Next Harry Potter Short Story Reveals More About Umbridge

Next Harry Potter Short Story Reveals More About Umbridge

Everyone's favorite cat-loving Hogwarts professor is getting a Halloween short story from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter's story might be over, but fans haven't stopped clamoring for more tales from J.K. Rowling's magical wizarding world. Luckily, Rowling is more than willing to deliver. As a Halloween treat for fans on Pottermore, the Harry Potter scribe is delivering a new short story about one of the series' most reviled characters: former Hogwarts professor Delores Umbridge.

The 1,700-word story will unveil Umbridge's backstory, which may explain how she came to be the witch Harry Potter fans know and despise. Umbridge first appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, quickly establishing herself as one of the worst professors in Hogwarts history by inflicting cruel punishments and instating absurd rules. Later, Umbridge was appointed Senior Undersecretary to the Minister of Magic and led the charge against Muggle-borns, despite not being a Death Eater herself.

This isn't the first time Pottermore has been used to expand the harry Potter universe; Rowling has published an ongoing series about events of that world, including one that featured the grown-up boy who lived himself. Unlike the next film about the wizarding world, fans don't have to wait until next year: Rowling's short story will be published on Pottermore on October 31. That gives you just under a week to sign up and get sorted; fingers crossed you're not in Hufflepuff.

Source: CNET

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Hey mate, Hufflepuff are awesome!
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Why yes, I am a fan of MLP:FiM, why do you ask?

I am not a HP fan these days but I do have a question for people who still are. Were any of you asking for this? I was under the impression that Umbridge was not even a character people liked to hate, they simply hated her. Or have I simply missed something and there is a massive fanbase for this character that I have been completly unaware of?

I am all for authors doing side stories on characters who are not central to the main story, as a fan of the Dresden Files I have been able to enjoy a number of side stories from the POV of characters other than Harry Dresden but Jim Butcher wrote these stories about popular characters.

Screw her i stopped watching harry potter after seeing her in it...

My god do i wish bad things on her... i mean her in harry potter not her in reali... you get the gist >.>

Chapter dedicated to her time in the forest with the Centaurs.
Calling it now.

Probably won't be done, but there's a popular fan theory that she got raped in there...

Gizmo1990:
I am not a HP fan these days but I do have a question for people who still are. Were any of you asking for this? I was under the impression that Umbridge was not even a character people liked to hate, they simply hated her. Or have I simply missed something and there is a massive fanbase for this character that I have been completly unaware of?

I am all for authors doing side stories on characters who are not central to the main story, as a fan of the Dresden Files I have been able to enjoy a number of side stories from the POV of characters other than Harry Dresden but Jim Butcher wrote these stories about popular characters.

No, she's definitely someone the fans love to hate.

DaWaffledude:

Gizmo1990:
I am not a HP fan these days but I do have a question for people who still are. Were any of you asking for this? I was under the impression that Umbridge was not even a character people liked to hate, they simply hated her. Or have I simply missed something and there is a massive fanbase for this character that I have been completly unaware of?

I am all for authors doing side stories on characters who are not central to the main story, as a fan of the Dresden Files I have been able to enjoy a number of side stories from the POV of characters other than Harry Dresden but Jim Butcher wrote these stories about popular characters.

No, she's definitely someone the fans love to hate.

But can you say she was someone the fans were just itching to have more material about?
I know I wasn't and that seems to be the general mood across Pottermore.

Um...I would like to know what happened to her after everything was finished. The last we see of her, as far as I remember, is that Harry smacks her on the head while she's still in charge of the Ministry of Magic. That's it. No punishment or anything for what she did.

And I would love to be in Hufflepuff because nothing ever happens to them. They live peaceful lives and just go to school to learn magic. They don't have constant, near-death adventures, don't get sucked into fights, don't have to constantly watch their backs for a knife. Nice and calm.

Sniper Team 4:

And I would love to be in Hufflepuff because nothing ever happens to them. They live peaceful lives and just go to school to learn magic. They don't have constant, near-death adventures, don't get sucked into fights, don't have to constantly watch their backs for a knife. Nice and calm.

What about Cedric though? But I agree, Hufflepuff is definitely where I belong.

The only story about Umbridge I'm interested in reading is how she dies. Thankfully, I'm already on Pottermore, and not a Hufflepuff!

Okay, show of hands! Who wanted this?

Hm? What's that? No one?

Well then I guess Mrs. Rowling is just a crazy person then.

Seriously, the only thing she could get any real and true hype over this is if she wrote the alternate ending with Harry and Hermoine together that she claimed should have happened if her creepy wish-fulfillment hadn't gotten in the way of her writing.

