J.K. Rowling built a truly beautiful and detailed world in her ‘Harry Potter‘ book series. She seamlessly incorporated elements of high magic into a mundane and modern world, and the immersion that readers experienced while reading the books partially came from the unique names. We know that the lives of our heroes continued after the battle against Voldemort, and considering that Hermione and Ron got to be a lovely couple, fans are always interested in how many children they had and were their names are as magical as the rest of the world.
Rose Granger-Weasley is Ron’s and Hermione’s first-born
Rose Granger-Weasley, also known as Rosie, came first in the family of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. She was a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry student and sorted into Gryffindor House, like both her parents.
Unlike her cousin Albus, Rose demonstrated a natural affinity for broomstick flying. During her second year in Hogwarts, she was chosen as the new Chaser of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. This situation, along with Albus Potter being sorted into Slytherin house, distanced them from each other. We don’t have to mention that Rosie was a brilliant student, just like her mother.
In terms of physical appearance, Rose inherited red hair from her father and, in this case, became a true member of the Weasley family. Rose was an intelligent and ambitious young girl with a photographic memory, putting much pressure on herself, but she was more secure and grounded than her mother.
The meaning behind Rose’s name can only be speculated
Rose is a pretty common name in England. It is the national flower in England and one of the most common female names in the world. But why did Hermione and Rone decide to name their daughter such a common name?
It’s possible that they wanted their children to have the same initials as they have – R and H, aka Ronald and Hermione, along with Rose and Hugo. Both children also have names that are four letters long. Some fans went even a bit further by suggesting that Rose was named after Hagrid because his first name is Rubeus, which means red (the most popular Rose color is red).
The most likely explanation is that J.K. Rowling simply loves flower-themed names. I mean, think about it: there are a lot of female characters in ‘Harry Potter’ books named after flowers: Lily Luna Potter, Sisters Lily and Petunia Evans, Fleur Delavour, Lavender Brown, Pansy Parkinson, etc. You can guess the pattern, and Rose was likely named Rose because it’s a common pattern when it comes to Rowling naming her characters.
Hugo was the second-born child and the true Weasley in every sense
Huge was born around two years after Rose. He also attended Hogwarts and was sorted into Gryffindor House. To fit into the red-haired Weasley family, Hugo’s brown hair, from the books, “became” red in the movies. Hugo appeared in the series, actually in the movie “Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 2”, and he was portrayed by Ryan Turner, an English teen actor.
The origin of Hugo’s name is a bit less obvious
Hugo is a Latinised form of the Germanic or Teutonic name Hugh, meaning “bright in spirit and mind” or simply “intelligence.” One of the most famous bearers of this name is the French novelist and poet Victor Hugo, whose works J. K. Rowling admitted to loving.
We are familiar with the fact that Hugo’s mother, Hermione, was a book lover, so it is possible she enjoyed Victor Hugo’s work as well, enough to name her son after him. Likewise, it would not be strange that Hermione wanted to anger her husband Ron by naming her son after Viktor Krum, a Bulgarian wizard from the Durmstrang Institute. Ron never forgave her for being his partner in the famous Yule Ball.
Ron: No way our son is going to be named Victor
Hermione: Why not? Oh, I see, you are still jealous of Victor Krum. I mean still after all these years? Honestly Ron, grow up!
Ron: My answer is still no.
Hermione: How about Hugo Victor then?
Ron: Fine, but then our daughter will be Rose Lavender.
Besides this interesting story, that’s another explanation. The book “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was awarded the Hugo Award (annual literary award for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year, given at the World Science Fiction Convention and chosen by its members). This could have been J. K. Rowling’s way of thanking them for that honor. But this theory is fairly stretched and seems unlikely.
The true meaning of Rose’s and Hugo’s name was never revealed in an official sense
Some parents like to create their own patterns when naming their children, like Ron and Hermione. Both of their children have their initials (Ronald-Rose, Hermione-Hugo), and four letters in it.
Also, we have heard that J. K. Rowling is a fan of the stage musical from 1960. “Bye Bye Birdy,” with their two main characters, Rose Alvarez and Hugo Peabody. The conclusion is self-evident, isn’t it?
At last, there is another interesting fact: Only Rose and Hugo have the second names of both of their parents. Hermione comes across as a very feminist character, keeping her name while taking on Ron’s name as well. This was uncommon in the Wizarding World, but Hermione didn’t care about it or many other things if it suited her.
So, whatever stories are hidden behind the origin of their names, whether they are true or just assumed, we believe you have learned something and managed to have fun with it.
What do you think is the true meaning of their names? Let us know in the comments below!