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Thinking about her future, she realised that wedding a Muggle who didn't know that she was a witch would mean Minerva would follow her mother's footsteps and live unhappily with her wand locked away, shredding all of her ambitions. Early next morning, Minerva went to tell McGregor she had changed her mind and could not marry him, aware that if she broke the International Statute of Secrecy and told him why, as she would lose the job at the Ministry for which she was giving him up.
She could give him no good reason for her change of heart, leaving McGregor devastated and left for London three days later.
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Though her feelings for the Ministry of Magic were affected by the fact that she had recently suffered an emotional crisis, Minerva didn't much enjoy her home in London and workplace, where some of her co-workers had an ingrained anti-Muggle bias. Given her adoration of her Muggle father and continuing love for Dougal, she deplored these ideas. Despite this, Minerva was among the most efficient, gifted employees in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and became fond of her much older boss, Elphinstone Urquart.
After two years at the Ministry, she was offered a prestigious promotion, yet found herself turning it down as she missed her home in Scotland. Minerva in her earlier years as a professor. By this time, Minerva was a shock to learn from her oblivious mother in the middle of a chatty letter of local news that Dougal had married the daughter of another farmer.
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Albus discovered his former student and colleague in tears in her classroom late that evening, and she confessed the whole story to him. He offered both comfort and told Minerva some of his own family history, previously unknown to her. The confidences exchanged that night between were to form the basis of a lasting friendship. Amongst her first students were Newt Scamander and Leta Lestrange , the latter of whom was frequently in trouble with Minerva for retaliating to vicious gossip about her half-brother 's death.
A notable example of this is when Leta hexed a fellow student with the dark charm Oscausi during her third year, after the other girl had been speaking ill of Leta behind her back. Minerva was called upon to fix the situation, but Leta ran from her and Minerva was forced to chase her around the school, all the while docking points Minerva ended up docking a total of points. When she couldn't find Leta, Minerva removed the spell from the girl but promptly restored it with an irritated "Whisht! During Gellert Grindelwald's rise, Minerva still taught at Hogwarts and was a close confidant to Dumbledore.
She was quite critical of the Ministry of Magic 's involvement at Hogwarts and was furious when Torquil Travers and a team of Aurors interrupted Dumbledore's Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson, protesting that this was "a school. Through her early years at Hogwarts, Minerva remained close friends with her former boss in the Ministry, Elphinstone. Surprised, embarrassed, and still in love with Dougal, she declined. However, the two still remained in contact for years. Later on in her career, Minerva was Head of the Transfiguration Department.
Her lessons consisted of but were not limited to match to needle , animal to water goblet , beetle to button , and mouse to snuffbox transformations, as well as Switching Spells , Vanishing , and Conjuring. Furthermore, Minerva was appointed the position of Head of Gryffindor House , the house in which she used to reside whilst studying at Hogwarts. After he became Headmaster, Dumbledore would later on in his career also trust her enough to allow her to become Deputy Headmistress of the school and fill in for him on the occasions of his absence.
After the first rise of dark wizard Lord Voldemort , Minerva took part in fighting back against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters , though she still taught at Hogwarts during the First Wizarding War. Previously, she was suspicious of Riddle despite she wasn't his teacher and thus shared her fears with Dumbledore in private. Even so, McGonagall chose to not join the Order of the Phoenix , which was seen as a renegade outfit by the Ministry at the time. Instead, unbeknownst to her students, she spent many nights spying for them in the guise of a tabby cat, bringing the Aurors crucial information on the activities of Voldemort's followers.
Concurrently, as the war raged outside the castle walls, the school was plagued by a series of curses inadvertently unleashed by one of the students, Jacob , who began to meddle with the five fabled Cursed Vaults. Like the rest of the faculty, Professor McGonagall did everything she could to protect the students, although they were ultimately unable to prevent the injury of several students and the death of a Slytherin student named Duncan Ashe ; this all led to Jacob's expulsion.
Minerva and Dumbledore delivering Harry to the Dursleys ' home. In , baby Harry Potter "defeated" Lord Voldemort in his family home at Godric's Hollow , his parents James and Lily Potter both members of the Order of the Phoenix were murdered whilst protecting their son from harm. The defeat of Voldemort ultimately ended the war and his followers were arrested and those that escaped went into hiding. Minerva travelled to Surrey and there spent an entire day observing the Dursley family seeing whether or not they met the standards of looking after Harry as they were his only living relatives with his parents now dead.
What she saw horrified her; the Dursleys couldn't have been any less like Lily and James if they had tried. She was thus present, along with Rubeus Hagrid , when Dumbledore placed Harry on the Dursleys' doorstep, despite her objections to leaving him with these Muggles , whom she considered to be the "worst kind" of them.
She kept a close eye on Harry from time to time during his early childhood, as did the members of the Order of the Phoenix. After the First Wizarding War had ended, Minerva continued on with her career at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry , carrying on teaching the art of Transfiguration. Elphinstone, who had never ceased to love her, proposed every now and then until she finally accepted after Dougal's death.
Their engagement happened during a summertime stroll around the lake in the Hogwarts grounds. The retired Elphinstone bought a small cottage for the two of them in Hogsmeade, whence Minerva could travel easily to work every day. Although the couple had no children, her nieces and nephews visited often. This was a period of great fulfilment for Minerva.
