No tricks, just treats. J.K. Rowling has emerged from her writing frenzy to give Harry Potter fans a special Halloween/Nearly Headless Nick Deathday gift. As promised, the beloved author revealed a new short story about villain Dolores Umbridge. You remember, the pink-clad, kitten-loving Ministry of Magic meanie played by Imelda Staunton?
Rowling is the first to admit that she's got a particular disdain for the cruel character, calling her "one of the characters for whom I feel the purest dislike." Umbridge, she reveals, was inspired by one of Rowling's own teachers, whom she "disliked intensely." Like Umbridge, that teacher also had a habit of wearing "twee accessories."
Sybill Trelawney also gets a mention in Rowling's latest Pottermore contribution. So, why are you still here when you could be reading this all for yourself?
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