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Harry Potter

Now that I'm doing this Latin course, I'm noticing lots of Latin words in the Harry Potter series. For example: Remus Lupin's name means "Wolf Wolf". So he's Wolf Wolf the Werewolf.

February 20, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/istplasty

Expecto Patronum! ✨✨


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zia177448

I've also become more aware of words coming from Latin in other languages in general. I think some of those connections flew over my head when I was learning Latin in school.

And though I knew about the meaning of Remus Lupin's name before, it still always cracks me up: "Wait, Wolf Wolf McWolferson is a werewolf?! I never would have thought that!!!" XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColinJParry

I regularly make fun of the Latin in Harry Potter (and most YA fiction) with my students. Not that I don't love the books, it's just often easy pickings. Things like exspecto patronum I wait for a (financial) protector/patron or Occulus repairo I (eye?) fix. References like Remus Lupin or Severus Snape are cool. Also Rubeus (red) and Albus (dull white) are Latin words as well.


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While "lupinus" means wolf-like, I'm not aware of the name "Remus" meaning wolf. Remus was the twin brother of Romulus, the founder of Rome. According to legend, they were abandoned in infancy and suckled by a she-wolf. That's the wolf connection for the name Remus. In other news, I seem to remember there was a translation into Latin of the Harry Potter series. Maybe it's still around, could be good for intermediate reading practice.


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I seem to remember there was a translation into Latin of the Harry Potter series

First off, that would be extremely cool. But would the spells and names be in... English?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColinJParry

Fun fact: Lupa shewolf is a euphemism for prostitute. Who is actually the one who found and suckled the boys.


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Latin appears everywhere in books like "Panem" in hunger games means bread! And the Latin "Prima Rosa" (primrose) means "first rose"!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColinJParry

Collins is bad with Latin too though regrettably. For example, Avox, are the people without tongues, but that should be Avoce, and there actually are a couple Latin words which specifically mean "person with their tongue cut out" I recall there being more that I used to poke fun at, but I only remember that and the country being accusative for some reason.


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