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Lots and lots of characters in the Harry Potter books have alliterative names (Severus Snape, Peter Pettigrew, Godric Gryffindor, Stan Shunpike, to name but a few).

Is there a complete list of such characters?

OK, this is a list question, but it has a finite scope: I want a list of all characters in the 10 books - the main series, Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch Through the Ages, and Tales of Beedle (not counting films, fanfics, or whatever else is out there) - whose first and last names begin with the same letter (to make clear what definition of 'alliterative' I'm using).

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    Yes there is such a list. It's about 3 inches that way ↓ – Valorum Aug 8 '15 at 20:33
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    Bellatrix Black! ;) – Bellatrix Jul 23 '17 at 1:58
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    @Bellatrix Yep, she's in both the lists below and even gets an entire answer to herself :-) – Rand al'Thor Jul 23 '17 at 1:59
  • @Randal'Thor Oh that's cool! :^) – Bellatrix Jul 23 '17 at 2:01
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A complete list (from everything excluding films, fanfics, and the like) would be:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Dudley Dursley
Minerva McGonagall
Poppy Pomfrey (full name in book 3)
Piers Polkiss
Marlene McKinnon (full name in Book 5)
Bathilda Bagshot
Vindictus Viridian
Quirinus Quirrell (full name from pottermore)
Dedalus Diggle
William Arthur (Bill) Weasley (full name in book 7)
Gellert Grindelwald (full name in book 7)
Bertie Bott
Gregory Goyle
Morag MacDougal
Pansy Parkinson
Padma Patil
Parvati Patil
Severus Snape
Filius Flitwick (Full name in book 6)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Martin Miggs
Colin Creevey
Gladys Gudgeon
Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore
Godric Gryffindor
Helga Hufflepuff
Rowena Ravenclaw
Salazar Slytherin

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Stan Shunpike
Florean Fortescue
Peter Pettigrew
Cho Chang

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Archie Aymslowe (full name from Pottermore)
Broderick Bode
Joey Jenkins
Bellatrix Black (full name from book 5)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Luna Lovegood
Inigo Imago
Dilys Derwent
Willy Widdershins

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Ted Tonks
Wendell Wilkins
Arkie Alderton
Mary MacDonald

Quidditch through the Ages
Magnus “Dent Head” Macdonald
Barberus Bragge
Glynnis Griffiths
Meaghan McCormack

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Tilly Toke
Wilhelm Wigworthy

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Beatrix Bloxam (first appeared on famous wizard card)

Daily Prophet Newsletters
Willy Wagstaff
Phoebus Penrose
Galvin Gudgeon
Barnabus Blenkinsop
Brevis Birch
Hilliard Hobday
Elveira Elkins

Famous Wizard Cards
Balfour Blane
Daisy Dodderidge
Archibald Alderton
Thaddeus Thurkell
Crispin Cronk
Blodwyn Bludd

old jkrowling.com
Tilden Toots

Black Family Tree
Belvina Black

Pottermore
Perseus Parkinson
Archie Aymslowe
Malcolm Mcgonagall
Hankerton Humble
Lars Lundekvam
Niko Nenad
Wladyslaw Wolfke
Willi Wenzel
Bruno Bruunhart
Carlos Clodoaldo
Quintia Qarase
Alejandra Alonso Bartholomew Barebone

Bonus

Characters with other alliterations
Justin Finch-Fletchley
Babbitty Rabbitty
Lilly Luna Potter
Egmont Elvert Hobday
Hope Howell Lupin
Jean-Baptiste Bloncourt

Characters with alliterative titles
Madam Malkin
Fat Friar
Nearly-Headless Nick
Bloody Baron
Emeric the Evil
Uric the Oddball
Elfric the Eager
Whomping Willow
Bandon Banshee
Moaning Myrtle
Wailing Widow
Wagga Wagga Werewolf
Wendelin the Weird
Madam Marsh
Gunhilda of Gorsemoor
Mad-Eye Moody
Urg the Unclean
Lachlan the Lanky
Wilfred the Wistful
Barnabus the Barmy
Beedle the Bard
Egbert the Egregious
Dodgy Dirk
Fingal the Fearless
Ingolfr the Iambic
Eargit the Ugly
Alguff the Awful
Ug the Unreliable
Bran the Bloodthirsty
Lisette de Lapin
Hodrod the Horny-Handed
Brodrig the Boss-Eyed
Ethelred the Ever-Ready
Merwyn the Malicious
Fulbert the Fearful

