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Finefrenzy__

Hey all,

This is actually my first post on these forums so I didn't really know where to post this. I figured here would be good with so many fellow Potterheads to impart their knowledge.

I'm currently working on some back ground info and world building of the Next Gen. Obviously JK Rowling as already set some amazing ground work but Next Gen leaves so much open to interpretation. 

I was wondering if anyone has any idea who (canon or not), would be teaching at Hogwarts by the time James and Albus are at school.

 

This what I have/think so far:

  • Rowling has stated that Professor McGonagall was retired by this time
  • Neville Longbottom taught Herbology. I can also see him being Head of Gryffindor
  • With Neville teaching Herbology, I can see Prof Sprout moving up to be Headmistress

 

Questions I have:

  • Do you reckon that Flitwick and Slughorn would still be round? 
  • If not, who would replace them in their teaching posts and as Heads of House?
  • And with Sprout being Headmistress, who can you see being Head of Hufflepuff?
  • Who do you see teaching DA and Transfiguration?

 

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

 

Ps. I'd like to note that I don't really consider Cursed Child as canon as I find it contradicts so much of what Rowling said to be true in the HP Books 

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Margaret

It strikes me as unlikely that Slughorn would still be around, given that he originally retired around 1981. That said, I did keep him for my characters' first year, so as to introduce new characters gradually. I do think the odds are, though, that he would have retired.

Flitwick, I think, would still be around. As Hogwarts teachers seem to range in age from early 20s to over 100, you would expect at least a few of Harry's teachers to be around 20 years later.

Love the idea of Sprout as Headmistress. I never thought of that.

I think it's likely a lot of the new teachers would be people we have never met. Most of the new teachers who arrived while Harry was at Hogwarts were people he hadn't met before, so it is very likely the same would be true for those who started teaching after he left. 

I do, however, think it quite possible the DADA teacher would be an ex-Auror or member of the Order of the Phoenix, so possibly Dawlish, Robards, Hesia Jones...

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facingthenorthwind

I think Slughorn would be at the very least retired, possibly dead? It's never really clear what the average lifespan is. 

I'd like to subscribe to @Margaret's newsletter, super keen for all those ideas!!! Also, Sprout as headmistress never occurred to me but could I possibly borrow it for my own fic set in not-really-next-gen? :wub: It's sooo good. Obviously you are allowed to say no though.

I am fond of Harry Potter the teacher :ninjavanish: he did so well with the DA! 

Perhaps Bathsheba Babbling as head of Hufflepuff?

I could also see the DADA teacher being someone who fought in the Battle of Hogwarts; perhaps even transfiguration, as well, if you want to cut down on the number of entirely new characters you have? Like Penelope Clearwater, perhaps.

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Finefrenzy__

@Margaret & @facingthenorthwind, I agree with you both on the account of Slughorn being retired 19 years later, even more so considering my fic is based in Albus' sixth year.

I don't know why, but I've always assumed that Sprout was a logical choice for Headmistress, especially as her moving up would open the Herbology position for Neville. Plus, I just love her character so much, she's such a caring person and can envision her in the role. With Flitwick I can see him sticking around and being deputy.

I like both your suggestions. I think I've settled on Hestia Jones as DADA professor and Head of Hufflepuff, while Theodore Nott will take up the mantle as potions professor and Slytherin HoH. Like I said, I don't see Cursed Child as canon to the Harry Potter Universe.

Penelope Clearwater for Transfiguration. From memory she was an possible love interest of Percy's, which could only mean that she was extremely talented and hard working. I can't imagine he would stoop to 'fraternize' with anyone he deemed as unintelligent. 

 

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Kerney

I kinda think there has been kind of a turnover since the War. Wars are disruptive. I also suspect 30 years of war and rumors of war may have kept some professors in place a little longer/delaying retirement. I also picture Neville being the youngest teacher.

I like the idea of Sprout or Flitwick as headmaster, particularly Flitwick. I agree Slughorn would be retired.

Ones I've toyed with but never used--

Andromeda Tonks as charms professor and head of Slytherin and possibly even headmistress. In conjunction, I thought of an OC muggle brother in law teaching muggle studies who is a retired muggle school teacher.  I still like the idea of a Muggle muggle studies professor and a Slytherin with "good" credentials being in charge. I've thought of including this with Andromeda being the 'new' professor, starting after Teddy's out of school.

