From Horace Green to the wonderful world of Hogwarts, over the years the film industry has introduced us to teachers whose classrooms we wished we could walk into every day.
As part of our Thank You Teacher celebrations, we’ve rounded-up our favourite fictional teachers.
1. Remus Lupin, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Remus Lupin took over the ‘cursed’ job as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher in Harry’s third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and like his predecessors, Quirinus Quirrell and Gilderoy Lockhart, he only lasted a year in the role. However, in that one year, his relatability, intellect and talent for charms and defensive spells made an incredible impact on Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of the class. They actually learned defences against the dark arts like the Boggart-Banishing Spell (Riddikulus) and the Patronus Charm (Expecto Patronum) which produces a silver animal guardian that’s used to protect a witch or wizard against Dementors.
A powerful, strong wizard (made even more or so by the fact that he’s a werewolf) who easily goes into the magic books as the best teacher in Hogwarts history.
2. Dewey Finn, School of Rock
Despite coming to class hungover and lying to children, parents, and principals, Dewey Finn is the cool teacher we all wished for in school. And while he was an imposter substitute, he was extremely passionate about his subject and loved educating his students on all things rock and roll (even when their lack of knowledge on greats like Led Zeppelin, Motorhead and AC/DC frustrated him). He cared deeply about his students and always did his best to make them feel good about themselves, even encouraging those who were different from the rest to smash the mold and stay true to who they are.
A true gem that was born to be the best music teacher.
3. John Keating, Dead Poets Society
Robin William’s John Keating is a bright star in the otherwise conservative, traditional boarding school, Welton Academy. He broke away from the traditional method of teaching and opened his students minds to the magic of learning, even declaring that ‘poetry, beauty, romance, and love’ are the ‘thing we stay alive for’. With his humour and overall good nature, he formed unity among his students, and this pushed them to step outside their comfort zones. In his classroom, the shyest student was able to express himself in front of others.
An amazing person who encouraged his students to live a life they enjoy.
4. Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Rubeus Hagrid succeeded Silvanus Kettleburn as teacher of Care of Magical Creatures in Harry’s third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His mastery for understanding magical creatures and his choice of unusual pets like the Acromantula Aragog made him a perfect fit the role. His passion for the subject and love for his creatures – like the hippogriff Buckbeak – made his classes fun and interesting (even if they did have a few hiccups like when Draco Malfoy was injured by Buckbeak in Hagrid’s first day).
A lovable giant who sees the good in every creature.
5. Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark
He was recently voted the number 1 teacher that most people would have wanted when they were in school and rightly so. During his Archaeology 101 lessons, the legendary adventurer had all eyes on him with his commanding nature and intimate knowledge of his material.
An exciting professor whose stories we could listen to all day.
Who’s your favourite fictional teacher?
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