Minverva McGonagall’s Patronus is a cat, due to the fact that she is an animagus who takes the form a cat.
Her Patronus is also a cat . She traditionally performs the Sorting ceremony at the Welcoming Feast (PS7, CS5, GF12, OP11). Minerva McGonagall was born to a Hogwarts-educated witch and a Scottish-Presbytarian minister (Pm). Like her mother, Minerva fell in love with a Muggle man, Dougal McGregor (Pm).
Blood status: Half-blood
McGonagall and Umbridge both have cat Patronuses. The moment he had passed the place where the Patronus cat patrolled, he felt the change in temperature: It was warm and comfortable here. The
Well, they do have similar personalities, up to a point. Loyal, independent, disliking challenge, quick to anger, arrogant, that’s what I came up with off the top of my head.
How well these shared traits are catlike, (or if there were traits in either that were catlike, but non overlapping) depends on how JK viewed cats. Both of them seem loyal, but also exceedingly independent. McGonagall is very loyal to Dumbles, but also shows here independence by questioning or challenging him when she thinks it necessary. Umbridge seems to be loyal to Fudge, but shows her independence by exceeding her authority (committing crimes) without Fudge’s knowledge so he would have plausible deniability. [cats as companions, complete with strong opinions and offerings of mice] The fact Umbridge can switch her loyalty to Voldie after the ministry falls, is also catlike – Fudge was gone at that point, and a cat’s loyalty, unlike a dog’s, can be rather immediate (loyal to those who are there, not so much those who are gone). McGonagall does not share this trait, but then I don’t know if its a requirement that she should – perhaps they are different cats like they are different people, or perhaps of the list of all things catlike, a person doesn’t need all possible traits, and which ones they do have can differ. Both prefer to have everyone follow the rules and believe in strict discipline. Any challenge to their own authority is treated very harshly, they are quick to anger. Obviously Umbridge is more severe and tends towards outright torture, but Mcgonagall has shown the trait as well. One example of harsh treatment in the face of challenge is the 150 points lost in PS, which she probably knew would get the trio shunned by their House, or letting Hagrid send them to hunt a unicorn killer (which seems really dangerous and excessive in retrospect). There are a couple other points, when catching someone who knows they’re in trouble, where she seems to be toying with them. [cats can be cruel, prefer to play with their prey, and don’t like challenges to their dignity] Possibly dislike of challenges to their authority comes from being territorial? Of course, this deference to rules and dislike of challenges only holds to the authorities they respect – Umbridge is dismissive of Dumbledore, school rules, and the other teachers, McGonagall tends to be dismissive of individuals including Trelawney, Umbridge herself, and certain ministry policies. [cats can be quite arrogant] Other differences between them might stem from the philosophies of the people they’re loyal to, and the fact that McGonagall sees the students as hers (kittens to be taught and occasionally swatted) while Umbridge sees them as prey (to be toyed with and/or destroyed). So they’re both cats, just different ones. They are both deceptive, in a way – McGonagall’s tabby animagus form seems ordinary and lets her hide in plain sight, while Umbridge’s fascination with kittens and the cute hides a vicious personality (like some real fluffy kittens). [cats are not straightforward they’re tricky] I don’t know if this is the real answer, why they’re both cats. Too much of that reason depends on how Rowling saw cats or intended the characters to be read. But it’s what I thought of when I saw the question, so I thought I’d offer.Best answer · 4Because they both like cats. The Patronus Charm is difficult, and many witches and wizards are
unable to produce a full, corporeal Patronus, a guardian which
generally takes the shape of the animal with whom they share the
deepest affinity. Wonderbook: Book of Spells For the record, although their patronuses are the same animal, they aren’t exactly the same each Patronus is unique and distinctive, nobody else can
conjure another person’s Patronus J.K.Rowling Official Site12The patronus of a wizard takes the form of an animal he has a high affinity with, and in this case both of them are related to cats. McDonagall is an Animagus who transform into a cat: “Fancy seeing you here, Professor McGonagall.” He turned to smile at the tabby, but it had gone. Instead he was
smiling at a rather severe-looking woman who was wearing square
glasses exactly the shape of the markings the cat had had around its
eyes. — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone And Umbridge loves kittens. She even decorates her office with them: on one of the walls was a collection of ornamental plates, each
decorated with a large technicolor kitten wearing a different bow
around its neck — Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix This shows correlation, but doesn’t necessarily imply their patronus is a cat, because it would be possible they might be more related to other animals. But as shown in the book, it was not the case. More philosophically, their patronus are cats because in a world in which they weren’t cats, people wouldn’t wonder why they are cats. There is a bias, it’s kinda the anthropic principle.3I am going to provide an answer because respectfully I don’t think the others quite hit the nail on the head. McGonagall literally becomes a cat. She has spent years studying to be able to turn into an animal at will and it turned out that her animal was a cat. She clearly has a remarkable affinity with them or she would have become something else. Umbridge on the other hand is literally obsessed with them. Could you imagine either of them having a different animal? I don’t, by the way, think it connects them particularly, though they do have certain character similarities as mentioned in the comments. But, as Dumbledore told Harry, “It’s not how you’re alike that counts. It’s how you are not.” 😉1McGonagall and Umbridge are like different cats in different ways, McGonagall is an elligant tabby, Umbridge is one of those fluffy spoilt things0
Blood status: Half-blood
Well of course Professor McGonagall could cast a Patronus. It being a spell of advanced magic, and she being Professor Minerva McGonagall, she could also cast three at once.
Minerva McGonagall is the Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She is also Head of Gryffindor House and Deputy Headmistress.
The Patronus Charm (Expecto Patronum) is the most famous and one of the most powerful defensive charms known to wizardkind. If a wizard is an Animagus and can summon a corporeal Patronus, the two may take the same form, as was the case for Minerva McGonagall and James Potter. A good example of this was when Minerva McGonagall …