From Irish actors to characters and ancient Irish mythology J.K. Rowling’s hit movies are chocked full of Irishness!
The latest in J.K Rowling’s “Harry Potter” prequel franchise, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is being released worldwide this week. While the “Harry Potter” movies had a lot of Irish actors, characters and Irish mythology through out the eight movies, but we were hard pushed to find Irish links to the most recent J.K. Rowling movie.
While Johnny Depp is proud of his Irish roots, we found little evidence of an Irish links to the newest movie “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”.
Back in 2009, IrishCentral reached out to their, then, “Harry Potter” mad readers and ask them to suggest Irish connections to “Harry Potter”. This is what they came up with.
Irish actors in “Harry Potter”
Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood
The late Richard Harris as Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore
Michael Gambon as the new Albus Dumbledore
Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody
Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart
Devon Murray as Seamus Finnigan
Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley
Domnhall Gleeson as Bill Weasley
Michelle Fairley as Mrs. Granger
Irish magical creatures featured in “Harry Potter”
- 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
Irish words in “Harry Potter”
“Boggart," which is a shape-shifter in "Harry Potter" that takes on the form of its victim's worst fear, is very similar to the Irish word “bagairt,” meaning threat.
Seamus' boggart is a banshee, another Irish word.
Irish characters in “Harry Potter”
- Main character Seamus Finnigan, a Gryffindor in Harry Potter’s year at Hogwarts and a member of Dumbledore’s Army, is a permanent resident of Ireland.
Mr. and Mrs. Finnigan are Seamus’ parents. Mr. is a Muggle, while the Mrs. is a witch.
Fergus, Seamus’s older cousin, who often "apparates" (magically transports) to annoy him. Are there more Irish names than Seamus and Fergus?!
- Fingal the Fearless is a legendary Irish wizard.
- Queen Maeve is an Irish medieval witch who trained wizards and witches. before the founding of Hogwarts.
- Morholt is an Irish giant.
- Morholt’s brother is a king of Ireland.
- Tristan is an Irish hero who tried to kill Morholt.
- Darren O’Hare was a captain and keeper of the Kenmare Kestrels, from 1947 to 1960
- Aidan Lynch is a seeker for the Irish National Quidditch team.
- Barry Ryan is a keeper for the Irish National Quidditch team.
- Connolly and Quigley are beaters for the Irish National Quidditch team.
- Moran, Mullet and Troy are chasers for the Irish National Quidditch team.
- Ireland won the 422nd Quidditch World Cup in 1994 against Bulgaria. England, Scotland and Wales were knocked out (hooray!) so the Hogwarts boys supported Ireland as the closest country. Would this ever happen in real life?!
- The Irish team's mascots are leprechauns.
- The Irish team members were named after friends of the author J.K. Rowling.
- Ireland’s Ballycastle Bats are the second most successful team in the British and Irish Quidditch League, having won the title twenty-seven times.
- The Kenmare Kestrals are another Irish Quidditch team, and the team supported by Irish “Potter” character Seamus Finnigan. Seamus keeps a green rosette beside his bed.
Can you think of another Irish links to the world of “Harry Potter”? Let us know in the comments section below.
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