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Onomastic Tropes in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. By Don L. F. Nilsen and Alleen Pace Nilsen. Part One: Surface-Structure Schemes See Companion PowerPoint. Alliteration Assonance Cacophony Deconstruction Ethnicity Euphony Poetic Scansion.

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Onomastic Tropes in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

By Don L. F. Nilsen

and Alleen Pace Nilsen

Part one surface structure schemes see companion powerpoint l.jpg
Part One: Surface-Structure SchemesSee Companion PowerPoint

  • Alliteration

  • Assonance

  • Cacophony

  • Deconstruction

  • Ethnicity

  • Euphony

  • Poetic Scansion

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Part Two: Deep-Structure TropesThis PowerPoint

  • Aptness

  • Irony

  • Metaphor

  • Metonymy

  • Synecdoche

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  • Crookshanks: Cat with crooked legs

  • Albus Dumbledore: White

  • Argus Filch: Security Person (cf Argus Camera and Argus Peacock) from Greek Argus, a creature with a thousand eyes)

  • Filius Flitwick (Small Charms Professor)

  • Rubeus Hagrid: Blushes Easily (Red Faced)

  • Neville Longbottom

  • Maxime Olympe: Giant (Maximum + Mt. Olympus)

  • Peeves: Poltergeist

  • Lily Potter: (lilies symbolize purity)

  • Pomona Sprout: (Pomona is the goddess of agriculture) Teaches Biology

  • Arthur Weasley: Has a Weasel Patronus and Lives in the Burrow

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  • Aragog: Giant Spider (cf. “arachnid” and “Gog and Magog”)

  • Phineas Nigellus Black: Bad Guy Portrait

  • Fenrir Greyback: Werewolf

  • Griphook the Goblin: Holds onto treasures at Gringotts Bank

  • Draco Malfoy: Dragon, “malfoy” means bad faith

  • Narcissa Malfoy: Egocentric, from the egocentric Narcissus

  • The Inferi: Dead People in a Lake: They are “below”

  • Rufus Scrimgeour: The Minister of Magic, in theatre, a scrim partially obscures things

  • Dolores Umbridge: Senior Undersecretary to the Minister of Magic and Hogwarts Professor. “Dolores” means sadnesses, and umbridge relates to shade, and shadow, cf. umbrella

  • Lord Voldemort: Flight from Death

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  • Professor Binn: Teaches History of Magic (what has been)

  • Dobby and Kreacher: Dobby is a house elf who daubs up messes, and Kreacher is a creature

  • Professor Flitwick: Teaches Charms

  • Professor Sprout: Teaches Herbology

  • The Thief’s Downfall (Waterfall in Gringotts Bank that washes away all charms and enchantments)

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  • Accio! L: ascendere (ascend)

  • Aguamenti! L: aqua (water)

  • Apparate! L: apparere (to appear)

  • Confringo! L: confringo (to break to pieces)

  • Crucio! L: crux (cross)

  • Defodio! L: defodio (to dig down)

  • Deprimo! L: deprimo (To press or sink down)

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  • Descendo! L: descendere (to descend)

  • Diffindo! L: diffindo (to split or cleave)

  • Disappare! L: apparere (to appear)

  • Duro! (Turns something to stone—makes it “durable”) L: durus (hard)

  • Erecto! L: erectus (erect)

  • Expecto Patronum! L: exspectare (to expect), L: patronus (protector) from L: pater (father)

  • Expelliarmus! (Expels the Arms of an opponent) L: expellere (to drive out)

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  • Expulso! L: expulsare (to drive out)

  • Fidelio! L: fedelis (faithful)

  • Finite Incatatem: L: finitus (finished) L: incanto, incantare (to enchant)

  • Flagrante Curse: (Makes Fire) L: flagrantia (burning, blazing)

  • Gemino! (To Make Things Double or Multiple) L: gemellus (twin or double, cf. Gemeni—Castor and Pollox, the twins)

  • Glisseo! (Slide)(cf. “Glissando” on a piano—sliding, cf. “glacier”) I: glissando (slipping)

  • Homenum Revelio: (Reveals any People in the Room) L: homo (human) L: revelo (reveal)

  • Impedimenta! L impedimentum (impediment)

  • Imperio! L: imperium (command or order)

  • Levicorpus! L: levis (light, not heavy, cf. “levitate” and “levity”) L: corpus (body)

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  • Liberacorpus! L: libera (free) L: corpus (body)

  • Lumus! (For Light) L: lumen (light)

  • Nox! (Night or Darkness) L: nox (night)

  • Obliviate! (To Obliterate Someone’s Memory) L obliviosus (forgetful, oblivious)

  • Obscuro! L: obscuro (obscure)

  • Occlumency: (Occludes Harry’s mind from Voldemort’s thoughts) L: occludo (to shut up) L: mens (mind)

  • Petrificus Totalus! (To Petrify Someone) L: petra (stone or rock) L: totus (complete or entire)

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  • Priori Incantatem! L: prior (former or prior) L: incanto (enchantment)

  • Protego (Totalum)! (For Protection, cf. Protegé) L: protego (to cover or protect) L: totus (complete or entire)

  • Reducio! L: reducere (to draw backwards)

  • Reparo! L: reparare (to repair)

  • Repello Muggletum! L: repellere (to repel)

  • Salvio Hexia! L: salveo (safe or in good health, cf. “salvation”)

  • Sectum Sempra: (Snape’s Curse) L: sectura (cutting) L: semper (always)

  • Stupefy! L: stupor (stupefaction)

  • Tergeo! L tergeo (to wipe, scour, dry off, clean)

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IN MEDIAS RES: (enchantment)

  • All Names which are Apt or Ironically Apt

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IRONY: (enchantment)

  • Lavender Brown: Oxymoron

  • Regulus Arcturus Black: Good Guy

  • Sirius Black: Good Guy

  • Amicus Carrow: Death Eater

  • The Daily Prophet

  • The Dementor’s Kiss

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  • Lucius Malfoy: Bad Guy (c.f. Lucifer) (enchantment)

  • Norbert (the Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon): The name changes to Norberta when it is discovered that she is very violent and therefore female

  • Kingsley Shacklebolt: Oxymoron: “Kingsley” is opposite in connotation to “shackle” or “bolt”

  • Pius Thicknesse: Minister of Magic (is not pious, but he is “thick”—stupid)

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  • Nymphadora/Dora Tonks: Good Guy (enchantment)

  • Xenophilius Lovegood: ct. Xenophobia (Luna Lovegood’s Father)

  • ALL WEASLEYS ARE PURE-BLOODS, BUT HAVE MUGGLE-SOUNDING NAMES: Arthur, Molly, Fred, Percy, George, Bill, Ron and Ginny

  • Whomping Willow Tree (cf. Weeping Willow Tree)

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Metaphor: (enchantment)

  • Bathilda Bagshot is as nutty as squirrel poo.

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Parody: (enchantment)

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Riddle: (enchantment)

  • Q: Which came first the Phoenix or the flame?

  • A: A circle has neither a beginning nor an end.

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  • Fang: Hagrid’s Dog

  • Extendable Ears

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  • “Neither can live while the other survives.”

  • HARRY: “I live…while he lives? But I thought… I thought it was the other way round! I thought we both had to die? Or is that the same thing?”

  • ALBUS: “You were the seventh Horcrux, Harry, the Horcrux he never meant to make.” (709)

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Harry Potter (enchantment) Web Sites