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!