Monday, July 25, 2016

Why McGonagall is a BAMF

I've been wanting to write a post about Minerva McGonagall for ages but to be honest, words fail me when it comes to her awesomeness.  She's underappreciated I think and truth be told, I wish she'd gotten more time in the spotlight.  I could definitely go for a book series dedicated to her!  So, since I can't find all the right words, gifs should help:

Why McGonagall is a BAMF

Tough.As.Nails

I will never forget when she took multiple stunning spells to the chest in OotP...LIKE.A.BOSS.  I hated every single person who stunned her though but I like that it showed how amazing she is.

Understanding

Despite the fact that she's severe and no-nonsense, when people put all their cards on the table, she can be very sympathetic and understanding.

CAT ANIMAGUS

Defending the reputation of felines after that monster Umbridge tried to taint them McGonagall shows what it means to be feline. *high five*...or...er...*front paws up*

Loves and cares for Harry without showing favouritism.

McGonagall always had a soft spot for Harry...but she never let it show.  She always disciplined him when he needed to be but it was always clear that she cared a great deal for him.

Sports fan.
I adore how enthusiastic she is about Quidditch - breaking the mould for middle-aged women often seen in literature and the media.  GO, GO GRYFFINDOR!

Stands up to Umbridge
Among her best moments are when she stands up to that cow Umbridge, fearlessly, with class and with lots of attitude. The sass is strong with this one...

Serious

Her no-nonsense attitude ensures that you always know where you stand with her.  I've always loved people like that in real life so it's no surprise that I admire the trait in her.

Powerful

Beyond being tough, McGonagall is an exceptionally gifted witch.  Her duel with Snape is proof of that! Ah! To have known her in her prime!

Compassionate

McGonagall may not wear her heart on her sleeve, but she truly has tons of compassion. Being tough on the outside and soft on the inside is a skill very few have mastered....especially as well as this lady.

Independent.

Pottermore revealed some previously unknown history on McGonagall and her romantic past.  Reading through it all shows how fiercely independent she was, even at an early age.  Not to mention a feminist ♥

FAIR.

Through it all, McGonagall is FAIR. She may want Gryffindor to win but she'd never penalized other students purposely...like other teachers did >.>  *ahem*

Share some of your favorite McGonagall Moments with me :)


20 comments:

  1. You knocked this out of the park, Professor McGonagall is one of my favorite characters because of everything you said here. I love the moment in Order of the Phoenix when she offers Harry a biscuit just as he thinks he's going to get in trouble. It's a beautiful moment. -- I also love in Half-Blood Prince when she suggests to Harry that he should be in potions class now that Slughorn is Potions Master. She tells him to take Ron with him because he "looks far too happy". She's got a wicked sense of humor and I love it!

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    1. That's probably one of my favorite moments too Alex and I just read through it - it's still as good as it ever was! I love how unpredictable she can be! Often Harry thinks he's in trouble and ends up being pleasantly surprised :D

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  2. Professor McGonagall is one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series. I agree with all the reasons you gave here! I love how she can be serious, but there's still glimpses of her sense of humor throughout the series.

    Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess

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    1. Same here Sofia^^ She's serious but she's not a stick in the mud either - she shows wonderful humor, wit and lots of sass :D

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  3. I love this post. I don't really know the character that well but with Maggie Smith playing her I'm not surprised she knocked it out of the park. And I love some of those scenes- the first one and the one w/ the owl as well. How fun.

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    1. Maggie Smith was a perfect McGonagall but then again that woman is flawless in everything she does.

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  4. Oh, I totally agree with you that McGonagall is an amazing character. My favorite of the characteristics you mentioned is how she loves Harry but she doesn't show him favoritism.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. She's brilliant! YES. I love how she clearly cares for Harry so much but she never treats him any differently - he needed someone like her in his life!

