Why I Love That Bad Guy is BACK, baby. And it is a rather momentous occasion.
Please welcome the first female villain to feature in her very own WILTBG segment…
Why I Love That Bad Guy: Dolores Umbridge
Name: Madam Undersecretary Dolores Jane Umbridge
Origin: First appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
History: A witch and a ministry bureaucrat, Dolores Umbridge was appointed as Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor at Hogwarts during Harry Potter’s fifth year. This was a means for the Ministry of Magic to supervise the goings-on at the school, and Umbridge wasted no time establishing her stranglehold on the students and staff alike. She ascended to Hogwarts High Inquisitor and Headmistress during the year, and later ran the Muggle-Born Registration Commission after the fall of the Ministry. After a terrifying reign of power, she was finally sentenced to life in Azkaban after the Second Wizarding War.
Why I Love Her:
- She is, unabashedly, a villain you can love to hate. There are no redeeming qualities; there is no tragic backstory. This here is a woman doing bad things for bad reasons, all in the name of maintaining ‘order’. I don’t even want to hug her. I just want to admire her villainy from afar.
- She’s a cat person.
- She combines evilness with a pink sweater. No black/red stereotypes for her, no sir.
- Look at her personal brand of punishment. That quill of hers is bloody genius — a pinnacle of villainous torture and supremacy. I must not tell lies…
- She shows that you don’t have to be tall to be sinister. SHORT PEOPLE UNITE.
- And a shout-out to her film portrayer, Imelda Staunton. That actress is Umbridge.
I Would Love Her More If…
- …she’d been killed in the end. That’s an awful thing to say, isn’t it? But I would have found it marvellous if she’d been killed by Voldemort. Just imagine the inner turmoil — “My arch enemy just killed my other arch enemy. I… I think I need to shake his hand.”
- …she hadn’t picked on Hagrid. Ain’t nobody be picking on Hagrid, okay? Hagrid is all that and a bag of chips.
“No, I don’t think so, Mr. Potter [...] The Ministry places a rather higher value on my life than yours, I’m afraid.”
“What Cornelius doesn’t know won’t hurt him.”
Interesting Fact About Dolores:
Once again exhibiting her talent with names, J.K. Rowling took Umbridge’s names from the Spanish word “dolor”, meaning pain, and the Latin “umbra”, meaning the darkest part of a shadow.
Furthermore, after giving Umbridge the middle name “Jane”, Rowling changed Hermione’s middle name (which has previously been stated as “Jane”) to “Jean” in The Deathly Hallows. Because no one wants to be associated with this finely crafted epitome of evil.
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