Behind the scenes
- Odysseus is based on the Greek hero of legend.
- It is unknown if the Harry Potter version of Odysseus ever met Circe, as his legendary counterpart did.
- Odysseus was legendary for his being clever, using tricks and deception to escape from seemingly hopeless situations. The same could be said for Hermione Granger. Odysseus was even favored by Athena, goddess of wisdom and war.
- The name Odysseus was probably derived from the Ancient Greek verb odussomai, meaning "hate", suggesting that the name could be rendered as "the one who is wrathful/hated," this interpretation is reinforced by Odysseus's and Poseidon's mutual wrath in Homer's The Odyssey.