Dolores Umbridge

“What Cornelius doesn’t know won’t hurt him.”

Dolores Jane Umbridge is a power-hungry Ministry of Magic official. Deeply prejudiced, controlling and sadistic, Umbridge is a nightmare in pink, bows frills and flounces. Her hobbies include collecting the ‘Frolicsome Feline’ ornamental plate range and inventing instruments of torture.

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Professor Slughorn

“To friendship! To generosity! To ten Galleons a hair!”

Professor H. E. F. Slughorn enjoys his “creature comforts”, from velvet smoking jackets to crystallised pineapple. He was (reluctantly) winkled out of retirement to resume his post as Potions Master at Hogwarts. “Old Sluggy” is a very influential teacher – he cherry-picks particularly bright or talented students for his Slug Club at Hogwarts, and is always happy to give a leg-up to his favourites.

Professor Sprout

“Be careful of the Venomous Tentacula, it’s teething.”

Professor Sprout is the Hogwarts Herbology professor and head of Hufflepuff house. She will usually be found in the Hogwarts greenhouses, taming wild magical plants such as Bubotubers, Venomous Tentacula or Devil’s Snare.

Hagrid & Fang

“Ah, go boil yer heads, both of yeh. Harry – yer a wizard.”

Care of Magical Creatures teacher and Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts. Despite his intimidating size and slightly wild appearance, Hagrid is a very kind and fiercely loyal friend. Unfortunately, his nurturing instincts also include a bit of a “monster fixation” – who else would sing a lullaby to a dragon or hatch an acromantula in a cupboard?

Gilderoy Lockhart

“I didn’t get rid of the Bandon Banshee by smiling at her!”

Fame-hungry, vain and utterly inept Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Lockhart achieved his fame through a combination of relentless self-promotion and stealing credit for the deeds of other (less photogenic) wizards by obliterating their memories. His days of (allegedly) travelling with trolls, holidaying with hags and gadding with ghouls come to an end when Lockhart accidentally wipes his own memories, and he ends up a long-term resident of St Mungo’s Hospital. But he can do joined-up writing now, you know!

Professor McGonagall

“You will excuse me if I don’t let you off homework today. I assure you that if you do die, you need not hand it in.”

Strict and clever, Professor McGonagall has taught Transfiguration to successive generations of Hogwarts students. Despite her stern exterior Professor McGonagall definitely has a soft spot. She is Head of Gryffindor house, a gifted member of the Order of the Phoenix, a passionate Quidditch fan and – sometimes – a tabby cat.