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Irene Denholm

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Irene Denholm: "Another game of Exploding Snap, Harry?"
Harry Potter: "Not now, thanks."
Irene Denholm: "Okay, maybe some other time, then?"
— Harry Potter talk with Irene Denholm in the First Floor's Corridor[src]

Irene Denholm was a Hufflepuff student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1990s. During the 1996–1997 school year, she could often be found in the first-floor corridor, and played Exploding Snap with anyone who was willing.


The name "Irene" is from Greek Ειρηνη (Eirene), derived from a word meaning "peace". This was the name of the Greek goddess who personified peace, one of the ‘Ωραι (Horai). It was also borne by several early Christian saints. The name was common in the Byzantine Empire, notably being borne by an 8th-century empress, who was the first woman to lead the Empire. She originally served as regent for her son, but later had him killed and ruled alone.


Notes and references

  1. She was at least in her first year at Hogwarts during the 1993-1994 school year.

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