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She was used to being unrecognized in her cat form As noted by Gallifreyan, the Pottermore article clearly states that she was registered before she graduated Hogwarts, and with Dumbledore's help. By the end of her education at Hogwarts, Minerva McGonagall had achieved an impressive record: top grades in O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s, Prefect, Head Girl, and ...


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From Pottermore (by J.K. Rowling): Under the guidance of her inspirational Transfiguration teacher, Albus Dumbledore, she had managed to become an Animagus; her animal form, with its distinctive markings (tabby cat, square spectacles markings around eyes) were duly logged in the Ministry of Magic’s Animagus Registry. Emphasis mine While this doesn't ...


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Because there was no need to. We might guess that the attack occured very close to the hospital wing, since McGonagall and Dumbledore quickly thought that Colin wanted to visit Harry: "Another attack," said Dumbledore. "Minerva found him on the stairs." "There was a bunch of grapes next to him," said Professor McGonagall. "We think he was trying to ...


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Dumbledore might be old, but he certainly isn't physically infirm. Someone capable of swimming a hundred yards in "icy water" would certainly have the strength to lift and carry a small boy several tens of feet. ‘Then take off your Invisibility Cloak – there is no need for it now – and let us take the plunge.’ And with the sudden agility of a ...


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McGonagall had heard rumors and Hagrid had told her that Dumbledore would be at the Dursley's so she was waiting for him, to both confirm the rumors she had heard, as well as to determine exactly why Dumbledore would come to the Dursley's in the first place. ...he put it [watch] back in his pocket and said 'Hagrid's late. I suppose it was he who told ...


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It is unclear as to who this McGonagall is, though it is almost certainly the Minerva we know from the main Harry Potter series. The Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling only states her to be a "young Minerva McGonagall" (emphasis mine): The class laughs. The door opens. TRAVERS, THESEUS, and four other ...


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First of all, we know that human levitation is possible and known. In The Prizoner of Azkaban, we see Sirius Black use Mobilicorpus on Snape's unconcious body to levitate it away from the Shrieking Shack, bumping his head intentionally along the way. It is safe to assume that between Dumbledore and McGonagall, one of them should have known the spell, though ...


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She wanted to find out from Dumbledore whether Lily and James Potter were truly dead. CHEESE covers most of the points but this passage makes the answer super-clear. Professor McGonagall shot a sharp look at Dumbledore and said, "The owls are nothing to the rumours that are flying around. You know what everyone's saying? About why he's disappeared? About ...


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Compassion and respect Expanding on my earlier comment, and to draw from other answers, we can all agree that Dumbledore and McGonagal are arguably two of the most magically gifted wizards at Hogwarts. Both fully capable of performing magic that would render having to lift a child a simple task. However, they are also teachers. They have a responsibility ...


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I think there might be an explanation in store in future movies. The year 1935 is never mentioned anywhere "official", neither on Pottermore nor in the "Short stories from Hogwarts" ebook, where her life story is told. it only ever says "4th October". The reason so many people believe she was born in 1935 is because when asked by Umbridge in book 5 how long ...


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This is a film thing really. In the books nobody is sent to the dungeons, they're evacuated. '... evacuation will be overseen by Mr Filch and Madam Pomfrey. Prefects, when I give the word, you will organise your house and take your charges, in an orderly fashion, to the evacuation point.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - p.489 - Bloomsbury - ...


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She knew about the Order’s activities. At least, I expect she would, as she was certainly a member. When Harry and co are at Grimmauld Place, they witness members arriving at the house, and Professor McGonagall is among them: The doorbell rang several times a day, which was the cue for Sirius’s mother to start shrieking again, and for Harry and the ...


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There's a simple answer to this. "Hagrid's late. I suppose it was he who told you I'd be here, by the way?" Mcgonagall earlier expressed surprise that Lily and James were truly dead. Obviously, she had no idea who the Dursleys were, she was just watching their news: "even the Muggles have noticed something's going on. It was on their news." ...


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Probably through the (unconscious) use of the Imperius Curse. Young wizards are often seen to perform acts of magic that are very far in advance of their capabilities as students until much later in their education. Harry, for example wandlessly performed what appears to be the Apparition Charm at the age of nine. On the other hand, he’d got into ...


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Professor McGonagall knew Mrs Longbottom from Hogwarts. It's less clear whether she knew her in the capacity of a teacher or as a fellow-student. However, Professor McGonagall has been at Hogwarts for a long time, potentially long enough to have taught Mrs Longbottom as a student. How long have you been teaching at Hogwarts?" Professor Umbridge asked. "...


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In addition to the available excellent answers, there are two more points I would like raised: First, it's a matter of respect for someone affected by an unknown (at the time) effect who may not come back from it. We know that to a degree doing things "the muggle way" is used as such, as when the Weasleys do their chores that could easily be solved with ...


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We see throughout a few of the books that Dumbledore seems to know quite a lot about what normal people would never perceive. Considering the many inventions he created, and how great a wizard he was, I think there are multiple possibilities as to why he would have known she was there, beyond just, "he recognized his student". In fact, I think that makes ...


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Professor McGonagall knew about the Order - she was a member. Though she might not have been during the first war against the Dark Lord, when the Order of the Phoenix reconvened after the Dark Lord’s return to corporeal form, she would have known the activities of the Order since she was a member herself. When Harry, who by then knows everyone in the Order, ...


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Here is an interview where Jude Law says about a deleted scene (transcript is mine, so sorry for the mistakes): Another Professor... certain Professor... which didn't make it, which I wish had, because I just love that she is back in this world. It was in Hogwarts, yes... She is in the film, but flittingly. We had this scene where she really got to do the ...


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Could I just point out that it's probably a bit of a surprise to anyone if they find anyone unconscious (or petrified) on a normal evening. Not everyone is always 100% logical. I mean, if I found an unconscious person in a warehouse I probably wouldn't think "I'll load him onto that handcart over there". Especially if, as everyone else points out, he was ...


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