Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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Professor McGonagall Character Analysis

Head of Gryffindor House and the Transfiguration teacher. McGonagall is a stern and often curt witch who demands excellence and good behavior from all of her students. Harry begins to see a more caring side to her during the three Triwizard tasks, as she makes sure to check in on Harry and see that he's okay. She trusts Dumbledore and Harry and because of this, she loses her temper several times: first when Karkaroff and Madame Maxime suggest that Dumbledore let Harry put his name in the Goblet of Fire, and then again when Cornelius Fudge refuses to believe Harry and Dumbledore that Voldemort has returned.

Professor McGonagall Quotes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Professor McGonagall or refer to Professor McGonagall . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire published in 2002.
Chapter Thirty-Six Quotes

"For heaven's sake, Dumbledore--the boy was full of some crackpot story at the end of last year too--his tales are getting taller, and you're still swallowing them--the boy can talk to snakes, Dumbledore, and you think he's trustworthy?"

"You fool!" Professor McGonagall cried. "Cedric Diggory! Mr. Crouch! These deaths were not the random work of a lunatic!"

Page Number: 706
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Professor McGonagall Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Professor McGonagall appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Twelve
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McGonagall sets the Sorting Hat on a stool and it sings a song about the school's... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...and down, reprimanding Malfoy for behaving like a coward. As she comes down the stairs, McGonagall asks incredulously if the ferret is a student and yells at Moody for using Transfiguration... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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McGonagall explains to the students that they're approaching the time when they'll take their Ordinary Wizarding... (full context)
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When lessons end in the afternoon, the Heads of Houses organize the students into lines. McGonagall leads the Gryffindors outside to wait with the rest of the school. After a few... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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Dumbledore, Mr. Crouch, Madame Maxime, Karkaroff, Snape, and McGonagall interrupt Bagman as they enter the room. Madame Maxime and Karkaroff are furious, while Snape... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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At lunch the next day, McGonagall fetches Harry to take him down to the stadium. She seems concerned and asks Harry... (full context)
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Harry flies down to McGonagall, Moody, and Hagrid. McGonagall praises him and points him towards Madam Pomfrey. Madam Pomfrey puts... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two
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After Transfiguration a few days later, McGonagall interrupts Harry and Ron's swordfight with two of Fred and George's joke wands to announce... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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...his students in and sees Krum with a pretty girl he doesn't recognize. However, when McGonagall calls the champions and their partners to the side, Harry realizes Krum's date is Hermione.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...the library isn't helping. Not long after dark, Fred and George appear and say that McGonagall wants Ron and Hermione in her office. Hermione promises to meet Harry in the common... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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In the last week of May, McGonagall tells Harry to go to the Quidditch field at nine to hear what the third... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...task. Ron excitedly says that the hexes they're practicing will prepare them to be Aurors. McGonagall gives the trio permission to use her classroom for practice and one afternoon, Ron looks... (full context)
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McGonagall approaches Harry and says that he needs to report to the chamber off of the... (full context)
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...the field. The hedges are now 20 feet high. As the stands fill, Hagrid, Moody, McGonagall, and Flitwick appear. They'll be there to rescue anyone who sends up red sparks from... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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As Moody says that he's going to kill Harry, Dumbledore, Snape, and McGonagall blast open the door and Stun Moody. Looking at Dumbledore, Harry understands why Voldemort fears... (full context)
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Snape and McGonagall return and Winky throws herself at Barty. Dumbledore administers the Veritaserum to Barty, revives him,... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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Dumbledore binds Barty Crouch, leaves McGonagall in charge of him, and asks Snape to fetch Madam Pomfrey and Fudge. He then... (full context)
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...Weasley, Ron, Hermione, and Bill hissing that the noise will wake him and Harry hears McGonagall and Fudge's voices coming closer. McGonagall screeches that Fudge shouldn't have brought "it" inside as... (full context)
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...Eaters. Fudge angrily says that Harry's stories get weirder every year and he's not trustworthy. McGonagall points out that Cedric and Mr. Crouch are dead, but Fudge accuses them of destabilizing... (full context)
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...the news in the Ministry, and Bill leaves to tell Mr. Weasley. He then asks McGonagall to fetch Hagrid and Madame Maxime and sends Madam Pomfrey to care for Winky. With... (full context)