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Dumbledore's speech at the Great Hall in 1996

The Hogwarts faculty in 1996.

"We teachers are rather good at magic, Potter. We've even been known to turn out a worthwhile witch or wizard on occasion. I think it's time I ask a few of them to take their magic beyond the classroom."
Minerva McGonagall shortly before the Battle of HogwartsHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
"If you are, I take it, you are accepting your place at Hogwarts... then you will address me as "Professor" or "sir""
—Albus Dumbledore to Tom Riddle when they first meet

The title of Professor is given to members of the wizarding scientific and scholarly community engaged in education and research, taken as a whole.

It is, perhaps most notably, used by teachers at wizarding educational institutions such as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Durmstrang Institute and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic. It is considered rude by some for students to not address a member of a teaching staff on their school as professor, Madam[1] or Sir[2], as is the case with Professor Snape. Harry Potter often chose to omit this title when speaking of Snape to others, leading them to chastise him. However, the most notable exception to this is Rubeus Hagrid, who is usually referred to by his surname. The term Sir or Madam (depending on the gender) is an alternative title to use instead of Professor, on the speaker's preference. While talking to their colleagues, they usually use their first name. Professor Snape, however, preferred to use others' surnames. For example, he called Remus Lupin, Lupin, and Gilderoy Lockhart, Professor Lockhart in the Duelling Club in 1992. The exception to this would be Professor McGonagall, whom Professor Snape called Minerva.

Powers and rights


Rubeus Hagrid, the only Professor known not to have received his O.W.L.s.

Professors have the power to award and dock points (to determine the winner of the house cup competition) give detention and write notes for certain areas and activities that are usually off limits. Examples is how Hogwarts Professors can grant premission to such locations as the Restricted Section in the Hogwarts Library or permission to practise on the Quidditch pitch. Hogwarts Professors can also award and dock points to the four different houses on the school to partake in determining the winner of the house cup competition.

Life outside of classes

Many Hogwarts professors reside at the school during both terms of the school year, though this is not always the case. During the 1980s, Minerva McGonagall owned a cottage in nearby Hogsmeade with her husband, later moving out after his death. It is also possible that those with spouses and/or children can return to a home that is further away from the school in their free time. They likely do this by means of Apparition, the Floo Network, or a Portkey.

Those who remain at the school throughout the night seem to have private quarters, similar to apartments/flats, that are near or attached to their offices. A Head of House may have private quarters near their House's common room. On at least one occasion, Professor McGonagall could hear the noise of a party in the Gryffindor common room from wherever she was sleeping.

Professors typically eat meals with the students in the Great Hall, though this is not required. Sybill Trelawney often preferred to eat alone in her classroom. When Harry Potter attended his first Divination class with her in 1993, she mentioned that some of the students might not have seen her before.

Each Professor most likely has a "free" period during the school weeks, as Harry Potter's third year Defence Against the Dark Arts class once saw Professor Snape in the staffroom. He was also available to serve as a substitute teacher when Remus Lupin was, unbeknownst to the same group of students, ill from the effects of a werewolf transformation.

During the second term of each year, a Professor who is a Head of House holds career counseling meetings with each of their fifth year students, advising them on what N.E.W.T.-level classes they should take in preparation for their desired careers.

When a weekend Apparition Course take place at the school, a Head of House attends and helps to oversee the participating students from their House.


Professor snape

Severus Snape, a teacher who demanded to be referred to as Professor or Sir.

It is presumed that wizards and witches do not need any form of specific education, other than having received their final examination in their own subject and showed particular skill and talent. To become teachers at Hogwarts, it is assumed that the wizard or witch in question usually have passed both their O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s, to gain the title of Professor. However, it have happened that someone who did not complete their O.W.L. examinations was able to become a Professor, as long as he or she had been chosen by the Headmaster/Headmistress of the school in question, or if they had been appointed by the Ministry of Magic. This was the case with the Care of Magical Creatures Professor from 1993-1997, Rubeus Hagrid. He was expelled from Hogwarts before being able to complete any 'important' exams, however Hagrid was considered more than qualified on the subject matter. Another example was Firenze, who, as a Centaur, had not previously attended Hogwarts.

