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  1. Mary Starfire Wolf Schriver says:

    My favorite is “I’ve always wanted to use that spell”.

  2. Iain Walker says:

    As with many of the performances in the films, it’s often the smaller moments that stand out for me, e,g.,

    The first Transfiguration lesson in PS (“Thank you for that assessment, Mr Weasley”).

    The sheer glee in “Wood, I have found you a Seeker!”, also in PS.

    The silent gesture of support she gives Harry when his name comes out of the Goblet in GoF (in stark contrast to Gambon’s Angry!Dumbledore).

    Her confrontation with Umbridge on the main staircase in OotP (the Careers Advice scene from the book would have been better, but it’s still a nice scene).

    And on which note, it has to be acknowledged that many of McGonagall’s best moments don’t actually make it into the films. I’d have paid good money just to see a two minute short of Maggie Smith wandering the corridors of Hogwarts, serenely ignoring the Weasley-inspired anti-Umbridge chaos going on in the background, coming across Peeves and the chandelier, muttering “It unscrews the other way” as she marches past, and disappearing round the corner.

  3. Teresa says:

    Though it’s so hard to choose I have two favorite Minerva moments. The first time we see her after she transfigures back from her cat form and talks to Dumbledore about the Dursleys being “the worst kind of muggles” and her concern for baby Harry is so touching and relatable for me. Then nearly the end of the whole story when she casts “pierlocatotum locomotor” and brings the statues of Hogwarts to life in defense of the castle and the girlish excitement in her voice “I’ve always wanted to use that spell!”. The amount of restraint this fabulous witch must have to not do all the amazing spells she COULD do because they are not necessary and she must be a good example.