Clever names in HP (was Potter vs DWJ)

Elizabeth Evans er.evans at auckland.ac.nz
Wed Feb 18 17:43:34 EST 2004


> > On Monday, February 16, 2004, at 11:03 PM, Kathleen Jennings wrote:
> >
> > >> The Potter books are set in a world which is much more obviously
> > >> cartoonish - look at the punning names of places and things (Knight
> > >> Bus,
> > >> Diagon Alley)
> > >
> > > Diagon Alley...
> > > I just got that.
> > >
> > > Ashamed,
> > > Kathleen.

And Otter said:
> > It's nothing to be ashamed of.  It just means you don't usually hear
> > what
> > you read.  I don't either.
> >
> > It took me ages to get Kreacher in HP5 and, for that matter,
> > Umbridge.
> >
And then Lizzie said:
> I can top that.  It took me ages to notice Jack Schitt from "The
> Eyre Affair,"
> and that's _screamingly_ obvious ;)
>
> lizzie


OK, I've lurked over this for a few days hoping somebody braver than I am
would put me out of my misery, but no...
WHAT am I missing about the Knight Bus?
I mean, I know what it is in the HP books, and I can tell it's an allusion
or something, but what does it MEAN?
please?

Regards
Elizabeth.

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