A Shetland Sheepdog cosplay as a wizard in Harry Potter

The Best Harry Potter Dog Names for Your New Friend

Dear Future or Current Pup Owners, we are pleased to invite you to Dogwarts School of Pupcraft and Woofzardry! 

Ok, we can dream, right? With fantastical aspects like flying brooms, feasts at the snap of a finger, and invisibility cloaks, it is no surprise the wizarding world of Harry Potter has managed to enchant the majority of the human population.

This highly successful magical franchise has over a dozen books and movies, nearly 800 characters, and a plethora of spells, potions, and magical items. So whether your pup is a ferocious Chihuahua or a unique Komondor, there is truly a name for any pup.

Harry Potter Dog Names Inspired by Characters

A Shetland Sheepdog cosplay as a wizard in Harry Potter

Harry Potter characters are a great place to start when you need some dog-naming inspiration. With a slew of characters, each having a highly detailed profile, you can easily choose a name that suits your dog’s personality or appearance perfectly. If you are a Harry Potter fan it is likely you also have a few personal favorite characters to choose from!

  • Albus: Inspired by the beloved and bearded Albus Dumbledore, whose full name is Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Usually referred to as “Dumbledore” throughout the series and is also head of Hogwarts.
  • Arabella: Harry’s babysitter Arabella Figg.
  • Aragog: Hagrid’s giant pet spider.
  • Bellatrix: Bellatrix Lestrange, a devoted follower of Voldemort and a powerful witch from the Black Family.
  • Bones: A perfect dog name inspired by Amelia Bones, head of The Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
  • Buckbeak: A hippogriff owned by Hargrid. 
  • Cedric: Cedric Diggory was a member of the Quidditch team at Hogwarts.
  • Crookshanks: Perhaps an interesting choice for a dog considering this is the name of Hermione’s cat, but still a fun way to commemorate the series!  
  • Dobby: An adored house elf. 
  • Draco: A peer, or perhaps more like an enemy, of Harry’s from the Slytherin House, known to be arrogant and highly driven.
  • Dudley: Harry’s spoiled muggle cousin, Dudley Dursley.
  • Ernie: “Take it away, Ernie!”, the conductor of the Knight Bus which Harry rides in the third movie. 
  • Errol: The Weasley’s owl, known for having poor eyesight due to its old age.
  • Fang: One of Hagrid’s many pets, Fang is a large black dog. 
  • Fawkes: Dumbledore’s Pheonix, a bright red bird, characterized as having high intelligence.
  • Finnigan: For Seamus Finnigan, a peer of Harry’s and fellow Gryffindor House member.  
  • Filch: Argus Filch, the caretaker of Hogwarts, is constantly annoyed by Hogwarts students. 
  • Fleur: A beautiful name inspired by the French witch Fleur Delacour.
  • Fluffy: The name of a huge three-headed black dog owned by Hagrid, Fluffy is a terrifying guard dog but can be easily put to sleep if he hears music. 
  • Fred: One of the infamous Weasley twins, who are known for pulling pranks on others. 
  • George: The other infamous Weasley twin. 
  • Ginny: Ron’s sister and later in the series, Harry’s wife.
  • Hagrid: For Rubeus Hagrid, an ex-Hogwarts student who is a Quidditch gamekeeper and professor, known for his big size and loving nature. 
  • Harry: The protagonist of the stories and a gifted wizard, often associated with his lightning-shaped scar and round glasses. 
  • Hedwig: Harry’s snowy owl companion. 
  • Hermione: One of Harry’s best friends, Hermione Granger, known for her bushy hair and big brain. 
  • Krum: Viktor Krum, an infamous Quidditch player from an opposing wizardry school. Perhaps especially funny if your pup likes to nibble your leftover “crumbs”. 
  • Lily: Harry’s late mother. 
  • Lucius: Father to Draco Malfoy and also an influential character in the series. 
  • Ludo: Head of one of the departments in the Ministry of Magic.
  • Luna: Luna Lovegood, a Ravenclaw witch at Hogwarts known for being a bit odd and eccentric.
  • Lupin: Remus Lupin, a professor at Hogwarts who can turn into a werewolf, making this name appropriate for canines.
  • Minerva: A highly influential and leading figure in the series who can transform into a black cat, also known as Professor McGonagall. 
  • Moody: Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody, a powerful wizard known for his magic eye.
  • Moony: A mysterious name written on the infamous disappearing Marauder’s Map, later known to be Remus Lupin’s werewolf name.
  • Myrtle: Famous ghost at Hogwarts known as “Moaning Myrtle” who haunts the girl’s bathroom.
  • Nagini: Voldemort’s huge pet snake that carries out some of his dirty deeds. 
  • Neville: Neville Longbottom is a classmate of Harry’s, known for his shy and clumsy character but later became a strong and capable wizard.
  • Norbert: The name of Hagrid’s baby dragon.
  • Oliver: Oliver Wood, strong Quidditch player at Hogwarts.
  • Padfoot: Listed on the Marauder’s Map, the name of Sirius Black’s animal form (a large black dog).
  • Peeves: A mischievous ghost that haunts Hogwarts, a good name if your pup is a bit naughty.
  • Petunia: Harry’s aunt with whom he lives in the first film/novel, characterized as a harsh and cruel person to Harry.
  • Pixie: An impish species of small blue flying creatures with high-pitched voices.
  • Prongs: A name listed on the Marauder’s Map that we later know to be the name of James Potter’s (the father of Harry Potter) animal form, a powerful red stag.
  • Potter: Harry’s last name and the name of his strong magical bloodline.
  • Remus: Another name inspired by Professor Lupin.   
  • Riddle: Inspired by the villainous wizard Tom Riddle. 
  • Ron: Harry’s red-headed best friend, Ron Weasley, known for being goofy. 
  • Seamus: Another name inspired by Seamus Finnigan.
  • Severus: Severus Snape, professor at Hogwarts and head of Slytherin.  
  • Sirius: Inspired by Sirius Black, Harry’s godfather, and powerful wizard. Since Sirius has a canine animal form, it is no surprise Sirius is also the name of a star in the Canis (dog) Major constellation. 
  • Sybill: For the eccentric Professor Sybill Trelawney, known for seeing “The Grim” in Harry’s tea leaves. 
  • Tonks: The last name of Nymphadora, a witch married to Professor Remus Lupin as well as an Auror. 
  • Voldemort: He Who Shall Not Be Named, the main antagonist in the series. 

