Indeed, she treated Umbridge with as little credence and respect as possible while Hogwarts was under investigation by the Ministry of Magic and even gave Peeves tips on how to unscrew a chandelier when he was trying to cause havoc for Umbridge. As part of its protection duty, it required that the person or persons seeking to get past would have to take the place of a piece on the board and play an actual game of wizard's chess, at great physical risk to themselves. She did this after having walked in on them practising so many times around the school. She nearly smiled when Harry pointed out how she couldn't take House Points for Gryffindor as it was only the beginning of the year. He was about to turn back to his marking, when the scratching started up again. After he had graduated and then returned as the Potions master, he and McGonagall became colleagues. A notable example of this is when Leta hexed a fellow student with the dark charm Oscausi during her third year, after the other girl had been speaking ill of Leta behind her back. Snape threw the newspaper on the desk and stood up, frowning with annoyance. With him dealt with, as they couldn't care less if he succeeded or failed, the staff turned their attention to the thing they never thought would happen; the permanent closure of Hogwarts. Instead of expelling him, which was Madam Hooch's stated punishment for anyone caught doing so, Minerva instead took him to see Oliver Wood, captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, to comment on his prodigious skill with the broom. When Fawley graduated with five Outstanding and one Exceeds Expectations on his N.E.W.T.s., Minerva wrote him a glowing letter of recommendation for him to attach to his job application when he showed at interest in joining the Ministry of Magic. She become an Animagus - a complicated, long process- to further her study in this subject and enjoyed correcting articles in Transfiguration Today. When he got back to his office, Snape conducted a thorough search of his office, casting protective spells on any suspicious looking crevice or crack in the dungeon walls, then repeated the process in his bedroom. Draco also trusted her into using the Marauder's Map to find his son and Albus and fully accepted whatever punishment would be given to Scorpius, acknowledging he believed her decision would be fair. Harry Potter raised his hand. Harry Potter made analogies to McGonagall looking like she was going to explode, breathe fire and shoot sparks from her nose based on how transparent her anger could appear. Dryly pointing out that perhaps his sister, whom Professor Flitwick had admitted earlier at their urgent request, could open the door and prevent him from waking half the castle. , If they were of another house and tried to infiltrate the Gryffindor Common Room, Minerva would catch them with Angelica but as they searched for Ben, she allowed them to get away unpunished. This quest is available for students of Year 2 and above. Well, that explained the noises; it was probably the offspring of one of the cats that lurked around the castle. Though the dragon in question was successfully released, Harry, Hermione and Neville were all caught and brought before McGonagall by Filch. When the Gryffindor house ghost, Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, was spirited away along with the cup and turned him into a Foundable, Minerva was delighted to see his safe return, stating that she had meant to ask his opinion on the Calamity, seen as how he, being somewhat separated from his original self, just like the Foundables were, perhaps had some interesting insights into the Calamity they had not considered. Physical information “Is something wrong?” she asked, starting to turn in order to see what Snape was looking at. After questioning their new arrivals about her whereabouts and receiving confirmation that she had indeed arrived with the rest of her peers, Professor McGonagall instructed Hagrid to set up a search party to find her, before she announced that while members of the staff searched the castle, the rest of the student body should enjoy the Welcoming Feast while they still could, as they would have to be well-rested before embarking on the new term.  Early in the year, she was responsible for the distribution of schedules among the the sixth year N.E.W.T.  One such student was Grim Fawley; a young student in Hufflepuff House whose own magical education had been marred by the loss of both his parents to the Death Eaters in his Second Year, the same year saw him evacuated along with most of his peers while the older students, teachers and members Order of the Phoenix waged the legendary Battle of Hogwarts, which resulted in the death of Lord Voldemort and the conclusion of the Second Wizarding War.