anonymous asked:

Mcgonagall doesn't abuse her children in class, but she abuses them outside of it. She lets the weasleys boo and heckle first years. She let the marauders reign terror on the entire school on general, edcalating to sexual assault and attempted murder in particular. She punished a neuroatypical child for having memory problems by locking him out at night with a mass murderer on the loose. Am i the only one she scares, the only one who has flashbacks from such a biased teacher??

McGonagall is strict, but I would not say that she’s biased or abusive toward her students. And I say this as someone who is not neurotypical.

When we meet McGonagall, she breaks down into tears over Harry’s parents’ deaths and is extremely concerned for his well-being at the Dursleys. 

And yet, she maintains an outward expression of complete neutrality.

There’s evidence to suggest that she has a soft spot for Harry, but she’s also not afraid to bawl him out when she believes he deserves it. She punishes him harshly for being out of bed after hours in PS, is “white-lipped and furious” over the troll incident, threatens to take additional points if they go anywhere near the Philosopher’s stone, rebukes them for the flying car incident, calls him out in Transfiguration class, and gives him detention for getting himself into trouble with Umbridge. This isn’t to say that she doesn’t stand up for Harry at times, but I believe she toes the line very well.

Was McGonagall’s punishment of Neville harsh? Perhaps. But from her perspective, Neville had foolishly written down the passwords and then lost the paper, making it almost laughably easy for a murderer to attack her students in their beds. Neither she nor Neville knew that Crookshanks had stolen the password list. 

It’s worth mentioning that McGonagall is never described as targeting Neville. She’s quick to intervene when when Malfoy takes his Remembrall, is angry at Harry for getting Neville into trouble over the dragon (“I suppose you think it’s funny that Longbottom here heard the story and believed it, too?“), and doesn’t draw attention to his mistakes in the classroom. Which certainly can’t be said for several of Neville’s other professors, most notably Snape.

To cast McGonagall’s relationship with Neville in such a negative light seems to almost willfully ignore the HBP scene in which McGonagall defends Neville in no uncertain terms:

“Why do you want to continue with Transfiguration, anyway? I’ve never had the impression that you particularly enjoyed it." 

Neville looked miserable and muttered something about "my grandmother wants." 

"Hmph,” snorted Professor McGonagall. “It’s high time your grandmother learned to be proud of the grandson she’s got, rather than the one she thinks she ought to have - particularly after what happened at the Ministry." 

Neville turned very pink and blinked confusedly; Professor McGonagall had never paid him a compliment before. 

"I’m sorry, Longbottom, but I cannot let you into my N.E.W.T. class. I see that you have an ‘Exceeds Expectations’ in Charm however - why not try for a N.E.W.T. in Charms?" 

"My grandmother thinks Charms is a soft option,” mumbled Neville. 

“Take Charms,” said Professor McGonagall, “and I shall drop Augusta a line reminding her that just because she failed her Charms O.W.L., the subject is not necessarily worthless.”

As for McGonagall letting the Weasleys harass first years or the marauders “reign terror,” I would take issue with both the characterizations of the marauders/Weasleys general behavior as well as McGonagall’s ability to control it. For whatever else she is, McGonagall is human, and cannot be everywhere at once.

Friendly reminder Neville’s parents were tortured to the point of insanity, he had just as much to lose from dark wizards as Harry, his Grandmother loved him but constantly treated him like he wasnt good enough, his uncles were willing to dangle him out of the second story window by his ankle to test to see if he was a squib, and was constantly teased and bullied even by people in his own house.

Still the bullying from Snape was so bad thats what his boggart turned into. No matter how tragic a back story is nothing forgives that level of bullying

Neville's Bravery Appreciation

Think about your greatest fear. The one that makes your stomach drop and paralyzes you because you’re so afraid. How most people avoid everything to do with their greatest fear. Now think of facing that fear every day because you have no choice. That’s what Neville went through and that’s why I hate snape, because how badly to you have to treat an 11 year old kid for them to be terrified of you. I don’t care about his “tragic” backstory or the fact that he wanted to get into Lily’s pants. He still had the capacity to not be an abusive asshole.


do you guys remember that one text post about pyjamas the terror being an anagram for harry james potter? 

so initially I was going to draw only harry wearing a pyjamas the terror t-shirt, but then I googled online anagram generator and had so much fun with it that ended up drawing the entire gang

(on twitter)

  • Hermione [reading aloud]: "If you bite it and you die; it's poisonous. If it bites you and you die; it's venomous"
  • Ron: What if it bites me and it dies?
  • Hermione: That means you’re poisonous.
  • Harry: What if it bites itself and I die?
  • Luna: It's voodoo.
  • Neville: What if it bites me and someone else dies?
  • Hermione: That's correlation.
  • Ron: Not causation.
  • Harry: What if we bite each other and neither of us die?
  • Ginny: That's kinky.
Things to remember

Augusta Longbottom showed up to the Battle of Hogwarts, ready to kick some ass.

Sybill Trelawney killed Fenrir Greyback with a crystal ball.

Grawp joined the fight.

Ron wanted to save the Hogwarts house-elves.


When the trio couldn’t conjure their patronuses, Luna, Seamus, and Ernie MacMillan saved them.

Dumbledore didn’t tell Harry about the Hallows because he was afraid Harry would make the same mistakes he did.

Kreacher joined the fight

The Malfoys were still there when the battle ended.

Harry used the Elder Wand to fix his own.


harry potter meme: [3 of 9] characters ~ neville longbottom

“It doesn’t matter that Harry’s gone. People die every day. Friends, family. Yeah, we still lost Harry tonight. He’s still with us, in here. So’s Fred, Remus, Tonks… they didn’t die in vain. But you will. ‘Cause you’re wrong! Harry’s heart did beat for us! For all of us! It’s not over!”