Before we start this theory I just want to briefly mention that only 21% of you are subscribed, so if you enjoy the content please consider SUBSCRIBING to help support the channel. Hey everyone, Welcome to another installment of Harry Potter Theory. In today’s theory, we’re going to be discussing MINERVA McGonagall.
More specificall, I’m going to be discussing aspects of McGonagall’s character that people who have ONLY seen the films won’t know. That’s righ, if you’re a book reader- you probably know all of these (at least I hope so)- but if you’ve only watched Harry Potter on the silver screen, you’re in for a shock. 1. Her Duel with Voldemort There are lots of epic duels in the Harry Potter Story.
The graveyard, the ministry atrium, the battle of Hogwarts. But as it turns out there were some micro-battles that never got screen time. Most of the battles we witnessed in theatres were between either Voldemort and Harry or Voldemort and Dumbledore. McGonagall, a powerful witch in her own right, only really gets ONE duel in the film, and that’s the brief one against Snape. Howeve, with that said, McGonagall played a very large role in the Battle of Hogwart, and without her, who knows what could have happened? After Molly Weasley kills Bellatrix Lestrange, Voldemort ERUPTS and starts going craz, challenging everyone in his path.
It’s during this battle that none other than McGonagall faces off against the dark lor, with a little help from Slughorn and Shackebolt that is. 2. She SCREAMS at Cornelius Fudge Throughout the films, Minerva McGonagall exudes a kind of stern confidence. She’s a powerful witch, a strong proponent of the educational syste, and. .
for the most part, she’s in control of her emotions. Though she loses it on a few occasions throughout the story, there is one moment in particular that comes to my mind when I think of ANGRY McGonagal, and that’s the time she blew up on Fudge. At the end of the Goblet of Fire, when Barty Crouch Jr is revealed as an imposter, Fudge goes against Dumbledore’s wishes and allows the Dementors to enter Hogwarts and ‘kiss’ Barty Crouch Jr.
Though Barty Crouch Jr was (to some) deserving of this punishment, allowing Dementors to ‘kiss’ a criminal is certainly morally questionable. After Barty Crouch Jr is ‘kissed’- she "screams more than Harry has ever seen her before" and doesn't relent. Harry hears her exchange with Fudge from his bed in the Hospital Wing. 3.
She Was Attacked by Ministry Of Magic Aurors On Wednesday 17th June, 1996, Umbridge and a team of five Ministry Aurors, including John Dawlish, set out of the castle to arrest Hagrid. When they arrived at Hagrid’s hu, Hagrid didn’t go quietly, and actually put up quite a battle with Dawlish pleading for Hagrid to ‘be reasonable’ as his stunning spells bounced off of the giant. Eventually, McGonagall gets involved: Minerva McGonagall: "How dare you! How dare you!" Hermione Granger: "It's McGonagall!" Minerva McGonagall: "Leave him alone! Alone, I say! On what grounds are you attacking him! He has done nothing, nothing to warrant such —" At this stage McGonagall is shot in the chest with four simultaneous stunning spell, immobilizing her and subsequently sending her to the hospital wing at St. Mungos for treatment. 4.
Her Relationship with Umbridge During Umbridge’s reign of terror, many sat idly by or even EMBRACED her tyrannical regime (think Filch). However, SOME certainly did not take her abuse in the slightes, and McGonagall was a perfect example of this. When Harry has a career meeting with McGonagall in Order of the Phoenix, Umbridge interrupts time and time agai, explaining that Harry won’t satisfy the requirements to become an auror with his current ‘Defence Against the Dark Arts’ performance.
To this, McGonagall fires back that Harry has received high marks in all Defence Against the Dark Arts tests set by a competent professor. BOOM. 5. She Screams When Harry dies McGonagall is a tough lad, she really is, and her strength of character comes from, well, a pretty hard life. Maybe her life wasn’t hard in every aspect, but if you look at her string of relationships and how they ended- it’s pretty tragic, so it’s no wonder she can manage a lot.
However, in the Deathly Hallows When she sees Hagrid carrying the lifeless body of Harry, she falls into complete despair and lets out a spine-chilling scream that echoes throughout the walls of Hogwarts. “The scream was the more terrible because he had never expected or dreamed that Professor McGonagall could make such a sound. ” 6. The Massive Chess Set In the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry and the trio are faced with all sorts of challenges on their way to prevent Voldemort from acquiring Nicolas Flamel’s powerful artefact.
Obstacle #5 was the giant chess set, a magical obstruction put in place that required checkmating the enemy king to further advance through the challenges. The trio advanced through this challenge because of Ron, but it did divide the grou, which was perhaps the intention of this challenge, separating people from any aid that they may have had thus far. It's later revealed that it was none other than McGonagall who brought the chess set to lif, most likely via the spell ‘piertotum locomotor’ which we see her also use later on to enchant the Hogwarts statues.
- She Didn't Approve Of Sybill Trelawney If you had to think of two professors that are TOTAL OPPOSITES, I wouldn’t be surprised if you landed on Sybil Trelawney and Minerva McGonagall. Trelawney, who teaches divination, represents spirituality and other less ‘tangible’ ideologies. McGonagall, on the other hand, holds logic and reason in a very high regard- a no nonsense sort of woman.
With that said, it shouldn’t be surprising for you to hear that McGonagall didn’t approve of Trelawney (even though Trelawney always ended up being right. . but that’s another theory). When McGonagall learns of Harry dying as a result of ‘The Grim’- she is quick to point out that Trelawney is full of it, and that he has absolutely nothing to worry about.
She even jokes that she would let Harry off of homework if he dies. 8. Relationship with Neville McGonagall is hard on the students of Hogwarts- she’s a tough cooki, but that certainly doesn’t mean that she doesn’t care. Her relationship with Neville is a particularly interesting one, a, especially as a young boy, Neville was exceedingly sensitive. McGonagall gives Neville some ‘tough love’ on more than one occasion in the book, the most dramatic example being when she severely punished him for leaving the password to the Gryffindor tower lying around.
For this mistake, Neville got detention and was banned from Hogsmeade visits for the rest of the year. However, McGonagall was also highly PROTECTIVE of Neville, saying the following in response to Neville’s grandmother’s comments on his choice of NEWTS: Remarking that It’s high time his grandmother “learned to be proud of the grandson she’s got, rather than the one she thinks she ought to have. ” 9.
Amycus Carrow Spat at Her In the Deathly Hallows, after Snape becomes the new Hogwarts headmaster, some new-morally corrupt members of staff are hired in the form of Alecto and Amycus Carrow. At a certain point, things begin kicking off in the Hogwarts castle, and Amycus sees his sister Alecto unconscious on the floor. This prompts him to begin blaming the students for the attac, to which McGonagall stands up and protests. To this, Amycus spits directly in McGonagall’s face.
This is the one instance in which Harry, completely enraged, was able to successfully use the Cruciatus Curse on someone. A true testament to Harry’s LEVEL of rage. 10. She Comforted Molly & Arthur Weasley In the Chamber of Secrets, Ginny’s life is in mortal danger. She’s had a run in with Tom Riddle and his diary, and things aren’t looking good, which causes panic at the Weasley household.
Fortunately for Ginn, she is eventually saved. However, being saved aside, Ginny went through something quite traumatic, and it took her a bit of time to resume normal life. McGonagall went out of her way to comfort both Molly and Arthur Weasley during that difficult tim, revealing a ‘softer’ side of the hardened McGonagall. She also explains to them that Lord Voldemort had forced Ginny into opening the chamber against her will.