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None of these is a name.

Friar, if lowercased, designates a man who has taken religious vows and joined a mendicant order. Uppercased it is the title by which a friar is referred to and addressed, like ‘General’ or ‘Doctor’.

If the friar's religious name were ‘John’, he would be referred to as ‘Friar John’; but since it appears that no one at Hogwarts knows this friar's name, he is referred to either as ‘the Friar’ or by the sobriquet or nickname ‘the Fat Friar’. The The determiner shows that this is not an actual name and the capitalization shows that it is proper to a specific individual.

If his name were known he might be addressed as ‘Friar John’. Since it is not known, and since it would be rude to address him as ‘Fat Friar’, he is addressed simply as ‘Friar’, just as you might address a military man as ‘General’, or your teacher as ‘Professor’.


This appears to be the usual reference among Hogwarts students: “The Fat Friar told me — that Umbridge tried to get back into his office last night after they'd searched the castle and grounds for him.” —Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

None of these is a name.

Friar, if lowercased, designates a man who has taken religious vows and joined a mendicant order. Uppercased it is the title by which a friar is referred to and addressed, like ‘General’ or ‘Doctor’.

If the friar's religious name were ‘John’, he would be referred to as ‘Friar John’; but since it appears that no one at Hogwarts knows this friar's name, he is referred to either as ‘the Friar’ or by the sobriquet or nickname ‘the Fat Friar’. The determiner shows that this is not an actual name and the capitalization shows that it is proper to a specific individual.

If his name were known he might be addressed as ‘Friar John’. Since it is not known, and since it would be rude to address him as ‘Fat Friar’, he is addressed simply as ‘Friar’, just as you might address a military man as ‘General’, or your teacher as ‘Professor’.

None of these is a name.

Friar, if lowercased, designates a man who has taken religious vows and joined a mendicant order. Uppercased it is the title by which a friar is referred to and addressed, like ‘General’ or ‘Doctor’.

If the friar's religious name were ‘John’, he would be referred to as ‘Friar John’; but since it appears that no one at Hogwarts knows this friar's name, he is referred to either as ‘the Friar’ or by the sobriquet or nickname ‘the Fat Friar’. The determiner shows that this is not an actual name and the capitalization shows that it is proper to a specific individual.

If his name were known he might be addressed as ‘Friar John’. Since it is not known, and since it would be rude to address him as ‘Fat Friar’, he is addressed simply as ‘Friar’, just as you might address a military man as ‘General’, or your teacher as ‘Professor’.


This appears to be the usual reference among Hogwarts students: “The Fat Friar told me — that Umbridge tried to get back into his office last night after they'd searched the castle and grounds for him.” —Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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None of these is a name.

Friar, if lowercased, designates a man who has taken religious vows and joined a mendicant order. Uppercased it is the title by which a friar is referred to and addressed, like ‘General’ or ‘Doctor’. 

If the friar's religious name were ‘John’, he would be referred to as ‘Friar John’ and addressed either as ‘Friar John’ or, as here, as ‘Friar’, just as you address a military man by his rank.

SinceJohn’; but since it appears that no one at Hogwarts knows thethis friar's name, he is referred to either as ‘the Friar’ or by the sobriquet or nickname ‘the Fat Friar’. The determiner shows that this is not an actual name, while and the capitalization shows that it is proper to a specific individual.

If his name were known he might be addressed as ‘Friar John’. Since it is not known, and since it would be rude to address him as ‘Fat Friar’, he is addressed simply as ‘Friar’, just as you might address a military man as ‘General’, or your teacher as ‘Professor’.

None of these is a name.

Friar, if lowercased, designates a man who has taken religious vows and joined a mendicant order. Uppercased it is the title by which a friar is referred to and addressed, like ‘General’ or ‘Doctor’. If the friar's religious name were ‘John’, he would be referred to as ‘Friar John’ and addressed either as ‘Friar John’ or, as here, as ‘Friar’, just as you address a military man by his rank.

Since it appears that no one at Hogwarts knows the friar's name, he is referred to by the sobriquet or nickname ‘the Fat Friar’. The determiner shows that this is not an actual name, while the capitalization shows that it is proper to a specific individual.

None of these is a name.

Friar, if lowercased, designates a man who has taken religious vows and joined a mendicant order. Uppercased it is the title by which a friar is referred to and addressed, like ‘General’ or ‘Doctor’. 

If the friar's religious name were ‘John’, he would be referred to as ‘Friar John’; but since it appears that no one at Hogwarts knows this friar's name, he is referred to either as ‘the Friar’ or by the sobriquet or nickname ‘the Fat Friar’. The determiner shows that this is not an actual name and the capitalization shows that it is proper to a specific individual.

If his name were known he might be addressed as ‘Friar John’. Since it is not known, and since it would be rude to address him as ‘Fat Friar’, he is addressed simply as ‘Friar’, just as you might address a military man as ‘General’, or your teacher as ‘Professor’.

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None of these is a name.

Friar, if lowercased, designates a man who has taken religious vows and joined a mendicant order. Uppercased it is the title by which a friar is referred to and addressed, like ‘General’ or ‘Doctor’. If the friar's religious name were ‘John’, he would be referred to as ‘Friar John’ and addressed either as ‘Friar John’ or, as here, as ‘Friar’, just as you address a military man by his rank.

Since it appears that no one at Hogwarts knows the friar's name, he is referred to by the sobriquet or nickname ‘the Fat Friar’. The determiner shows that this is not an actual name, while the capitalization shows that it is proper to a specific individual.