Halloween is like Christmas for witches and wizards, and this year J.K. Rowling will be honoring the tradition by giving every Harry Potter fan a special present, in the form of a new story from the wizarding world of Hogwarts, owls and quidditch.
It’s a tale involving Dolores Umbridge, the nasty Minister for Magic’s Senior Undersecretary (as played in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by Imelda Staunton) who was last seen being hoicked off deep into the forbidden forest by centaurs.
There’s a post on the official Harry Potter site Pottermore, which explains that she has written “a rich, 1,700-word back story about Umbridge’s life filled with many new details,” to give fans a chance to understand exactly why she’s as rotten as she is. There will also be “Rowling’s revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character.”
“Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious Potter characters, she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry.”
This refers to the confrontation between Umbridge and Harry in which she forced him to write out “I must not tell lies” with a blood quill that then etched his writing onto the back of his hand.
The story is expected to appear at Pottermore on Friday 31 October. Unless this is a trick, which would also be quite apt.
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