CAT NAMES

Harry Potter Names for Cats: Magical Names For Your Pet

Orange cat reading Harry Potter
Jeremy Vaughn
Written by Jeremy Vaughn

Even though it’s been more than twenty years since the first of the nine books in the Harry Potter series was released, its magic continues to this date. People are still influenced by the unique Wizarding World created by JK Rowling. For Harry Potter fans all over the globe, wouldn’t it be just great to choose from a list of Harry Potter names for cats for your feline pet?

Harry Potter’s world is definitely full of magical, mysterious, and powerful creatures. Choosing a name for your cat that’s based on the Wizarding World characters means you have hundreds of magical pet names to choose from.

You can name your pet after an Animagus, or you can choose a character that has a cat for a Patronus. Either way, your cat is sure to have an awesome magical name. We’ll help you choose the best name for your feline pet based on the wonderful world of wizards and magical creatures.

We’ll take a look at some of the more notable characters out of the hundreds involved in the series. First up are the professors and Aurors. Then we’ll list the noteworthy students in Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. We’ll also take a look at the muggles who played very important roles in the series. Of course, we can’t leave out the Death Eaters. Then we’ll take a look at the actual cat characters themselves and, of course, their owners.

Harry Potter Cat Names Based On Hogwarts Professors and Aurors

tabby cat wearing glasses

Hogwarts wouldn’t be the same without the professors. Just like in any school in the real world, some Hogwarts Professors are very helpful, while there are also those who seem to take pleasure in tormenting and terrorizing the students.

You can choose a name for your pet borrowed from one of these powerful figures:

NameDescription
Albus Dumbledorethe wise and kindly Headmaster of Hogwarts; he was one of the most powerful wizards in the series; Alpuss is a great name for a cat that’s wise but can be mischievous too
Minerva McGonagallthe Transfiguration professor and Deputy Headmistress at Hogwarts; very strict, and yet very warm-hearted; she is also the head of Gryffindor House
Severus Snapea multifaceted character, Snape was both a Death Eater and a member of the Order of the Phoenix; he was Hogwarts’ Potions Master and Defense Against the Dark Arts professor; Snape was also the head of Slytherin
Sybill Trelawneyshe is a seer and is the Divination professor at Hogwarts; her prophecy triggered Voldemort's attack on the Potters
Pomona Sprouthead of Hufflepuff house and Herbology professor
Filius Flitwickhead of Ravenclaw house and Charms professor; since he is short, this is a good name forMunchkins
Gilderoy LockhartDefense Against The Dark Arts professor; was a celebrity author but was uncovered as a fraud
Remus John Lupinalso known as Moony, a werewolf, a member of the Order of the Phoenix, and a Marauder; Defense Against The Dark Arts professor
Rubeus Hagridthe half-giant Hogwarts Gamekeeper; extremely loyal to Dumbledore and Harry; Care of Magical Creatures professor
Horace SlughornPotions professor and former head of Slytherin house; founder of the Slug Club
FirenzeDivination professor; a centaur with piercing blue eyes; if your cat has blazing blue eyes, this article onnames for cats with blue eyesshould serve you well
Alastor Moodyalso called Mad-Eye, he was once the leader of the Order of the Phoenix; a name for, you guessed it, moody cats
Kingsley Shackleboltan Auror and a member of the Order of the Phoenix; was named acting Minister of Magic after the Battle of Hogwarts
Nymphadora Tonksan Auror and member of the Order of the Phoenix; she is Lupin's wife
Rufus Scrimgeourthe tawny-haired former Head of the Auror Office; he succeeded Cornelius Fudge as Minister of Magic

Harry Potter Cat Names Inspired By Hogwarts Students

cat wearing Gryffindor scarf

Hogwarts is not just a school, but a place full of friendship, rivalry, and sometimes, romance. The students at Hogwarts are not just young and energetic but also magically talented. Take a look at some of the most unforgettable students at Hogwarts to find the perfect name for your cat.

#1: Gryffindor

Founded by Godric Gryffindor, the Sorting Hat places students in Gryffindor House based on their courage, chivalry, and determination.

