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This Week’s Theme: Best DADA teacher?
Let’s face it, during their 5th year, Umbridge was not a real professor in any way. I think that year is when Harry showed his real potential. He basically took over Umbridge’s job and taught Defense Against the Dark Arts better than any of his previous professors. Why do I think he did a better job than even teachers like Mad Eye/Barty Crouch Jr. or Remus Lupin? Because, while I do agree that they were both really good teachers, and Lupin is definitely the best of the hired professors; Harry was able to help students from every grade who wanted it. He was able to relate to them on a level that none of his predecessors could. He was learning with them, and it made him a more empathetic teacher.
Hermione points out to Harry in Order of the Phoenix that he has a natural affinity for the subject when she’s trying to convince him to start the DA (pg. 331). She’s right, of course. Each year, Harry soaked in these lessons better than any of the others, and not just when he was trying to save his own life. But that’s only the first step in him being the best teacher. Once everyone is convinced to take lessons from him, and they start off in the Room of Requirement, Harry helps kids who the other professors couldn’t do a whole lot for.
“Expelliarmus!” said Neville, and Harry, caught unawares, felt his wand fly out of his hand.
“I DID IT!” said Neville gleefully. “I’ve never done it before — I DID IT!” (pg. 393)
He also has a good plan in mind as a teacher, starting them out with smaller jinxes, spells, and curses like Expelliarmus, then working their way up through to more difficult challenges like stunning and then onto things like the Patronus. It’s also really evident that he shares in their successes and encourages them when they’re struggling. That is always the measure of a great teacher.
He sometimes felt that he was living for the hours he spent in the Room of Requirement, working hard but thoroughly enjoying himself at the same time, swelling with pride as he looked around at his fellow D.A. members and saw how far they had come. Indeed, Harry sometimes wondered how Umbridge was going to react when all the members of the D.A. received “Outstanding” in their Defense Against the Dark Arts O.W.L.s. (pg. 606)
Harry is proud when his students/classmates really get the things he’s trying to teach them. It’s for their accomplishments and potential, which feeds his own. That’s why he’s the best Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. I kind of wish that he would have ended up teaching it, and maybe after he retires from being an Auror he will.
Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on who you think the best DADA teacher was in the comments below!