Harry Potter

The Actresses Who Have Portrayed Professor McGonagall In Harry Potter

Minerva McGonagall, Harry potter

David Tennant played Barty Crouch Junior in The Goblet of Fire, while four separate actors have portrayed Albus Dumbledore throughout the Harry Potter franchise. So who plays everyone’s favourite Gryffindor Head of House, and deputy headmistress, Professor Minerva McGonagall?

There have been two lucky ladies who have played the fierce head of Gryffindor House. Dame Maggie Smith portrayed Minerva McGonagall in all eight Harry Potter films, while Fiona Glascott plays a younger version of the character in two Fantastic Beasts films; The Crimes of Grindelwald and The Secrets of Dumbledore.

Minerva McGonagall has always been one of our favourites due to her no-nonsense attitude. However, she is known to have a great affection for the Golden Trio; Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. She sent Harry his first broom, the Nimbus 2000, and gave Hermione a Time Turner to juggle her class load during The Prisoner of Azkaban. She even admires Ron’s happiness during The Half-Blood Prince, which is hilarious.

Maggie Smith has many great lines in the films, including the following from The Goblet of Fire during an exchange between her, Albus, Mad-Eye Moody (really Barty Crouch Junior) and Bart Crouch Senior.

What? Do nothing?! Offering him up as bait? Potter is a boy! Not a piece of meat!

Minerva McGonagall to Albus Dumbledore

Fiona Glascott doesn’t have much role in the Fantastic Beasts films she appeared in. She perhaps has a half-dozen lines. However, her appearance in these films has confused many people, given what was mentioned about her in the main Harry Potter books.

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