Dolores Umbridge
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Dolores Umbridge

Harry Potter Series

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Living... in the London area, which is the center of the wizarding world. At least, that’s what the Ministry of Magic likes to think.

Visiting… Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, on the orders of her boss, Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic. In order to spy on Hogwarts (and its headmaster, Albus Dumbledore), Fudge appointed Umbridge as the newest Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. Fudge’s (unfounded) fear that Dumbledore is raising an army against him spurs his “reform” of the school. Umbridge only teaches students the theory of defense and doesn’t even let them use their wands in her class. Her abysmal instruction causes students Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger to form what they call (out of spite) Dumbledore’s Army, a secret group where Harry teaches his fellow students how to defend themselves if they are attacked.

Profession… Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic. Now that she’s at Hogwarts, she’s bullying both students and other teachers. Since she quickly realizes she doesn’t have enough authority as a mere professor, Fudge appoints her “Hogwarts High Inquisitor.” This gives her the power to evaluate teachers to make sure they are up to “Ministry standards” as well as enact ridiculous Educational Decrees, like Number 27: “Any student found in possession of the magazine The Quibbler will be expelled.”

Interests… the colorpink, cats, and torturing young children. On the outside, Umbridge’s girly appearance and collection of decorative kitten plates make her seem like an approachable, friendly woman. Harry and the other students quickly learn, however, that her only real joy is causing others pain. When Harry stands up for himself after she insists (wrongly) that his story about Voldemort’s return is a lie, she punishes him by making him write “I must not tell lies”…in his own blood.

Relationship Status… single. Literally no one would consider dating such a monster. Plus, she looks like an oversized toad.

Challenge… ruling Hogwarts with an iron fist. Umbridge is the perfect person to do Fudge’s dirty work, and she delights in helping to get rid of Hogwarts staff she deems unfit, like the lovable gamekeeper Hagrid or admittedly loopy Sybil Trelawney, the Divination professor. Umbridge’s primary goal is to make everyone as miserable as possible, and she does an excellent job.

Personality… malicious, prejudiced, and power-hungry. Umbridge is sheer evil, and everyone at Hogwarts loathes her – except kiss-up Draco Malfoy and his posse; go figure. Umbridge looks down on those of lesser status, particularly those with non-magical (i.e. Muggle) parentage; her vendetta against the half-giant Hagrid puts his job in jeopardy. Umbridge is sadistic and twisted, and her ambition to be Fudge’s go-to witch causes her evil ways to soar to new heights whilst at Hogwarts.

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