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This Week’s Theme: Best Hogwarts teacher
This probably should be harder than it actually is. But I’m incredibly biased towards one teacher in particular:
Minerva McGonagall, aka the Sass-Mistress of Hogwarts
There are many reasons why I think she’s an incredible teacher. Aside from her obvious general brilliance as a witch, she’s a master of her chosen subject, Transfiguration (although, so are most of the other teachers at Hogwarts.)
“Transfiguration is some of the most complex and dangerous magic you will learn at Hogwarts,” she said. “Anyone messing around in my class will leave and not come back. You have been warned.” (Sorcerer’s Stone, Chapter 8)
She’s incredibly fair. (Some Gryffindor students might suggest a little too fair!) She doesn’t consider a students house when it comes to following or breaking the rules. She is able to maintain a sense of neutrality when awarding points or punishing infractions. She puts the wellfare of her students first, and she uses her iron will to force other around her to do the same.
I think one of the things that sets her apart from other teachers is that she is able to get to know and understand exactly who her students are and uses that to bring out the best in them. Or at the very least she helps them get to a place where they realize she cares about their well-being, even though it might not look like it on the surface.
She’s strong, she’s compassionate, and she goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that her students have a safe place where they can learn their craft. She doesn’t let anyone, child or adult, push her around.
“Really, Severus,” said Professor McGonagall sharply. “I see no reason to stop the boy playing Quidditch. This cat wasn’t hit over the head with a broomstick. There is no evidence at all that Potter has done anything wrong.” (Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9)
And as a bonus, she’s a complete Sassy-Mc-Sasspants!
“Well, usually when a person shakes their head,” said McGonagall coldly, “they mean ‘no’. So unless Miss Edgecombe is using a form of sign-language as yet unknown to humans –” (Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27)
“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.” (Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9)
So Professor McGonagall. I say you’re the best Hogwarts teacher. What do you have to say for yourself??
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 Hogwarts teacher is/was in the comments below!