The leprechaun (farfadet called in Canada) is a small, magical creature male Irish folklore, which can be compared to elf french folklore. He later became a fictional character.

The leprechaun in folklore
The Leprechauns are most often represented astiquant manufacturer and a shoe. The caption said they hiding pots of gold. Before the twentieth century and the recovery of myths for commercial purposes, the Leprechauns were represented dressed in red instead of green costume in which they were attifés, especially in the USA.

In modern culture
The films, animated design and advertising have popularized a specific image of leprechauns, without resemblance with the details found in the cycles of Irish mythology. Many people in Ireland are in this distorted picture of the leprechaun, a series of offensive stereotypes of the Irish and a trivialisation of the rich and ancient culture of the country.

The stereotypical image of a leprechaun dressed in green, is particularly strong in the USA, where it is commonly used for a variety of purposes, commercial or non-commercial.

The archetype of the modern leprechaun is a red-bearded old man, who lives at the foot of a rainbow, where he hides a pot or a pot filled with gold. It is usually dressed in green and would be a four-leaf clover. It also said it is very sarcastic, devious and he does not that foreigners come to disturb. It would have created the rainbow so nobody could see it.

Its main activity is to manufacture and astiquer tiny shoes in his size, decorated with a gold buckle.

The Leprechauns in film, television and in video games
He made an appearance in the series Charmed, where he is shown as a semi-man distributing the luck or misfortune to be, thanks to gold nuggets that cache at the foot of rainbows (called 'rainbow, it must recite a formula and the rainbow appears). It also appears in 1962 in an episode of the series My beloved witch (Bewitched) Season 2 episode 26 (Pot of gold).

In the television movie The World of Magic léprechauns.

In cinema, the leprechaun appears in a saga of six horror films. It is embodied by actor Warwick Davis.

* Leprechaun (1993)
* Leprechaun 2 (1994)
* Leprechaun 3 (1995) V
* Leprechaun 4: In space (1997) V
* Leprechaun in the Hood (2000) V
* Leprechaun: Back to tha Hood (2003) V

Incarnate by Gary Oldman, it is also disruptive element of the film Interstate 60 where it takes Neal Oliver (James Marsden) in search of the city of Danver on the strange inter-state road No. 60 ...

In the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the Irish national team quidditch announced his arrival in manufacturing in the sky a huge leprechaun in smoke began to dance.

In the 10th episode of the 11th season of the animated series South Park, Imaginationland - Episode 1, the existence of leprechauns is the subject of a bet between Kyle and Cartman. The capture of a leprechaun in an organized beaten give due to the latter.

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