J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits movie theaters this weekend, full of extraordinary creatures, amazing locations, an evil wizard and a suitcase-toting hero. Oh, and lots of fantastic unique names, as much a trademark of Rowling’s genius as monsters and magic. Here, the most noteworthy choices with our thoughts on whether they might work for a muggle baby. — Owen Satran
The character: The protagonist of the “Fantastic Beasts” series, Newton Artemis Fido Scamander, or Newt for short, is a brave and kind wizard with a love for the study of magical creatures. The fictional author of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Newt is played by Eddie Redmayne in the movie series.
The name: A Newt is a type of salamander, while Newton is likely a reference to the famous scientist. It’s a fitting name for this magizoologist.
Analysis: For now it’s tied too closely to House Speaker Gingrich—but perhaps this movie series will change that perception. On its own Newton is a perfectly usable, albeit somewhat geeky, choice for a boy, and Newt is a sweet nickname.
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on November 16th, 2018 at 2:24 pm
I like to believe that Queenie’s given name is Regina, because that just makes a much better sibset with Porpentina, doesn’t it? And then they’re both going by nicknames
on November 17th, 2018 at 3:47 pm
After reading ‘Small Island’ by Andrea Levy, I have a real soft spot for this name. It will never be more than a guilty pleasure, but I love it nonetheless. It’s a bit hypocritical of me, seeing as I feel that diminutives such as Alfie and Evie are too cutesy to be used as full names, but I’d love to meet a little Queenie!
on November 18th, 2018 at 4:13 pm
Thank you for keeping this spoiler-free!
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