  • All links are to The Harry Potter Lexicon's secret new site. – ibid Feb 23 '16 at 22:18
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    Martin Miggs might count double, since even his epithet, the Mad Muggle, is alliterative. So he could go in the last section as well. Could you explain how Uric the Oddball is alliterative, though? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 17 '16 at 3:08
  • @JanusBahsJacquet - My goal with the latter section was to include characters who otherwise wouldn't make the list. (Same reason that Dudley isn't mentioned under all seven books) – ibid Apr 17 '16 at 3:10
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    How so? Uric the Oddball begins with two different letters, pronounced in two different ways? Neither sound nor writing matches (and the question specifies that we're talking only letters here, not sounds—in the most common definition of alliteration, Clark Kent is alliterative, but Stan Shunpike isn't, but that's not relevant here). – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 17 '16 at 3:30
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    @ibid - I agree with JanusBahsJacquet. Uric seems a stretch too far, as does Eargit the Ugly. They don't even sound similar. – Valorum Apr 17 '16 at 8:27
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A complete list (from the ten eleven novels) would be

Archibald (Arkie) Alderton
Bathsheda Babbling
Bathilda Bagshot
Balfour Blane
Beatrix Bloxam
Bellatrix Black
Blodwyn Bludd
Broderick Bode
Bertie Bott
Barberus Bragge
Cho Chang
Colin Creevy
Crispin Cronk
Dilys Derwent
Dedalus Diggle
Delphini 'Diggory' (warning, here be spoilers for Cursed Child)
Daisy Dodderidge
Dudley Dursley
Filius Flitwick
Florean Fortescue
Gregory (Jr and Sr) Goyle
Glynnis Griffiths
Gelert Grindelwald
Godric Gryffindor
Galvin Gudgeon
Gladys Gudgeon
Helga Hufflepuff
Inigo Imago
Joey Jenkins
Luna Lovegood
Magnus Macdonald
Meghan McCormack
Minerva McGonagall
Marlene McKinnon
Morag MacDougal
Pansy Parkinson
Padma Patil
Parvati Patil
Peter Pettigrew
Piers Polkiss
Poppy Pomfrey
Quirinus Quirell
Rowena Ravenclaw
Salazar Slytherin
Severus Snape
Stan Shunpike
Thaddeus Thurkell
Tilly Tokes
Ted Tonks
Tilde Toots
Vindictus Viridian
William Weasley
Willy Widdershins
Wilhelm Wigworthy

If you would like to know more about any of these characters, they're all found here and here along with a brief listing about their achievements in-universe.

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    Even though it's nickname, shouldn't Moaning Myrtle make the list? – Zikato Aug 10 '15 at 5:57
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    @zikato - you'd be hard-pressed to argue that "Moaning" is her first name. – Valorum Aug 10 '15 at 7:18
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    @DVK - Inspired by Stan Lee, perhaps? – Valorum Jan 1 '16 at 2:09
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    Is there any evidence for or against Bill Weasley's name being short for William? – Studoku Feb 21 '16 at 13:23
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    Am I missing something in the comments here? DVK doesn’t recall Moaning Myrtle’s first name, and @ibid says it was the first WoG statement JKR posted on Twitter… but Moaning Myrtle’s first name is surely Myrtle, isn’t it? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 21 '16 at 18:05
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Bellatrix Lestrange was originally Bellatrix Black, as stated in the HP Lexicon and seen in the Black family tree that Sirius shows to Harry.

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    Hi Karen, I took the liberty of adding in a couple of sources to your answer, to prevent it from getting downvoted. Hope you don't mind! – Rand al'Thor Feb 21 '16 at 12:45
  • And added to my answer. Cheers. Yoink! – Valorum Feb 21 '16 at 12:45

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