Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Philadelphia

Member since:

March 4, 2012

Which character do you relate the most to?

Professor McGonagall, being a fellow professor, and of Celtic background.

How did you get to become a fan of HP?

Started reading the books ca. 1998, have presented various papers on Harry Potter conferences such as Convention Alley (Ottawa, CAN, 2004 IIRC) and Infinitus (2010). I've presented mostly on the Irish and Welsh translations of HP, and the Celtic Connections in general. I currently run two HP reading groups on Meetup (, one at an advanced level and one at a calmer pace for beginners. I'd love to be involved with some folks who'd like to do the same with the Latin version. My Latin is rusty, but passable.

What is your favorite book? Why?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first volume. Hard to say why -- I guess it just reminded me of the classic British boarding school stories, but with the wizarding touch. Love all the books, really.

Who is your favorite character? Why?

Really hard to say, but probably Hermione.

Which house are you a member of?



Róisín. I have been teaching Irish Gaelic for about 20 years, and occasional courses in Welsh and Scottish Gaelic. I've also taught courses in children's folklore and children's literature, so Harry Potter was a shoo-in. Loved Narnia, etc., also.

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  • Erin S.

    Thanks for the message. :-) First, apologies, I don't come on here much. Since I'm currently in school and it is my top priority, I have to choose my extra-curricula­rs. Some day I'd love to learn Welsh, perhaps when I finish my certification and get a job teaching? Otherwise, I'd be very happy to try and work through the Latin via online support. But again, it would be slow, since I'd only be able to devote a few hours a week (or even a month to it).

    Sep 07, 2014 2:09 PM
  • Tania L.

    Welcome to the group! We can have virtual sessions as well, so we'll find a way to get you writing.

    Nov 20, 2012 6:40 PM
  • Jen O.

    but didn't teach it to her children (my father included, she wanted them to blend in with other american children). So I am one generation removed from the language, know nary a word, but have a proclivity for other languages, English primarily but also French and German. I believe it a birthright to know the language, which formed my culture and consciousness. I would like to start the Absolute Beginners but am unclear which it is. Could you help direct me?
    Jennifer Laverty

    May 15, 2011 2:16 PM
  • Jen O.

    Hi Roisin. Did you teach at Penn? Iwork there and have been trying to fit Irish into my schedule for years. My grandmother was bilingual, as were a few generations of her family (the earned money as translators between the gentry and workers, as they lived (and cousins still do) in a heavily gaeltacht area (west galway/monivea)­. when my grandmother came to the us, however, she would speak to her friends in irish

    May 15, 2011 2:10 PM
  • Maire D.

    Hi Roisin:
    Morning on a weekend works. But, am I ready for this? IDK any of the tense changes. Are you still doing the book course that Amanda gallant's taking? Also have to check our budget to make sure that I can stay for the whole course

    Jan 21, 2011 12:05 PM
  • Maire D.

    Hi Roisin:

    Will a new Advanced Beginner Group be starting up--IDK whether I could just hop in. Also, Amana wanted to know whether an Complete Beginner Group was starting up. She lives in Philly now, so she could also possibly attend a class you're teaching at a local, venue. She mentioned that she'd e-maild you and that you hadn't gotten back to her.

    Maire Durkan (my hubby pronounces my name as "Mora" and so do all of the Irish rellies, so that's what I go by)

    Dec 11, 2010 10:32 AM
  • Maire D.

    Hi Roisin:My boys are playing session at The Plough and The Stars in Philly tomorrow from 5-9, so I won't be online. I'll wait on the lessons until the advanced beginners start a new session.

    Oct 23, 2010 3:09 PM
  • Maire D.

    Dia duit Roisin. Should I wait till the next session of classes to move to move to advanced beginners?

    Oct 07, 2010 8:21 PM
  • Rodney L. A.

    That "madadh" will hunt! Go raibh maith agat!

    Sep 20, 2010 10:10 PM
  • Maire D.

    We just got back from the beach. Can I get into the cat session on Sunday?? And i think Amanda want to try it too.

    Sep 18, 2010 10:01 PM
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