Snape frowned, and peered into the narrow space once more. She was capable of blending into Muggle crowds though Harry noted that the appearance didn't suit her. Harry told her his theory that it was Draco Malfoy that gave Katie the necklace, but she scorned the theory and dismissed them. Albus discovered his former student and colleague in tears in her classroom late that evening, and she confessed the whole story to him. It was returned to him later after having been declared safe. After the First Wizarding War had ended, Minerva continued on with her career at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, carrying on teaching the art of Transfiguration. After restoring calm, Dumbledore ordered all students to return to their dormitories while he and the teachers made their way to the dungeons. Snape's lip curled slightly as he plucked the kitten from his shoulder. This caused Gryffindor to drop to last in the House Cup. As he reached out, the kitten chirruped and stood up, as if expecting to be petted. [8], Harry informed McGonagall of a quest that Dumbledore had left him. She initially dismissed him as Black could not have possibly got in without the password (unaware that Hermione's cat, Crookshanks, befriended by Sirius and gave him a discarded list of passwords) but was rendered speechless when the new guardian, Sir Cadogan, confirmed that he had indeed let him in because he had the passwords written down. [1], The two parents remained together despite the shocking revelation, but their trust never was the same, much to the sadness of their perceptive daughter. She also had to deal with the less than helpful Gilderoy Lockhart, who had been hired for the position of Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor. She also wanted to keep Harry out of the explanation the imposter was about to give, believing Harry had had enough, but reluctantly conceded to Dumbledore's wish that Harry stay. Minerva was perplexed that the Knockback Jinx had no effect on the ice, noting on how they once could use it to shatter the ice, and even more so when Snape callously suggested they use Incendio to melt the ice while also burning him to death, as she realises from how the Cursed Ice had began to expand throughout the school that someone had been tampering with the Vaults. Half-blood[1] Minerva McGonagall McGonagall seemed to have a good relationship with most of her co-workers at Hogwarts. [8], For the most part, though, Minerva usually maintained great emotional composure, without being indifferent. She later became friendly with the Potters' son, Harry, who was also her student and a member of her House, though she did not show favouritism and was more than willing to take many points even from her own House for misbehaviour. Because Dumbledore was unable to find a new professor for Defence Against the Dark Arts, the Ministry of Magic appointed Dolores Umbridge, a senior Ministry official and stout supporter of Fudge, to the Hogwarts staff. Minerva McGonagall was born on 4 October, to Robert McGonagall, a Muggle Presbyterian minister, and his wife Isobel Ross, a witch. The atmosphere at Hogwarts continued to devolve under Umbridge's leadership. Well, that explained the noises; it was probably the offspring of one of the cats that lurked around the castle. In 1985, three years into their marriage, Elphinstone died from a Venomous Tentacula bite. Wand From August 2017 onwards, Maggie Smith is the oldest cast member still living in the series, after the death of, A younger Minerva McGonagall is portrayed by, It is also possible that she took a break in her career at some point in her life like. Even so, Minerva vehemently vouched for Harry during their Career Advice session, claiming that she would coach him nightly if she had to in order to realise his dream of becoming an Auror, after Umbridge's furious protests that Harry would never become one. He picked up the newspaper again, telling himself that there was no possibility that someone was watching him. This was shown when Harry and his friends were caught sneaking around the tower in the dead of night during their first year at Hogwarts and she sent him off to serve detention in the Forbidden Forest. He put down the newspaper and looked around. Snape turned a page of the Daily Prophet, then paused. Peter faked his own death standing up to Sirius, who was a suspect in the Potters' betrayal, leading McGonagall to regret that she had been harsh towards him and to acknowledge him as a brave Gryffindor.