Arthur Weasley

Sep 29, 2008

Posted by: John Admin


I’ve neglected this blog for way too long. My apologies. I have no excuse. *head hangs down in shame* But, I’m here now and the next name I venturing into is “Arthur”.

The name “Arthur” is Gaelic in orgin, but they don’t know what the name really means. They broke it down to just “art” which is “bear” in British and “stone” in Irish.

Let’s talk about “stone” for a bit. Arthur Weasley was one of the rocks that kept the family together. Even J.K. didn’t want to kill him in Order of the Phoenix because it would have been too devastating to the Weasley family.

How about “bear”? Well, when you first think of bears, you think of ferocious animals that can kill you with one swing maybe. They are also gentle animals. They’re very intelligent and warm, fuzzy creatures. You could say that about Arthur Weasley. He always protected his family and paid great attention to them. Very “bear” like. Bears live in burrows, too.

Well, what can I say about “art”? I’d say Arthur was a tad eccentric. He isn’t an every day wizard. He took fascination with Muggle items and look what he did to the Ford Anglia. I can see the artist in him.

I think I’m going to talk about the name Weasley separately. I’m looking into it and I’d rather talk about the family as a whole rather than just one person.

On a side note, this week is Banned Book Week! In my opinion no book should be banned. Ban it from your own home if you so choose, but don’t ban it from libraries. Just because you don’t want to read it doesn’t mean you get to say what everyone else gets to read.

Many of my favorite books are banned books. If you choose not to read these books you’re missing out on great storytelling! You should want to read as much as possible. Expand your mind and read a banned book today. There’s a great list of them on the ALA website.

It’s so important to have a choice! If you read it and don’t like it, that’s okay, but you still had a choice to read it! That choice shouldn’t go away. Others shouldn’t be allowed to say what I can or can’t read or, even more importantly, what my child (future child) can or can’t read. That’s up to the parent(s).

So, read a banned book this week. There are such beautiful works out there. They’re just waiting for you to pick them up.

Thanks to Behind the Name: the Etymology and History of First Names and for all the great info this week!

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