NameDescription
Harry Potterthe main protagonist of the series; The Boy Who Lived; Harry Pawter is a popular pet name
Hermione GrangerHarry's muggle-born best friend; she's the brains in their group; Hermeowe makes a cute cat name
Ron WeasleyRon is also Harry's best friend; Ron is the youngest of the Weasley boys; famous for his hair color, this name is perfect for orange cats
Neville LongbottomA pure-blood wizard; got into a lot of accidents and trouble at first, but later on, he proved his bravery; a name for cats that have a long body, like theSavannah
Lavender Browna pure-blood witch whose favorite subject is Divination; Ron's first girlfriend
Seamus Finnigana sandy-haired Irish boy; clickherefor many other Irish cat names
Dean ThomasGryffindor’s Quidditch Chaser; was Ginny Weasley's boyfriend for a while
Parvati Patilidentical twin sister of Padma (who is in Ravenclaw); best friends with Lavender Brown
Ginny Weasleythe only girl in the Weasley brood, she later became Harry Potter's wife
Colin Creeveya muggle-born wizard; one of Harry's biggest fans; his hobby is photography
Fred WeasleyGryffindor's Quidditch Beater; one of the Weasley twins
George Weasleyalso Gryffindor's Quidditch Beater; Fred's identical twin; if you've got two mischievous male kittens that look like twins, you can name them after Fred and George
Percy WeasleyGryffindor prefect; he is the third of the Weasley boys
Oliver WoodGryffindor Quidditch Keeper and captain
Katie BellGryffindor Quidditch Chaser; both Katie and Bell make really cute names for female cats
Angelina JohnsonGryffindor Quidditch Chaser and captain after Oliver Wood; black-haired and brown-eyed, she later married George Weasley
Alicia SpinnetGryffindor Quidditch Chaser; she's also friends with Hermione and Cho Chang
Cormac McLaggenmember of the Slug Club, Cormac was in love with Hermione

#2: Hufflepuff

spiteful tabby cat

Founded by Helga Hufflepuff, the Sorting Hat places students in Hufflepuff House based on characteristics like being friendly, loyal, and honest. Hufflepuffs are also known to be hard-working. Here are some of the more noteworthy Hufflepuff characters.

NameDescription
Cedric DiggoryHufflepuff Quidditch Seeker and captain; together with Harry, he was co-winner of the Triwizard Tournament but was killed by Pettigrew when the trophy turned out to be a portkey
Hannah Abbottprefect of Hufflepuff house; later married to Neville Longbottom
Ernie Macmillanpure-blood wizard; school prefect and member of Dumbledore's Army; good friends with Hannah Abbott and Justin Finch-Fletchley
Zacharias SmithHufflepuff Quidditch Chaser; he is described to be spiteful and obnoxious—does that describe your cat?
Susan Boneshalf-blood witch; most of her family were killed by Voldemort
Justin Finch-Fletchleymuggle-born wizard; was one of the first to be petrified by Chamber of Secrets basilisk

#3: Ravenclaw

Founded by Rowena Ravenclaw, the Sorting Hat chooses students who exhibit intelligence, wit, and originality and places them in Ravenclaw House. These students usually show academic brilliance and are often hardworking and diligent.

If you’ve got an extremely smart cat, you could consider giving him/her a name based on one of these exceptional Ravenclaw students.

NameDescription
Luna Lovegoodshe may sometimes be a bit weird and have a distinct fashion sense, but her loyalties lie in the right place
Cho ChangRavenclaw Quidditch Seeker; Harry's first crush at Hogwarts
Padma Patiltwin of Parvati, she's also a member of Dumbledore's Army; if you've got two female kittens that are both smart and look exactly alike, you can name them Padma and Parvati
Moaning Myrtlereal name Myrtle Warren; a muggle-born Ravenclaw student during Tom Riddle's time; she was killed by the basilisk

#4: Slytherin

Founded by Salazar Slytherin, the Sorting Hat chooses students who exhibit cunning, ambition, and even fraternity, and sorts them into the House of Slytherin. Being pure-blooded oftentimes is a factor, so if you’ve got a purebred cat that’s definitely cunning, a Slytherin name would be just perfect for your pet.

NameDescription
Draco MalfoySlytherin Quidditch Seeker; became school prefect; son of Lucius Malfoy; Harry's number one tormentor at school
Vincent Crabbehis father, Vincent Sr., is a Death Eater; Slytherin Quidditch team Beater; one of Draco's boys
Gregory GoyleSlytherin Quidditch Beater; together with Crabbe, Goyle acts like Draco's bodyguard and supporter
Blaise Zabiniclose friend and supporter of Draco
Pansy Parkinsonwas Draco's girlfriend for a short while

Harry Potter Cat Names Inspired By Muggles

white cat lying with Harry Potter book

Muggles are just like you and me, ordinary and non-magical, except that we know of the Wizarding World’s existence while most muggles don’t. Let’s take a look at these ordinary characters who played important roles in the series.

