Harry Potter: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dolores Umbridge
In Harry Potter, Dolores Umbridge is the most hated character, even above Voldemort! But there are a few things about her that fans may not know.
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Known as the most hated figure in the entire Harry Potter franchise (and that includes Voldemort), Dolores Umbridge has a particularly prominent place in the minds of most fans. She first appeared as the new Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts after the Ministry began interfering, before being chased out of her role and back into her Ministry job.
There are, however, probably a lot of things you don’t know about Dolores Jane Umbridge. Here are 10 facts about the wicked witch of the wizarding world.
10 She Was Half-Blood Herself
One of the most interesting things about Dolores Umbridge is that, despite her hatred of ‘half-breeds’ and people who weren’t of pure-blood lineage, she was a half-blood herself.
While her father was a wizard, her mother was a muggle, making her just as much of a ‘blood traitor’ as those she spent her time hating.
9 But Eventually Denounced Her Family
Whether she was a half-blood or not, she certainly wasn’t happy about it. She and her father both eventually rejected Umbridge’s mother and left her squib brother with her to return to the muggle world.
Eventually, Umbridge also realized she wasn’t fond of her father either, convincing him to dip out of public life so that she could denounce her family and reinvent herself as a fake pure-blood.
8 There Was A Reason Her Wand Was So Short
Umbridge’s stubby wand is one of the most recognizable of all of the witches and wizards in Harry Potter because it is so distinctively small, just like the witch herself.
However, according to Olivander, this size actually reflects her small grasp on morality, rather than her small stature.
7 She Wasn’t Happy At Hogwarts
Dolores’ time at Hogwarts was marred by the fact that pretty much everyone hated her due to her fake sweetness laced with horrific racism. She was, obviously, a Slytherin, with Horace Slughorn acting as her head of house.
He was open in explaining how much he disliked her and was probably rather happy when she was never made a prefect or Head Girl.
6 She Worked Her Way Up Through Ministry Roles
We might have known her primarily in the rather grand position as Senior Undersecretary to the Minister For Magic. Fudge seemed quite kind deep down, so how he could abide sitting next to her all day remains a mystery.
Beforehand, she worked a relatively standard job in the Misuse Of Magic department, before working her way through various roles using her pretend kindness.
5 She Had Three Separate Roles At Hogwarts
When the Ministry began to interfere with the way Hogwarts was being run, she was introduced as the new Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher.
Within a few months, she was made High Inquisitor, which allowed her to introduce new rules for how the school could be run, before briefly being made Headmistress after Dumbledore had to flee the school to avoid arrest.
4 She Ran The Muggle-Born Registration Commission
After the Ministry had basically fallen into some rather horrific right-wing practices, Umbridge was able to land her dream job: head of the Muggle Born Registration Commission.
This effectively forced muggle-borns to come forward and be persecuted and abused at the hands of Umbridge herself.
3 The Horcrux Didn’t Make Her Evil Because She Already was Evil
One of the most exciting parts of The Deathly Hallows saw Harry, Ron and Hermione break into the Ministry to attain the locket that was being worn by Umbridge. As fans saw, later on, Horcruxes can turn the wearer into a monstrous version of themselves.
With Umbridge already at the peak of her evil, it didn’t seem to impact her personality at all. In fact, it just strengthened her evil traits.
2 She Was Eventually Sentenced To Life In Azkaban For Crimes Against Muggle-Borns
Finally, after the Battle Of Hogwarts (which it doesn’t seem like she was present for), she was tried and imprisoned for her crimes towards muggle-borns and lived out the rest of her life in prison.
It seems ironic that she ended up imprisoned for a life of abuse against people with a very similar lineage to her own, but it’s a satisfying end to the character.
1 She Was Hogwarts Headmistress In An Alternate Timeline
Even though many have decided to pretend that The Cursed Child doesn’t depict canonical events, it does, and you have to just get on with it. As such, in one of the many alternate timelines created by the sudden reintroduction of Time-Turners, Umbridge is Headmistress of Hogwarts once again.
She states that Harry died at the Battle of Hogwarts and that the students are currently celebrating Voldemort day.