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J.K. Rowling Will Be Scaring Us This Halloween With A New Story!

Attention Potterheads! There is a new story in the works, and J.K. Rowling is looking to scare the pants off of us on Halloween! She announced the new story on Pottermore on Friday, and let out that the new story will center on the scariest teacher at Hogwarts: Dolores Umbridge.

As a little refresher, Dolores Umbridge was introduced to the world of Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when she taught Defense Against the Dark Arts to Harry and his schoolmates. Some of her more terrifying moments: scarring Potter’s hand by making him write in his own blood during detention, the moment you realized that she had embedded Mad-Eye Moody’s eye in her office door at the Ministry of Magic (which is a lot creepier when you really think about it), and that she was actually willing to use an Unforgivable Curse on students after a surprising lack of internal argument.

The new story will tell readers all about Umbridge and her background. Perhaps we will learn what made her such a troll. Was she slipped a potion that turned a switch inside her and brought out all her bad qualities? Where do you think she got that pen that writes with blood? That is some seriously dark magic at work.

Rowling has been letting drip small nuggets of Harry Potter stories for the past year. She gave us a little profile of Celestina Warbeck. Then she told us her patronus. Then there were a number of fun moments around the development of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Now we’re getting a story on Halloween. It’s like she wants to stay in that world as much as we do, and we have to admit we freaking love it.

Are you excited to learn more about Umbridge? Tell us your theories on how she became so evil in the comments below!


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  1. looks like evil thatcher

  2. oldshrivelledupmuggle says:

    Perhaps when she married and took Umbrage it was a mistake that soured her character forever

  3. Peggy Engel says:

    No,I thought Umbridge was an odd element of sadism that didn’t really suit. 

  4. jenn says:

    I can’t wait to get this little gift from JKR for Halloween! I don’t have any theories on what makes Umbridge, so umbridge, but I hope it doesn’t cause too much sympathy, because I love to hate her!!

  5. Leighanne the Crumple-Horned Snorkack says:

    I think she was hit with a personality-swapping curse. I mean, I’m evil, but it’s in my blood. She looks like she used to be a nice and friendly person.

  6. Leighanne says:

    Leighanne the Crumple-Horned Snorkack

  7. Speakeral says:

    Much Fear in her, I sense.  Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate.  . . . No, wait.  That was someone else.

  8. Yashomana Choudhury says:

    But we love to hate her, and giving a story as an explanation of her ‘evildom’ would be crushing 

  9. abhishek says:

    Dolores, She was born Evil. No theory needed further.

  10. Kate fox says:

    maybe she was memory swiped and given an alternative evil memory

  11. Emily says:

    OMG, OMG! so excited!!! Can’t wait to read anything more of Harry Potter!!! Maybe she used to be a Deatheater, but she lied about it and she was a spy for Voldemort and thats why she hates Harry so much…

  12. Åsa Johansson says:

    Shell is in some Wat related tog Voldemort 

  13. Maybe she took a perished butterbeer and that explains everything!

  14. Erin W. says:

    My guess is that she’s actually a half-blood trying to pass off as a pure blood. Maybe she was a Slytherin and had to hide her shame as a child and got so swept up in her crusade for power that it consumed her. Regardless, I’m incredibly excited!!

  15. Paula says:

    I think it was the necklace she wore. The one Harry and Ron destroyed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1.

    • Donaji says:

      It can’t be that, remember that she confiscated it from mundugus after the order of the  phoenix, even after dumbledore’s death. 

  16. Mariah says:

    Her great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother was an actual troll. 

    • Zeke Jones says:

      Have we considered that it is because she  was raped by centaurs? That would mess me p

      • Cathy says:

        she did all that evil stuff to harry before the centaurs took her

      • jenn says:

        She was not raped by centaurs. Period. Full stop. Not to mention her ordeal happened at the end of OoP. Please stop perpetuating this theory. There ARE stories of marauding centaurs, but these are not those centaurs, they are stargazers. Madam Pomfrey said she was physically unhurt- would you be physically unhurt if you were gang raped… by men with the horse lower halves?