In , three years into their marriage, Elphinstone died from a Venomous Tentacula bite. It is unknown whether she still owns the cottage. Always a brave and private person, Minerva poured all her energies into her work and few people — excepting perhaps Albus — ever realised how much she suffered. During the second year of the sibling of Jacob , when Ben Copper when missing, the individual asked Minerva about it as she was the Head of the Gryffindor House.
She first asked if Jacob's sibling had seen him in the Hogwarts Express and if he had been acting strange and after learning that they didn't but Penny Haywood did and Ben seemed fine even though he was always a bit odd. She mentioned that the Cursed Ice may have changed Ben and slightly chastised Jacob's sibling for their attempt to enter the Cursed Vault , asking them if they had learnt anything that said of a threat beyond the door and appealed to them that this involved all of Hogwarts, not just Jacob. Learning that they had found and read a message about an Ice knight and vanished stairs , Minerva said she will discuss this with Dumbledore and accidentally revealed that she and the other teachers had once dealt with the Cursed Ice, which she quickly covered by telling Jacob's sibling that he is free to help in the search of Ben and ask for him to tell her personally should he succeed, promising to reward him.
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Sometime later, Minerva asked for Jacob sibling's help to find Gryffindor Broom Wax which had been misplaced by the keeper should they be a Gryffindor. Accompanying Jacob's sibling to the Common Room, she congratulated them for their success and gave them twenty House Points for their effort. Later, impressed by their transfiguration talents, McGonagall offered to give them advanced transfiguration classes. If they were of another house and tried to infiltrate the Gryffindor Common Room, Minerva would catch them with Angelica but as they searched for Ben, she allowed them to get away unpunished.
Minerva was perplexed that the Knockback Jinx had no effect on the ice, noting on how they once could use it to shatter the ice, and even more so when Snape callously suggested they use Incendio to melt the ice while also burning him to death, as she realises from how the Cursed Ice had began to expand throughout the school that someone had been tampering with the Vaults.
Ignoring Snape's frustrated questioning of Dumbledore's whereabouts, Minerva and Snape used Incendio to successfully free Ben from the Cursed Ice, taking care to target as further as possible from his body. Knowing Minerva was the only one left in the school with Dumbledore gone that could possibly teach them the Revelio Charm , Jacob's Sibling turned to her to learn the spell. At first Minerva was baffled due to how advanced the charm was but ultimately agreed to teach them if they proved themselves sufficiently adept, impressed by their desire to help Hogwarts and study Transfiguration.
Finding their abilities to have reached the level required in the class, Minerva called them to have their private lesson and after Jacob's sibling successfully learned Revelio, Minerva congratulated them and noted the usefulness of the spell. After learning that Bill Weasley had taught Jacob's sibling Incendio, Minerva was furious and scolded him heavily.
In friend of Albus Dumbledore , Nicolas Flamel , had the Philosopher's Stone that was keeping him alive moved from his safe in Gringotts to Hogwarts for safe keeping. Minerva contributed to the defences set up around the magical artefact by transfiguring an enormous chess set and animating it to behave as a normal Wizard's chess set would.
As part of its protection duty, it required that the person or persons seeking to get past would have to take the place of a piece on the board and play an actual game of wizard's chess, at great physical risk to themselves. This larger than life version of Wizard's chess is known to be brutally violent and sacrificial for wizards to have to take part in themselves. Minerva directing students during the Sorting Ceremony. Also in this year, Harry Potter , who Minerva had been watching over for many years, would start his first year of education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry , not knowing this, as he did not know that he was a wizard.
Once Harry eventually arrived at Hogwarts, after the delivery of many acceptance letters, Harry was Sorted into the house of Gryffindor which Minerva was head of.
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Harry was therefore again placed under the watchful eye and care of McGonagall. Though Minerva often maintained her strict persona in regards to the boy, she wasn't above bending the rules for him on occasion, such as when she caught him flying on a broomstick without proper supervision. Instead of expelling him, which was Madam Hooch's stated punishment for anyone caught doing so, Minerva instead took him to see Oliver Wood , captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team , to comment on his prodigious skill with the broom. Harry made the team, remarkable for a first year, and became the youngest Seeker in a century.
She made arrangements for Harry to have a Nimbus , the fastest broomstick of the time, for use during games and practises. However, several incidents marred the year. At Hallowe'en, the festive feast was interrupted by the arrival of Professor Quirrell, who came charging in screaming about a troll loose in the dungeons before fainting dead away. After restoring calm, Dumbledore ordered all students to return to their dormitories while he and the teachers made their way to the dungeons.
The troll was not there upon their entry, but a terrible racket from an upper floor provided a clue. Upon reaching the site, Minerva was shocked to discover a wrecked bathroom, an unconscious troll and three bedraggled first years, one of whom was her best student Hermione Granger.
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To her further shock, Hermione claimed that she had gone looking for the troll thinking she could handle it but would most assuredly have been killed had Harry and Ron not found her. Torn between anger and pride, Minerva took five points from Hermione but awarded five each to Harry and Ron for, as she put it, "sheer dumb luck. McGonagall being informed of the trio's suspicions someone was going to steal the Stone. However, her serious side appeared one night when she caught Draco Malfoy roaming the school at night. Dragging him by the ear, she sentenced him to detention and deducted twenty points from Slytherin when he claimed that Harry was also out of bed with an illegal baby dragon.
Though the dragon in question was successfully released, Harry, Hermione and Neville were all caught and brought before McGonagall by Filch. Mad and disappointed with them, she told them all off before punishing them severely; a loss of fifty points each, in total, and detention with Malfoy. This caused Gryffindor to drop to last in the House Cup.