Woman's 'Terrible' Harry Potter Names For Twin Boys Spark Row With Best Friend
Posting on Reddit's "Am I the a****hle forum", the woman asked 2.5 million people for advice on how to navigate a very tough situation following her less than stellar reaction to her friend's Harry Potter themed baby name choices.
The woman said her 31-year-old friend is expecting twin boys in the spring and finally decided on their names.
She said: "My friend (let's call her Nicola) wanted to keep the baby names a secret as everyone knows the sex of the babies and she's having a scheduled c section so she wanted some element of surprise.
"She's also a massive Harry Potter fan and had hinted about there possibly being a link so I expected a Harry Potter name in there somewhere.
"Anyway, she decided she was too excited to keep it in any longer and rang to me to ask me if I wanted to know the names they have chosen. It went something like this...
"Me: ooh yes please, I would love to know!
"Nicola: Albus Tony and Severus Callum
"Me: (long pause) wow!
"Nicola: (fuming) thanks for that, I can tell you hate them. Thanks so much for ruining this moment for me! (Hangs up)
"Albus and Severus are obviously from HP, Tony is after her dad and Callum is a family member from her OH side I think.
"I feel awful because I paused for so long. I have tried to message and call her to apologise and say I do like the names.
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"(I don't, Severus Callum has got to be the most random name I've ever heard of) but she keeps ignoring me.
"I feel really awful. I feel like iata because I didn't manage to control my reaction and I ruined a moment she's obviously waited so long for.
"My other half says I'm not the ar****** because they are stupid names."
Several Reddit users reassured the poster that she did not act inappropriately. One person said: "[Parents] need to stop naming their kids with ridiculous names.
"These are not accessories; they are entire humans who have to exist with stupid names which is so much more important than her "moment".
"Albus Tony and Severus Callum are ridiculous names, it's almost like she wants them to get bullied."
Another person asked: "And what if they don't even end up liking Harry Potter?"
A third added: "Well, Albus isn't so bad IMO, but Severus definitely is."
"Readers made fun of those names when they were given to a literal child IN Harry Potter. What's Nicola thinking will happen in the real world?" said a fourth responder.
They continued: "If she wants a Potter name, then use Brian or Bill, or Fred, George, Dean, HARRY, Viktor, etc. Plenty of choices that won't get her kids beat up and/ostracized.
"Her answer almost makes me think that she'd already been told the names were awful and OP was the call to "prove" they were good, and that's why Nicola was so upset."
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