I'll have you know I'm a Hufflepuff myself. Just sayin'

Anyway, I haven't read anything off Pottormore, but I think many are looking at this the wrong way. It's academic whether people wanted an Umbridge story or not. Rowling will write what she wants, when she wants, and she's been doing that ever since the 'Harry Potter' series allowed her to stay afloat by the continuing royalties. As I understand, Pottormore is free browsing, so all I can say is that one shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Josh12345:
Chapter dedicated to her time in the forest with the Centaurs.
Calling it now.

Probably won't be done, but there's a popular fan theory that she got raped in there...

Hate to spoil this for you, but that's not a fan theory, that's what actually went down.
In an interview with Rowling herself she danced around the subject while basically admitting it.
Same thing with Albus' brother fucking a goat.

As much as I loved Umbridge, I don't want to know more about her. Maybe if it takes place after the last book, I wouldn't mind seeing her get herself into some trouble again, but if it's written before or during the books, it's unlikely to improve anything. I think it has a chance to damage the books if we get some Star Wars prequel bullshit going on.

Signa:
As much as I loved Umbridge, I don't want to know more about her. Maybe if it takes place after the last book, I wouldn't mind seeing her get herself into some trouble again, but if it's written before or during the books, it's unlikely to improve anything. I think it has a chance to damage the books if we get some Star Wars prequel bullshit going on.

Rowling said that after Voldemorts death, she was sentenced to life in Azkaban for her crimes against Muggle-borns. Not much to write about there.

I don't see why we needed a short story about her, a character nobody likes. Don't get me wrong, it's always nice to see back stories of minor characters, but why Umbridge? ...Also, what's wrong with Hufflepuff? (And I'm not just saying this because that's where I would end up if I went to Hogwarts)

Radoh:

Josh12345:
Chapter dedicated to her time in the forest with the Centaurs.
Calling it now.

Probably won't be done, but there's a popular fan theory that she got raped in there...

Hate to spoil this for you, but that's not a fan theory, that's what actually went down.
In an interview with Rowling herself she danced around the subject while basically admitting it.
Same thing with Albus' brother fucking a goat.

Add to that the fact that in half blood prince Ron mentions that if you really want to freak her out then all you need to do is make a clop clop noise like a horse an she goes in to a bit of a meltdown too.

Gizmo1990:
I am not a HP fan these days but I do have a question for people who still are. Were any of you asking for this? I was under the impression that Umbridge was not even a character people liked to hate, they simply hated her. Or have I simply missed something and there is a massive fanbase for this character that I have been completly unaware of?

I am all for authors doing side stories on characters who are not central to the main story, as a fan of the Dresden Files I have been able to enjoy a number of side stories from the POV of characters other than Harry Dresden but Jim Butcher wrote these stories about popular characters.

Massive HP fan here. Personally, I think the Harry Potter world is rich with stories that haven't been told yet, and I love that we're getting little slivers of the world outside of what we saw in the main series on Pottermore. Thus far, Rowling's short stories have been great.

As for Umbridge, she's actually really interesting in that she's one of the few characters in the series who are terrible people but NOT Death Eaters. She shows that you can just be a bad person even if you're not, you know, going around murdering Muggle-borns and Harry Potter supporters and professing your love to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. I'd like to know more about how she became so, well, terrible.

I could probably go on and on, but... since you're not a fan, as you say, you've probably already stopped reading. :P

To explain the Hufflepuff hate, here's Dave Mitchell:


OT: Meh, don't much care. I also wish the new movies plot was nothing like what it is, and was instead about some Steve Irwin-ish Aussie wizard going all crocodile hunter on magical creatures. Although that's probably more of a TV show than a movie... maybe a YouTube mini series?

Umbridge was really pushed. She was a part of this whole deus ex thing rowling fell into towards the end of the series. I won't rant too much but I recall definitely having lost interest around the time she became a central antagonist. Could not care less about a story involving her.

Radoh:

Josh12345:
Chapter dedicated to her time in the forest with the Centaurs.
Calling it now.

Probably won't be done, but there's a popular fan theory that she got raped in there...

Hate to spoil this for you, but that's not a fan theory, that's what actually went down.
In an interview with Rowling herself she danced around the subject while basically admitting it.
Same thing with Albus' brother fucking a goat.

Rowling's careless afterthoughts are hardly canonical though.

Gizmo1990:
I am not a HP fan these days but I do have a question for people who still are. Were any of you asking for this? I was under the impression that Umbridge was not even a character people liked to hate, they simply hated her. Or have I simply missed something and there is a massive fanbase for this character that I have been completly unaware of?

