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Why does everyone call Hagrid by his last name?

Those that don't know him from school call him Hagrid because he tells them to. ‘Call me Hagrid,’ he said, ‘everyone does. An’ like I told yeh, I’m Keeper of Keys at Hogwarts – yeh’ll know all about ...
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Why does everyone call Hagrid by his last name?

Hagrid is virtually the only occupant of a 'middle ground' in the Hogwarts hierarchy. The two principal 'classes' (for want of a better word) at Hogwarts are the pupils and the staff. Within the ...
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Why is Sauron's name similar to the Greek/Latin word for "lizard"?

Interestingly this exact situation is covered in a draft letter Tolkien wrote dated August 1967. Tolkien notes that there is no connection merely "chance" or as suggested, a coincidence. It ...
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Why is the name "Rigel", and especially "Rigel VII", used in multiple universes?

Because it's a bright "star" (it's actually a group of stars, and the 7th brightest in the night sky) and its name is familiar with budding star gazers. It's also enormous and placed in the obvious ...
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Why does Sauron not permit his followers to use his name?

Although I don't believe it's ever explicitly stated, I think it's clear that the purpose is to give Sauron's name an air of mystique among his servants, thus instilling a greater fear of Sauron ...
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How is the name "Gandalf" pronounced?

Who better to ask than the professor himself, here he is reading the opening to the Fellowship of the Ring. At 00:23 he says "'No' said Gandalf..." Tolkien seems to pronounce it as most would expect (...
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Why isn't the First Order the Second Order?

Pure speculation, but I'd like to point out that an in-universe answer may relate to the use of "first" in a context other than to mean chronologically, but instead to mean "primary", or "foremost". ...
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Is there a reason the Wachowskis chose the names Smith and Anderson?

You might find this page useful. It details even vague connections, themes and references that each name in The Matrix has, including some for Thomas A. Anderson, those mainly being: Thomas means "...
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Where did using "Luna" as the future name for the moon come from?

Primarily, 'moon' is too general. Luna refers to Earth's moon, not other moons, of other planets. People outside SF&F have no reason to think about any other moons, for the most part, so saying '...
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How many times are the words "Harry" and/or "Harry Potter" spoken in the Harry Potter movies?

Assuming the subtitles haven't missed any instances, Harry Potter's full name occurs 134 times in total. 17 times in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 26 times in Harry Potter and the Chamber ...
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Why is the name Strider considered offensive?

"Strider" wasn't an insulting name Aragorn was known to the people of Bree as a stern outsider who kept to himself. That was enough for him to be looked on with suspicion even by good people like ...
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Is there a reason the Wachowskis chose the names Smith and Anderson?

I'm unclear whether it's a case of the tail wagging the dog, but it's notable that Agent Smith's car (in Matrix Reloaded) has the plate IS5416 (Isiah 54:16) "Behold, I have created the smith who ...
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Why was Luke "Red Five"?

From the Wookieepedia Red Five was the call sign for the fifth member of Red Squadron. After the Rebel pilot Luke Skywalker who flew as Red Five during the Battle of Yavin destroyed the first Death ...
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Did Luke Skywalker ever refer to Obi-Wan as "Uncle Ben?"

The nice thing about e-Books: searches. The phrase "Uncle Ben" does not appear in the Star Wars novelization. There are 55 instances of "uncle" and all of them refer to Uncle Owen. Thanks to Valorum, ...
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Where did using "Luna" as the future name for the moon come from?

The reason why people in a science-fiction future would call the moon Luna is explained in Seeds' answer. If, like most people today, you only know about one moon, you can just call it the moon. If ...
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What was Darth Maul's birth name?

As far as we know, Maul is Darth Maul's pre-Sith name. He was born a Nightbrother and has brothers with similarly evil-sounding names: Savage Opress and Feral. Maul's last name may be considered "...
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Why was Frodo "wise" and Samwise a "half-wit"?

I have gathered some information but this answer will change in time. Tolkien did indeed intend the name Samwise to be "half-wit" Various times throughout his letters Tolkien discusses the ...
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Does Ron ever introduce himself as "Ronald Weasley" in Harry Potter?

Textually, we learn that Ron is short for Ronald in the middle of the first book, when Dumbledore and Harry speak about the Mirror of Erised. ‘Yes and no,’ said Dumbledore quietly. ‘It shows us ...
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Is Harry Potter's real name Henry?

No, his real name is Harry James Potter, not Henry. There's no evidence that his real name is Henry. Throughout the book he is always called Harry. And his official O.W.L results address him as Harry....
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Was the name "Thanos" derived from "Thanatos", the name of the Greek god of death?

Yes, "Thanos" is indeed derived from the name "Thanatos", the name of the Freudian concept of death drive (which in turn is named after the Thanatos of myth), according to Vulture: ...
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Was the Star Wars capital planet named "Coruscant" after this passage from Pebble in the Sky?

Zahn supposedly just liked the name because it literally means "glittering", a word that matched George Lucas' earlier description of the planet. "Just to make it clear, I did not ...
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Why is the name "Rigel", and especially "Rigel VII", used in multiple universes?

SciFi authors select stars that can be seen in their backyard, are close by, or both. Rigel is featured because it is bright and therefore well known. But it is not close, compared to other bright ...
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What does the TIE designation used in the Empire's starfighters names mean?

TIE stands for Twin Ion Engine - sub-light propulsion technology behind these small fighter/bomber crafts. TIE itself is not initially associated with the Empire, but the Empire commissioned these ...
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What does Eru Ilúvatar's name mean?

Eru Ilúvatar means the “All Father” Eru 'The One', 'He that is Alone' Ilúvatar 'Father of All’ The Silmarillion, Index of Names The name Ilúvatar is a compound of two words, Ilu/Ilúvë ("the all&...
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What's the relationship among the many uses of the name "Galen" in sci-fi?

Galen is the modern form of the Greek name Γαληνος (Galenos), meaning "calm" from Greek γαληνη (galene). It was borne by a 2nd-century BC Greco-Roman physician who contributed to anatomy and ...
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What is the Origin of Link's name?

In a 2012 interview, Shigeru Miyamoto said that the name came from the fact that the character was supposed to be a literal "link" between two different time periods: It's not a very well ...
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Why are there two characters named Aegon?

Rhaegar did not name his son and It's not unusual in royalty Rhaegar died before naming his unborn son. The name was chosen by Lyanna, and Lyanna alone (and the writers, but that's something else),...
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What were the first humans with alphanumeric designations?

We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin, completed in 1921 in Russian, first published in 1924 in English, concerns a world state in which everyone is known by an alphanumeric code, and people are referred to as "...
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Is Ripley (from Alien) a reference to 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not'?

According to a 2004 interview with Walter Hill, one of the producers on Alien, the surname, Ripley, was indeed inspired by Robert Ripley's Ripley's Believe It or Not! franchise, while the first name, ...
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Why isn't the First Order the Second Order?

First off, I agree with Lightness' interpretation of First as meaning primary, which puts the First Order ahead (in their opinion) of alternative governments in the galaxy — namely, the Republic....
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