You Were Named After

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Synonyms: Albus Severus Potter, two bravest men I knew
Date Started: 2013
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You Were Named After, or the Albus Severus Potter meme, is a meme based on the epilogue of the Deathly Hallows, particularly the part where Harry Potter explains to his son Albus Severus why he was named after Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape:

“Albus Severus," Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear, and she was tactful enough to pretend to be waving to Rose, who was now on the train, "you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”

The meme often rewords this quote to "You were named after two of the bravest men I ever knew." A popular meme on Tumblr involved giving Albus a different name that one thinks would be more fitting, due to the HP fandom’s mixed feelings about Dumbledore and Snape. The names are sometimes serious suggestions of HP characters more worthy of Harry's respect and are sometimes intentionally ridiculous to mock J.K. Rowling's choice.

The meme seems to have begun in 2013, but discussion about the name has been ongoing since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in July 2007. See Reactions to the name "Albus Severus" for more on HP fandom's opinions of the name.


For collections, see Tumblr user oaktreehideaway’s masterpost of “names for Harry’s middle child” and albus severus potter meme on memearchives.

Harry Potter Fandom

Remus Dobby Potter, you were named after the two people who actually gave a shit about my well being. One of them was a house elf and I’d much rather see you become that than a fucking Slytherin. Don’t come back unless you’re wearing red and gold you little shit.[1]
“harry james potter,” harry said, “you were named after the bravest man i ever knew. it was me. i’m awesome.”[2]
Hedwig Buckbeak Potter, you were named after some hella winged animals hella rad high five son[3]
Remus Arthur Potter, you were named after two men who looked out for my safety and cared about my well-being out of altruism and decency rather than because I was a tool for them to use or because I was someone’s son.[4]
Wingardium Leviosa Potter, you were named so that every time a teacher yells at you they’re going to make stuff fly around the room. Your mother wanted to call you Fred, but I thought this would be more true to his memory.[5]
JK Rowling Potter, you were named after me, the author and reason for your existence. I've broken the fourth wall in the last 3 pages of this series to remind you children that art is dead and only cruel irony remains.[6]

Other Fandoms

A related meme involved people giving humorous examples of what they would name their own children, usually using the names of fictional characters.

you were named after two of the bravest men i ever knew

Naruto Naruto[7]
troy bolton chad danforth potter you were named after the two raddest Wildcats i ever knew now take this basketball and get your head in the game [8]
A.J. Howie Nick Kevin Brian Potter, you are named for the five original members of the Backstreet Boys. I'm so sorry, they had just reunited and your mother and I got carried away.[9]
you were named after the bravest man I ever knew, xkit guy potter-[10]


  1. ^ maudsmuggers. "Tumblr post". 
  2. ^ eliotss. "Tumblr post". 
  3. ^ casdcan, 15 June 2014 Tumblr post
  4. ^ wiseyoungravenclaw. "Tumblr post". 
  5. ^ argumate, March 10, 2016 Tumblr post
  6. ^ Tumblr post by brainstatic, published November 30, 2014 (Accessed February 16, 2020).
  7. ^ terriamon. "you were named after two of the bravest men i ever knew". 
  8. ^ siriusplack. "troy bolton chad danforth potter". 
  9. ^ Tumblr post by assholedisney, published October 7, 2014 (Accessed February 16, 2020).
  10. ^ Tumblr post by maisie williams, published July 4, 2015 (Accessed February 16, 2020).