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Harry Potter: 10 Memes That Perfectly Sum Up The Hogwarts Professors

The Fantastic Beast series, including the recent Secrets of Dumbledore, has effectively given audiences a peek into the lesser-known parts of Albus Dumbledore’s life. This created an improved perspective on his character, seeing as several fans saw him less than favorably after the ending of the Harry Potter series. However, the more they learn, the more audiences see that he is a complex character with several different parts.

Dumbledore certainly isn’t the only interesting professor at Hogwarts. Every year, Harry interacted with the new and returning teachers, for better or worse, and they kept things at the wizarding school very interesting. Some, like Lockhart and Trelawney, were laughable. Others, like Hagrid and McGonagall, were lovable. Altogether, the professors of Hogwarts were dynamic characters, which makes them the perfect target for some internet memes.

Gilderoy Lockhart was full of hot air, and it was disturbing that the wizarding community in Harry Potter ever believed him. He never missed an opportunity to claim abilities that are far beyond him. So, when Mrs. Norris was petrified, he claimed he could have saved her had he been there. Of course, no one was impressed.

While Lockhart would never meet the likes of Gandalf and Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings, fans know without a doubt that if he did, he would claim that he could solve all their problems. A Balrog? No problem at all. Sauron? Just let him go to his office and “get read.”

Minerva McGonagall is the kind of teacher that everyone loves to have. She holds her students accountable and ensures that they walk away from her classes with some new knowledge, but she is also compassionate and witty. However, it can’t be denied that there was a time or two that she wasn’t entirely fair.

For example, when Harry and co. were sneaking around at night, her punishment of sending them into the Forbidden Forest just didn’t seem to make much sense. For such a clever woman, she really should have seen that sending kids to break more rules wouldn’t discourage the initial rule-breaking.

It is unanimous. Dolores Umbridge is not only the worst professor at Hogwarts, but she is the worst character in the entire series. Voldemort and Bellatrix step aside; Umbridge is the evilest villain of Harry Potter.

Even McGonagall, who was typically strict about showing respect to teachers, couldn’t keep her composure when it came to dealing with Umbridge’s many injustices. McGonagall would likely not be opposed to chucking a couple of lemons at the horrible old toad.

After two years of lousy Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers, Harry needed Professor Remus Lupin in Prisoner of Azkaban. For once, there was finally a new teacher who cared as much as McGonagall and Dumbledore. Lupin was arguably even better since he listened to Harry when he asked for help.

Of course, offering Harry a snack after he had been attacked by a Dementor seemed a little unusual, so it fits perfectly in the Danny Davito “in this trying time” meme. The moment was iconic for Lupin, and “eat this, you’ll feel better” is still some of the best advice Harry Potter has to offer.

As often as Severus Snape looks angry in Harry Potter, he has become highly meme-able. Just about any aggressive text could fit with the Head of Slytherin’s image, but nothing better sums up Snape than the implications that his life is much harder than anyone else’s.

Like Malfoy with Harry, Snape was often jealous of James Potter, and those feelings extended to Harry, who he frequently called entitled and “whiney.” Of course, the only thing that can make a meme more representative of Snape would be to mention his unrequited love for Lily. Check.

Horus Slughorn was one of the first likable Slytherin characters shown in Harry Potter, but that is not to say that he didn’t fit in with the house’s characteristics. Slughorn, while good-natured, was pompous, cunning, and resourceful. Oddly enough, this is also the description of many real-world Hipsters.

There have been a few Hipster Slughorn memes in circulation around the internet, but the one in which he brags about having known about Horcruxes before Voldemort is perfect for his personality. Slughorn was ashamed at his hand in Voldemort’s decision to split his soul, but given the right circumstances, he likely wouldn’t be above bragging about it all the same.

While  Rubeus Hagrid isn’t the best at teaching, his quirks certainly make him endearing. There is nothing that he loves more than a seemingly vicious creature, and someone would be pressed to present Hagrid with one of Harry Potter‘s most dangerous pets that he didn’t immediately faun over.

Of course, Basilisks are one of the few undeniably evil creatures (even Newt Scamander agreed). However, when fans imagined what it would be like if Hagrid had opened the Chamber of Secrets like he had been accused, it wasn’t hard to picture him admiring the murderous snake.

While they might have called him Professor Moody, the real Mad-Eye Moody never had the opportunity to teach a class. Instead, his place was taken by Barty Crouch Jr, who had impersonated the retired Auror to get close to Harry and deliver him to the Dark Lord.

However, when the whole “murder Harry” part is put aside, it can’t be denied that the imposter Mad-Eye was a pretty good teacher. He taught his classes a lot about how to fight against the Dark Arts, and Harry even learned to withstand being Imperiused. To make matters even better, he turned Draco into a Ferret, which no one can help but appreciate.

Like Gilderoy Lockhart, Sybill Trelawney cannot be trusted to be honest about her abilities. Having descended from a talented seer, the Divination professor seems to believe she was born with this same gift. However, on some level, she must know the truth.

Of course, Trelawney did manage to make two accurate predictions. One about Voldemort’s return and the other about Harry’s destiny. Still, that is only one more prediction than Draco Malfoy, so giving her too much credit is hard since a simple guess seems to be just as effective.

Throughout the Harry Potter series, Dumbledore could be infuriatingly mysterious. He always seemed to know what was going on, but he still made little effort to intervene or ensure that people under his charge came to no harm. Then, the few times he took action, it never seemed to be for anything important.

Dumbledore suggests to Harry and Hermione that they go back in time to save Buckbeak, but there is never any other suggestion to use a Time Turner to help anyone else. Of course, it could have been that Dumbledore knew that Buckbeak had already been saved by Harry and Hermione. Therefore, it was okay to permit them to mess with time —but that, like Dumbledore himself, doesn’t make sense either.

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