Magic in a Muggle Word: How Many Witch and Wizard Names Are There?

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In honor of the recent publication of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script, we thought we’d take a look at how many people living in our Muggle world today share names with J.K. Rowling’s characters. Even though Cursed Child wasn’t written by Rowling herself (it was the project of playwright Jack Thorne), the book is an exciting return to a world most of us—myself included—have really missed! Whether you’ve gotten the book yet or not, here’s a list of the magical people living among us.

Harry Potter

As you might expect, this name is actually pretty common. 122 Harry Potters reside among us, primarily in Florida, with a few Harry Potter, Jrs. and Harold Potters thrown in for good measure.

Ron Weasley

A little more common, there are over 600 Ron Weasleys in the United States all around the country. If anyone in the Midwest sees a car flying through the sky, you can expect the one exact match for Arthur Weasley to be very angry.

Hermione Granger

Five women live in the United States with this name, and you just know that they’re outperforming all the other residents in absolutely everything in Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Reports indicate that the house-elves in these areas are some of the happiest.

Rubeus Hagrid

No one in the nation has this name, which makes sense, as Hagrid is a singular creature whose good spirit is unmatched by anyone.

Albus Dumbledore

No luck here, either. Trying to think of a name for your baby?

Tom Riddle

Okay, prepare yourselves: there are 56 exact matches for Tom Riddle and tons of possible matches—hundreds of them, all around the country. Thomas Riddles, too. “Tom Marvolo Riddle,” however, yielded no results—which means any of Tom Riddles could be the Tom Riddle. Start practicing your Slug-Vomiting Charms and your Bat-Bogey Hexes! This brings me to…

Lord Voldemort

Yes, there is indeed one Lord Voldemort. He lives in Quebec. I wonder if he’s retired from evil to sample cheese and offer wine tastings?

Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley Dursley

Happily, these folks are strictly fiction.

Ginny Weasley

There are no Ginny Weasleys in the U.S., but don’t despair: there are 10 Ginny Potters.

Draco Malfoy

Okay, so no Draco Malfoy, but there are a handful of people with the surname Malfoy, including one with the first name Narcissa. Distant relatives? Or not-so-distant relatives, perhaps…

Harry Potter is a vast, magical realm, full of possibility. So is your world! You can look anyone up with Whitepages Premium and get access to their records, licenses, and contact info, so you’ll know if they’ve moved to Hogwarts or not. Always be kind to your witch and wizard neighbors, but don’t forget: CONSTANT VIGILANCE!

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It’s #TacoTuesday!

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Moving is kind of a big deal–there are so many things to consider when choosing a new place to live. The house has to be the right size and have at least most of the fixin’s—kitchen, garage, a yard for your herd of wiener dogs. But choosing the right neighborhood is about more than just finding the house: it’s also about choosing your neighbors and community. Not only should your neighbors be reputable people, they should be cool enough to invite over for #TacoTuesday! Once you’ve run a background search on your new neighbors to confirm that they’re trustworthy, invite them over for a delicious meal. Today, we’re here to celebrate your journey in finding the right community—with tasty taco recipes to make and share!

Tacos de lechon

It’s awfully hard to turn away a meal made with slow-roasted pork, one of life’s tastiest meat options. Lechon, a dish served around the world and made from whole-roasted suckling pig, is at its most delectable when wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. Sprinkle this glorious offering with homemade pico de gallo and some pickled peppers and you’ve got yourself a treat. But you don’t have to roast a whole pig for this recipe—pork carnitas works nicely too.

Breakfast tacos

Even their name is straight and to the point. Breakfast tacos are a wonderful thing, and just as customizable as any other kind of taco. Add scrambled eggs, chorizo or bacon, queso fresco, and perhaps some radish slices, avocado, and cilantro and wrap up your tortilla—corn or flour will do! Don’t forget the hot sauce. Recipe right here.

Fish tacos (without the fried fish!)

A lot of fish tacos you can order in a restaurant come with battered and fried pieces of fish. But for a fresher, arguably tastier approach, look for a taqueria near you that makes fish tacos with any kind of fresh-caught fish, like halibut, cod, snapper, shrimp, or even marlin. These fish tacos will ideally come with any combination of sliced cabbage, lime, spices, red onion, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, hot sauce, or cilantro. They’re fin-tastic! Click through this gallery for a whole bunch of recipes.

Tacos de cazuela

Depending on which region of Mexico your taqueria’s recipe is from, tacos de cazuela could be filled with any number of wonderful things. In Queretaro, tacos de cazuela come with strips of poblano chilies cooked in tomato sauce, or eggs with pasilla sauce. If the recipe comes from Toluca, expected to see stewed greens like spinach, green chilies and mushrooms, or pork rind and squash blossoms. So versatile—so delicious, any way you get them. Try this vegan recipe for a whole lot of flavor.

