Roderick Nolan Prince was born to Lorcan Prince and his wife Mairéad in Donegal. Their only child, he first showed signs of magic at an early age. At the age of five years, he had already mastered the Accio charm. His first use of the charm involved recovering a copy of a favorite Muggle novel, George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," from a shelf too high to reach.
[show] Hogwarts days
When Roderick was accepted into Hogwarts, the Sorting Hat pulled a mild Hat Stalk (Bua no bas) on him and nudged him toward Ravenclaw. It finally put him in Gryffindor, stating that he was more a lion inside than an eagle.
To Roderick, Amortentia had the odour of spearmint, bell heather and marigolds. He was on the Gryffindor Quidditch team as their Keeper for his first four years.
Roderick served as an Auror in the Ministry of Magic (Betrayer's Blade) for most of his life. He admitted himself that he got top marks in Stealth and Tracking and an only slightly lower grade in Concealment and Disguise, but only passed the Poisons and Antidotes training by having a bezoar on him.
Roderick's personal life
Whitby and Curran gave him tips and helped him propose to fellow Auror Muireann Barratt. Roderick asked for her hand in marriage in a very special way, giving her a wedding ring he designed himself with elemental magic.
He later told Muireann and their daughter, Eileen, that one of the best blessings he'd ever received in his life was his baby grandson. Severus' middle name, Donndubhán, was gifted upon him at birth by Roderick when he held him for the first time.
Roderick and Severus were extremely close when Severus was growing up. He used to sing The Isle of Innisfree as a lullaby to put his grandson to sleep when he was a baby.
Roderick's family gave him the loving nickname "The Pied Piper of Banbridge" for how he played the tin whistle, an instrument he left in his will to Severus after teaching him how to play it.
Bua nó Bás
Betrayer's Blade universe
Carraig Prince was brought into the Order of the Phoenix through his daughter and grandson, when Eileen sent a patronus to him. He heard through her that the Order needed a new safe house, so he offered Prince Manor in Banbridge and sent Eileen the portkey she needed.
He proved himself to be a capable warrior, taking out both Sirius Orion Black and Minerva Sorcha McGonagall in a training duel.
Final battle and legacy
Upon finding out about the Spirit Killers, an enraged Roderick engaged Voldemort in a one on one battle and used the Final Strike to kill him, willingly giving his life in battle to defend his grandson. Roderick was laid to rest in the family cemetery beside Muireann and their paintings were hung in Prince Manor, at the Ministry, and at Hogwarts.
During Roderick's wake, Severus read one of his grandfather's favorite Muggle poems, Tennyson's "Crossing The Bar".
Marital Status at Death
Muireann Prince (dissolved physically by her death) Children
Eileen Valora Prince (daughter, with Muireann) Kyle Roderick Prince (son, with Muireann) Grandchildren
Severus Donovan Snape (through Eileen)
"Please forgive me for being blunt, but: What amadan would go into a battle where poisons are used without having a bezoar on them?!"- A young Roderick to Kingsley Shacklebolt (Betrayer's Blade)
“Even though we’re cleared to use the Unforgivables in our line of work, I have a question about that. Dark wizards obviously use them often, but should it mean we need to resort to such vileness? Why sink to their level? The Cruciatus Curse is pure torture. We've seen the short and long term effects of those that have suffered through the excruciating pain. Perhaps this curse is the most questionable since temporarily incapacitating an opponent could be rather useful, but the fact remains that it's still illegal and evil. We have other spells we can turn to that can delay an opponent that don't involve torture. Why don’t we use Stupefy and the Leg-Locker Curse instead? The Imperius Curse is about control. We aren't here to take control of their bodies and have them fight for us. In fact, casting such a spell could prove more trouble than it's really worth. Think about it, you're busy controlling some dark wizard and don't notice the other one sneaking up behind you to kill you. Oh yes, brilliant plan. And lastly Avada Kedavra, the killing curse. Perhaps some dark wizards deserve nothing less than death, but our job is to capture and have them sent away to prison, not deal out justice. If it comes to death in battle that is one thing; but casting with the intent of death is completely different, isn’t it? Wouldn’t that make us as bad as them?”- to Shacklebolt
"May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate children chase you so far over the Hills of Damnation that the Lord Himself can't find you with a telescope."- to Rabanus McQuillen and Timothy Patinkin
“I, Roderick Nolan Prince, take you, Muireann Rionach Barratt, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, to honor and to protect, till death do us part and beyond, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge myself to you and you alone. I pledge to always treat you like the queen you’re named for, the queen you are to me.”
