Rionach O'Neal[3] was a Gryffindor student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1990s.


Early years

Rionach O'Neal started attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was Sorted into Gryffindor House at unknown date. Rionach was attending the school from at least the 1993–1994 school year.[4]

1994–1995 school year

Rionach was at least in her second year when delegations from Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Durmstrang Institute spent the year at the school for the Triwizard Tournament.[4]

1995–1996 school year

OOTP Umbridge spelling a couple apart

Dolores Umbridge forcing Rionach and her boyfriend apart

Rionach was seen passing by Harry Potter and Cho Chang, when a commotion broke out as Dolores Umbridge attempted to dismiss Sybill Trelawney.[5]

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 Umbridge had forced them apart when she saw them.[6]

Later years

Rionach attended the school in the 1996–1997 school year when Professor Dumbledore was killed at the hands of another teacher. Then the next year, she continued to attend the school, despite it having fallen under Death Eaters' control. It's unknown whether she fought in the Battle of Hogwarts or evacuated before the fight began.[4]

Physical appearance

Rionach had fair skin and a good complexion, with dark pink lips. She had long brown hair, which she kept swept back away from her face. She was tall and willowy.


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".

Behind the scenes

  • Rionach O'Neal was portrayed in the Harry Potter films by Marianne Chase. Though she was initially only credited by name for Prisoner of Azkaban and still remains so in other sources, her Mandy profile was updated to state she played the same character in her subsequent appearances.[4]
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An unidentified girl in 1994


Notes and references

  1. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  2. Rionach had confirmed appearances in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2 when the school was under Death Eater control. In order to attend, she had to be at least half-blood.
  3. Actress Marianne Chase's Mandy profile
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Actress Marianne Chase's Mandy (formerly CastingCallPro) profile was modified between 18 November, 2012 and 11 September, 2015, and has since listed all of her appearances as the character, from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
  5. See the following six frames of this sequence: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
  6. Actress Marianne Chase's Spotlight profile - "Feature Film, Kissing Couple (Girl), HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, Warner Bros, David Yates"