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Name:Professor Minerva McGonagall
Birthdate:Sep 14
Location:Hogsmeade, Scotland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
"We teachers are quite good at magic, you know."
Minerva McGonagall is an exceptionally gifted witch, and incidentally also a very good, if stern, teacher. She's a natural leader and excellent organiser, and has a fondness for a certain brand of very dry sarcasm and tartan. Though she always appears very cool, crisp and collected, the apparent absence of stronger - or softer - emotions doesn't mean they don't exist. She is, however, rather repressed much of the time, and generally appears extremely straight-laced. But the management would like to direct your attention to the 'much of the time' and the 'appears'.

Professor McGonagall moved faster than Harry could have believed-"
Minerva has been duelling for longer than most of her pupils have been alive; she's survived one wizard-fuelled and two Wizarding World Wars, and all for the simple reason that she's bloody good at it. Should you cross her, expect to be reminded of that very promptly. Equally, as a pupil at Hogwarts she was very good at Quidditch, playing Keeper, and she can still handle herself on a broom.

"Hogwarts is threatened!" shouted Professor McGonagall. "Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!"
She's devoted to her alma mater, Hogwarts, and has been a teacher there since approximately 1950, becoming Head of Gryffindor House several years later. She was, of course, in Gryffindor. McGonagall comes from an old (and quite rich) Scottish Wizarding family, and has always been brought up to ‘never let the side down’. Her family’s wealth mean she didn’t need to have a profession, but after the events of 1938-1945 she found herself incapable of settling down, and instead threw herself into teaching.

Harry witnessed Professor McGonagall walking right past Peeves, who was determinedly loosening a crystal chandelier, and could have sworn he heard her tell the poltergeist out of the corner of her mouth, "It unscrews the other way."
She also has a distinctly mischievous side, when she pleases, a backbone of pure steel, and a wicked and vicious ability to get revenge. She’s a proud woman, though she attaches little importance to her pureblood status, and she doesn’t take slights easily or fools gladly. Wrongdoers beware.

Appearance:
Minerva McGonagall will be entering the Bar from two points in her life: firstly, from 1938 as the eighteen-year-old Head Girl of Hogwarts, and then from throughout the Second Muggle World War. As a general rule she'll then be seen in long black robes with a neat silver 'Head Girl' badge, and later in ordinary Wizarding robes, usually in dark colours with very little decoration. She wears, as ever, square glasses (but only for reading, as yet), and her black hair is always neat, though not yet in a bun. From 1940, she has a Phoenix tattoo on her back. She's tall - very tall for a woman, at about 5'11, always stands up very straight, and looks startlingly like a neater Cristina Scabbia.

She'll also be entering from the tail end of the events described in the Harry Potter books, aged around seventy-five but appearing to be in her late fifties (wizards age more slowly than Muggles). She has a sharp, clever face, intelligent black eyes behind the obligatory square spectacles, and black hair in a bun. She generally wears black robes, occasionally with a hint of red-and-gold tartan, and sometimes a pointed black witch's hat.

She speaks with an educated Edinburgh accent. As an Animagus, she takes the form of an iron grey tabby cat with square spectacle markings around her green eyes.

Minerva McGonagall is from the Harry Potter books, and is the property of JK Rowling, and possible whoever else is paying her squillions this week. She appears here solely for the purpose of role-playing in [info]milliways_bar, from which no profit whatsoever is being made.

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