Irene Denholm: "Another game of Exploding Snap, Harry?"
Harry Potter: "Not now, thanks."
Irene Denholm: "Okay, maybe some other time, then?"
— Harry Potter talking with Irene Denholm in the First-floor 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, as well as 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 Ancient 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, Eirene Sarantapechaina (reigned 797 - 802) who was the first woman to lead the Empire. She originally served as regent for her son Constantine VI, but later had him blinded and killed and ruled alone.


Notes and references

  1. She was at least in her first year at Hogwarts during the 1993-1994 school year.
  2. World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling