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JK Rowling has the distinction of authoring the best selling book series in history in ‘Harry Potter.’ With the wrapping up of ‘Deathly Hallows,’ Rowling said Harry’s story was over and that she was ready for other projects. Since that time, she’s written a few adult novels, two under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. But, in the end, it’s always about the wizarding world of Harry. In 2011, she opened her website Pottermore, dedicated to past and future Potter universe projects. Recently she posted the short story ‘Daily Prophet reports about the Quidditch World Cup,’  a “day in the lives” epilogue of familiar characters at a top Quidditch Match.  Fans drooled over it, and hopefully there’s more saliva left for a brand new holiday story, starring one bitch of a witch of a mean girl.

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Dolores Umbridge could be considered the second most evil character in Potter-world, under You-Know-Who that is. She’s obsessed with pink, punishment and…cats. She was introduced in ‘Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix’ as Senior Undersecretary to the Minister of Magic. She also took over as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. As you can tell, she had far too much power for someone with so much evil pumping through her veins. As an example of how far she’ll go to bring the pain, she once disciplined Harry by making him write “I will not tell lies” over and over again in his own blood. Halloween is the perfect time for fans to see what this creep is up to. But, for the sake of not spoiling the eventual fate of her character in the final novel, let’s just say that she was last seen paying dearly for her crimes. Pottermore leaves us with a little taste of what’s to come:

“The new exclusive J.K. Rowling content provides a rich, 1,700-word back story about Umbridge’s life filled with many new details, as well as Rowling’s revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character.”

Which tells us nothing, and that’s okay. It’s a short story after all – how much can Rowling tease without telling too much? I always liked Umbridge because she was a much needed unsavory element during the down times of Vol…you know – HIM. Yeah, Harry still had giant snakes, massive spiders and the most dangerous school in the world to deal with, but you can never have too much pink to haunt your dreams. Personally, I wasn’t into the books. I read the first one and the last one, using the movies to fill in all gaps. I know…I know, the books are better and blah blah blah. It’s just that even though fiction is my preferred literary vice, I far more enjoy watching fantasy than reading about it. Plus, it always turns out that the screen presentations end up better than my imagination ever came up with. When I saw ‘Lord Of The Rings’ at the movies, I was embarrassed at how badly the films destroyed the concepts I had in mind from reading the books. That said, I still think ‘Hallows’ was better on paper. But that almost never happens when it comes to fantasy novels. Maybe because Hollywood stretched it into two movies for a cash grab. I don’t know. More Potter is better than less, I guess.

That’s why I’m looking forward to this story on October 31st. Umbridge is awesome and I am wicked curious about what happened to her after…ah, no. I won’t spoil it. But she got what was coming to her.

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“I don’t like the sound of that…”

Via – Pottermore

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