The Top 8 Best Hogwarts Professors

Updated on October 25, 2019
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Born in the Harry Potter era, Kritee is an ardent fan and devoted follower of Harry Potter.

Professor Trelawney
Professor Trelawney

8. Sybill Trelawney

Trelawney is the teacher of Divination in Hogwarts, though it has been constantly debated on how much she actually knows about the subject. Proclaiming herself to be a gifted seer, she was the reason why we have the story in the first place.

It was she who made the prophecy to Dumbledore based on which Voldemort killed Harry's parents and marked him, thus beginning the battle between Harry and Voldemort. If it weren't for her, we would not have the story.

If nothing else, I am sure you will agree that it was really fun to read Harry and Ron's conversations with Trelawney. Especially the part where they are given homework to predict their future, do they make up stories and present them to her, and in turn she applauds them.

Professor Flitwick
Professor Flitwick

7. Filius Flitwick

What was the first spell that Harry, or for that matter you, learned at Hogwarts?

It was likely Wingardium Leviosa, the spell that allows wizards to move small objects through the air with their wands.

And who taught it? The Charms professor of Hogwarts, Filius Flitwick. It is through him that Harry enters the magical world. Due to his short height, it has been theorized that perhaps he was a goblin descendant. He was always good to Harry and therefore made a good professor.

Professor Sluhorn
Professor Sluhorn

6. Horace Slughorn

Professor Slughorn was brought in as Hogwarts' potions teacher in Harry's sixth year. His fascination with popular students quickly made Harry one of his favourites. This was good as it ultimately led Slughorn to inform Harry about Tom Riddle's horcruxes. His role was therefore of great importance because ultimately, it was knowledge of horcruxes that helped Harry defeat Voldemort, which otherwise would have been an impossible task.

Remember the way Harry got the information extracted out of Slughorn at Aragog's funeral? Hilarious, wasn't it?

Professor Lupin
Professor Lupin

5. Remus Lupin

Professor Lupin, the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher was probably the best teacher Harry could ever have. Harry was declared jinxed and none of the other teachers could provide the required essence for hum. Then came Lupin, who was liked by one and all.

Harry's first foray into dark arts was through him. He taught Harry the patronus charm for which he was so famous. He served as a very good mentor for Harry and was always present to clear any doubts that would rise in Harry's mind. He fought valiantly in the battle against Voldemort and died an honorable death.

The fact that he was a werewolf would make him scary, but he actually came across as a very amiable werewolf after all.

Professor McGonagall
Professor McGonagall

4. Minerva McGonagall

Professor McGonagall, the lady with the pointed hat and a cat-like face, initially appeared strict. Both the head of Gryffindor and the teacher of Transfiguration, she was the reason why Harry got a chance to play quidditch. She noticed him first and gave him an opportunity to represent the house team during his first year.

Though being a headmaster of a house, she was never partial to the Gryffindors and always acted in a manner befitting the occasion. She was always a supporter of all the right things. In the last part, the way she reached out in support for Harry is really praiseworthy and commands respect.


3. Rubeus Hagrid

Rubeus Hagrid, the cool half-giant and adorable gamekeeper of Hogwarts would definitely occupy the third position.

The Care of Magical Creatures teacher is the one who introduces Harry—and in turn us—to the world of magic. Always standing up in support of Harry, he is hilarious in his interactions with the different magical creatures. Be it Fang, Grawp, Buckbeak, or Aragog, his pets always provided hearty laughter for viewers. Also, readers were delighted at the dismal condition of Malfoy at the end of most of Hagrid's classes.

Hagrid was always there to listen to Harry and guide him as a friend, thereby becoming a good teacher.

Professor Snape
Professor Snape

2. Severus Snape

Snape probably failed as a professor in the first six parts, given to his partiality towards Slytherin and Malfoy and his tendency to always insult Harry at the first instant, but because of the last part, you have to give it to him.

Severus Snape, the strict, oily haired, ever cross-faced wizard is the potions teacher and the head of the Slytherin house. His character is famous for all the wrong reasons. Right from Harry's first year, the two have been constantly at loggerheads with each other. Snape has never missed a single opportunity to ridicule Harry and his friends.

However, when our hatred was reaching its pinnacle, it is revealed that all this while Snape was actually trying to protect Harry. Snape had purposely and consciously distanced himself from Harry so that through him Voldemort does not get to Harry. The mental strength required to constantly be the object of someone's hatred is not easy to acquire. Snape did it and in return he expected nothing. He sacrificed his life for Harry, the son of the woman he loved. He sacrificed his life for Harry, the son of the man he hated.

At last, we see even Harry acknowledging Snape by naming his son after him and calling him one of the best headmasters of Hogwarts. It would be amazing to see Snape live and how he would interact with Harry after his truth has been revealed.

" Do you remember me telling you we were practicing nonverbal spells, Potter?"

"Yes," said Harry stiffly.

"Yes, sir."

"There's no need to call me 'sir,' Professor."

— Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Professor Dumbledore
Professor Dumbledore

1. Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has to win this one. What do you think? Harry's favourite professor, Dumbledore is the reason for Harry to be alive. Right from the beginning, when Dumbledore ordered Hagrid to take infant Harry to the Dursley's where he would be the safest, to the end, when he told Harry everything about Voldemort so that Harry could finish him, he was a stellar character. Dumbledore has been there for Harry throughout.

Dumbledore has always been a good decision maker and impartial teacher, not just for Harry but for all his students. His judgment is always based on proper reasoning. He has supported all things for their righteousness. His support for the muggle community is noteworthy, thus making him the perfect embodiment of leadership and the most inspiring teacher ever.

He is the only wizard who even Voldemort was afraid of. The owner of the Elder wand, Dumbledore was the greatest wizard of all time and the most amazing personality ever.

''It matters not what someone is born ,but what they grow to be"

— -Dumbledore, Goblet of Fire

What would your rank for Snape be?

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      4 years ago

      McGonagall was Head of Gryffindor, not headmaster of Gryffindor. But Dumbledore was Headmaster of Hogwarts


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