I’ve started this post three times now, and still cannot find the words to accurately encapsulate my love for Minerva McGonagall. I’m apparently incapable of listing the various reasons I love McGonagall in paragraph form, so let’s try a simple list:
- McGonagall takes absolutely no shit, yet somehow manages to sidestep the cold-hearted bitch stereotype. She obviously cares deeply for her students and peers, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to let anyone walk all over her or irritate her with their nonsense. She does not care if you are the Ministry-appointed High Inquisitor, a professor or a student, she has absolutely no patience with your shenanigans.
- McGonagall is an absolute bad ass. This is related to her habit of not taking any shit (as seen above), but here I’m specifically talking about magically. You need to be an INCREDIBLY powerful witch or wizard to become an Anamagius, and she obviously did that. And, I mean, Dumbledore is generally acknowledged as the most powerful wizard of modern times. I doubt he chose a weakling as his second in command.
- Speaking of being second in command, she must have been seriously the most efficient person in the entire world Rowling created. Full time professor, Head of Gryffindor House, Deputy Headmistress…she was very clearly running the school while Dumbledore was off being Dumbledore. He couldn’t be trusted to run the school. Minerva could be.
- Despite the above, McGonagall was super maternal and motherly to her students. She had no children of her own, which may have had something to do with it (or not, what do I know). But while she was stern and suffered no fools, it was very clear that she enjoyed her students and her teaching.
Actually, that’s pretty much it. Those four traits really round out why I love her – and why I want to be her when I grow up. She’s talented, accomplished, good at her job, and has no patience for nonsense. When I grow up I want to be Minerva McGonagall