwarts Legacy, but Sebastian Sallow. His uncle Solomon Sallow, and the potions master Parry Pippin all use it.
A Name About The Character’s Interests
Even so, many people in the wizarding world have names that have something to do with their jobs or hobbies, for better or worse. For example, the famous magician Newt Scamander’s first name is the name of an animal. And his last name, Scamander, sounds a lot like Salamander.
Pomona Sprout and Mirabel Garlick, both Herbology teachers in Harry Potter and Hogwarts Legacy, have names that go well with their love of plants. If people are interested in something specific or want their character to be interested in something specific. It can be a good idea to include it in the name of their character.
Names From Graveyards
Fans of the Harry Potter books will know that J. K. Rowling got many of the names for her characters from the tombstones in the Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh. The names of characters like Lord Voldemort (Tom Riddle). And Professor McGonagall can be traced back to this graveyard, which has become a popular place for fans to visit.
Even though not everyone can go to Scotland to choose a name for their Hogwarts Legacy character. Most graves have a lot of names that fit, especially if they are old and mysterious.
Hogwarts Legacy is now available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. On July 25, a version for Switch will be released.