Happy Birthday, Minerva McGonagall
October 03, 2010, 11:00 PM
As it is now past midnight in the UK, the calendar on J.K. Rowling's official website has been updated to mark the birthday of Hogwarts Headmistress Minerva McGonagall. Please join us at Leaky in wishing this wonderful woman and brilliant head of Gryffindor House a very happy birthday!
She’s a Libra :-) But, surprisingly, not very Libra-ish :-?
Anyway, happy, happy birthday, Professor!
I agree with Valeria-Johanna about the desk stampede scene – it made me laugh out loud. It would only chew up a couple of seconds of screentime, so there’s no excuse for them to leave it out of the film!
I also love, love, love all of McGonagall’s confrontations with Umbridge. She’s a great role model for a woman who does not suffer fools gladly – nor injustice of any sort. Wish I had her spine! And yet, stern as she may be, she also shows great compassion for those who suffer. In my book she’s one of JKR’s most wonderfully well-rounded, memorable characters. And how lucky that they got an actress as accomplished as Dame Maggie Smith to play her in the movies.
So here’s to you, Professor: a glass of gillywater, a box of ginger newts and a big thank-you for existing in my favorite alternative universe!