Defense Against the Dark Arts, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Hogwarts boasts a home for many memorable professors – there’s Snape, McGonagall, Slughorn, but the teacher that stood out for me was Lupin. He was the fun teacher. He tackles the lessons through activities that engage his students without it feeling tedious or forced. He was very knowledgeable in his subject matter, and is one approachable and respectable man. He was one of the reasons why I loved Prisoner of Azkaban; I think it’s safe to say that he’s a well-rounded character.
Advanced Writing, Words and Pictures
Jack Marcus might have his personal problems but it doesn’t reflect on his ability to teach, and his passion on his subject. Words and Pictures revolve around the debacle of which medium says more – words or pictures. He fought for the written word, and has given his student pieces to think about when he tackles his subject. Even though his personal life has taken a toll, there is still unwavering passion to instill to his students the power of words.
History, Notes on a Scandal
Barbara doesn’t make the list because she’s a terrific teacher, but rather because of the villainy her character entails. Because she was in need of a friend, she uses the situation to her advantage and blackmails Sheba into being her companion. Notes on a Scandal features amazing performances from two phenomenal women, with both their characters’ plights too disheartening.