Harry Potter: 10 Character Names You Didn't Realise Were Huge Clues

10. Rita Skeeter

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Everyone’s favourite magical journalist, Rita Skeeter caused trouble wherever she went. In the books, at least, this is due to her ability to turn into a beetle and spy on her subjects. Not only is there a pleasing sense of rhythm to her name, but ‘skeeter’ is a slang term for a mosquito in many parts of the English speaking world.

This, of course, reflects not only her insectoid transformations but also the fact that, like so many reporters, she buzzes around all over the place causing irritation.

Coincidentally, The Help was written after the conclusion of the Harry Potter series, but main character Eugenia dreams of being a journalist… and is nicknamed Skeeter.


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