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In the Muggle world, the majority of the island is occupied by the Republic of Ireland (also known simply as Ireland), a sovereign nation, while the northeast corner is home to Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom. The political boundaries and governance of Ireland in the wizarding world are unknown. It may be a single political entity under the jurisdiction of the British Ministry of Magic.
The capital city of the Republic of Ireland is Dublin and the de facto capital of Northern Ireland is the city of Belfast
One of the ancient broom games played before the climax of the evolution of Quidditch, Aingingein flourished in Ireland. The game became the subject of many Irish ballads in which Fingal the Fearless took a significant role (being alleged champion of the game).
Modern game of Quidditch was well established in 14th century in Ireland which is proven by Zacharias Mumps's account - he describes the game between the Irish from Cork and Englishmen from Lancashire, in which Irish team demonstrates tricks with Quaffle at that time unknown in England and beats the English soundly.
Irish Quidditch teams
- The Ballycastle Bats are the second most successful team in the British and Irish Quidditch League, having won the title twenty-seven times.
- The Kenmare Kestrels are another famous Irish Quidditch team. The Kestrels are based in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, in the South of the country.
- Cliodna - a famous druidess who lived in mediaeval times and who was an Animagus.
- Connolly - a Beater for the Irish National Quidditch team.
- Fergus - a cousin of Seamus Finnigan.
- Fingal the Fearless - a legendary Irish wizard.
- Mr Finnigan - a Muggle and father of Seamus Finnigan (Implied)
- Mrs Finnigan - a witch and mother of Seamus Finnigan (Implied)
- Seamus Finnigan - a Gryffindor in Harry Potter's year at Hogwarts and member of Dumbledore's Army (Implied)
- Aidan Lynch - Seeker for the Irish National Quidditch team.
- Queen Maeve - a mediaeval witch who trained wizards and witches before the founding of Hogwarts.
- Moran - a Chaser for the Irish National Quidditch team.
- Morholt - a Giant.
- Morholt's brother — a king of Ireland.
- Mullet - a Chaser for the Irish National Quidditch team.
- Darren O'Hare — Captain and Keeper of the Kenmare Kestrels from 1947 to 1960.
- Quigley - a Beater for the Irish National Quidditch team.
- Barry Ryan - Keeper for the Irish National Quidditch team.
- Tristan - a hero who tried to kill Morholt.
- Troy - a Chaser for the Irish National Quidditch team.
- Orla Quirke - a Ravenclaw student. (possible)
The following magical creatures are native to Ireland:
- Aethonans: A chestnut breed of winged horses.
- Augureys: Shy birds that issue a heart-rending cry at the approach of rain.
- Banshees: Creatures with the appearance of a woman that scream in an unearthly, wailing voice.
- Grindylows: Water demons that dwell in lakes.
- Imps: Small, humanoid, dark brown creatures with a mischievous nature.
- Jarveys: Beasts that resemble large ferrets and can talk.
- Kelpies: Water demons that can alter their appearance.
- Leprechauns: Small, humanoid creatures that can talk and like to play tricks on humans.
- Merrows: A Merpeople breed.
- Mokes: Lizards that can shrink at will.
- Porlocks: Horse guardians from southern Ireland and Dorset.
In the early Middle Ages, Maeve, a witch queen, taught several young witches and wizards in the magical arts.
Later, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was founded in Scotland, and Irish witches and wizards were accepted there.
Behind the scenes
- Fiona Shaw, the actress who portrays Harry Potter's Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter films, is from County Cork in Ireland.
- Evanna Lynch, the actress who portrays Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, is from County Louth in Ireland.
- Brendan Gleeson, the actor who portrays Alastor Moody in the Harry Potter films is Irish, as well as his son, Domhnall Gleeson, who portrayed Bill Weasley in both film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Both are from the capital city, Dublin.
- Richard Harris and Michael Gambon, who play Albus Dumbledore, are both Irish. Harris is from County Limerick while Gambon was born in Dublin.
- Geraldine Somerville, who portrays Lily Evans in the Harry Potter films was born in County Meath, Ireland.
- Hagrid stated in the first film that instead of a "Greek chappie" (which he stated in the book), he obtained Fluffy from an "Irish fellah".
- Devon Murray, the actor who potrays Seamus Finnigan is from County Kildare.
- Ciarán Hinds, who portrayed Aberforth Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, is an Irish actor from Belfast, County Antrim.
- Miranda Richardson, the actress who plays Rita Skeeter, played an Irish terrorist in The Crying Game.
- Kenneth Branagh, who portrayed Gilderoy Lockhart in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is an actor and director from Northern Ireland.
- Michelle Fairley is an actress from Northern Ireland who portrayed Mrs Granger in the film adaptions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- Colin Farrell, who is set to play Graves in the film adaptations of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is from Dublin.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ Ireland at Wikipedia
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8 (The Quidditch World Cup) - The Bulgarian National Quidditch team was represented by the Bulgarian Minister for Magic, while the Irish National Quidditch team was represented by Cornelius Fudge of the British Ministry of Magic. In addition, the British and Irish Quidditch League, which falls under the authority of the Department of Magical Games and Sports of the British Ministry of Magic, has both a team from Ballycastle, Northern Ireland and a team from Kenmare, Republic of Ireland. This suggests that the whole of Ireland may be a single political entity that falls under the jurisdiction of the British Ministry of Magic in the wizarding world.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 2 (Ancient Broom Games)
- ↑ Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 8 (The Spread of Quidditch Worldwide)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8 (The Quidditch World Cup)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 7 (Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Chocolate Frog Cards
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 17 (A Sluggish Memory)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - An A-Z of Fantastic Beasts
- ↑ Fiona Shaw at Wikipedia
- ↑ Evanna Lynch at Wikipedia
- ↑ Brendan Gleeson at Wikipedia
- ↑ Domhnall Gleeson at Wikipedia
- ↑ Richard Harris at Wikipedia
- ↑ Michael Gambon at Wikipedia
- ↑ Geraldine Somerville at Wikipedia
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- ↑ Devon Murray at Wikipedia
- ↑ Ciarán Hinds at Wikipedia