My question is based upon the following frame from the first Harry Potter film (Philosopher's Stone). It shows her name on the right hand side. Well, just wondering, as she's so into Quidditch.

Hogwarts Quidditch Trophy

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    Maybe the dates are right but it's not Prof McGonagall, but a younger relative
    – tater
    Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 2:26
  • It should also be noted that James Potter was a chaser, not a seeker.
    – ibid
    Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 16:19

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The Pottermore article for Professor McGonagall indicates that she was indeed an avid Quidditch player during her school days.

Minerva was also, like her mother, a gifted Quidditch player, although a nasty fall in her final year (a foul during the Gryffindor versus Slytherin game which would decide the Cup winner) left her with concussion, several broken ribs and a lifelong desire to see Slytherin crushed on the Quidditch pitch. Though she gave up Quidditch on leaving Hogwarts, the innately competitive Professor McGonagall later took a keen interest in the fortunes of her house team, and retained a keen eye for Quidditch talent.

The dates on that trophy are incorrect, however. McGonagall attended Hogwarts from 1947 to 1954 as a member of Gryffindor House. She did not play any Quidditch after she graduated in 1954.

  • Oh thank you. Although maybe the dates are a little messed up in the film version, I don't think she was that old when she won one of those trophies? M. G. McGonagall 1971, J. Potter 1972. Commented May 18, 2012 at 18:24
  • @ManikSethisuwan I confirmed that the dates are, in fact, wrong. Commented May 18, 2012 at 19:31
  • About the dates, please see scifi.stackexchange.com/q/91429/4918 When was Professor McGonagall born?
    – b_jonas
    Commented Sep 26, 2015 at 17:02

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