The world-famous English author J.K. Rowling, creator of the legendary Harry Potter series of fantasy novels has announced that she will release yet another story from the wizarding world that reveals an untold backstory on one of the series’ most malicious antagonists, Dolores Umbridge. The story is slated to be released on Rowling’s Harry Potter fan website, Pottermore.com, this Halloween.
Umbridge was first introduced into the Potter world in the fifth book of the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The character was initially incredibly passive aggressive and eventually went full-throttle on her vicious and intolerant behavior. The character was also depicted as always wearing some shade of pink. British actress Imelda Staunton played Umbridge in the film version of Order of the Phoenix and later in the two-part Deathly Hallows finale film.
Rowling was very clever in executing her delivery of Umbridge’s character. The role is seen as a force of intolerance, wanting to rid the magical world of any “muggle” (human) blood. This inclusion of such subject material could mean Rowling was intending to bring attention to the segregation of certain races or social groups within the world or even a modeling after something extreme as the Holocaust. Not to say that Umbridge was intended to serve as a type of Hitler role, just that Rowling could have possibly used many historical events to craft her story and subconsciously send certain morals of awareness into the minds of her readers.
The new story the author is set to release on Halloween is said to be around 1,700 words long. The short tale is said to reveal a great amount of history on the character in addition to bringing many new details to the light. It has also been reported that Rowling will have a first-person review of her thoughts on Umbridge in the short story. Perhaps one will acquire more certainty on the aforementioned representational matter through reading what Rowling truly thinks about Dolores Umbridge.
One more interesting fact that the author states why she decided to write this story about such an unlikeable character is that Umbridge was the only other character in the entire series besides the Dark Lord Voldemort, himself, to leave a permanent marking on Harry Potter. Perhaps the hateful little woman had more depth to her than originally meets the eye.
In addition to the numerous short stories deriving from the Harry Potter world, Rowling has been hard at work creating numerous other works of art. The author has broken into the world of adult fiction first with The Casual Vacancy and then with two more mystery novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling and its sequel The Silkworm, although the latter two were published under the alias Robert Galbraith. The author is also underway with production on a new trilogy of films based on her fictional textbook from Harry Potter’s world entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The trilogy will be helmed by the final Harry Potter director, David Yates, but the former young wizard, himself Daniel Radcliffe has stated he has no involvement in the project.
J.K. Rowling will release her new tale on the untold backstory of Dolores Umbridge on Oct. 31 via her fan site, Pottermore.com. All of Rowling’s former literary works are available wherever books are sold.
By Cody Collier