Simular situation for Cho and her muggle.

The ones I'm using--

Audrey Weasley as muggle studies professor. I toyed with making muggle studies a required subject for next gen students and then making Audrey either head of Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. This evolved by me explaining why Percy is on the platform 19 years latter in spite of Molly and Lucy being the youngest Weasley cousins. I have three Audrey related OC's (her brother and nieces) and it was important that one of those nieces be the same age as Rose/Albus.

Binns somehow being replaced as History of Magic teacher. My teacher is a Canadian because one of the effects of having Binns as History of Magic Teacher is nobody in Britian is qualified to teach history of magic. 

The ones I've read and loved--

Padma Patil as DADA professor and Ravenclaw head. In the front of her classroom, a faded, moth eaten, Gryffindor scarf hangs as silent testament as to why she teaches.

Binns being replaced because he wouldn't hold to the Deatheater version of history (not out of bravery, but by being set in his ways) and being exorcised.

I love the idea of Professor Clearwater.

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beyond the rain

^ I am loving ALL of these!!! I love the idea of Padma and Hestia Jones teaching DADA. 

Personally though, I kind of like the idea of having just one or two canon characters that we know, and the rest being entirely new. If JK wrote a new series based on Albus' experiences in Hogwarts, I'd look forward to meeting new teachers and seeing what they were like. Whilst I'd be here for the nostalgia of having the old teachers there too...it'd wear off eventually. 

One head canon I always see on tumblr that I LOVE...is Harry teaching. Why JK made Harry want to be an auror I'll never know. Harry's always wanted to be 'just harry' and wanted a job that isn't dangerous. He'd have a name and reputation as an auror, which again, makes no sense to me. 

Harry would make a BRILLIANT defence teacher. He proved himself in Dumbledore's Army, and I think he'd be great with any kind of student. He'd show them the care and compassion that perhaps the Dursley's (aka his family) didn't...but that his TEACHERS did. I think the only teachers that have ever let him down, are his defence ones (minus remus). He'd take the position to do a better job than the others ever did. 

At first people would be very much like "omg that's harry potter, tell us about how you killed you know who" 
I think he'd tell that story once to the first years (not graphic because they're 11/12) and then that'd be it. No more questions, we're gonna learn defence. 

Eventually ten years later, he'd be remembered as Professor Potter, the teacher who helped me go from a T to an E in just one school year, or Professor Potter - who literally only uses one spell in duelling club (seriously has no one told him that there are others out there??? He should know HE TEACHES DEFENCE FGS) rather than being remembered for his war effort.

Also it would be so hilarious to see Harry like, well you know who's gone....so really this will be pretty calm, nothing too dramatic will happen. 
Then of course it's Hogwarts, and there's students like Harry running around and he's just like [looks off into the distance] Why am i like this? 

 

......the tumblr post sells it better than I do, but you get the picture. I know people will give me 10001 reasons why Harry shouldn't teach, but I really think he should. I don't see him as Headmaster, maybe Head of Gryffindor one day. I just don't see him as the ambitious sort, and being an auror would take great ambition. 

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Phoenix Potioneer

These are all fantastic ideas. I like the ones of Harry teaching (he'd be brilliant!) and of all the other ideas. Sprout being headmistress would be amazing!

For my next gen, I have Flitwick as headmaster and Sprout retired (with Neville teaching Herbology, obviously). But, looking back, Sprout might have been better for Headmistress.

I definitely agree that Slughorn would have retired. He was retired long before the war, so he would definitely be retired now.

We've been mainly discussing the teachers of the main subjects, but since no one's mentioned it, I think that Hagrid would still be teaching Care of Magical Creatures and Trelawney would still be teaching Divination.

For pretty much everyone else I invented my own POCs but would often steal wizarding last names (e.g. Selwyn). I like the idea of having OCs because you can create totally new, unique characters. 

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beyond the rain

^I think given Hagrid's age, if he did stay, I like the idea of him having someone around to help him. A Groundkeeper's assistant. 

Hagrid's been called upon by the Headmaster/Headmistress, and he is dreading it. He's worried that he'll be sacked or retired, and he wants neither because he has nowhere to go. He goes in the office, is offered a cup of tea that he accepts - his hold on the cup is unsteady. 

