Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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Professor Minerva McGonagall Character Analysis

The Hogwarts Transfiguration professor and a member of the Order of the Phoenix. She's a proper, imposing, and rule-abiding witch, which puts her in a difficult position when Umbridge begins her crusade to bring Hogwarts under Ministry control. McGonagall clearly recognizes the importance of flying under the radar politically, as she encourages Harry to not anger Umbridge and get on the Ministry's bad side even more than he already is. However, she also praises Harry for standing up to Umbridge by offering him cookies as she reprimands him. Throughout the novel, McGonagall remains loyal to Dumbledore, so she's a prime target for Umbridge. This results in a battle of wills between the two women as Umbridge tries to sabotage Harry and other students by failing them in her class, while McGonagall insists that those students do well under "competent" professors. McGonagall's classes, however, are well planned and seem to adhere to Ministry guidelines, so Umbridge has no grounds to place McGonagall on probation for her teaching. As the Weasley twins create mayhem, McGonagall refuses to help deal with their fireworks or their swamp and even helps Peeves add to the trouble and confusion. She ends up in the hospital when she attempts to stop Umbridge from violently arresting Hagrid, as four Aurors Stun her in the chest.

Professor Minerva McGonagall Quotes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix quotes below are all either spoken by Professor Minerva McGonagall or refer to Professor Minerva 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 Order of the Phoenix published in 2004.
Chapter Twelve Quotes

"Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?"

"Yes," said Harry.

"You called her a liar?"

"Yes."

"You told her He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is back?"

"Yes."

Professor McGonagall sat down behind her desk, frowning at Harry. Then she said, "Have a biscuit, Potter."

Page Number: 248
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Professor Minerva McGonagall Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Professor Minerva McGonagall appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Eleven
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Professor McGonagall leads in the first years and sets the Sorting Hat on a stool. A rip... (full context)
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Seamus storms out and is on his way to find McGonagall when Ron arrives and learns what's going on. Growing red in the face, Ron says... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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As Hermione finishes reading, McGonagall hands out schedules. Ron groans: they have History of Magic, Potions, Divination, and Defense Against... (full context)
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...an accident. When Harry protests, Umbridge gives Harry a sealed note and sends him to McGonagall. McGonagall suspiciously takes Harry's note and asks him to confirm that he called Umbridge a... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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The next morning, both Flitwick and McGonagall also start their classes by talking about O.W.L.s. McGonagall insists that even Neville can do... (full context)
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...He looks sick as Harry explains what Umbridge's lines really entail. Harry refuses to tell McGonagall or Dumbledore. (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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...teachers. Harry and Hermione are livid, though Ron is pleased at the thought of what McGonagall will say when she's inspected. (full context)
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The next morning, Angelina yells at Harry for getting detention, and McGonagall chastises her before also scolding Harry. Hermione suggests that McGonagall has a point, and Harry... (full context)
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...a bowl of pickled murtlap tentacles to soak his hand. Harry refuses to complain to McGonagall, but Hermione says they have to do something about Umbridge. She suggests that they should... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...ill and asks to leave class. He goes to the staff room to find Grubbly-Plank. McGonagall opens the door and Grubbly-Plank inspects Hedwig, reasoning that the Hogwarts thestrals wouldn't have gotten... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...his raven. She silences it too. That afternoon, Angelina gleefully tells Harry and Ron that McGonagall stepped in and the Gryffindor Quidditch team can practice again. Ron notices Hermione looking out... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...meetings almost stop in the lead-up to the first Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw. McGonagall declines to assign homework in the week before the match, while Snape ignores reports of... (full context)
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...Malfoy and punch him. They stop when Madam Hooch jinxes them and sends them to McGonagall's office. (full context)
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Enraged, McGonagall shouts at Harry and George, but she stops short when Umbridge steps in and offers... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...attacked. Neville runs for help. Harry vomits and insists that what he saw was real. McGonagall arrives and Harry tells her that a snake attacked Mr. Weasley. She looks at him... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two
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McGonagall tells Ron to come too and leads the boys to Dumbledore's office. Harry tries not... (full context)
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...and says that people just took Mr. Weasley to St. Mungo's hospital. Dumbledore then sends McGonagall to get the other Weasley children. He turns an old kettle into a Portkey, wakes... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...that Trelawney is fired and needs to leave the premises. Trelawney starts to cry, but McGonagall comforts her. Dumbledore steps through the front doors and says that while he accepts that... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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Dumbledore's office is filled with people, including Fudge, McGonagall, Kingsley, and Percy. Fudge asks Harry if he knows why he's here. Harry catches Dumbledore's... (full context)
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...going to Azkaban. When Fudge tells Kingsley to take Dumbledore, there are a few bangs, McGonagall yanks Harry to the ground, and he looks up to see everyone except Dumbledore unconscious.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...to Vanish them, as doing so makes them multiply. The teachers don't seem bothered and McGonagall and Flitwick refuse to attend to the rampant fireworks, so Umbridge spends her first day... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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...of the library. Back in the common room, Harry finds a notice listing appointments with McGonagall so she can give career counseling, along with pamphlets discussing possible jobs. Several jobs require... (full context)
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Harry arrives late for his career appointment with McGonagall and finds Umbridge in the office as well. At McGonagall's prodding, Harry says he'd like... (full context)
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In Defense Against the Dark Arts later, Harry guiltily thinks of what McGonagall would say if she were to find out that he trespassed in Umbridge's office after... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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...sweets from Skiving Snackboxes in her classes and insist they have "Umbridge-itis." Harry also witnesses McGonagall telling Peeves how to unscrew a chandelier. In Charms one day, Ron laments that Mrs.... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...The students all watch with horror. Hagrid throws off a few of the people as McGonagall runs toward Hagrid. Four people Stun her at once she collapses, and Hagrid runs away... (full context)
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Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ernie angrily discuss what happened to Hagrid and McGonagall. In the common room, they learn that Lee Jordan is responsible for the nifflers, and... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Two
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...soon as he's alone, he races to the hospital wing and asks to speak to McGonagall. Madam Pomfrey explains that McGonagall is in St. Mungo's, and Harry feels alone and terrified.... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Eight
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...take points from Gryffindor, but there aren't any points left to take away. Just then, McGonagall arrives and awards Harry and his friends 50 points each for alerting the world about... (full context)