“I, Muirrean Rionach Barratt, take you, Roderick Nolan Prince, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold,, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part and beyond, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge myself to you and you alone. You’re not only a Prince in name; you have the heart of one. "- Roderick and Muirrean's wedding vows
"Once in a lifetime you find your soulmate. I found mine when I met Muireann. As of this point I'm taking a vow of celibacy until they lay me here with her. I'm staying faithful to her memory and to her. I know she's waiting for me. Let no one say I loved her in the past tense, because I always will."- over Muireann's grave, to Eileen and Kyle
"If I can give Prince Manor and my aid to the Order, the Order has it."- Roderick pledging his aid to Eileen and Dumbledore
"The day before All Hallows Eve, your seanmhathair d-died for a fool who loves her more than life itself, but who didn’t think himself worthy of her sacrifice until afterward. . .” -- to Severus, telling him about his grandmother
Family Quotes Edit
"He's beautiful, just like his mother. . . .
"Would you give him his middle name please, Dad?"
" 'Leeny, I have the perfect name for him. Donndubhán."
" 'Dark Warrior'? Donovan? Dad, it's perfect. . . Severus Donovan."
"You and Tobias did a great job."
"I never thought a baby could be as little as he is."
"Remember what I told you about the acorn? 'The greatest oaks were once tiny acorns.' You sleep, I'll take care of him for you, mo cuishle."- Roderick and Eileen the night Severus was born
"Dearest Father in Heaven, please bless this child and bless this day of new beginnings. Smile upon this child and surround him, Father, with the soft mantle of Thy love. Teach this child to follow in Thy footsteps and to live life in the ways of love, faith, hope, and charity."- praying over a newborn Severus
"Severus, quit it. He's done ye ill."
"If I do. . . he'll win. I can't let that happen. I won't let it happen. We have to win against him."- Roderick and Severus, regarding Severus' spying
"I love you, Muireann, I always, always will. I'll see you once I take this bastard down. He's never going to hurt our grandson again, I'm making sure of that. For Lily's son. . . and for Severus. I'm coming, mo chridhe." - Roderick's final words in the mortal life
Quotes about Roderick after the final battle Edit
"Those we love never leave us. Today we have lost many, especially Rod. . . Ro. . . Riderock. . . .Mum?"- Severus, almost incoherent with grief, unable to get his grandfather's name out
"Especially Carraig Prince. . . . my father and Severus' grandfather. . . . who made the ultimate sacrifice to rid the Wizarding world of Voldemort. . . . yes, I said the maniac's name. He's dead and good bloody riddance. I don't know how I can thank you, Dad. . ." - Eileen Prince
"The Harp that once through Tara's halls the soul of music shed, Now hangs as mute on Tara's walls as if that soul were fled. So sleep the pride of former days, so glory's thrill is o'er- And hearts that once beat high for praise now feel that pulse no more."- Severus, over Roderick's coffin
"May your going be sheltered and your welcome assured, Dad. May your soul smile in the embrace of your anam cara." - Kyle
“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come. To a well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. I want to award a posthumous Order of Merlin, First Class, to Roderick Prince, to be hung in the halls of our school in recognition of his gallantry and sacrifice."- Minerva Sorcha McGonagall
"Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Everything remains as it was. The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no sorrow in your tone. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Remember, smile, live, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effort; life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. Nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again." - Roderick's portrait to Severus'