I am all for authors doing side stories on characters who are not central to the main story, as a fan of the Dresden Files I have been able to enjoy a number of side stories from the POV of characters other than Harry Dresden but Jim Butcher wrote these stories about popular characters.

Harry Potter is a BIG business, I've managed to get to Universal Studios: Orlando twice, including once this year while moving (planned vacation ahead of time for right in the midst of our moving plans) I've seen both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley opening year... not sure when if ever I'll get a chance to get back (hint if you visit though: Butterbeer is good, but the Fishy Green Ale is overlooked and is something everyone should try at least once). With Universal Studios full tilt behind it, and now competing more successfully with Disney than ever before (or so they claim) they have interests in wanting to see more done with the IP, and move things forward, especially as the actors themselves are aging and are a big part of creating the material. It wouldn't surprise me that a good choice for promoting a new villain would be Dolores since she's a hated bad guy, but someone who wouldn't have been purged as of the end of the stories so far.

At any rate, I'm guessing the idea of doing this new movie trilogy (or just one movie) is probably going to be to produce new material for Universal to exploit, assuming it's in as a producer it will wind up getting both the profits from the movies (guaranteed the first time) and fodder for their theme park. Rumor had it when I was just there that they were already planning on doing another Harry Potter expansion now that this one had opened, they are apparently about to lose the Marvel "Island Of Adventure" when the contract expires, and the wording of their contract prevents them from doing a whole lot with it without Disney's permission. They just "bridged" their two parts (Islands and Universal Studios) with the Hogwart's express, and allegedly they wanted to try and do some kind of new nature safari thing to compete with Disney's version. It just "clicked" that if they went with this magical beasts concept they could knock over Marvel and some of the other aging portions of Islands Of Adventure and build it there and build some kind of animatronic safari-themed area based on the new movies. Say they get the next section up and running in 4 years (which is what Diagon alley took, it's where Jaws used to be), coordinate it with a movie release, and then they get the advertising and can expand every 2-3 years when the other parts of the trilogy comes out.... speculation of course, but it fits with some of the rumors I heard while there.

At the end of the day I like her work, but I have little respect for JK Rowling nowadays as she seems to be increasingly in the "anything for more fame and money" category. I didn't care for how she went about "outing" Dumbledore... no he's not gay... well if any character was gay it would be him... okay he's gay... all gradually done
as she felt out the crowd to make the most popular decision. What she did there (making him gay) wasn't a big deal (even for someone with my attitudes) so much as the way she went about it. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if JK Rowling's plans are entirely based on other people's ambitions and how much money they are going to pay her. She also appears to be selling off pieces of the HP universe piecemeal to Universal Studios if nothing else, for example they have a "Trademark" on Butterbeer right now (which is a soda combining shortbread and butterscotch) and apparently the recipe is proprietary to the park.

piscian:
Umbridge was really pushed. She was a part of this whole deus ex thing rowling fell into towards the end of the series. I won't rant too much but I recall definitely having lost interest around the time she became a central antagonist. Could not care less about a story involving her.

Well, the thing was that JK Rowling needed some kind of overt antagonist that could be used without spoiling the secrecy of the Death Eaters, that and she had defined this massive magical bureaucracy and government as being present, capable of doing things like engaging in massive scale brainwashing. The point of this character seemed to be to drive a bigger wedge between the characters and that government so they would have to go it on their own.

The one character that they never did much with that I liked was Mad Eye Moody, the guy was supposed to be a badass, one of the generator's greatest dark wizard hunters, but he got taken out off camera all the time it seems. I was kind of hoping they would do something cooler with him as time went on, have him reincarnate through his faux eye or something, but that never happened.

I also admit that while obnoxious I thought Professor Slug turned out pretty cool as well, nobody seems to care much for him, but I thought it was kind of cool that he came across like the stereotypical decadent fool/politician but was actually incredibly powerful and nobody's fool. Master with potions, and was actually described as fighting multiple death eaters at the same time in the final battle. I was expecting him to turn out to be nothing but a non-stop joke or foil... but he didn't.

That said, as I mentioned in length earlier, as one of the few bad guys likely to have survived the events of the main novels, Dolores Umbridge has some marketing potential depending on what they do with her. If I had to guess, I'd guess that Universal might be behind the plan here at the moment. Especially seeing as they shouldn't have too many problems getting the actress that played her in the movies to do nearly anything they want for a paycheck... which is increasingly less true of Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.

 

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