I am aware that In Universe the name was chosen for specifically stated reasons, but, out of universe, did J.K. Rowling intend for Albus Severus Potter to have initials which spell ASP — the name of a venomous snake?

Was this a coincidence or was it a not-so-private joke playing on Harry being a Parseltongue or Albus' fear of being sorted into Slytherin?

Or was it foreshadowing for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

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    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
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    Nov 7, 2016 at 15:14
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    As opposed to Cedric Rubeus Albus Potter?
    – Valorum
    Nov 7, 2016 at 15:15
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    @chirlu Occasionally a cigar is a Completely Independent Greatly Appreciated Reward. Nov 7, 2016 at 15:56
  • I had considered that when compiling this answer, but decided it was too far fetched.
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    Nov 7, 2016 at 17:11

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It is possibly just a coincidence but knowing how hints are made to future events and characters (for example the several references to Aberforth Dumbledore before we finally meet him in book seven/movie eight)it may be done on purpose. Also back in 2015 uk.businessinsider.com noticed this so it may be intended to be a reference to Albus's Hogwarts house.Unless in is confirmed by J.K herself we will never know.

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    This seems like idle guesswork. Do you have any evidence?
    – Valorum
    Jun 10, 2018 at 18:09
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    @Valorum Sorry if this is a bad answer as I'm new and just trying to get used to answering questions.Hopefully in the future I will be able to back up this answer with some evidence Jun 10, 2018 at 18:16
  • If you have a look at someone like @Bellatrix or Slytherincess , you'll see that their Harry Potter answers are always upvoted because they insist on backing up everything with quotes, book references, interviews and evidence.
    – Valorum
    Jun 10, 2018 at 18:31
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    @Valorum - Guesswork perhaps, but surely it's Not Nice to call it "idle."
    – Adamant
    Jun 10, 2018 at 22:48
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    @Valorum I agree with Adamant; even if guesswork it's still not idle. And it's interesting that it's been noticed publicly too. I admit that it's arguably not worth an answer but it still shows some effort and that's to be commended, surely? I feel that way anyway. As for the OP keep it up; you'll find things you can answer in time if you keep at it. Anyway have another +1 to help you with rep.
    – Pryftan
    Jul 10, 2018 at 22:38

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