Minerva McGonagall


Birthdate: October 4.
Birthyear: approximately 1925.
Family: unknown.
Name: Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom. McGonagall’s last name comes from poet Sir William Topaz McGonagall.

Hair: Black, pulled back into a bun.
Eyes: Square glasses, beady eyes.
Distinguishing features: rarely smiles (PS8); she wears tartan plaids — even her nightdress and dressrobes are tartan.

Animagus: a tabby cat with square markings around its eyes.
Patronus: a tabby cat with spectacle eye markings.
Hogwarts: Transfiguration Professor 1956-1998; Deputy Headmistress 1991-1998.
House: Gryffindor (c. 1937-44); Head of Gryffindor 1991-1998.
Field: Transfiguration.
Office: First floor (up the main staircase, down a corridor).
Affiliation: Member of the Order of the Phoenix.
Interests: She is very keen on Quidditch.


The Transfiguration professor and Deputy Headmistress at Hogwarts for over forty years, and a powerful witch and Animagus. McGonagall has a stern exterior, keeping her classes strictly controlled and following the rules closely, yet has a warm heart and cares deeply for her friends and students. She also played a vital role in the Order of the Phoenix, valiantly directing the final battle against Voldemort. Professor McGonagall has dark hair which she pulls into a bun, wears glasses, and is frequently dressed in tartan plaids.

McGonagall was the head of Gryffindor House during Harry’s years at Hogwarts and was known for teaching challenging classes. She did not break rules or tolerate misbehavior. She also refused to favor her own house; however, McGonagall cared deeply about Gryffindor’s success. She cried when Gryffindor won the Quidditch Cup.

Underneath her stern exterior, it was always clear that McGonagall cared deeply for her students. Her first instinct was to protect them at all times, and she could become quite emotional when they were hurt. Even at Voldemort’s first defeat she did not celebrate, but instead mourned at the passing of James and Lily. McGonagall often got emotional over Harry’s safety in particular; she was proud to have him in her house.

Minerva McGonagall

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