Originally posted by siriuswriter
well, 'draco' is a constellation in the sky and guess what the constellation is... yes, a dragon.
and then there's the zodiac sign "scorpio," which, when put into jk translation for a boy's name, turns into 'scorpius.' and the zodiac sign is a... damn! what's the name of that thing?! has tail that curls around with poisonous stinger.
SCORPION. duh. wow.
so, dragon and scorpion. both potentially dangerous reptilian creatures, of course, the dragon is much more dangerous, and that would follow the theory that scorpius is a much watered-down version of his father - but, is still a malfoy, thus the dangerous animal association?
and malfoy is very very close to mal foie, which i think means "a bad feeling."
jk rowling gave her characters many names that were related to stars or translations or...
like "weasley," rowling's said that she doesn't understand why weasels get a bad rap and how she thinks they're adorable and that's why the best friend and his family had that name. and sirius and regulus are two stars in a three star constellation that has something to do with a dog - the third star is named after the three-headed dog that guards the grecian underworld. sirius is a dog regulus is sirius' little brother...
narcissa obviously comes from narcissist, which is an adjective for a person who is totally in love with themself. which comes from a greek legend about a man who is going to meet his lover when he comes upon an enchanted pool and happens to catch a glimpse of himself - and the enchanted pool has a naiad who falls in love with narcissus and so he is cursed to forever stare at his face in the water, admiring it, forgetting everything else, and so he grows old and dies, never leaving the side off the pool.
you see? take a harry potter name, every name, and there are more than likely quite a few stories that explain why the character is named that way. it's quite interesting.
wow. long ramble.
wow never really though to look up the meaning of the names always wandered where Jk got the names from sweet thanks for that