Thursday, December 18, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week (#21)

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Minerva McGonagall line.

There are so many things that McGonagall says that I love, so it's incredibly hard to choose just one line that sums up my love for her.  I've decided to move toward McGonagall's more sarcastic and  humorous side.

If we're talking favorite line from the movies, I would say the moment from Deathly Hallows Part II where she is instructing people, and/or giant stone warriors, how to prepare for battle.  There are two specific lines in that section.  The first one is:

"Do you duty to the school!" 

The second is when she's instructing Neville and Seamus.

"Why don't you confer with Mr. Finnegan? As I recall, he has a particular proclivity for pyrotechnic."  

If we're talking books, one of my favorite moments is when McGonagall is talking to Harry after he received a detention from Umbridge for claiming Voldemort is back.

'Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?'
'Yes,' said Harry.
'You called her a liar?'
'You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?'
Professor McGonagall sat down behind her desk, frowning at Harry.  Then she said, 'Have a biscuit, Potter.'
'Have -- what?'
'Have a biscuit,' she repeated impatiently, indicating a tartan tin lying on top of one of the piles of papers on her desk. 'And sit down.'
After reading this passage for the first time, I remember fist pumping the air and audibly saying something like "you go McGonagall!"   Because throughout the entire book, McGonagall has been defiant of Umbridge in every way possible.  She literally rewards Harry for yelling at Umbridge.


  1. I really enjoyed the 'proclivity for pyrotechnics' line in the movie as well! Also, the biscuit conversation...she had a way for scaring the students into expecting the worse and then would randomly surprise us with these little treasures of completely throwing them off guard. I love it! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  2. LOL Yup ^^ if we're talking bookish quotes, the one you chose is my favorite! It was actually my pick this week :D And well, in the films as played by Maggie Smith, she's nothing short of brilliant ♥ I love how she says to 'do your duty to the school' and the pyrotechnics one is another gem! Love them all!

  3. She's so badass in the last few books, starting in five with defying Umbridge and then being a total boss in DH at the time of battle. She is such a great character, loved her from book 1 on.
    Happy reading!

  4. Hahaha yes! So, so many amazing moments. I think the biscuit scene is one of the all time greatest moments.