Harry Potter, a.k.a ‘the boy who lived’, led a tragic early life. As a baby he was shipped off to his muggle family and kept hidden from the world that revered him. In fact, he didn’t even know that the most famous dark wizard that ever lived had tried to kill him as a baby.

By the time he first fought Lord Voldermort at the tender age of 17, he had years of mentorship from the toughest witches and wizards. Let’s take a look at the mentors that kept him safe and taught him the lessons that made him pure of heart.

Minerva McGonagall

Professor Minerva McGonagall

As Deputy Headmistress and Head of Gryffindor house, lots of Hogwarts students may have had a strained relationship with their teacher. But not Harry, even though McGonagall was a stickler for the rules and their fair enforcement, she also was the first line of defense for Harry in many sticky situations when Dumbledore wasn’t around.

McGonagall was instrumental in helping Harry grow academically, by encouraging his ambition to become an Auror, despite the despicable Professor Umbridge trying to squash this ambition in his fifth year.

Horace Slughorn

Harry’s Potions teacher in his sixth year was a talented potion brewer that helped Harry to realise his natural magical talent, as well as helping him find out more about his parents.

He was responsible for igniting Harry’s interest in potions after being bullied for years by Professor Snape. Alongside this, Harry learnt a lot about Lord Voldemort, his nemesis through Slughorn and used this newfound knowledge to eventually defeat him.

Alastor Moody

Alastor Mad Eye Moody

Ex-Auror, ministry malcontent and Harry’s fourth Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Alastor Moody was the dark wizard catcher that inspired Harry to become an Auror. Despite the fact during the fourth year a death eater impersonated him and arguably taught Harry more during those years, Moody’s role in rejoining the Order of the Phoenix and protecting Harry did more than Barty Crouch Jr ever did as the imposter Moody, conducting several operations to keep Harry safe over his years.

Moody taught Harry about how Death Eaters think, how to fight them and to constantly be aware of dangers that saved Ron, Hermione, Hogwarts and it’s teachers during the second rising of Lord Voldermort.

Remus Lupin

Professor Remus Lupin

Member of the Order of the Phoenix, Harry’s third Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and Friend to Sirius Black, James Potter and Lily Potter during and after their time at Hogwarts. Remus Lupin was the best teacher Harry had ever had.

Saving him from Dementors on several occasions and teaching him how to defend against them with the Patronus Charm. He was responsible for also teaching Harry the humility needed to keep him from treading the dangerous road Lord Voldermort left.

As a werewolf, Lupin led a quiet, solitary life, being shunned by the Wizarding World despite being a very accomplished wizard. He led a poor life, and it was something that added to Harry’s view of right and wrong.

Sirius Black

Sirius Black

Best friend to James Potter, Order of the Phoenix member and Godfather to Harry Potter. Sirius Black was the father-figure Harry always wished he had. A prisoner for most of his life, Sirius’ trial in the Prisoner of Azkaban sewed Harry’s distrust in authority and the ministry, which kept him safe during his later years.

Sirius gave Harry hope of leaving the Dursleys forever, as well as being the father figure Harry always wanted. He turned up to the ministry in the Department of Mysteries to battle the Death Eaters and it’s where he tragically lost his life. In his death, he left Harry with Grimmauld Place, the Black Family home, alongside Kreacher the house elf, both of whom were valuable in helping them evade the Death Eaters when fighting Voldemort’s uprising.

Severus Snape

Professor Severus Snape

Severus Snape was Harry’s least favourite teacher whilst he was at Hogwarts, yet probably taught him the most out of all of them. Snape taught Harry Potions and Defense Against The Dark Arts. He taught him about loyalty and questioned his reckless decisions constantly. Despite the two not liking each other much, Snape saved Harry from Lord Voldermort more times than he could count, acting as a double agent throughout both wizarding wars.

Albus Dumbledore

Professor Albus Percival Wolfric Brian Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore was Harry’s Headmaster at Hogwarts, head of the Order of the Phoenix and chief defender of the wizarding world against Lord Voldermort’s rise to power. Albus Dumbledore was responsible for saving Harry from expulsion at Hogwarts, certain death and his own celebrity status within the Wizarding world.

Alongside this, Dumbledore showed Harry how strong he was with magic, taught him how to defeat Lord Voldemort and gave him all of the Deathly Hallows. Without Dumbledore’s interest in Harry, the world wouldn’t be free of Lord Voldemort, Harry likely dead or worse, not the wizard he turned out to be.