Pet Names Inspired by Magical Places

Nearly every Harry Potter fan dreams of visiting some of the irresistibly magical locations in the movies and novels. From places decorated with free-floating candles to a secret wizard alley only accessible by tapping on a moving brick wall, Harry Potter has some of the most creative settings and places of any series. So, if you can’t visit your favorite Harry Potter location, why not name your dog after one?

  • Azkaban: An old magical prison located in the middle of a dark and stormy sea.
  • Blott: A name inspired by the bookstore Flourish and Blotts where Harry purchases The Monster Book of Monsters, located in the famous Diagon Alley.
  • Diagon: For the famous Diagon Alley where all the witches and wizards do their magical school shopping. 
  • Durmstrang: The opposing school of Hogwarts. 
  • Flourish: Another name to commemorate the magical bookstore Flourish and Blotts in Diagon Alley.
  • Gambol: For Gambol and Japes, a joke store in Diagon Alley. Gambol also means to frolic, which would easily suit a doggie.
  • Gringott: A name inspired by Gringotts Wizarding Bank, a famous location in the series. 
  • Hogsmeade: The name of a small town often visited by Hogwarts students, known for being especially beautiful during the winter holidays. 
  • Hogwarts: The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the school Harry attends as well as the main setting for the plot.
  • Honeydukes: A magical candy shop in Hogsmeade, especially suiting if your pup has a sweet tooth. 
  • Ollivander: For Ollivander’s Wand Shop in Diagon Alley, which fits wands for new witches and wizards.
  • Puddifoot: Inspired by Madam Pudifoot’s Tea Shop in Hogsmeade and a cute name for a canine.
  • Zonko: Zonko’s Joke Shop located in Hogsmeade is another option for your pup.

Names Inspired by Hogwarts Houses, Magic Spells, Enchanted Items, and More!

We love Harry Potter for the incredible characters and enchanting places, but perhaps even more for the small trinkets, spells, and other magical things that we often wish we had ourselves. Choosing a name inspired by a spell or an enchanted item will give your pup an elegant-sounding name with magical significance. 

