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Is it just me, or is there a sort of class tension involved in the use of surname only? Boarding school students tend to use surname-only with each other, and Holmes and Watson do that as well, but servants in large houses were also addressed by surname only. I may be reading into it a bit, but it seems like Draco Malfoy (and even his father Lucius, for that matter), in calling Harry by his surname, are implying Harry is of lower social status than they are.
I don't think that has anything to do with it, honestly. In my school, most of the guys used each others' surnames by default, especially if they were in sports. I know in my case, it was partly because there were several other people in my classes who shared the same first name.
For all we know, there are dozens of Harry's at Hogwarts. Them calling him "Potter" isn't about social status or class so much as identifying Harry as Harry Potter specifically, and maybe in some cases keeping the association with his parents.
I think this trope needs some clarification - is it about the use of just surname, or "surname and title"?
Cut. Are you kidding me? Conversation In The Main Page is one thing, but conversation in the trope description...
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