Minerva McGonagall
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Full Name: Minerva McGonagall
Age: 60 (4 October, 1935)
Gender: Female
Blood Status: Half
Wand Description: 9½", Fir, dragon heartstring

Height: 5' 9"

Eye Colour: Green
Hair Colour: Black
Physical Attributes: Minerva McGonagall was first described as a tall, rather severe-looking woman, and later as a "sprightly" seventy year old. She often wore emerald green robes or her favourite tartan pattern. She also wore a pointed hat cocked to one side, and always had a very prim expression. She rarely let her black hair down and the majority of the time had it combed back into a tight bun. As Minerva was a fan of tartan print and would often wear it to Quidditch games along with a woolly hat covering her ears. Minerva wore square spectacles that matched the markings around the eyes of her Animagus and Patronus: a silver tabby cat.

Minerva was also known for her mouth to become very thin whenever she was angry. Harry made analogies to McGonagall looking like she was going to explode, breathe fire and shoot sparks from her nose based on how transparent her anger can appear.

When McGonagall is happy or relaxed she seems like a different person entirely. She is capable of blending into Muggle crowds though Harry noted that the appearance did not suit her. She is also one of the few witches whose hat resembles the headgear often associated with witches.


Minerva almost constantly exuded magnanimity and sternness and was held in great respect (and some fear) by nearly all students and staff. Used to having her way, she tolerated neither audacity nor silliness from her pupils and was known to turn cold towards people who said or did things in front of her that were stupid, or if she thought they were trying to be funny. Despite her strict demeanor, however, Minerva did exhibit a dry sense of humour which usually came out when times were tough. She was also a woman who rarely smiled or gave compliments freely.

True to Gryffindor, she valued bravery and loyalty highly, thinking cowardice a heavy flaw. Despite her loyalty to her house, though, and a fair-minded person, McGonagall was known for docking points from students in her own House when she saw it must be done so.

Minerva was not afraid to speak her mind and showed quite a sharp tongue, especially during arguments. For the most part, though, she usually maintained great emotional composure, without being indifferent. Although she was not always particularly personable, she was a huge supporter of Harry Potter and trusted the likes of Dumbledore, Sprout, Flitwick, Pomfrey, and Hagrid. She could be very warm and supportive during times of trouble or loss and cared a great deal about her students, both personally and academically.

Minerva enjoyed needlework, correcting articles in Transfiguration Today, watching Quidditch, and supporting the Montrose Magpies. She has showed a great fondness for taratan patterns and love for cats.

As the devoted instructor of Transfiguration classes, Professor McGonagall highly respected the specific branch of magic, and considered it to be more complex and sophisticated than all others, though she respected most others just as much; she became an Animagus to further her study in the magic. On the other hand, she has very little patience with Divination, due to its impreciseness and rarity of true Seers.

As well as this, she has a temper that can reveal itself on occasions when she is angrily flustered All and all, McGonagall earned a great deal of admiration from her peers and students. During the Second Wizarding War, McGonagall fought the Death Eaters and protected her students, proving her bravery.


Spouse: Elphinstone Urquart (deceased)
Mother: Isobel McGonagall
Father: Robert McGonagall Sr.
  • Malcolm McGonagall (brother)
  • Robert McGonagall Jr. (brother)
  • Minerva (maternal great-grandmother)
  • Mr Ross (maternal grandfather)
  • Mrs Ross (maternal grandmother)


Nationality: Scottish
Birthplace: Caithness, Scotland, Great Britain
Your characters view on Voldemort: Against, he is her boggart

Former House: Gryffindor
Occupation: Transfiguration professor; Head of Gryffindor
Animagi Animal: Silver tabby cat

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