Professor McGonagall's entire backstory explained

Beyond the main trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, the wizarding world is populated with a huge cast of characters, each of whom brings something unique to the table. These characters include Harry’s professors at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, and though most people might think Albus Dumbledore was Harry’s most influential teacher, don’t overlook the legacy of Minerva McGonagall. Played by the indomitable Dame Maggie Smith in the films, McGonagall is a seriously powerful and intelligent witch, but there’s a lot you still might not know about Minerva. Here’s everything you need to know about Professor McGonagall’s entire backstory.

Brother John – 1971

This is an excellent low-budget film. Nothing is what it seems. At first the story appears to be a race/class “message film” of the time. But the scope of the story is far greater than it seems, while including themes of the struggle of oppressed people and the sexes.

Starring and produced by Sidney Poitier ( Happy 93rd birthday, “Sir”! )

Also starring: Beverly Todd, Will Geer, Bradford Dillman, and Paul Winfield


John Kane (Sidney Poitier) always seems to know when there will be a death in his family, despite not being in touch with them, and returns to his hometown. He has come home again, to be at his sister’s deathbed and funeral. There is a strike in the town, and the police think he is a labor agitator. His well-used passport and unusual book collection only fuel their suspicions. But the town’s doctor has always noticed that John is different…