Five Hogwarts Professors That We Barely Saw

The professors at Hogwarts played a huge part in the students’ educations. They each had an incredibly difficult and important job to do so it’s no wonder they grabbed a moment of fun when they could. Although we were introduced to several of the teachers, there was a range of professors that, due to time constraints, had a very minor role on screen. Here are five teachers that we barely saw in any of the films.


1. Professor Septima Vector



Professor Vector taught Arithmancy, a subject focussed on the magical properties of numbers, including predicting the future with numbers and numerology. Besides a brief glimpse of her in the films, we never saw her in the films or the books. Instead, she was described as being incredibly strict. The etymology of her name is fitting as it comes from the Latin “septima” which translates to “the seventh”, a powerful magical number.


2. Professor Aurora Sinistra



Professor Sinistra taught Astronomy for at least ten years at Hogwarts. Her subject specialized in the different stars and constellations, as well as moons and planets, which is fitting given that Sinistra is also the name of a star in the constellation of Ophiuchus. We don’t know much else about her but she must have been a decent teacher since she managed to pass Umbridge’s assessment.


3. Professor Cuthbert Binns



Unlike the other teachers, Professor Binns was a ghost who taught History of Magic. He was an educator while he was alive who continued to teach till he was in his old age and simply fell asleep in the staff room one day, died in his sleep, but continued to teach as a ghost. Although he was described as a very boring teacher, the fact that he still taught while he was a ghost like nothing had changed showed true dedication to his subject.


4. Professor Firenze



Firenze was a centaur, who used to live in the Forbidden Forest. After Professor Trelawney was fired as a Divination teacher by Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore hired Firenze as her replacement. Unfortunately, the other centaurs saw this as servitude and banished him from the herd. His lessons focussed on using the stars to divine the future. Once Trelawney was reinstated, the two of them split the classes. Although we never saw him as a teacher in the films, he did make an appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when he saved Harry from Professor Quirrell whom Voldemort possessed in the Forbidden Forest.


5. Professor Grubbly-Plank



Professor Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank was a substitute Care of Magical Creatures teacher, who took over the subject when Hagrid was unable to teach in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She was a very knowledgeable and competent teacher in the subject and some students preferred her teaching method to Hagrid’s.


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Minal Daswani

I entered the wizarding world in 2006, and haven’t left. In my Muggle time, I enjoy reading, bingeing TV shows, baking, and travellng.