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Rionach O'Neal[1] (b. 1980) was a Gryffindor student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; she was sorted on 1 September, 1991.


1991-1992 school year

Sorted into Gryffindor House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on 1 September, 1991, Rionach was quick to befriend Parvati Patil and Cho Chang.

1994-1995 school year

This year, she witnessed the arrival of delegations from Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Durmstrang Institute for the Triwizard Tournament, and supported Cedric Diggory until the First Task, at which point she supported both Cedric and Harry Potter equally. She was one of the girls who supported Ron Weasley up to Gryffindor Tower after he asked Fleur Delacour to the Yule Ball; she looked deeply upset.

1995-1996 school year

By this school year, she had entered into a romantic relationship and had kissed the boy in question in the halls of Hogwarts on at least one occasion; however, Professor Dolores Umbridge had forced them apart when she saw them.

Sometime that year, she joined Dumbledore's Army and practiced defensive magic when Professor Dolores Umbridge refused to teach practical Defence Against the Dark Arts.

Heading to one meeting in the Room of Requirement with her friends, she was followed by Mr. Argus Filch and his cat, Mrs. Norris.

She attended a couple of meetings, including when the group learned the Stunning Spell; she witnessed Nigel Wolpert practicing on Harry Potter, as well as when Hermione Granger used it on Ron Weasley. She laughed at Ron when he was thrown across the room, and fussed over Hermione afterward.

Rionach also attended the Disarming Charm meeting, and when Neville Longbottom finally performed the charm correctly, she immediately stopped practicing and rushed to congratulate him.

When Harry Potter, the group's leader, decided that there wouldn't be any more meetings until after Christmas, she sighed loudly, but nonetheless joined in the clapping after Harry's speech on how well everyone had done.

1997-1998 school year

On 2 May, 1998, Rionach fought in the Battle of Hogwarts; it is unknown whether she survived the battle, although given her experience in martial magic it is likely she lived.


Rionach is a variant of the Irish Ríoghnach, which means "queen". O'Neal is a form of the Irish Gaelic Ua Néill, meaning "grandson/descendant of Niall".

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