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Name etymology

I propose we make "Name etymology" its own section, instead of being a subsection of "Behind the scenes". Most articles already do this anyway. Also, instead of using "Name etymology", I think we should just use "Etymology", because most articles do this anyway. Like I just said, most articles do this anyway, but it says differently in the layout guide. I think we should remain consistent with the wiki's layout. Either we change so many pages that use "Etymology" as its own section, or we change the layout guide. I think it would be much easier to just change the guide. --Texthawm (Owl Me) 14:29, January 30, 2011 (UTC)

As you pointed out, this is already standard. I've tweaked the "clean" template to be more in-line with how our articles are now formatted, though work still needs to be done on this guide. ProfessorTofty (talk) 02:08, January 6, 2013 (UTC)


The "clean" appearances section was well out-of-date. I've updated it as best possible, but I have a nagging feeling I probably left off a thing or few, which was why I edited to no longer say that it was complete. If anyone knows any I've left out, feel free to add them, and restore that it's complete if you're sure nothing has been left out. I'm also not sure if the order I used was entirely satisfactory, but then again, I'm a bit confused as to that anyway. For example, The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real) is often listed in the Appearances in articles after both of the LEGO Harry Potter games, but it was actually released well before either of them. ProfessorTofty 02:34, January 17, 2012 (UTC)

Clean appearances

Not all sources are mentioned in this section - intentionally?  Harry granger   Talk   contribs 21:12, January 25, 2014 (UTC)


This section should be removed from pages imo. Etymology is generally unreferenced and is mostly speculation, neither does it directly improve articles. The "Behind the scenes" section should be used for notable instances where J.K. Rowling took inspiration for the name of a character or location. Thoughts? --Sajuuk 11:25, April 30, 2016 (UTC)

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