Brilliant article from Tor.com in a series about the women of Harry Potter. Written by Sarah Gailey.
Born to a man who can’t possibly understand, and the woman who chose him over her magic.
Born to take care of two brothers who have powers they must, at all costs, hide.
Born to leadership.
Born to duty.
Prefect, Head Girl, winner of Transfiguration Today’s Most Promising Newcomer award. Minerva McGonagall is born into a home that requires stringent observation of rules; a home that will eventually attempt to conceal no fewer than four magical residents from the Muggles that surround them. Young Minerva is the brightest witch of her generation by many estimations. And yet, for as many years as Harry Potter will live in ignorance of his magic, Minerva is forced to hide her light behind a bushel in order to protect her Muggle minister of a father. She teaches her brothers to hide, too. She teaches them to survive.