Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About Dolores Umbridge

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Vote up the most interesting lore about the former High Inquisitor.

Dolores Umbridge might be the most despised character in the Harry Potter universe but there is a lot in her backstory that goes unsaid. These fans have pointed out a number of details about the former High Inquisitor of Hogwarts that somehow make her even more despicable.

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    Umbridge Went To Azkaban After The Second War

    From Redditor u/Mathias_Greyjoy:

    We know from Rowling what happened to her after The Battle of Hogwarts.

    "With the fall of Lord Voldemort, Dolores Umbridge was put on trial for her enthusiastic co-operation with his regime, and convicted of the torture, imprisonment and deaths of several people (some of the innocent Muggle-borns she sentenced to Azkaban did not survive their ordeal)."

    218 votes
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    Umbridge Has A Phobia Of Things Not Fully Human

    From Redditor u/falexbet:

    [JK Rowling said] Dolores has what amounts to a phobia of beings that are not quite, or wholly, human. Her distaste for the half-giant Hagrid, and her terror of centaurs, reveal a terror of the unknown and the wild.

    144 votes
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    Her Name Was Carefully Chosen By Rowling

    From Redditor u/falexbet:

    [JK Rowling said] Umbridge's names were carefully chosen. 'Dolores' means sorrow, something she undoubtedly inflicts on all around her. 'Umbridge' is a play on 'umbrage' from the British expression 'to take umbrage', meaning offence.

    133 votes
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    She Forced Her Father To Abandon Their Non-Magic Family

    From Redditor u/ChintonP04:

    She was not from an abusive home. Her mother was muggle, or a squib, while her father was a wizard. Her brother was also non-magical. SHE forced her father to abandon her mother and brother, because she saw them as lowly.

    156 votes
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    Umbridge Is The Only Person Other Than Voldemort To Scar Harry

    From Redditor u/RowlingWritings:

    [JK Rowling said] Harry considered Dolores's continuing employment, and the lack of any repercussions for her behaviour at Hogwarts, a sign of the Ministry's essential corruption, and refused to cooperate with the new Minister because of it (Dolores is the only person, other than Lord Voldemort, to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry, having forced him to cut the words 'I must not tell lies' on the back of his own hand during detention).

    155 votes
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    Umbridge's Father Was A Magical Janitor

    From Redditor u/falexbet:

    [JK Rowling said] Dolores’ parents were unhappily married, and Dolores secretly despised both of them: Orford for his lack of ambition (he had never been promoted, and worked in the Department of Magical Maintenance at the Ministry of Magic), and her mother, Ellen, for her flightiness, untidiness, and Muggle lineage. 

    137 votes