McGonagall was the surname of a Muggle family, though at least one member, Robert McGonagall, married a witch.[1][2] The family has produced four known wizards.

Family members

Robert McGonagall

The father of Minerva McGonagall, Reverend Robert McGonagall was a Muggle Presbyterian minister who lived in the highlands of Scotland during the early 20th century. He married Isobel Ross, a Hogwarts-educated witch and had several children: Minerva, their oldest child and only daughter, and two younger sons, Malcolm and Robert Jr

Minerva McGonagall

Minerva McGonagall attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1946 and was Sorted into Gryffindor House. She graduated in 1954, after which she proceeded to replace Albus Dumbledore as Transfiguration Professor, as well as Head of Gryffindor House. She taught hundreds of students during her time there, while she also assisted the Order of the Phoenix in the war against Lord Voldemort. After the ousting of Severus Snape, Minerva became the full time Headmistress of the school.

M. G. McGonagall

M. G. McGonagall attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the age of eleven in the late 1960s. McGonagall was Sorted into Gryffindor House, the House which was Headed at the time by Minerva McGonagall herself. As such, McGonagall was taught Transfiguration by Minerva as well. McGonagall also joined the Gryffindor Quidditch team and was awarded a plaque for it in 1971.

Family tree


child is one
of the following:
Mr Ross
Mrs Ross
Isobel Ross
Elphinstone Urquart
Minerva McGonagall
Malcolm McGonagall
Robert McGonagall Jr.
At least one
At least one

Behind the scenes

  • In early drafts of the first book, the family's name was McGonagle.[3]

Notes and references

Order of the Phoenix
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Albus Dumbledore
Original Order of of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Alice Longbottom | Arabella Figg | Benjy Fenwick | Caradoc Dearborn | Dedalus Diggle | Dorcas Meadowes | Edgar Bones | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fabian Prewett | Frank Longbottom | Gideon Prewett | Hestia Jones (possibly) | James Potter | Lily Potter | Marlene McKinnon | Mundungus Fletcher | Peter Pettigrew (defected) | Remus Lupin | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Reconstituted Order of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Arabella Figg | Arthur Weasley | Bill Weasley | Charlie Weasley | Dedalus Diggle | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fleur Delacour | Fred Weasley | George Weasley | Harry Potter | Hermione Granger | Hestia Jones | Kingsley Shacklebolt | Minerva McGonagall | Molly Weasley | Mundungus Fletcher | Nymphadora Tonks | Remus Lupin | Ron Weasley | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Order of the Phoenix allies:
Andromeda Tonks | Augusta Longbottom | Buckbeak | Colin Creevey | Dobby | Filius Flitwick | Firenze | Garrick Ollivander | Ginny Weasley | Grawp | Hannah Abbott | Helena Ravenclaw | Horace Slughorn | Karkus | Karkus's wife | Katie Bell | Kreacher | Lee Jordan | Luna Lovegood | Mr. Westenberg | Mrs. Westenberg | Muriel | Nearly-Headless Nick | Neville Longbottom | Oliver Wood | Olympe Maxime | Percy Weasley | Pomona Sprout | Sybill Trelawney | Ted Tonks | The Fallen Fifty | Westinburgh family | Winky | Xenophilius Lovegood
Other affiliations:
Dumbledore's Army | Forbidden Forest Centaur colony | Headless Hunt | Hogwarts Hippogriff herd | Hogwarts house-elves | Hogwarts Ghosts | Hogwarts Staff |
Hogwarts students | Hogwarts Thestral herd | Ministry of Magic | Giant colony (Karkus's control)

Department of Magical Law Enforcement employees
DMLE clear
Heads of Department
Justus Pilliwickle · Bartemius Crouch Sr. · Amelia Bones · Pius Thicknesse · Corban Yaxley · Harry Potter
Auror Office
Heads: Rufus Scrimgeour · Gawain Robards · Harry Potter

John Dawlish · Alice Longbottom · Frank Longbottom · Neville Longbottom · Alastor Moody · Proudfoot · Savage · Kingsley Shacklebolt · Nymphadora Tonks · Ronald Weasley · Williamson · Unidentified Aurors · Unidentified male Auror at Hogwarts · 3 Unidentified Aurors at Hogwarts · Director of the Investigation Department No. 61042
Other Personnel
Minerva McGonagall · Elphinstone Urquart · Alastor Gumboil · Arnold Peasegood · Mafalda Hopkirk · Honoria's fiancé · Cerberus Langarm · Rufus Fudge · Perkins · Hermione Granger · Travers · Bob Ogden · Arthur Weasley · Dempster Wiggleswade · Mafalda Hopkirk's Ministerial Superior · Arthur Weasley's ten subordinates