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5 Best Hogwarts Professors (& 5 Worst)

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Harry Potter‘s Hogwarts has been home to thousands of students and professors during its ten centuries. The school has produced some of the most talented witches and wizards of their time, including brilliant potions masters, skilled Quidditch players, accomplished Ministry workers, and even deadly and powerful dark wizards.

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Hogwarts’ professors have played a supremely important role in nurturing their students’ gifts, though some have done so a lot better than others. From insightful teachers with a passion for the job to frauds with no experience whatsoever, Hogwarts has welcomed a large variety of instructors within its old, sturdy walls.

Updated on 1/4/2023 By Matthew Z. Wood: CBR is committed to keeping its information accurate and up-to-date and making sure its articles reach the highest professional standards. While not much has changed about Hogwarts’ professors since this article was first published, it has been edited for content quality and reorganized for reader convenience.

Best Hogwarts Professors

Flitwick Was A Dueling Champion In His Youth

Warwick Davis as Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter movies

Best known for teaching a young Golden Trio the Wingardium Leviosa charm, Professor Flitwick was one of Hogwarts’ most powerful and dedicated teachers. Aside from being the school’s Charms Master, he also took on the role of Ravenclaw’s Head of House, effectively leading multiple generations of young Ravenclaws with wisdom and cleverness.

Flitwick also demonstrated his excellent dueling abilities in battles against Voldemort during the First and Second Wizarding Wars. He won several Master Duelist titles and helped protect Hogwarts and its student body against Voldemort and the Death Eaters in Deathly Hallows.

Dumbledore’s Wisdom Helped Many Of His Students

Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films

A polarizing character, Albus Dumbledore spent most of his life shaping the minds and talents of young witches and wizards. He was named Headmaster of Hogwarts after teaching DADA and Transfiguration for many decades and led the school through some of its darkest years as Voldemort rose to power.

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Dumbledore’s wisdom, experience, and compassion led many of his students to consider him an exceptional teacher and perhaps the greatest wizard of all time. Despite his many flaws and mistakes, he was able to care for Hogwarts and its inhabitants until his death in Half-Blood Prince, an event that deeply affected all who respected him and cared for him.

Barty Crouch Jr. Mad-Eye Moody Disguise Was A Dangerous, Yet Effective Professor

David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr in the Harry Potter films

He might’ve been a disguised Death Eater, but Barty Crouch Jr. was one of Harry’s best teachers. He achieved the Defense Against The Dark Arts professorial post by posing as the legendary auror, Mad-Eye Moody , in Goblet of Fire. Despite his penchant for dangerous lessons, Crouch was an efficient professor who got straight to the point and preferred practical over theoretical classes.

Crouch’s tenure was incredibly controversial even before he was revealed as a Death Eater, especially after performing the three Unforgivable Curses in front of his young students. His lessons would later aid Harry during the Horcrux Hunt when he had to cast the Imperius Curse to get safely into Gringotts.

McGonagall Never Hesitated To Protect The School & Her Students

Minerva McGonagall disciplines Harry, Ron and Hermione at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films

Minerva McGonagall was not only an amazingly talented witch who was known for her exceptional command of magic, but she was also a kind and understanding person who cared for her students above all else. As Head of Gryffindor House and Transfiguration professor, she never failed to aid anyone who required her help.

Fiercely protective of Hogwarts, McGonagall protected the school from Umbridge’s tyranny and Voldemort’s invasion without hesitation. She earned the respect of her students through her dedication and stern disposition, rightfully becoming Hogwarts’ Headmistress after the Second Wizarding War.

Lupin Was An Encouraging & Talented Professor Despite His Lack Of Teaching Experience

Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter films

A beloved character all-around, Remus Lupin remains the best DADA professor of Harry’s time. His genuine devotion to teaching and his first-hand knowledge of magical defense made his classes a real joy for his students—sans the picky Slytherins—who enjoyed his practical classes on dark creatures and dark magic.

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Lupin left the post after his lycanthropy was revealed to the rest of the school, but he continued acting as a trusted advisor to Harry until his death. His wisdom, kindness, and advanced magical skills also helped Neville overcome many of his fears and improve for the first time since he entered the school. His tenure was short but essential, as Harry found a new love for DADA and uncovered several secrets from his past in the process.

Worst Hogwarts Professors

Gilderoy Lockhart Was A Fraud With No Teaching Experience

Branaugh as Gilderoy Lockhart from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Gilderoy Lockhart became Harry’s Defense Against The Dark Arts professor during the latter’s turbulent second year. By using his good looks and stories about his heroism, Lockhart managed to win over every single young witch in the castle—including a surprisingly flustered Hermione—and annoy every wizard who saw through his façade.

Not only was Lockhart a terrible teacher with no actual experience or knowledge, but he was also a fraud who didn’t mind stealing other people’s glory. After his memory charm backfired and erased his memory, he was sent to the wizarding hospital, St. Mungo’s, to receive treatment.

Snape Abused His Students For Years

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films

Snape might’ve been one of the most powerful wizards of his time, but he was a terrible teacher with no real love of nor respect for the profession. Not even getting the post of DADA professor, which he had been campaigning for since he first joined the Hogwarts staff, managed to inject much passion into his abhorrent teaching methods.

Snape also regularly bullied and belittled his students, targeting Neville for his nervous disposition, hating on Harry for his resemblance to his father, and even insulting Hermione for actually replying to his questions. Snape helped bring Voldemort down in the end, but that doesn’t excuse the years of abuse he inflicted on the young sorcerers in his charge.

Quirrell Never Showed His True Potential To His Students

Professor Quirrell in the first Harry Potter movie

Professor Quirrell was both a terrible Death Eater and an even worse teacher. He taught Muggle Studies before encountering Voldemort during his sabbatical year and switching to DADA to further his plan to steal the Philosopher’s Stone. As he lacked confidence in himself, he looked up to Voldemort, who had managed to obtain loyal followers through talent and charisma alone.

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While by no means a weak sorcerer, Quirrell never managed to show his students his true potential. He reserved his most potent magic for the trials surrounding the Philosopher’s Stone and his encounter with Harry in front of the Mirror of Erised.

The Carrows Tortured Students & Taught Them The Dark Arts

The Carrows in the Harry Potter films

Once Hogwarts fell under Voldemort’s power in Deathly Hallows, ruthless Death Eater siblings Amycus and Alecto Carrow were appointed as DADA and Muggle Studies professors, respectively. They also served as Snape’s Deputy Headmasters, becoming brutal disciplinarians who often used the Cruciatus Curse on rebellious students.

During their time in their posts, Amycus and Alecto taught the Dark Arts and encouraged older students to torture other children who had earned detentions or supported Harry. They also blatantly disrespected McGonagall and the other professors, who protected the students from their wrath as much as they could.

Umbridge Didn’t Even Allow Her Students To Use Magic

Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films

It’s fair to say that Dolores Umbridge is the most-hated character in the Harry Potter series. Her blind loyalty to the Ministry of Magic and her condescending attitude towards her students immediately made her the most unlikeable teacher in Hogwarts’ long and complex history.

Umbridge’s sins include torturing Harry with the Blood Quill and sending two Dementors after him, wreaking havoc throughout Hogwarts, and being disrespectful towards hybrids and magical creatures. To cap it all off, she was an absolutely terrible teacher. If not for Harry and his stint as the leader of Dumbledore’s Army, her fifth-year students would have definitely failed their OWLs.

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