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Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About Minerva McGonagall

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Minerva McGonagall is both a comforting and terrifying presence in the halls of Hogwarts. Despite being a strong figure in Harry's life there is still a lot about the professor that isn't known. These Redditors have pointed out a number of lesser-known facts about the teacher.

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    McGonagall Was A Hatstall

    From Redditor u/nxtm4n:

    Professor McGonagall was a Hatstall (took more than five minutes to be Sorted) between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw. Professor Flitwick was a Hatstall between Ravenclaw and Gryffindor. Later in life they had some laughs over this and occasionally speculated what would have happened if they were Sorted to other way.

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    Her Brother And Ex-Fiance Was Killed In The First Wizard War

    From Redditor u/ibid-119623:

    [JK Rowling said] Like most of the magical community she suffered personal bereavements during the first period of Voldemort’s power. Among the worst were the loss of her brother, Robert; two of her favourite students, Lily Evans and James Potter; and Dougal McGregor, who was murdered, along with his wife and children, in a random anti-Muggle attack by the Death Eaters. This last news was a terrible blow to Minerva, who asked herself whether she might not have been able to save Dougal’s life had she married him.

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    Her Husband Died After Only A Few Years Of Marriage

    From Redditor u/ibed-119623:

    [JK Rowling said] The accidental death of Elphinstone from a Venomous Tentacula bite, three years into their marriage, was an enormous sorrow to all who knew the couple. Minerva could not bear to remain alone in their cottage, but packed her things after Elphinstone’s funeral and returned to her sparse stone-floored bedroom in Hogwarts Castle, accessible through a concealed door in the wall of her first-floor study. Always a very brave and private person, she poured all her energies into her work, and few people — excepting perhaps Albus Dumbledore — ever realised how much she suffered.

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    Rowling Likes The Irresponsibility Of McGonagall's Name

    From Redditor u/ibid-119623:

    [JK Rowling said] Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.