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  5. She is my favorite teacher! For a lot of the same reasons. I love how she really is no-nonsense and I feel like it's an honor when you've earned her respect. Harry definitely had her respect. One of my favorite moments of her was in DH when Harry comes back to the school. She just does her part and supports Harry even when she doesn't know exactly what he's doing. "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is coming. Potter has work to do in the castle on Dumbledore's orders. we need to put in place every protection of which we are capable while Potter does what he needs to do." I was furious for her when she was hit with those stunning spells, but I was OUTRAGED when Carrow spat in her face. I don't know why but spitting on people makes my blood boil, especially her.

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    1. YUP. If you impress McGonagall, it'd be quite an accomplishment! You have to earn it and I respect that so much about her. That moment in DH just shows how much she trusts Harry, despite how young he is, she KNOWS that he'll get the job done. I was outraged by those stunning spells AND Carrow spitting in her face. Harry's action was justified there in my books because hello: it's McGonagall!

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  6. YESSS I love her! She's takes no shit and does her best to support all her students. I reckon every scene she appeared in was some of my favourite moments (and it's totally not because I'm having a mental blank of things that happened in the book hahahahahaaaaa)

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    1. I agree with you LOL! Basically every scene she's in is pure gold because she's all around awesome ♥

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  7. Professor McGonagall is awesome! You totally nailed it. There were so many great moments with her throughout the books and then there were those special moments when she took you completely by surprise because you expected something totally different from her. And those stunners! I was so outraged! Such a despicable, cowardly thing to do! I think it was Madam Pomfrey who said that that was the only way they could take her. Great post!

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    1. EXACTLY! They HAD to take her unfairly, a bunch of them against her because otherwise they never would have gotten the best of her. I love how powerful she is combined with her brilliance, sass and compassion!

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  8. Yes, yes, YES to all of these things!!! OMG, I was so scared for McGonagall when she got hit with the stunning spells, not to mention ANGRY. Thank goodness she recovered!

    I'll forever love her for sticking up for Harry to Umbridge when that toad said he could never be an Auror. I also love that it was McGonagall who gave Harry the Nimbus 2000, even if she had more than a little interest in the Gryffidor Quidditch team doing well, lol. And I bet Harry really did spot her telling Peeves that he needed to unscrew the chandelier the other way in OotP. XD

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    1. I was too! I haven't gotten there yet it my current reread but I'm already anxious about it!

      Her defence of Harry in the fifth year and her respect for him in the seventh really make my heart happy ♥ She's reserved but she cares so deeply too - I just love her!

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  9. Hahaha! Your title is so perfect! McGonagall is so amazing, both in the books and movies.

    My favorite McGonagall moment is when she has the meeting with Harry about his career options and she totally confronts Umbridge. It's so hilarious! Also, another moment from OotP is when Umbridge is being chased from Hogwarts and getting hit on the head with a cane by Peeves. The students are following after and laughing and McGonagall wants to join them, but Peeves stole her cane :D

    I love the fact that she's a huge Quidditch fan and her relation ship with Harry is beautiful. All the qualities that you listed are spot on. It's great to focus on a character that doesn't get much of the spotlight, but is such an important part of the series.

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    1. I couldn't resist XD She is perfection in both books and movies, you're right!

      Oh I just adore all of her sass in OotP - every time she faces against Umbridge is pure gold! She has a way of standing up to that toad with dignity, despite the circumstances.

      Her sportiness almost goes against the mold and that's why I love it so much :D And well the way she respects Harry while keeping him in line is precious ♥

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  10. Minerva McGonagall is one of my favourite HP characters. If I ever got to be a professor, I think I'd be exactly like her! It's her kind of teachers that I've always respected the most: she gives you such a wealth of knowledge and then she's really strict when it comes to exams so you feel like you've actually accomplished something if you ace them! :)

    She's also a fantastic person. Her relationship with Harry is just the best! And you list all the other reasons. :) Great post, Micheline, I'm glad you picked her for a spotlight!

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    1. You just know where you stand with McGonagall and I respect that so much - especially when combined with her knowledge and general brilliance!

      She really is the kind of character I want to know everything about - refreshing my memory about her on Pottermore was excellent ♥ And I agree: her relationship with Harry is my favorite! xx

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