Sudden thought: I wonder if Harold is named after Atticus Finch. They share some important character traits, I wouldn’t be surprised. What do you think?
I do think it’s possible! I also think Harold is from Harold Allnut of the Batman comics. If you’re interested, I wrote a huge long ridiculous brainstorm of possible connections/connotations for his names in this post.
I’m afraid my knowledge of the comic books is nonexistent because I don’t particularly like them. I once mixed up Thor with Superman and my friend still hasn’t forgiven me. I would love to reblog your post but Tumblr doesn’t let me :/ I loved reading your post, you certainly make a good point about Harold Allnut being Finch’s namesake. It’s a very interesting theory. You know, I really enjoy pieces about names and their meanings, I’m actually writing my thesis about it! I still haven’t ruled out including a chapter about Person of Interest names in it ;)
On a side note, the history of Harold Allnut just gave me a brilliant gif or fic idea. It’s terrific. You’ll weep!