The head of Hogwarts mentions that Hagrid should start thinking of himself, and Hagrid bursts into a speech about how Hogwarts is his home and that he takes pride in his work, he's sorry if because of his age his work is lacking - but he'll try harder. If they really want to move him on, can they at least give him time to find a new home. 

The headmaster/headmistress looks confused, then smiles. 

"No, no, Hagrid - I think we've gotten our wands crossed! There's nothing wrong with your work, you're doing splendidly. I was going to suggest that if there was anything we could do to make it easier on you, then all you had to do is ask! I would never kick a man out of his rightful home. Hogwarts is as much yours as it is the ghosts' and the students'." 

And Hagrid thinks. Eventually he asks if he could have an assistant, someone younger to work with him part time. That way, when his time eventually comes, or if he ever chooses to leave, there'll be someone who can continue the wonderful work he's done. 

The head naturally agrees, and offers to let Hagrid decide who the position should go to. 

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idk just a small headcanon of how I think that would go down. 

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when did JK say that McGonagall retired by albus' time at hogwarts? according to HP wiki (and it cites cursed child but i haven't seen or read that so i don't know if it's true) she was still headmistress during the time albus was at hogwarts :shrugs:

i think sprout would've been a better headmistress than flitwick - i just think she's more, well, not strict, just headmistress-y :P 

 

@beyond the rain - i love your hagrid headcanon. maybe after he retires rolf scamander could replace him?

trelawney is definitely young enough to still teach by next gen time. i also like dean thomas for DADA (i mean, harry would be perfect but i'm trying to stick close to canon) - i always liked how he argued with umbridge :P  he was also one of the first members of dumbledore's army. and omg he wanted to fight in the battle of hogwarts without a wand

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clevernotbrilliant

Oooo, I love this thread! I was just talking about this with @dreamgazer220.

So I have OCs for most of the subjects, just because it's easier but I do have...

- Professor Sinistra as Headmistress. No clue where I got it from, but I remember reading it somewhere and jumping on it.

- Neville as Herbology and Deputy Headmaster plus Head of Gryffindor

- Ernie Macmillan as Muggle Studies plus Head of Hufflepuff

- Trelawney and Frienze as Divination 

- Professor Grubbly-Plank as COMC, just because I feel like Hagrid probably wouldn't be teaching? Just doing Groundskeeper duties?

 

@Kerney I love the idea of Padma as DADA, I never thought about it but she'd be perfect.

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Simplicius

I love DADA Harry, because it's just DA Harry but even better. I don't see how Neville as Head of Gryffindor works, to be honest, since McGonagall would've left that position when she became headmistress so it would have to given to a faculty member and it would be weird to put that responsibility on Neville before he's even started teaching. The best candidate for Head of Gryffindor, in my opinion, would be Hagrid (with student assistants, of course) as compensation for his expulsion.

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dirigibleplums

reviving this thread nearly a year later to throw in my two cents ✌🏽

i typically create new characters to teach at hogwarts during the next gen's time, simply because we only get a small insight into hogwarts students/alumni throughout the books so it's plausible to have someone completely brand new teach. that being said, i do sometimes cherrypick harry's contempories to teach at hogwarts although i have to admit i haven't put as much thinking into it as some of yous 😳

some people i've used in various published and unpublished fics:

- cho chang (although nowadays i don't think this would occur. i feel like she would want to lead a happy life away from hogwarts.)

- susan bones

- anthony goldstein

- zabini

- this isn't a specific someone, but in one fic of mine i headcanoned that history of magic NEWT students often have guest speakers in or actual people teaching them units they specialised in. a bit of a fun idea to throw out there :P

my headmistress/headmaster can change. sometimes it's mcgonagall, sometimes it's someone completely new. i've never considered sprout for some reason. i think she's close to mcgonagall in age (can't remember where i saw that) so if mcg's too old, i'd assume sprout would soon follow haha

i love the thought of harry being a teacher too! i feel like being an auror was a shiny profession to him when he was in fifth year, but after all the death eaters are rounded up, he'd want a quieter life. and maybe stay on call in the event of something serious starting up again - sort of like dumbledore actually. and having that sort of positive influence in kids' lives while they're at hogwarts would do a lot of good in the long run, i feel.

i love the thought of dean being the dada professor! i never considered it before but it works really well.

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