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J.K. Rowling admits that Dolores Umbridge was based on a real person she ‘disliked intensely on sight’

J.K. Rowling admits that Dolores Umbridge was based on a real person she ‘disliked intensely on sight’

Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling published some new information on one of her most vicious villains: The evil kitten-loving Hogwarts Professor Dolores Umbridge. In the essay published on Pottermore.com (account required) she compared Dolores Umbridge to Lord Voldemort, saying: “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.”

The Harry Potter author also revealed that Dolores Umbridge was inspired by a real-life person. Keeping things vague, she described her as someone “whom I disliked intensely on sight.” She adds: “The woman in question returned my antipathy with interest. Why we took against each other so instantly, heartily and (on my side, at least) irrationally, I honestly cannot say.”

Brand new details were also divulged about Dolores, including the fact that she is a ‘half-blood’ (which is the daughter of a wizard and a Muggle).

Rowling also points out that, aside from Lord Voldemort, Dolores Umbridge is the only other person to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry Potter (when she forced the wizard to cut the words ‘I must not tell lies’ onto the back of his hand.)

In addition to the new essay about Dolores, J.K. Rowling published some brand new writing to Pottermore for Halloween and to mark the launch of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix onto the website. The new entries include details on the dark history of prison Azkaban, Rowling’s thoughts on professor Sybil Trelawney, an introduction to the wizarding practice of Naming Seers, and a look at the magical and mysterious creatures Thestrals