The Hogwarts faculty in 1996.

"We teachers are rather good at magic, you know."
Minerva McGonagall[src]

The title Professor is used by teachers at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is considered rude by some to not address a member of staff 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[edit | edit source]

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

Professors have the power to award and dock points, give detention and write notes for certain areas and activities that are usually off limits, such as the Restricted Section in the Hogwarts Library or permission to practice on the Quidditch pitch.

Education[edit | edit source]

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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 O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s, to gain the title of Professor and become a Hogwarts teacher, as people such as Dolores Umbridge were able to become teachers at Hogwarts. However, even 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 non-wizard, had not previously attended Hogwarts.

Known Hogwarts professors[edit | edit source]


Severus Snape, Rolanda Hooch, Filius Flitwick, Minerva McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore, Aurora Sinistra and other professors.

Professor Subject Other roles and notes
Albus Dumbledore Transfiguration, Unknown-1956 Headmaster, 1956-1997, Deputy Headmaster, Unknown-1956
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.
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.
Horace Slughorn Potions Professor, 1942-1981 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 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.
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; Headmaster, 1997-1998 Head of Slytherin, unknown-1996. 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.
Sybill Trelawney Divination, 1979- unknown (presumably still teaching) Conceived the prophecy of the Chosen One; predicts the death of a student at the beginning of every school year.

Extra-Curriculum Hogwarts Professors[edit | edit source]

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.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]


Minerva McGonagall and Albus Dumbledore

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  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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