Best friends at war over ‘terrible’ Harry Potter-inspired baby names for twins

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A Harry Potter fan's "terrible" baby names for her twins has sparked a massive row with her best friend.

A mum-to-be has taken inspiration from the famous books when choosing baby names for her boys, who are due next year.

She asked her close pal what she thought of what they had picked – Albus Tony and Severus Callum.

They fell out after her luke-warm response and now the friend of the pregnant woman has asked for advice.

Taking to Reddit's "Am I the a****le?" forum, she outlined the situation – and wanted to know what steps she should be taking next.

She wrote: "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 Harry Potter, Tony is after her dad and Callum is a family member from her other half's 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.

"(I don’t, Severus Callum has got to be the most random name I’ve ever heard of) but she keeps ignoring me."

She added: "I feel really awful. I feel like I'm the a***hole 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 a***hole because they are stupid names."

The comments section seemed to back her.

One put: "Albus Tony and Severus Callum are ridiculous names, it's almost like she wants them to get bullied."

Another said: "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."

A third user then chipped in.

They said: "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?"

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