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Seamus Finnigan is a student at Hogwarts. He is in Harry Potter's year and is also sorted
into Gryffindor House. Presented as generally good-natured and easy-going, Seamus is the
son of a muggle father and a witch. Seamus's Irish background is suggested by his name,
his manner of speech and his support for the Irish team in the Quidditch World Cup in
1994. His attendance at Hogwarts says that there is not a separate school of witchcraft
and wizardry in Ireland, but that Irish wizards and witches attend Hogwarts. He has an
older cousin, Fergus, who is known to apparate just to annoy him. Seamus planned on
annoying him back once he passed his apparation test.
Of all the boys in Harry's year and house, Seamus is the least enthusiastic supporter of
Harry Potter, often demonstrating skepticism of Harry's claims. He does, however, join
Dumbledore's Army sometime in 1996, and after the death of Albus Dumbledore the following
year Seamus insists on remaining at Hogwarts in order to attend the funeral for the fallen
headmaster, despite his mother's wish to remove him immediately from the perceived dangers
at the school.
Seamus seems to represent the average Hogwarts student, as well as one of the many
Wedge-Type characters in the Harry Potter books and movies. Harry must always work to
avoid alienating people such as Seamus Finnegan, as active support from characters such as
this may well be critical to the defeat of Voldemort. While Harry, Ron, and Hermione were
gone searching for Voldemort's Horcrux, Seamus helped Neville Longbottom restore the DA,
and aided in hiding other members in the Room of Requirement to escape the Carrows.
Seamus, along with many others, showed the cost of standing up to the new regime at
Hogwarts, for his face was so bruised that Harry did not know it was him until he spoke.
However, even with the threat of death at the hands of the Death Eaters, he was one of the
many Gryffindors who stayed behind to help defend the castle. During the battle, Seamus,
along with Luna Lovegood and Ernie Macmillan, saved Harry, Ron, and Hermione from hundreds
of Dementors using the Patronus Charm to ward them off. His Patronus was in the form of a
fox. When the second stage of the fighting began, Harry saved his and Hannah Abbot's lives
when Lord Voldemort sent a curse their way. He survived the final battle. His best friend
Dean Thomas was also Ginny Weasley's ex-boyfriend.