  • Accio: A spell, or “charm”, that summons an object to the caster. 
  • Alohomora: Also called The Unlocking Charm, a spell that unlocks locks.
  • Anglia: Inspired by the enchanted flying car that helped Harry escape his neglectful home.
  • Auror: The name for a highly capable witch or wizard who works in magical law enforcement.
  • Avis: A charm that conjured birds.
  • Bludger: A large heavy ball in Quidditch used to knock players off their brooms, perfect for any reckless pups.
  • Crucio: A powerful curse that inflicts pain, known in the series as an “Unforgivable Curse”.
  • Death Eater: Perhaps a name best suited for an intimidating canine, or could be used sarcastically for your not-so-spooky pup. This name is inspired by the group of witches and wizards led by Lord Voldemort.
  • Erised: For the magical Mirror of Erised that shows people their deepest desires in life.
  • Expecto: Inspired by the famous “expecto patronum” spell that casts a “patronus”, or an animal guardian.  
  • Fiendfyre: A curse that produces powerful flames that usually take the form of a giant serpent or other creature. 
  • Firebolt: The name of a broomstick favored by Quidditch players and known for is speed and power. Perhaps a good option for a Greyhound, the fastest breed in the world
  • Floo: A funny yet cute name idea inspired by the powder used to turn fireplaces into a bright green mode of instant transportation.
  • Gargoyle: Stone statues used to guard certain rooms in Hogwarts, but of course, not a concept exclusive to Harry Potter. A great choice for guard dogs! 
  • Geminio: Or a “Doubling Charm”, a spell that can duplicate any object.
  • Goblet: Inspired by the Goblet of Fire used to determine students worthy of an important role at Hogwarts.
  • Gryffindor: The name of Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s “House” at Hogwarts. Those in Gryffindor are characterized as being determined and brave. 
  • Howler: A type of enchanted letter that screams the sender’s inscribed message when received. Great for your especially talkative pup!
  • Hufflepuff: Another House at Hogwarts whose members are known for their hard work and loyalty.
  • Imperio: One of the “Unforgivable Curses” that gives the caster complete control over someone else.
  • Incendio: A spell that conjures flames.
  • Leviosa: Inspired by the famous “Wingardium Leviosa” charm, a charm that makes things levitate.
  • Lumos: A spell that illuminates the end of a wand, much like a flashlight. Suitable for the light of your life, your canine companion.  
  • Maraurder: The famous disappearing map that shows every bit of Hogwarts, including secret locations and passage, as well as the location of anyone at any given moment.
  • Nimbus: Inspired by Harry’s broomstick, the Nimbus 2000.
  • Nox: The counter-spell for Lumos as well as Latin for “night”.  
  • Patronus: Very appropriate for your beloved canine companion since it is a spell that conjures an animal guardian.
  • Quaffle: Another ball used in Quidditch, but also just a really cute and funny dog name.
  • Quidditch: A fast-paced physical game played by witch and wizard students involving flying on broomsticks.
  • Quill: A utensil used by witches and wizards for writing.
  • Ravenclaw: Another Hogwarts House, known for great intellect. 
  • Riddikulus: A defense charm used against terrifying creatures to make them into a funny character.
  • Slytherin: Another Hogwarts House known for ambition and great pride, tends to oppose Gryffindor 
  • Snitch: In the game of Quidditch, a fast yet small golden ball. The game is over when this ball is caught.

A a cute dog with piles of Harry Potter books on the background

Silly Names Inspired by Harry Potter

Last but certainly not least, hilarious Harry Potter names for your pup. Most of these choices are clever play-on-words that are sure to get your friends and even strangers at the dog park laughing. These might be especially fitting if you and your companion are on the goofier side. 

  • Barco: A play on Draco, as in Draco Malfoy.
  • Dogwarts: Hogwarts but for your pup.
  • Fleamus: For Seamus Finnigan, but let’s not hope your pup actually has fleas!
  • Fleasley: Reminiscent of Weasley, the name of a red-headed family of witches and wizards.
  • Hairy Pawter: Get it?
  • Hufflepup: A play on the Hogwart’s House of Hufflepuff.
  • Muggle: Not a witty play-on-words, this is the name for non-magical folks in Harry Potter
  • Muttblood: A play on the slang word “Mudblood”, used to describe a witch or wizard with one magical parent and one Muggle parent.
  • Sloberin: For the Hogwart’s House, Slytherin! Especially funny if your pup tends to drool a lot.  

Tips for Choosing Your Pup’s Name 

Sadly, since you probably aren’t a Hogwarts witch or wizard, your pup’s perfect name isn’t going to appear out of thin air. Though, if you are seriously struggling with finding the best name for your precious pooch, you are not alone. It can be difficult considering your pet is just too perfect to give one title!

When trying to come up with the best dog name, observe your pup’s personality traits, what they love, what they do often, etc. If this does not yield results, take a look at their appearance. This can mean their color, their size, or even as specific as their breed. If all else fails, think about the things you like! 

How NOT to Choose a Name for Your Pup 

While choosing a name for your pup is nothing to stress over too much, be sure to keep in mind names that are easily said and easily understood. This means practicing your wizarding charms often! Names that are too long can be hard for your pup to comprehend.

Furthermore, keep in mind important commands and avoid any names that might sound similar. Names that begin with hard sounds tend to be more easily understood than those beginning with soft sounds, such as the “C” in the word “city”. 

Your Pup’s a Wizard! 

Giving your pup a name inspired by the Harry Potter series is sure to bring some Hogwarts magic to your home! Some of these names are elegantly enchanting, others tough and mighty, just like your special friend. While finding a name for your companion might feel like a daunting assignment, in the end, it is not the most important thing you’ll do as a pup parent!

The true chores will come when you are faced with finding the best food for your large breed pup, or perhaps when you have to pay their Dogwarts tuition. With a cauldron full of options to choose from, the Harry Potter universe is a great place to find that fantastically magical puppy name! 

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Sarah Wagner

Sarah Wagner

Sarah Wagner is an animal lover and the proud dog-mom of a Golden Retriever named Brody and an Italian Greyhound named Jessup. Unfortunately, Jessup developed serious allergies to many different types of dog foods and ingredients when she was just a puppy. Meanwhile, Brody could eat seemingly anything and carry on as healthy as could be. Sarah spent hours of time researching and testing different foods and brands before finding something that worked for little Jessup. She wants Dog Food Care to simplify this experience for future dog-parents who face food allergy or tolerance issues of their own.