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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.
Magical sports and games
- 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.
- Ireland has its own National Quidditch team. In 1994 the Irish National Quidditch team won the 422nd Quidditch World Cup, defeating the Bulgarian National Quidditch team in the final match.
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.
Native to Ireland
The following creatures are found throughout the Atlantic Ocean:
The following creatures are found in certain regions of Europe that Ireland falls under:
The following creatures were all found worldwide:
- Cliodna - a famous druidess who lived in medieval 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)
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 portrayed Graves in the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is from Dublin.
- In discussing the scene from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) in the Pentagram Office, Colin Farrell praised Colleen Atwood's costuming: "There must have been two hundred actors and extras all in the different costumes. Wizards from Hungary, from Mongolia, from Russia, from Thailand, from Ireland, and from Pakistan. It was amazing. They all had culturally relevant garb but with a little wizarding flourish."
- 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)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (mentioned in a deleted scene)
- The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (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 and a team from Kenmare. 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.
- The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Introducing Percival Graves
- Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 7 (Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8 (The Quidditch World Cup)
- Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 2 (Ancient Broom Games)
- Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 8 (The Spread of Quidditch Worldwide)
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Thestrals" at Wizarding World
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Chocolate Frog Cards
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 17 (A Sluggish Memory)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- 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