The name "Neil" is from the Gaelic name Niall, which is of disputed origin, possibly meaning "champion" or "cloud". This was the name of a semi-legendary 4th-century Irish king, Niall of the Nine Hostages.
Behind the scenes
- This character was presumably named in honour of Neil Lamont, the supervising art director for the first six Harry Potter films, from Philosopher's Stone to Half-Blood Prince.
- Based on the fact that he attended Hogwarts in the 1940s and being born around the 1930s, he was a few years below Tom Riddle during his time at Hogwarts.
- Harry Potter films (Name appears on plaque)