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The super famous writer J.K. Rowling, author of one of the best-selling books of all time, Harry Potter, has revealed the real-life inspiration behind the character of Dolores Umbridge, who is Harry Potter’s nemesis in the books. J.K. Rowling said that the character of Umbridge was inspired by a teacher the writer once had, whom she utterly disliked. J.K. Rowling has not disclosed the name of the teacher, though.
The character of Umbridge is played by the actress Imelda Staunton in the movie adaptations of the popular fantasy novel. She seems sweet but is downright evil and bans Harry Potter from playing the sport called Quidditch. She also forces him to write on the back of his hand “I must not tell lies”.
J.K. Rowling revealed today in an essay she posted on her website Pottermore.com, that she based the character of Dolores Umbridge on a person “”whom I disliked intensely on sight”.
The Harry Potter author writes on her blog that:
“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.”
She further reveals that the person who inspired Umbridge’s character loved to wear twee accessories and she even had a little bow slide, like the character in the books. The bow slide was a yellow pale.
J.K. Rowling says that the inspiration for the Umbridge character had been one of her teachers “long ago…in a certain skill or subject”. J.K. Rowling writes that the character of Dolores is the one that she dislikes the most in any of her books.
She adds that “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.”
J.K. Rowling posted the essay on her website today, on Halloween and she also revealed her latest novel from the Harry Potter series called “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”. This is the fifth novel from the popular fantasy series.