This is the most attention I've ever seen given to her. This had serious depth. Loved:
Run away, Potter, she thought to herself. Get out of this mess while you can.
"He's the only help he has."
Marvelous. Love the writing style. The last line felt lacking, though, and sort of ruined the rest of the flow. But, if it's supposed to be part of a series, maybe that's necessary. Still, in this context, the ending felt chopped short. But this is really good, fantastic writing.
Author's Response: Thank you. I've seen a good character sketch of McGonagall written by someone else--and I'm convinced it's better than mine--and if I could remember who wrote it, I'd tell you. Anyway, thanks for the good review. I see what you're saying about the ending, but I did it that way because I wanted to make it clear that the Headmistress is really on her own now...she's no longer the Deputy and she's no longer the Transfiguration teacher. She has to take hold of her duties and handle things responsibly. I wanted Dumbledore to give her one last bit of needed advice to let her know she's ready and that she can do it, no matter how lost she feels. So when she looks up at that moment, she sees he is asleep and will know that it's up to her now to continue where he left off in the education of wizarding children, and he can't be of help to her anymore.