#2: The Dark Arts are many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal. ‘Oh – and fifty for Miss Lovegood, I suppose,’ she added, and a number of sapphires fell into Ravenclaw’s glass. ‘Move along there Weasley.’ (PA5), ‘What does he need?’ said Professor McGonagall crisply. Minerva McGonagall was born on 4 October, to Robert McGonagall, a Muggle Presbyterian minister, and his wife Isobel Ross, a witch. Tell Madam Pomfrey I have given you permission.’ (CS16), Instead, echoing through the corridors came Professor McGonagall’s voice, magically magnified.‘All students to return to their house dormitories at once. After 5 books knowing McGonagall's aversion to rule-breaking, it is doubly funny when she employs tactics she'd usually… Professor McGonagall turned next to Parvati Patil, whose first question was whether Firenze, the handsome centaur, was still teaching Divination. (OP12), ‘You cannot pass an OWL,’ said Professor McGonagall grimly, ‘without serious application, practice and study. Tell me, which of your will be dying this year.’Everyone stared at her.‘Me,’ said Harry, finally.‘I see,’ said Professor McGonagall, fixing Harry with her beady eyes. Even Fred and George Weasley followed instructions from Professor McGonagall. "My students can't get enough of your … ‘But one does not parade the fact that one is All-Knowing. I frequently act as though I am not possessed of the Inner Eye, so as not to make others nervous." I’ve never been more ashamed of Gryffindor students.’ (PS15), ‘What are you three doing inside?’It was Professor McGonagall, carrying a large pile of books.‘We want to see Professor Dumbledore,’ said Hermione, rather bravely, Harry and Ron thought.‘See Professor Dumbledore?’ Professor McGonagall repeated, as though this was a very fishing thing to want to do. There were boos and shouts. So… today we are starting Vanishing Spells. Auto-Answer Quills are banned from the examination hall, as are Remembralls, Detachable Cribbing Cuffs and Self-Correcting Ink. ‘I tell you, I saw it happen!’‘I believe you, Potter,’ said Professor McGonagall curtly. Their criminal records.’ ‘– unless you’re prepared to take even more exams after Hogwarts, you should really look at another –’ ‘Which means that this boy has as much chance of becoming an Auror as Dumbledore has of ever returning to this school.’‘A very good chance, then,’ said Professor McGonagall.‘Potter has a criminal record.’‘Potter has been cleared of all charges,’ said McGonagall, even more loudly. Quotes Ron : [Harry and Ron arrive late to Transfiguration, relieved that Professor McGonagall isn't there yet] Whew, made it. I might remind you that your pincushion, Thomas, still curls up in fright if anyone approaches it with a pun!’ (GF15), ‘Longbottom, kindly do not reveal that you can’t even perform a simple Switching Spell in front of anyone from Durmstrang!’ Professor McGonagall barked at the end of one particularly difficult lesson, during which Neville had accidentally transplanted his own ears onto a cactus. Come on – I shall see Professor Snape about you, Malfoy!’ (PS14), ‘I would never have believed it of any of you. All teachers return to the staff room. ‘I’m very disappointed in you. ‘Of course, I realise this has all been hardest on the friends of those who have been… I quite understand. ‘How are we supposed to teach with those horrors floating around?’ (PA10), ‘Precisely,’ said Professor McGonagall. Professor Minerva McGonagall Quotes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. ‘But I shudder to think… If Albus hadn’t been on the way downstairs for hot chocolate, who know what might have…’ (CS10), ‘You don’t think he [Creevey] managed to get a picture of his attacker?’ said Professor McGonagall eagerly. I shall not conceal from you that I have very little patience with it. Dolores Umbridge: So silly of me, but it sounds as if you're questioning my authority in my own classroom, Minerva. Was it pity? ‘The Yule Ball is of course a chance for us all to – er – let our hair down,’ she said, in a disapproving voice.…‘But that does NOT mean,’ Professor McGonagall went on, ‘that we will be relaxing the standards of behaviour we expect from Hogwarts students. ‘Right,’ said Professor McGonagall, whose nostrils were flared, ‘that’s got him out from under our feet.’ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets McGonagall wasn’t the sort to tolerate ignorance, especially from her own staff. Is that correct, Miss Edgecombe?’ (OP27), ‘Well, usually when a person shakes their head,’ said McGonagall coldly, ‘they mean “no”. Professor Trelawney gave Professor McGonagall a very cold look. ‘I told him you would never allow Dementors to set foot inside the castle, but –’ (GF36), ‘The moment that – that thing entered the room,’ she screamed, pointing at Fudge, trembling all over, ‘it swooped down on Crouch and – and –’ (GF36), ‘What on earth are you shouting about, Potter?’ she [Professor McGonagall] snapped, as Peeves cackled gleefully and zoomed out of sight. ‘He received an urgent owl from the Ministry of Magic and flew off for London at once.’‘He’s gone?’ said Harry frantically. I’ve got to talk to Professor Dumbledore.’She eyed him with a mixture of shock and suspicion.‘Professor Dumbledore will be back tomorrow,’ she said finally. ‘We’ve got to play… the Cup… Gryffindor…’‘Professor McGonagall ignored him and continued to shout through her megaphone: ‘All students are to make their way back to the house common rooms, where their Heads of Houses will give them further information. You will have classes with the rest of your house, sleep in your house dormitory and spend free time in your house common room.‘The four houses are called Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. You may go.’ (PS10), ‘So – after that obvious and disgusting bit of cheating –’‘Jordan!’ growled Professor McGonagall.‘I mean, after that open and revolting foul –’‘Jordan, I’m warning you –’ (PS11), Professor McGonagall, in a tartan dressing-gown and hairnet, had Malfoy by the ear.‘Detention!’ she shouted. M inerva Minerva McGonagall. Complete the quote quiz: McGonagall edition. ‘What do you mean, help?’…‘Why, I thought you might be grateful for a little extra authority.’Harry would not have been surprised to see sparks fly from Professor McGonagall’s nostrils.‘You thought wrong,’ she said, turning her back on Umbridge. Oliver Wood, looking devastated, landed and ran towards Professor McGonagall without getting off his broomstick.‘But Professor!’ he shouted. ‘But Albus… surely… who?’ (CS10), ‘That’s enough Peeves,’ barked Professor McGonagall… (CS11), ‘This way, Potter,’ she [Professor McGonagall] said.‘Professor,’ said Harry at once, ‘I swear I didn’t –’‘This is out of my hands, Potter,’ said Professor McGonagall curtly. ‘Why aren’t you in class?’‘I’ve been sent to see you,’ said Harry stiffly.‘Sent? This cat wasn’t hit over the head with a broomstick. This is not, therefore, magic you can accomplish with your mind on your dinner. ‘Seriously?’‘Seriously,’ said Professor McGonagall, and she was actually smiling. You are heading for serious trouble! ‘Your Ordinary Wizarding Levels are drawing closer –’‘We don’t take O.W.Ls ’til fifth year!’ said Dean Thomas indignantly.‘Maybe not, Thomas, but believe me, you need all the preparation you can get! growled Professor McGonagall. You are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, indestructible. Yes, yes, yes! Do not look at me like that, Potter, you deserve it! Add your own. I’ve been using it all year to get to all my lessons. Can you imagine the look on old McGonagall's face if we were late? ‘He has achieved high marks in all his Defence Against the Dark Arts tests –’‘I’m terribly sorry to have to contradict you, Minerva, but as you will see from my not, Harry has been achieving very poor results in his classes with me –’‘I should have made my meaning plainer,’ said Professor McGonagall, turning at last to look at Umbridge directly in the eyes. Will the rest of you please make sure no students have been left outside their dormitories.’ (CS16), Professor McGonagall had a way of making him [Harry] feel he must have done something wrong.‘There’s no need to look so worried – I just want a word in my office,’ she told them. That’s what you want, isn’t it, Minerva McGonagall? Why aren’t you in your dormitory?’ (PS10), Hermione: ‘Please, Professor McGonagall – they were looking for me.’‘Miss Granger!’ (PS10), ‘Well – in that case…’ said Professor McGonagall, staring at the three of them. Every year, I am afraid to say, seems to harbour at least one student who thinks that he or she can get around the Wizarding Examinations Authority’s rules. Never forget that when thirteen dine together, the first to rise will be the first to die!’‘We’ll risk it, Sybill,’ said Professor McGonagall impatiently. TAKE THAT, YOU DIRTY, CHEATING –’‘Jordan, if you can’t commentate in an unbiased way –!’‘I’m telling it like it is, Professor!’ [McGonagall] (PA15), Lee [Jordan] swore so badly that Professor McGonagall tried to tug the magical megaphone away from him. ‘Surely Professor Dumbledore told you that?’