In my recent post about naming, I mention something about JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series and my problem with her naming conventions. I figured that deserved expanding upon.
I really think the development of the plot from childish to sinister is fabulously done as the characters age. It’s a testament to her writing that she managed such a well-done transition. We go from expelliarmus every 5 seconds to flinging around the forbidden curses without a care.
As for naming… there are a lot of very good names in the books. Something about Ronald Bilius Weasley rolls off the tongue, and even Ron Weasley sounds good (sometimes full names and nick names don’t both work). His name evokes… him… in some indescribable way. And there are other names like his. (On an important note, though, some of the names work well because of the British accent… more on that here.)
But… and maybe there are a lot of people that disagree with this sentiment, but… the books really do lose something for me when I see all the cutesy, alliterative names of once-background-figures-now-turned-into-major-plot-points amidst all the death and such. I can’t take it seriously.
Then again, the magical world she paints is beautifully naive and innocent, generally, and perhaps it is the sinister plots that don’t really belong. That’s a beautiful sentiment, and I suppose that perhaps it’s actually the correct one.
But I, for one, avoid overly cutesy names, just in case.