The Baltimore Sun published a story yesterday about a guy in MD who’s name is Harry Potter. When I read the headline and the teaser text, I thought about how fun that’d be, but…

“Oh my lordy Hannah,” says the real-life Harry E. Potter, 76, of Leonardtown. “You have no idea what it is like to have this name. Just 15 minutes ago, I got a phone call from some girls who were about 13 or 14, and who giggled a lot. And you cannot be rude to them, you know that? You cannot be rude.

I officially love this man. Anyone that can be a good sport about something like that has to be a really decent person.

Equally lovable is a John Malcolm Snape:

… born in Wales, and he has a refined British accent and rich bass reminiscent of Alan Rickman, the actor who portrays potions master Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.

So when he answered the phone one day, there was a moment of silence on the line, followed by the excited tones of a young lad wanting to know if he were indeed the famous Professor Snape of the movies and books.

“I told him, ‘No, that’s my younger brother who works at a college in England,’ ” says Snape, 79, who lives in Baltimore and previously owned retail stores at the Inner Harbor, none of which seem to have stocked Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.

That’s just good, light-hearted fun :’)

(Also interesting: there are a ton of other real life doppelgangers)

Maryland has or recently had at least three Harry Potters, 16 Hermiones, 3 Siriuses, 13 men named Snape and 15 women named Narcissa. We used to have a Severus, but he’s fled north. So has Maryland’s only known former Bellatrix.

Though it seems that Baltimore can’t boast of any residents named Dumbledore, there appears to be one in Nashville, Tenn., with the all-important first initial of “A.”