Harry Potter fans had something extra to look forward to this Halloween thanks to J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore.com. The famous author promised a new story to be published this weekend, one exploring the backstory of Harry Potter character Dolores Umbridge and how she came to be a kitten-loving yet malicious woman.
For those who were able to complete the necessary challenges on Pottermore to unlock the story, the material revealed by Rowling's writing nothing less than riveting.
According to Rowling, Umbridge was loosely based on a schoolteacher that Rowling had as a young student, and in the Potter series is a cruel Ministry of Magic official at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry. Rowling provides a detailed account of Umbridge’s life and background featured on the praised website.
"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," revealed Rowling.
Although Umbridge takes after Rowling’s former teacher through admiration for girly accessories, Umbridge is said to be far more unpleasant than Rowling’s real-life inspiration.
Sibyll Trelawney and the Ministry of Magic backstories were also revealed in company with Umbridge's. The Ministers of Magic stories might seem a little light on the revealing factor, though Rowling kept it humorous and witty saying, "[One minister] attended Queen Victoria’s funeral in an admiral’s hat and spats, at which point the Wizengamot suggested gently that it was time he move aside."
Like all of Rowling’s work, the newly discovered material is much appreciated, especially for the Pottermore.com regulars who dedicate their Harry knowledge to unlocking the passages that reveal the new revelations.
We can all agree that J.K Rowling is the best equipped for providing her young fans with some Halloween fun.