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Well, we got used to all the star names, but the family tree has got… - The Phantom Librarian
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Well, we got used to all the star names, but the family tree has got quite a few new names added, including "Walburga," of all things. It's neither a star name nor a particulary common one, but it is the name of a saint (responsible for, among other things, protecting people from mad dogs!). For some reason, it amuses me that a nickname/variant of this name is apparently "Bugga." I believe we may have found the anti-Sue name of all time. Bugga Black. "Hesper Gamp" is pretty good as well.
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tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: February 24th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
And, of course, her feast day, Walpurgisnacht is the night all good (bad?) German witches and wizards come out to play, as most famously dramatised in Faust II, when Mephistopheles takes Faust to a really dubious party on the Blocksberg.

Does this mean we can posit a marriage link with Germany (as Walburga's cult is pretty much confined to Southern Germany, even if she was English originally)? Funnily enough, I have just brought a German connection of the Blacks into my Omniocular February challenge fic entry.
eir_de_scania From: eir_de_scania Date: February 24th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bugga Black... nice one. If you don't like it, how about "Wallis"? :-P slight royal connection, hm?

From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I looked up the meaning of "Walburga", actually--it means "rule of the fortress", which I thought was appropriate, given that she ruled Grimmauld Place with an iron fist. (And by the way, I agree with the nickname...want to bet that using it in her presence was grounds for disownment? *g*)
karintheswede From: karintheswede Date: February 25th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Valborg - ruler of the keep. In this spelling very norse, but it's the same name.

Walpurgisnacht, or Valborgsmässoafton, is the last day of winter in Sweden, celebrated April 30th. We build bonfires and sing songs to welcome spring. Oh, and in the university towns people wear their graduate cap - a white hat with a stiff brim.
From: isabela113 Date: February 25th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
JRK does seem to have a liking for saints names- Blaise and Severus are saints as well.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Although did you check Sirius' grandparents? There's a lot of outliving your children in this family.

And it also looks like there might be a few Blacks still around, since one Squib and one supporter of Muggle-rights were burned off (technically speaking, it should be Muggle protection, shouldn't it? I understood "rights" legally imply an ability to choose to exercise them, something you can't do if you're kept ignorant of them or of the situations in which they apply. Then again, maybe the kind of Muggle rights you get burnt of the tapestry over are advocating situations where Muggles are allowed to interact with the wizarding world)..

Oh, and before I forget, I think the odd conversation Dumbledore had with the Dursleys makes a lot more sense now that Rowling has given her revelation about the the Fidelis Charm. While telling Harry about the house in front of the Dursleys, it could be argued that Dumbledore also gave them enough information on Order Headquarters that they Harry could take them there if he had to.

Ellen
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Walburga

Er... I believe my great-grandma's name was Walburga... and yes, she was German.
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