NameDescription
Vernon DursleyHarry's uncle, a huge man who dotes on his only son; hates the fact that Harry has magical abilities
Petunia DursleyLily Potter's sister; reluctantly took Harry in after his parents died
Dudley DursleyHarry's first cousin who's very good at bullying Harry
Marge DursleyVernon's sister; also has a disparaging attitude towards Harry; after speaking ill of Harry's parents, Harry accidentally caused her to become blown up like a balloon
Tom Riddle, Sr.a handsome man who was seduced by Lord Voldemort's mother through the use of a love potion; he abandoned Merope Gaunt and Tom Marvolo Riddle who was yet unborn and was killed by Voldemort for it
Muggle Prime Ministerequivalent to the UK's Prime Minister in the real world, he was fully aware of the existence of the Wizarding World and often coordinated with the Minister of Magic; he is nameless, but you can name your cat Muggle Minister in his honor

Harry Potter Cat Names Based On Death Eaters

Black cat wearing Harry Potter glasses

Fanatic supporters of Lord Voldemort, Death Eaters were mostly pure-blooded witches and wizards who had no qualms about practicing the Dark Arts and using their magical talents to cause harm and pain to others.

Although portrayed in the series as the main group of villains, they’re still a good source of inspiration for cat names, especially if your cat has a mean streak a mile long. Besides, Harry Potter wouldn’t be the same without the Death Eaters.

NameDescription
Tom Marvolo Riddlealso known as Lord Voldemort, the main antagonist in the series; the most powerful dark wizard; Tom is a popular cat name, but you can add a unique spin to yours
Alecto Carrowsister of Amycus; Muggle Studies professor and was Deputy Headmistress when Snape was Headmaster
Amycus Carrowtogether with his sister, was assigned as a professor at Hogwarts and as Deputy Headmaster
Antonin Dolohovone of the original Death Eaters; notoriously known as Remus Lupin's murderer
Augustus Rookwoodworked at the Department of Mysteries as a spy; responsible for Fred Weasley's death
Barty Crouch, Jr.impersonated Auror Alastor Moody through the use of polyjuice potion; played a crucial role in Lord Voldemort's return
Bellatrix LestrangeSirius Black's cousin; tortured Neville Longbottom's parents until they lost their sanity; an experienced Occlumens
Igor KarkaroffDurmstrang's Headmaster; a reformed Death Eater, and for turning in his comrades, he was pursued and murdered by other Death Eaters
Lucius MalfoyDraco's father who fanatically believed that pure-blooded witches and wizards are superior; a scheming man, he used his influence to help the Death Eaters
Peter Pettigrewalso known as Wormtail or Scabbers; cowardly, conniving, and magically mediocre, he betrayed James and Lily, which led to their deaths
Regulus Blackpureblood wizard; younger brother of Sirius; he defected and destroyed one of Voldemort's Horcruxes
Rodolphus Lestrangehusband of Bellatrix, one of the most loyal Death Eaters who searched for Voldemort after his first defeat
Severus SnapeSnape was a Death Eater, but when Lily Potter was killed, he became a member of the Order of the Phoenix and worked as a double agent
Walden Macnairworked for the Ministry of Magic as Executioner; made his first appearance in the series when he was sent to kill Buckbeak

Harry Potter Cat Names Inspired By Magical Creatures In the Wizarding World

Sphynx cat checking dobby toy

Magical creatures abound in the Wizarding World, and the series wouldn’t be complete without these adorable yet sometimes scary creatures. Here are some of the most unforgettable magical creatures in the Harry Potter series.

