Acclaimed author J.K. Rowling has written a new 'Harry Potter' story and published it on her website, Pottermore.
J.K. Rowling has written a new 'Harry Potter' story.
The acclaimed author's latest work, 'Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher' - a biography of Dolores Umbridge - has been published on her website, Pottermore.
Rowling, 49, has previously said Umbridge is the character she dislikes the most, explaining: ''Her desire to control, to punish, and to inflict pain, all in the name of law and order, are, I think, every bit as reprehensible as Lord Voldemort's unvarnished espousal of evil.''
Umbridge is based on a real person, according to the author, who has previously said she once worked alongside a woman who was ''the most bigoted, spiteful champion of the death penalty''.
She continued: ''I have noticed more than once in life that a taste for the ineffably twee can go hand-in-hand with a distinctly uncharitable outlook on the world.
''A love of all things saccharine often seems present where there is a lack of real warmth or charity.''
What's more, Rowling has also revealed the origins of the character's name, saying: ''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 to take offence.''
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