JK Rowling Celebrates Halloween With New Harry Potter Story
There's only one thing more terrifying in the Potterverse than a Death Eater - Ms Dolores Umbridge…
Forget Voldemort. Forget Dementors. And forget Severus Snape. By far the scariest Harry Potter character is Dolores Umbridge - former Hogwarts professor and all-round hateful human being.
The author has penned a 1,500-word essay about the Ministry of Magic Undersecretary, revealing that she felt the "purest dislike" for the character, immortalised on film by Imelda Staunton.
"Her desire to control, to punish, and to inflict pain, all in the name of law and order, are, I think, every bit as reprehensible as Lord Voldemort’s unvarnished espousal of evil," Rowling explained.
Terrifyingly, Rowling revealed that a real person was the inspiration for the character. Though she didn't name names (boo), the author says she disliked this person "intensely".
"The woman in question returned my antipathy with interest," she adds. "Why we took against each other so instantly, heartily and (on my side, at least) irrationally, I honestly cannot say."
The Pottermore piece also reveals that despite her strong support of Voldy's 'purification' of the wizarding race, Dolores Umbridge is in fact secretly a half-blood - the daughter of a wizard and a muggle.
If there's one thing we can't stand, it's a hypocrite.
Fans can find the new essay on the Pottermore website if they go to Book 5 (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), and search through to chapter 13: Detention with Dolores.