‘He might’ve mentioned it, yeah,’ said Moody, scratching his chin unconcernedly, ‘but I thought a good sharp shock –’‘We give detentions, Moody! However, Professor Slughorn is perfectly happy to … 2011. Harry witnessed Professor McGonagall walking right past Peeves who was determinedly loosening a crystal chandelier and could have sworn he heard her tell the poltergeist out of the corner of her mouth 'It unscrews the other way. (OP19), ‘What do you mean, you saw it happen?’ said Professor McGonagall, her dark eyebrows contracting.‘I don’t know… I was asleep and then I was there…’‘You mean you dreamed this?’…‘I’m not lying and I’m not mad!’ Harry told her, his voice rising to a shout. Potter, follow me, now.’ (PS9), ‘Potter, this is Oliver Wood. Nothing could be more unlucky! ‘honestly, Professor –’‘You can’t know that, Potter,’ said Professor McGonagall, quite kindly, ‘not until you’ve flown it, at any rate, and I’m afraid that is out of the question until we are certain that it has not been tampered with. I frequently act as though I am not possessed of the Inner Eye, so as not to make others nervous.’‘That explains a great deal,’ said Professor McGonagall tartly.Professor Trelawney’s voice suddenly became a good deal less misty. Professor Dumbledore will be informed of this. No message of any kind?’‘No,’ said Harry blankly.‘I see…’ said Professor McGonagall. ‘How dare you!’‘It’s McGonagall!’ whispered Hermione.‘Leave him alone! ‘I don’t know how you found out about the Stone, but rest assured, no one can possible steal it, it’s too well protected.’‘But Professor –’‘Potter, I know what I’m talking about,’ she said shortly. I’ve never heard of such a thing before! Then Hermione raised her hand.‘Please, Professor, we’ve just had our first Divination class, and we were reading the tea leaves, and –’‘Ah, of course,’ said Professor McGonagall, suddenly frowning. Miss Granger remains the only person in this class who has managed to turn a hedgehog into a satisfactory pincushion. While you are at Hogwarts, your triumphs will earn your house points, while any rule-breaking will lose house points. ‘The exams will therefore take place as usual, and I trust you are all revising hard.’ (CS16), ‘Professor Dumbledore’s instructions were to keep the school running as normally as possible,’ she said. But what on earth he can have said that justified what you two –’‘He insulted my parents,’ snarled George. McGonagall cares about the well being of her students, though they may not see it at the time. From whom?’‘From Professor Umbridge,’ muttered Harry, not meeting Professor McGonagall’s beady, square-framed eyes.‘Are you telling me,’ she said, lowering her voice so that the groups of curious Ravenclaws behind them could not hear, ‘that after the warning I gave you last Monday you lost your temper in Professor Umbridge’s class again?’‘Yes,’ Harry muttered, speaking to the floor.‘Potter, you must get a grip on yourself! Ah, here he comes now!’ (PA13), ‘No, really, enough’s enough!’Professor McGonagall was back. If you’re not hurt at all, you’d better get off to Gryffindor Tower. You can imagine how I – how I regret that now…’ she sounded as though she had a sudden head cold. (PA10), ‘Did you tell the whole pub, Hagrid?’ said Professor McGonagall exasperatedly. You’ll be able to tackle the monster all by yourself. GET ON WITH THE COMMENTARY!’ (PA13), ‘An unworthy trick!’ she [Professor McGonagall] was shouting. Of course! (OP29), ‘… are you quite sure you wouldn’t like a cough drop, Dolores?’ (OP29), Professor Umbridge: ‘… I’m quite sure I slipped in a note.’‘What, this thing?’ said Professor McGonagall in a tone of revulsion… (OP29), ‘False hope?’ repeated Professor McGonagall, still refusing to look round at Professor Umbridge. quiz. Minerva McGonagall: So you did, when Professor Snape was teaching Potions. "Humph," snorted Professor McGonagall [to Neville]. ‘The champions’ families are invited to watch the final task, you know. "Yes," … Wood – I’ve found you a Seeker.’Wood’s expression changed from puzzlement to delight.‘Are you serious, Professor?’‘Absolutely,’ said Professor McGonagall crisply. I suppose you think it’s funny that Longbottom here heard the story and believed it too?’ (PS15), ‘I’m disgusted,’ said Professor McGonagall. She never hesitated to put fools in their place, even if they did happen to represent the Ministry: ‘As I was saying, today, we shall be practising the altogether more difficult Vanishment of mice. The Harry Potter Lexicon is an unofficial Harry Potter fansite. Professor McGonagall Quotes: Ron: [ Harry and Ron arrive late to Transfiguration, relieved that Professor McGonagall isn't there yet] Whew, made it. ‘Why are you disturbing these people? (OP27), ‘Dear, dear,’ said Professor McGonagall sardonically, as one of the dragons soared around her classroom, emitting loud bangs and exhaling flame. In fact, I don’t think anybody has been taken on in the last three years.’ (OP29), ‘I would also advise Transfiguration, because Aurors frequently need to Transfigure or Untransfigure on their work. Which?’‘Dunno,’ said Ron, looking uneasily at Harry.‘I doubt it will make much difference,’ said Professor McGonagall coldly, ‘unless a mad axe-man is waiting outside the doors to slaughter the first into the Entrance Hall.’ (PA11), ‘So that’s it, is it?’ said Professor McGonagall beadily, walking over to the fireside and staring at the Firebolt. From Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. ‘Which student?’‘Ginny Weasley,’ said Professor McGonagall. ‘PROFESSOR, I WOKE UP, AND SIRIUS BLACK WAS STANDING OVER ME, HOLDING A KNIFE!’Professor McGonagall stared at him.‘Don’t be ridiculous, Weasley, how could he possibly have got through the portrait hole?’ (PA13), ‘Sir Cadogan, did you just let a man enter Gryffindor Tower?’‘Certainly, good lady!’ cried Sir Cadogan.There was a stunned silence, both inside and outside the common room.‘You – you did?’ said Professor McGonagall. ‘Why?’‘It will need to be checked for jinxes,’ said Professor McGonagall.‘Of course, I’m no expert, but I daresay Madam Hooch and Professor Flitwick will strip it down –’‘Strip it down?’ repeated Ron, as though Professor McGonagall was mad.‘It shouldn’t take more than a few weeks,’ said Professor McGonagall. As I recall, he has a particular proclivity for pyrotechnics.Seamus Finnigan: I can bring it down!Minerva McGonagall: That's the … ‘A low and cowardly attempt to sabotage the Gryffindor Seeker! No student is to leave the dormitories after that time. Right underneath the first one. Yes, Potter, Potions,’ she added, with the merest flicker of a smile. These are easier than Conjuring Spells, which you would not usually attempt until NEWT level, but they are still among the most difficult magic you will be tested on in your OWL.’ (OP13), ‘Oh I can’t wait to see McGonagall inspected,’ said Ron happily. She slammed the portrait behind her as she entered the common room and stared furiously around. The books she was carrying tumbled out of her arms but she didn’t pick them up.‘How do you know –?’ she spluttered.‘Professor, I think – I know – that Sn – that someone’s going to try and steal the Stone. (OP38), To Neville: “It’s high time your grandmother learned to be proud of the grandson she’s got, rather than the one she thinks she ought to have – particularly after what happened at the Ministry.” (HBP9), “My grandmother thinks Charms is a soft option,” mumbled Neville.“Take Charms,” said Professor McGonagall, “and I shall drop Augusta a line reminding her that just because she failed her Charms O.W.L., the subject is not necessarily worthless.” (HBP9). ARE YOU BEING PAID TO ADVERTISE FIREBOLTS? True Seers are very rare, and Professor Trelawney…’She stopped again, and then said, in a very matter-of-fact tone, ‘You look in excellent health to me, Potter, so you will excuse me if I don’t let you off homework today. Flint nearly kills the Gryffindor Seeker, which could happen to anyone, I'm sure, so a penalty to Gryffindor, taken by Spinnet, who puts it away, no trouble, and we continue play, Gryffindor still in possession. ‘Four students out of bed in one night! You will go to her room at five o’clock tomorrow for the first one. ‘I don’t dance,’ he said quickly.‘Oh, yes, you do,’ said Professor McGonagall irritably. Yes, Potter, of course you may visit Miss Granger, I will inform Professor Binns where you’ve gone. I’d say you’re averaging “Acceptable” at the moment, so you’ll need to put in some good hard work before the exams to stand a chance of continuing. Or speak to the offender’s Head of house!’ (GF13), ‘You are now entering a most important phase of your magical education!’ she [Professor McGonagall] told them, her eyes glinting dangerously behind her square spectacles. Professor, no!’ Harry said, furious at this injustice, ‘I’m already being punished by her, why do you have to take points as well?’‘Because detentions do not appear to have any effect on you whatsoever!’ said Professor McGonagall tartly. ‘Never quite in their league, talent-wise. 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