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Dolores Jane Umbridge

Full Name
Dolores Jane Umbridge
Professor Umbridge
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Senior Under-Secretary of the Minister for Magic, Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts, High Inquisitor, Headmistress of Hogwarts and the Head of The Muggle-Born Registration Commission.
Powers / Skills
Obtaining power, the Cruciatus curse.
Torturing students, enforcing strict regulations.
Take full control of Hogwarts, conceal it from any sign of Dark Magic, register all Muggle-Borns to the Commission.
Type of Villain
Control Freak

Because you know, deep down, you deserve to be punished!
~ Dolores Umbridge after Harry uses her "special" quill.

Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge, is the main antagonist in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She worked for the Ministry of Magic and the Minister himself, Cornelius Fudge, who appointed her as a teacher at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in spite of her complete lack of teaching skills, to keep the school and Harry under control. She later reappears as a judge under Voldemort's supremacist reign in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

In the films she was portrayed by Imelda Staunton.

Order of the Phoenix

Umbridge's first appearance in the film took place at Harry Potter's hearing, to address his violation of the Under-Age Restriction of using magic outside of school. He had performed a Patronus charm in the presence of a Muggle (non-magic fellow) to defend himself against the two Dementors he and his cousin Dudley were confronted with, which Harry had explained later. Various members of the Ministry, including Fudge and Umbridge, believed that the presence of dementors in Privet Drive was impossible, since the Ministry controlled their locations. The very reason for this occurrence, was the return of the Dark Lord, but Fudge refused to change his mind about the boy and the book later reveals Umbridge was the one who sent the dementors as an attempt to silence Harry from contradicting the Ministry's claims of Voldemort's return by getting him expelled. The vast majority of the crowd were in favor of clearing Harry of all charges, not including Umbridge.

When Harry Potter began his first day of his fifth year at Hogwarts, he discovered that Umbridge was appointed as the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Throughout the story it became more clear that the Ministry was interfering at Hogwarts. Later she was made the High Inquisitor of Hogwarts, giving her the power to enforce new rules and dismiss teachers. At a time, she inspected every professor, and attempted to banish Professor Trelawney from Hogwarts permanently.
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Umbridge during her inspection at Trelawney's class.
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To escape Professor Umbridge's restriction from using magic in her class, Harry and his friends created a secret organization of students, called "Dumbledore's Army" to improve skills of using magic for defense. Umbridge was the one to catch them in the act, and brought several of them them to Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts. After Dumbledore admitted that he was responsible, Fudge requested Dumbledore's immediate sentence to Azkaban to await trial. When Dumbledore escaped, Umbridge became the new headmaster, and she gave a painful detention to all the students who took part in the secret organization.

Dumbledore's Secret Weapon

I am Senior Undersecretary Doleres Jane Umbridge.
~ Dolores Umbridge being carried off by the centaurs thinking they will put her down. (some chance)

Umbridge knew that Harry Potter was the main offender of her rules, and that he deserved to be punished. In front of several Hogwarts students, she attempted to perform the Cruciatus Curse on Harry. She appears to be close to the Ministry as she obeys all the rules of the Ministry but her true colours are revealed when she is about to perform the cruciatus curse on Harry which is actually illegal she responds by saying "What Cornelius doesn't know won't hurt him." Before she did, Hermione Granger cried out stopped Umbridge. She told her about Dumbledore's secret weapon, which didn't actually exist. Hermione led her with Harry into the Forbidden Forest, a location which, forbidden to students, contains monstrous creatures and dark alleys. After Umbridge realized she was being played upon, centaurs captured her. This was her last appearance in the fifth book.

Deathly Hallows Part 1

Imelda Staundon reprised the role for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1.
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Promotional picture of Umbridge for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 1.
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Umbridge's appearance in the 7th movie.
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Her role in this movie is much shorter and she only is important when Harry, Ron & Hermione disguise themselves to get into the ministry to steal a locket that Umbridge was wearing. Harry uses a spell to knock her out to get the locket from her and to rescue the victims.

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Umbridge is knocked-out by a stunning spell.
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After Voldmort's defeat, she was charged for crimes against humanity and she was faced a life sentence to Azkaban prison to rot for the rest of her days.



  • Dolores Umbridge is considered by fans to be one of the most hated Harry Potter characters (sometimes even surpassing Voldemort and Bellatrix.) Though not part of Voldemort's Death Eaters, she forms an alliance at least with two of them, Lucius Malfoy and Yaxley. She also has no qualms about working in a Death Eater controlled Ministry of Magic
  • Additionally, she's considered one of the crueler examples of evil fictional teachers considering the harsh punishments she doled out to students who dared to cross her (such as when she forced Harry Potter to slash "I must not tell lies" onto his hand with a magical quill), the obvious favouritism she showed towards those who sucked up to her, and her feverish desire to place Hogwarts firmly under Ministry control with her as a proxy. 
  • She's revealed to be very racist, as Lupin  Remus Lupin noted she was one of the main supporters of proposed anti - werewolf, legislation, advocated for merpeople to be rounded up and tagged, and considered centaurs to be inferior to wizards. In the seventh book she's become a Ministry judge who determines the "blood purity" of witches and wizards and was one of the main forces behind anti - Muggle propaganda distributed by the Ministry. 
  • In Order of the Phoenix (book), it is revealed that Umbridge was the one who sent the Dementors after Harry in order to silence his claims of the Dark Lord returning. In the film, this isn't mentioned.
  • While Harry couldn't cast a Patronus charm while wearing the locket, Umbridge manages to conjure a patronus which takes form of a cat. The reason she is able to cast the Patronus charm is because the horcrux helped her rather than hindered her due to the fact that she already was evil.
  • Her actor Imelda Staunton also voices Queen Victoria alongside another Harry Potter actor David Tennant who played Barty Crouch Jr.
  • Novelist Stephen King noted Umbridge is the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter.
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