NameDescription
DobbyMalfoy's house-elf that caused Harry a lot of trouble but was well-meaning
FawkesDumbledore's phoenix; played a crucial role in Chamber of Secrets
Firenzea centaur who taught Divination at Hogwarts
Griphooka goblin who accompanied Harry and Hagrid to the underground vaults of Gringotts
HedwigHarry's beloved owl; a name for snowy white cats; for other white cat names, clickhere
Kreacherthe Black's house-elf
NaginiVoldemort's snake
Winkythe Crouch's house-elf
PigwidgeonRon's owl
HermesPercy's screech owl
Errolthe Weasley family's owl that also served as their courier
AragogHagrid's pet giant spider
Buckbeakone of the hippogriffs at Hogwarts introduced during Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures class; a name for a volatile and unpredictable cat
FangHagrid's cowardly boarhound
Fluffybased on the mythical Cerberus; in Philosopher's Stone, Fluffy was the one guarding the chamber where the stone was hidden
Norberta Norwegian Ridgeback dragon

I’m a Cat, Sometimes

gray tabby cat's head

In Harry’s Wizarding World, there are many ways to transform into a cat. You can be an Animagus—a witch or wizard with the rare ability of being able to change your physical forms into that of an animal’s. Even if you weren’t an Animagus, you could also transform yourself into a cat, thanks to the polyjuice potion, or you could be transfigured.

  • Minerva McGonagall – No matter how cold and strict she was as a professor at Hogwarts, we can’t deny her silver tabby cat form was totally adorable. She first appeared as a cat waiting outside the Dursley’s house. Little did we know that this seemingly innocuous tabby would later transform into one of the most powerful and influential witches in the series. As far as we know, Professor McGonagall was the only registered Animagus who turned into a cat.
  • Hermione Granger – When she mistakenly took a hair of Millicent Bulstrode’s cat to use in her polyjuice potion, the most unfortunate thing happened to Hermione as she found herself transformed into a cat-human hybrid. Oh, but who could forget those doleful golden eyes?

Magical and Not So Magical Cats in Harry’s World

Hermione’s ginger cat

In Harry’s Wizarding World, even cats can be magical creatures. Several kneazles appeared all throughout the series, the most notable of which is Crookshanks.

A kneazle has the physical appearance of a cat, to which they are related. Their furs may vary, some are spotted, while others are speckled. Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of kneazles is their tails, which are lightly plumed, similar to that of a lion. And, of course, they are magical creatures.

  • Crookshanks – Hermione’s squashed-faced and bowlegged ginger cat, whom Harry once thought was a small tiger. Crookshanks, a half-kneazle is known for his intelligence. If you’ve got a smart ginger cat, Crookshanks would be the best name for your pet.
  • Mr. Paws – One of Arabella Figg’s deceased cats, whose picture she often showed to Harry.
  • Tufty – Tufty is also a part-kneazle and one of Arabella Figg’s deceased pets.
  • Snowy – Another part-kneazle pet of Arabella Figg.
  • Mr. Tibbles – Arabella Figg’s current pet, Mr. Tibbles is another part-kneazle. He was able to tell Arabella that Harry and Dudley Dursley were attacked by Dementors.
  • Milly – Milly is one of the three kneazles owned by Newt and Porpentina Scamander and lives with them in Dorset.
  • Mauler – The second of the three kneazles owned by Newt and Porpentina Scamander.
  • Hoppy – Hoppy completes the Scamanders’ trio of kneazles.
  • Mrs. Norris – One of the most interesting cats in the Wizarding World, Mrs. Norris is scrawny, gray-colored, and has bulging eyes. Filch also calls her My Sweet, although she is anything but that to the students at Hogwarts. The Mrs. Norris in the movies belongs to the Maine Coon breed.

Wrap Up

orange cat looking like Harry Potter

The Wizarding World is full of heroic as well as villainous unforgettable characters who can give you a lot of inspiration when selecting a name for your feline pet. Indeed, for cat parents who are also Harry Potter fans, it’s simply natural to name your pet based on a character or a creature from your favorite fantasy world.

As there are so many characters in the Harry Potter series, we could not include all of them here. If you feel we’ve left out some very important characters whose names you would like to borrow for your cat, please feel free to let us know by leaving your comments or suggestions.

Did you succeed at finding the perfect name for your cat based on the list we’ve created for you? Please share the name with us in the comments section below! Haven’t found a good name yet? If you’re sure you want British names, but none of the Harry Potter cat names appealed to you, our article on British cat names should be able to help.

About the author
Jeremy Vaughn
Jeremy Vaughn

Jeremy Vaughn is a member of Canadian Professional Pet Stylists, who lives in Winnipeg. Creating new looks for cats and other pets is his passion. Jeremy shares his house with the wife and wonderful Siamese cat.

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