Best fictional teachers

You have your favourites and the ones you can’t really be bothered with – we’re talking teachers. Today (5 October) is the day to celebrate all teachers because it’s World Teacher’s Day. 🎓

Don’t worry, we know school might not be your go to place for fun and games. Instead we’re going to celebrate the unsung hero’s in education and have a gander and the best fictional teachers. Subjects will be no boundary and the opportunities are endless with this little lot.

Professor McGonagall

Harry Potter

The Head of Gryffindor house and all-round badass, Professor McGonagall is definitely one of the crowing faces of teaching. How could you not love a teacher who takes no sass from no Death Eater and can transform into a cat? She sure is one in a million and is a teacher, let’s be honest, we all wish we had. 

Dewey Finn

School of Rock

So, he’s technically more of a conman than a teacher. Dewey Finn brought out the raw musical talent running through his class and for that he needs to be recognised. Remember – you’re not hardcore, unless you live hardcore.

Ms Norbury

Mean Girls

Aw, poor Ms Norbury. She is a hilarious failure as a teacher. What she lacks in stability she makes up for in comedy. After getting fired for allegedly selling drugs (thanks Cady), Ms Norbury aced girl power with (possibly) the best quote in cinematic history: “Well, I don’t know who wrote this book, but you all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it OK for guys to call you sluts and whores.” You go girl.🙌

Charles Xavier


Professor X started his School for Gifted Youngsters as a safe haven and educational facility for the world’s mutants. Since then he has become a confidant, educator and ensures that all the mutants understand the power they hold. Well, somebody has to do it or there would be a war of mutants.

Miss Honey


Any character that comes from the great mind of writer Roald Dahl is sure to teach us something. Matilda was a gifted young lady who was being held back by everyone around her until Miss Honey helped her reach her full potential. Basically doing exactly what we expect from all good teachers. Goals.

And a final big shout out goes to… 

Mr Burton

Educating Yorkshire

He might be a genuine teacher but he was on TV so it counts. During the most emotional episode of Educating Yorkshire ever (and possibly of any TV show ever), Mr Burton helped Musharaf with his stammer thanks to a technique he picked up after watching the King’s Speech. And it only went and worked. Viewers got to watch a teacher give their student a voice and it was just totes emosh. We’re not crying, you are.

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