The motto for hogwarts is \"Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus\", or, \"Never tickle a sleeping dragon\".

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This seems favor quite obvious advice and rather silly together a college motto. Is it essentially an within joke the J. K. Rowling made up for those that would certainly actually analyze it? Or does it have any particular definition beyond the literal? Is it possible she provided it as a hint or tip-off that Draco could be an ext dangerous than we thought (and possibly later adjusted her mind on that?)

Has she ever before indicated over there to be an ext than just the literal an interpretation for this phrase?

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it is simply downright funny, as I execute Latin at college I could easily analyze it. That is also something the founders would certainly do.
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Word the GodThe motto is intentionally practical advice.

Ailsa Floyd for the time Educational supplement in Scotland - just how did you think up the motto \"Never tickle resting dragons\", which appears under the crest? Is over there a story about it?

JK Rowling: You know the method that most institution slogans space thing like persevere and also nobility, charity and also fidelity or something, it just amused me to give an completely practical item of advice because that the Hogwarts institution motto.Then a friend of mine that is a professor of standards - my Latin to be not up to the job, i did not think it should be cod Latin, the is great enough because that cod Latin spells, the is they offered to it is in a mixture that Latin and other things. Once it concerned a appropriate Latin slogan for the institution I wanted it to be right, I went to him and also asked him come translate. Ns think he really delighted in it, that rang me up and said, \"I think I found the exactly right word, \"Titillandus\"\", the was how that to be dreamt up.(source: Edinburgh \"cub reporter\" press conference, ITV, 16 July 2005)

Is it an \"obvious advice\"?

Not really, since it\"s one advice on regular basis disregarded by plenty of students.

Consider every solitary thing Harry go (tackling, in some semblence the order: a fully grown mountain troll, Fluffy, Voldemort, Aragog and also his offspring, Whomping Willow, basilisk, Tom Riddle\"s diary, Sirius Black, a gazillion Dementors, a dragon, mermaids and also Grindylows, monster in a maze, Voldemort again... And also I\"m just up to book 4 and also going indigenous memory. Interlocutor ones he tackled voluntarily).

Now consider every solitary thing the Marauders did.

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Still think it\"s trivial, obvious, useless advice, one of two people literally or metaphorically? :)

Bonus pedantry: technically, Latin translate in is \"a sleeping dragon must never it is in tickled\", though the difference isn\"t semantically meaningful.