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Poverty

Working on the Harry Potter series this morning, I discovered this quote:
 
“Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts… that is something on which to pride yourself. But, poverty itself is romanticized by fools.”
 
– J. K. Rowling
This quote hit like a stunning spell.
Years ago, about this time of year, my wife called from the grocery store.  She was crying.  We had about $25 left.  That was it.
That was a turning point in my life.  At that moment, I swore I would turn my financial life around.
I started by rising every morning at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m.  For nearly a decade, I fought for the financial freedom of my family.  It worked.  I am exhausted, but it worked.
During this time, well-meaning friends expressed concern.  “You are working too hard,” they would say.
I disagreed then, and I disagree now.
Financial Freedom is worth fighting for.  But, make no mistake.  It is a fight.
My family is out of poverty now, and I am thankful.
If you are still in the fight, don’t give up.

Lucius Malfoy

Lucius Malfoy, in the Harry Potter series, is the father of Draco Malfoy.

In the last post about J.K. Rowling’s famous series, we looked into the meaning of Draco’s name.  In case you weren’t paying attention, Draco is Latin for dragon, or snake.  Malfoy is a French-Latin combination meaning, bad faith.

Lucius Malfoy has a Latin name, too.  Lucius derives from the Latin word lux, meaning, light.  The genitive of lux, is lucis.  It is not too difficult to see how lucis became the name Lucius.

Here is where things get interesting.

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Draco Malfoy

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Rowling plays with language throughout the Harry Potter series.  Consider this:

One of the main characters in J.K. Rowling’s series is Draco Malfoy. This is no accidental name.  Draco, in Latin, means dragon, or even, snake.  Draco Malfoy is in Slytherin House.  No surprise there.  Snakes slither.

The Latin draco is the source of English words like, drake, rankle, and, of course, dragon.  Interestingly, the word dinosaur was not coined until the year 1841, when Sir Richard Owen first used the word.  So… what were dinosaurs called before anyone used the word dinosaur?  Dragons.  But, that is a post for another time.

Back to Draco Malfoy.  He has, you may have noticed, a last name… Malfoy.  Does that have any meaning?  Of course it does.  As we have seen, J.K. Rowling likes to play with names.

Malus, in Latin, means bad, or evil.  The mal prefix in Draco’s last name, means, evil.  What about foy?  It turns out, foy is the French word for faith.  Ultimately, it derives from the Latin word fides, also meaning faith.  From fides, English derives bona fidefido (a once popular name for dogs), fidelityinfidelityaffidavit, and faith.  

Malfoy, then, means bad faith, or evil faith.  

The story takes an ever more interesting twist when we take a close look at the name of Draco’s father, Lucious Malfoy.  Next time, my friends.  Next time.

The Great Seal of Hogwarts

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Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus. This is the motto underneath the seal of Hogwarts.  But, what does it mean?

“Sleeping Dragons Should Not Be TIckled.”

Good advice. It may remind you of Tolkein’s warning, “Never laugh at live dragons.” The similarities are no coincidence. J.K. Rowling is a fan of J.R.R. Tolkein. But, then again… who isn’t?

You may have also noticed something else. The first word in the motto, Draco, is also the name of one of the book’s main characters. Why?

Find out here tomorrow…