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Fancasts: The Best Actresses to Portray Professor McGonagall

Professor Minerva McGonagall is a highly respected and powerful witch who serves as the Deputy Headmistress at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series. Known for her stern demeanor and no-nonsense attitude, she is often feared by her students, but is also admired and revered for her intelligence, fairness, and dedication to her role as a teacher and mentor. She is a skilled transfiguration expert and has a deep commitment to upholding the values of Hogwarts and the wizarding world as a whole. So here are the actresses we believe could play McGonagall in this fancasts.

Emma Thompson

Fancasts: Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is an accomplished and versatile actress with a vast range of roles in her filmography who has the right traits to portray the beloved Professor McGonagall. Emma Thompson is known for her ability to portray complex and nuanced characters with depth and authenticity which captivates audiences. She has played a variety of roles in both mediums and has even acted in adaptations of classic literature, which require a similar level of attention to detail and understanding of the character. Emma Thompson’s personality traits also align with those of Professor McGonagall, both women are known for their intelligence, wit, and no-nonsense attitude. They are respected by their colleagues and students alike and are not afraid to speak their minds or stand up for what is right, she is a fitting actress to portray Professor McGonagall and our ideal candidate in this fancasts.

Olivia Colman

Fancasts: Olivia Coleman

Olivia Colman has a natural charm and wit about her that would be perfect for the role of Professor McGonagall. The character is known for her sharp tongue and dry sense of humor, and Colman’s comedic background would allow her to bring those qualities to life in a way that would delight audiences. Her ability to balance humor and drama would make for a compelling portrayal of the beloved Hogwarts professor. Olivia Colman’s exceptional talent, versatility, and ability to bring complex characters to life make her an excellent choice to play Professor McGonagall and let’s be real here, she would absolutely knock this role out of the park. If Olivia Coleman doesnt get this role then we most certainly have another role for her in an upcoming fancasts.

Michelle Gomez

Michelle Gomez

Michelle Gomez would be an excellent choice to play Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter TV series. Her experience playing complex and intriguing characters, natural charisma and energy, and background in comedy would allow her to bring a fresh and unique interpretation to the iconic character. She has the range to convey both humor and drama, as well as the intelligence and authority that are essential qualities for the role. 

Jennifer Connelly

Fancasts: Jennifer Connelly

Riding the wave that is Top Gun: Maverick, Jennifer Connelly makes this list as we believe that she would do justice to the role of Professor McGonagall. Her natural elegance and sophistication, experience in the fantasy genre and ability to balance humor and compassion would allow her to bring a sense of poise and humanity to the multifaceted character. Jennifer Connelly has all the right tools to portray Processor McGonagall in the upcoming Harry Potter reboot, where she can inspire this generation’s fans.

Judi Dench

Judi Dench

Judi Dench is the oldest actress on this list, but that doesn’t mean she couldn’t be considered for Professor McGonagall. A seven-year-plus commitment might be a bit too long for Judi Dench whose career is slowing starting to wind down but her experience playing strong and authoritative characters, natural charisma and sharp wit, and talent for conveying depth and nuance in her performances would allow her to bring a commanding and unforgettable portrayal of the beloved Hogwarts professor. 

Melissa McBride

Fancasts: Melissa McBride

Melissa McBride is known for her role as Carol Peletier in the TV series “The Walking Dead,” where she played a character who evolved from being meek and submissive to strong and assertive. This experience would make her well-suited to play the complex and multifaceted character of Professor McGonagall, who is both stern and compassionate. Melissa McBride has a talent for delivering biting one-liners and sarcasm, which would allow her to capture the dry humor and sharp tongue of Professor McGonagall.

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