Fry bread tacos

FRY BREAD. If you’ve never had it, you have missed out on something wondrous. It’s like an elephant ear but without all the sugar. Oily, buttery, savory, fry bread is a perfect foundation for tons of flavor and texture. Top a piece with a savory stewed meat like carnitas, beef barbacoa, or pork al pastor, shredded lettuce, onion (pickled or raw), stewed tomatoes, and cilantro. If you find a restaurant or truck in your area that makes these, you’ve found your forever home. If not, you can make your own fry bread and go from there!

What’s your favorite recipe to make for #TacoTuesday? Do you and your neighbors like to get together? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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Getting to Know Your Neighbors with Whitepages Premium

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In honor of this week’s National Night Out, we’re thinking about our neighbors and our community. NNO is a yearly event for neighborhoods to get together, hang out, and get to know each other a little better, emphasizing healthy partnerships between communities and law enforcement. National Night Out is a great time to get to know the people in your area and to build happy, strong relationships.

Whether your area celebrated National Night Out or not, it’s always good to know your neighbors. By nature, human beings are social creatures. We like to be together and to share experiences, but we’re also curious, which means that we want to know just who we’re sharing those experiences with. So when a new face moves into town, it’s natural to want to know a little more about them. Whitepages Premium compiles all kinds of public records in one easy-to-use place for your benefit, from licenses to criminal backgrounds to contact information.

When you look up your new neighbors, you’re looking for a sense of peace and community—just what every neighborhood needs. With just a few pieces of information, you’ll also see what part of town someone’s moving from and if they already own any other properties. If they don’t, maybe they’re first-time home buyers looking to live out their dreams in your neighborhood.

You should also check out the people in your area when you’re the town newbie. A beautifully-maintained cul-de-sac is its own strong sell, but what about the potential new neighbors you met on your way to the open house? Even if you don’t know their names yet, pop their house address into the reverse address search to find their name and get a better sense of who they are. You’ll even see a map of your neighborhood so you can see more of your neighbors’ names and where in the neighborhood they live! Checking into their story will help you decide if you and this community are a great fit for each other.  

Having a community that makes you feel safe and welcome is necessary to any move. So when someone who really was a great fit for your neighborhood moves on, or when you move on, losing touch can be really hard. Did you and a former neighbor get along really well, but have you fallen out of contact since one of you left the old stomping grounds? Look them up to see where they live now and, if their contact information is available, reach out and say hello. Who knows—they could be looking for you.

What do you love about your neighborhood? What keeps it a vibrant, wonderful place to live? Leave a comment below and tell us about how you cultivate community in your own backyards.

Family Reunion? Whitepages Premium to the Rescue!

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A family reunion is a chance to connect with seldom-seen family members, meet new ones, and celebrate your heritage. And the good news is you don’t have to do it all: let Whitepages Premium be your virtual assistant and help you to organize and create a memorable event for your loved ones. Follow these tips and your family will be looking forward to the next get-together.

Set a date

Generally, set a date six months to one year in advance when you’re scheduling a family reunion. However, if most of your brood is relatively local, say, an hour or two’s drive away, you might be able to be more spontaneous and opt for a long weekend or summer weekend, when work hours might be more relaxed.

Who’s coming?

Determine who will be invited – first cousins, second cousins, and then everyone under that umbrella. Once you know who you’d like to invite, discover any missing or incomplete contact information by searching for a loved one’s name. You’ll find their current address, phone number, and more.

Use this information to create a family phone tree and enlist a member of each nuclear family to help with outreach to their respective family members. This will help ease the burden on you as you try to plan out the rest of the reunion.

Remember to save the contact information you find in an address book or Rolodex so you have it for the next time you want to plan a get-together, or for when you simply want to call Aunt Linda for a chat. Share the information you’ve collected with other family members so everyone knows how to get in touch with everyone else.

Can’t remember all the names in your extended family? Don’t worry!

Having a really large family sometimes means that it’s difficult to remember who all is associated with whom. That’s okay! If you can’t remember your cousins’ new spouses’ names or your mother-in-law’s parents’ names, let Whitepages Premium find out for you. Enter an address into the reverse address search to see who’s associated with the property–this will tell you who owns it! So even if you can’t remember the right name or how to spell it, Premium is there to help you out. Now you can save a little face when you see your cousin Joe’s new wife (Jennifer!) at the reunion.

Don’t forget to send cards

If your family just can’t get together that often because of schedules or distance, sending cards is a nice way to keep in touch and say hello. Send them for birthdays, holidays, or to say thank you for a gift. Even if you can’t see each other in person, having easy access to your family’s contact information means you’re never really out of touch.

Premium can help you plan and prepare for a big event in so many ways. Letting it do the hard work for you by collecting addresses means you have more time to be excited, not stressed, about the upcoming event.

Did you recently have a great family get-together? Share your memories in the comments section below!