Professor Minerva McGonagall   4 comments

I have always deemed Professor McGonagall an ideal teacher.  She is strict but just.  She is also unbiased – except maybe when it comes to Quidditch and with good reason.  She is the teacher that you will definitely not like to cross but at the same time, you will have great and utmost respect for.  She is such an admirable person. When I read her whole life story, I am all the more amazed by her.  Aside from Professor Snape, who definitely was the most intriguing character in the story, I am always wondering about Professor McGonagall.  I remember that reading somewhere before about a question whether the professors were married, if they have children, and where they go during the holidays.  I have wondered the same thing about her and about the other professors as well.  Finally getting inside information on one of the characters that has a certain air of mystery in them was such a lovely treat. And I like the fact that it was told in several chapters.  It is just like reading a short story. I do wish that we also get information about the other professors in the succeeding books, especially about my Head of House, Professor Filius Flitwick.

I loved her especially in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  I remember having such a wonderful time reading her scenes where she always contradicts Dolores Umbridge.  She was the only professor that Umbridge could not find an actual fault.  Her sarcasm towards her was plain genius.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, she was simply amazing! She stood up and fought with Professor Snape and performed extraordinary magic.  In the movie, the hairs on my back stood when she cast the spell to bring the statues to life to defend Hogwarts.

 

SPOILER ALERT!

According to JK Rowling, she is a half blood as well – muggle father and witch mother.  She did not have an easy childhood.  Her father never trusted his wife again after finding out several years into the marriage that she is actually a witch.  Her mother, on the other hand, was forced to suppress her magical abilities because her husband is a Presbyterian minister and also due to the International Statute of Secrecy.  Love endured but it caused a strained relationship between her parents. This affected Professor McGonagall greatly especially when she fell in love with a Muggle, Dougal McGregor.  She turned down his marriage proposal, thinking that she cannot endure the same kind of relationship her parents shared and realizing she cannot live without her wand as well and a life of secrecy.  After her heartbreak, she went to work for the Ministry of Magic in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.  She was, however, unhappy in London and missing Scotland.  She sent an owl to Hogwarts and asked if there was any open teaching position to which Professor Albus Dumbledore offered her a position in the Transfiguration Department.  She was in tears when she later found out from her mother that her first love has married another.  Professor Dumbledore found her in tears which started a close personal friendship between the two.  Though already teaching in Hogwarts, she maintained ties with her former boss at the Ministry of Magic, Elphinstone Urquart.  She was surprised when one day, he proposed marriage in Madam Puddifoot’s teashop.  She turned him down but he was adamant even if she continually rejected him.  She was finally set free when news of Dougal McGregor’s death reached her.  After the first defeat of Lord Voldemort,  Elphinstone Urquart proposed again and this time, Professor McGonagall accepted.  They had a happy marriage but was cut short when three years later, Elphinstone Urquart died accidentally from a Venomous Tentacula bite.

What made her more endearing to me is that she could have also been a Ravenclaw.  She was a Hatstall – which means that if the Sorting Hat takes more than five minutes, one gets to choose which of the two houses the Sorting Hat could place her.  And according to the story, for her and Professor Flitwick, this has been a subject of gentle humour.  Professor Flitwick was also a Hatstall and he chose Ravenclaw.  Their inside joke was that if circumstances were reversed and they chose differently, Professor McGonagall could have been my Head of House while Professor Flitwick would be the Head of Gryffindor.

Professor McGonagall was also a Quidditch player.  On her fourth year, a foul during the Gryffindor vs Slytherin  game which would decide the Cup winner, she suffered a nasty fall that left her with concussion, several broken ribs and the desire to beat Slytherin crushed on the Quidditch field.

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4 responses to “Professor Minerva McGonagall

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  1. Thanks for the spoiler, LOVED IT!! I’m still awaiting my welcome e-mail. I hope it arrives soon. SOOONNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. The extra information about Professor McGonagall is probably my favourite new content on Pottermore, so far. I loved all the wand lore – but gradually discovering more about Minerva was a real treat. She was already a fantastic character, but this just made her all the more intriguing.

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