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)
Notes and references
- "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
- See this image of a prop used in the films on display as part of Harry Potter: The Exhibition.
- Harry Potter: The Exhibition report (in Russian)
- "Neil Lamont on IMDb