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Monika Huebner mo.hue at
Sun Jan 25 08:52:47 EST 2004

On Fri, 23 Jan 2004 17:28:23 -0500 (EST), deborah
<deborah at> wrote:

>On Thu, 22 Jan 2004 minnow at wrote:
>|Incidentally, on another list I frequent somebody has just pointed out a
>|nasty pedagogue by the name of Snape and a housekeeper called Mrs Flitwick,
>|as well as a married couple called Dursley, in the work of Georgette Heyer,
>|as bearing the same names as characters in Rowling's work.  Someone who has
>|read both: is this characters who are similar in behaviour as well as in
>|name, or is it just that Rowling, like Heyer, uses place-names as surnames?
>|Heyer does it almost all the time.
>Oh, I just read this one, and can't recall.  I'll look at it when I'm
>home and think about it again.
>-deborah, with Heyer

AFAIK, Rowling does that, too. I definitely know she took the name
"Snape" from a map, and I remember her saying that she often looks at
maps when searching for character names.


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