Known Hogwarts professors

Professor Subject Other roles and notes
Albus Dumbledore Transfiguration, Unknown-1956 Headmaster, 1956-1997, Deputy Headmaster, Unknown-1956
Alecto Carrow Muggle Studies, 1997-1998 Appointed by Voldemort, was also in charge of punishment.
Amycus Carrow Dark Arts, 1997-1998 Appointed by Voldemort, was also in charge of punishment.
Aurora Sinistra Astronomy A witch who teaches at the Astronomy Tower.
Bathsheda Babbling Study of Ancient Runes Teaches in Classroom 6A on sixth floor.
Bartemius Crouch Jr Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1994-1995 Barty Crouch Jr posing as Alastor Moody by using Polyjuice Potion; aided in a plan to use Harry to revive Voldemort; given the Dementor's Kiss after capture.
Charity Burbage Muggle Studies, 1993-1997 Took over Muggle Studies in 1993; killed by Voldemort at Malfoy Manor for expressing pro-Muggle views.
Cuthbert Binns History of Magic Ghost; fell asleep in front of the staffroom fire one day, died, then got up to teach, leaving his body behind.
Dolores Umbridge Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1995-1996 High Inquisitor of Hogwarts, 1995-1996, Headmistress of Hogwarts, 1996; part of a scheme by Cornelius Fudge to exert greater control by the Ministry over Hogwarts.
Filius Flitwick Charms Head of Ravenclaw; part-goblin.
Firenze Divination, 1996-1998 Centaur, temporary replacement after sacking of Sybill Trelawney. Shared classes with Sybill Trelawney in 1996-1998
Galatea Merrythought Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1895-1945 Was possibly going to be replaced by Tom Marvolo Riddle, but was turned down, due to Riddle being too young, and Dumbledore's suspicions.
Gilderoy Lockhart Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1992-1993 A famous author that used Memory Charms to modify people's memories, taking credit for their work; lost his memory due to a backfired Memory Charm; now a permanent patient at St. Mungo's.
Herbert Beery Herbology Directed Hogwarts' one and only Christmas play; left Hogwarts to teach at W.A.D.A. (Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts).
Horace Slughorn Potions1942-1981 and 1996-Unknown Head of Slytherin House, First term as head unknown and 1996-unknown. An old colleague of Albus Dumbledore; a "collector" of famous and talented students through his Slug Club.
Minerva McGonagall Transfiguration, 1956-1998 Deputy Headmistress, Head of Gryffindor, Headmistress of Hogwarts, 1998-before 2017
Neville Longbottom Herbology, Before 2017-Unknown Previously an Auror; sometimes shows his Dumbledore's Army coin to his students.
Pomona Sprout Herbology, Unknown-Before 2017 Head of Hufflepuff.
Quirinus Quirrell Muggle Studies until 1990; Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1991-1992 Subjugated by Lord Voldemort after meeting him in Albania during his one-year sabbatical in 1990; attempted to steal the Philosopher's Stone; died after Voldemort abandoned him. He was replaced by an un-named Professor.
Remus Lupin Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1993-1994 A werewolf that worked for the Order of the Phoenix; husband of Nymphadora Tonks and father of Teddy Lupin; died in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Rolanda Hooch Flying Instructor Referee of Hogwarts Quidditch matches and Flying class teacher
Rubeus Hagrid Care of Magical Creatures, 1993-Unknown Keeper of Keys and Grounds; became Care of Magical Creatures teacher in 1993; left job in 1997 as he was on the run; possibly returned to job after Voldemort fell; half-human, half-giant.
Septima Vector Arithmancy A strict witch who teaches in Classroom 7A on the seventh floor.
Severus Snape Potions, 1980-1996; Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1996-1997 Head of Slytherin, unknown-1996Headmaster1997-1998. He did state to Dolores Umbridge that he had been teaching for sixteen years, just after he informed Voldemort of the Prophecy. Murdered by Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts.
Silvanus Kettleburn Care of Magical Creatures, Unknown-1993 Lost limb(s) in classes, dealing with dangerous creatures, and retired in order to spend time with remaining limbs.
Sybill Trelawney Divination, 1979- unknown Conceived the prophecy of the Chosen One; predicts the death of a student at the beginning of every school year.
Male Muggle Studies teacher Muggle Studies, 1990 - 1993 Replaced by Charity Burbage.
Vindictus Viridian Unknown, possibly Potions in 1703 Author, Potioneer, and has his portrait hanging in Hogwarts Castle
Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank Care of Magical Creatures Substitute for Rubeus Hagrid while he was attempting to parley with the giants on Dumbledore's behalf.

Extra-Curriculum Hogwarts Professors

Professor Subject Other Roles and Notes
Advanced Arithmancy Studies professor Advanced Arithmancy Studies Teaches in a classroom in the Hogwarts Turris Magnus.
Art professor Magical Art Teaches in a classroom on the fifth floor.
Ghoul Studies professor Ghoul Studies Teaches in a classroom in the Hogwarts Turris Magnus.
Male Professor Magical Music Taught during the 1992–1993 school year in the Music Classroom.

Non-teaching academics

The title of Professor is also used by certain esteemed individuals within the wizarding community tasked with magical research and development. Among them are:


Notes and references

  1. Such as in the cases of Poppy Pomfrey, Irma Pince and Rolanda Hooch.
  2. Used when referring to, or addressing, a male member of staff.

Honourific titles
Lady · Lord · Professor · Madam · Mr · Mrs · Sir

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