Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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Dolores Umbridge Character Analysis

One of the novel's antagonists. A short, squat witch who looks like a toad and often wears pink and fluffy cardigans, Umbridge is in league with Fudge and will do whatever she can to keep Fudge—and by extension, herself—in power. This includes introducing Educational Decrees that disempower other teachers and Dumbledore, as well as considering using Unforgivable Curses against students. Umbridge treats students as though they're small children and demands unwavering respect from them in an infantilizing way. Her high, simpering voice allows her to look as though she's harmless and welcoming, when in actuality, she is, according to McGonagall and other adults, one of the most dangerous individuals in the school. She makes it her mission to discredit Harry's story of Voldemort's return by telling him he's lying and criminalizing the act of believing him. Throughout the school year, she and Harry engage in a battle of wills as he speaks out about Voldemort's return and she punishes him physically (with her quill that writes by cutting into Harry's hand and uses his blood) and by banning him from playing Quidditch. Lupin notes that Umbridge hates and fears “half-breeds” like werewolves and is known for introducing legislation that makes it impossible for werewolves to get jobs. Because of this hatred, Umbridge takes aim against Hagrid, and she and several Aurors try to arrest him. Hermione, however, is able to use Umbridge’s hatred to her advantage when Umbridge catches Harry in her office, as Hermione leads Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest in pursuit of Dumbledore's "weapon" and straight into the herd of angry and easily offended centaurs. Though Umbridge isn't in league with Voldemort, she shows Harry that a person doesn't need to be a Death Eater to be evil—one only needs to be obsessed with power and willing to do anything to keep it.

Dolores Umbridge Quotes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix quotes below are all either spoken by Dolores Umbridge or refer to Dolores Umbridge. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published in 2004.
Chapter Twelve Quotes

"I do not wish to criticize the way things have been run at this school," she said, an unconvincing smile stretching her wide mouth, "but you have been exposed to some very irresponsible wizards in this class, very irresponsible indeed—not to mention," she gave a nasty little laugh, "extremely dangerous half-breeds."

Page Number: 243
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"Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?"

"Yes," said Harry.

"You called her a liar?"

"Yes."

"You told her He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is back?"

"Yes."

Professor McGonagall sat down behind her desk, frowning at Harry. Then she said, "Have a biscuit, Potter."

Page Number: 248
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Chapter Fourteen Quotes

"I know her by reputation and I'm sure she's no Death Eater—"

"She's foul enough to be one," said Harry darkly and Ron and Hermione nodded vigorously in agreement.

"Yes, but the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters," said Sirius with a wry smile. "I know she's a nasty piece of work, though—you should hear Remus talk about her."

"Does Lupin know her?" asked Harry quickly, remembering Umbridge's comments about dangerous half-breeds during her first lesson.

"No," said Sirius, "but she drafted a bit of anti-werewolf legislation two years ago that makes it almost impossible for him to get a job."

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Sirius Black (speaker), Dolores Umbridge, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Remus Lupin
Page Number: 302
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Chapter Fifteen Quotes

"'Hogwarts is a school, not an outpost of Cornelius Fudge's office,' said Madam Marchbanks. 'This is a further disgusting attempt to discredit Albus Dumbledore.' (For a full account of Madam Marchbanks' alleged links to subversive goblin groups, turn to page 17)."

Page Number: 308
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Chapter Nineteen Quotes

He and the D.A. were resisting under her very nose, doing the very thing that she and the Ministry most feared, and whenever he was supposed to be reading Wilbert Slinkhard's book during her lessons he dwelled instead on satisfying memories of their most recent meetings, remembering how Neville had successfully disarmed Hermione, how Colin Creevy had mastered the Impediment Jinx after three meetings' hard effort, how Parvati Patil had produced such a good Reductor Curse that she had reduced the table carrying all the Sneakoscopes to dust.

Page Number: 397
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Chapter Thirty-Three Quotes

Still pointing her shaking wand at Magorian, she continued, "Law Fifteen B states clearly that ‘Any attack by a magical creature who is deemed to have near-human intelligence, and therefore considered responsible for its actions—'"

"'Near-human intelligence'?" repeated Magorian, as Bane and several others roared with rage and pawed the ground.

Related Characters: Dolores Umbridge (speaker), Magorian (speaker), Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Bane
Page Number: 754
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Dolores Umbridge Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Dolores Umbridge appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Eight
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...says that someone ordered the dementors there. The witch next to Fudge, introduced as Dolores Umbridge, leans forward and asks Dumbledore to confirm if he's implying that the Ministry ordered an... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...staff table and wonder if he's still on his mission for Dumbledore. Then, they notice Umbridge at the staff table. (full context)
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...the end of the feast, Dumbledore addresses the students. He introduces Professor Grubbly-Plank and Professor Umbridge, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. As Dumbledore continues, Umbridge says, "hem, hem"... (full context)
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...the school in applause for the speech before resuming his announcements. Hermione darkly says that Umbridge's speech means that the Ministry is interfering at Hogwarts, a fact that neither Harry nor... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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...a dream diary as homework. Ron complains about their homework load all the way to Umbridge's class. (full context)
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The Gryffindors are silent as they sit down in Umbridge's classroom. She brightly makes the students answer her "good afternoon" with, "good afternoon, Professor Umbridge."... (full context)
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Hermione bluntly says that the course aims don't mention using defensive spells. Umbridge insists that there's no need to use spells, and Ron and Harry begin to blurt... (full context)
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Harry stands and asks if Cedric Diggory died of his own accord. Umbridge says that Cedric's death was an accident. When Harry protests, Umbridge gives Harry a sealed... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...their bags to start on homework and Hermione furiously cries that Dumbledore can't possibly expect Umbridge to teach them in their O.W.L. year. Ron reminds Hermione that Umbridge also wants students... (full context)
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...he's supposed to be at Keeper tryouts. Harry glumly eats some dinner and hopes that Umbridge won't keep him too long. He heads for Umbridge's office and is horrified to see... (full context)
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...into the back of his hand and then heal over. He writes until after midnight. Umbridge inspects his red and sore hand and sends him away. Harry spends the next morning... (full context)
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..."I must not tell lies" remains etched in the back of his hand, dripping blood. Umbridge lets him go at 7 pm. Harry wonders if he hates Umbridge more than Snape... (full context)
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...evening, Harry tries to shift his chair so he can see the Quidditch pitch from Umbridge's window. After dark, Umbridge approaches him to check his hand and as she touches him,... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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...Harry's letter appropriately. Sirius says he's not concerned about Harry's scar hurting and doesn't think Umbridge is a Death Eater, though she's nasty: she hates part-humans and has introduced legislation trying... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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...article Percy alluded to on the front page. The headline reads that Fudge has appointed Umbridge to the position of "Hogwarts High Inquisitor." It includes comments from Percy himself as well... (full context)
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...Harry vows to work harder so he doesn't receive T's. The twins also say that Umbridge inspected Flitwick and it went fine. Harry and Ron find Umbridge in Trelawney's tower, ready... (full context)
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In Defense Against the Dark Arts, Umbridge assigns the class to read chapter two of their textbook. Hermione again raises her hand... (full context)
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...McGonagall has a point, and Harry doesn't speak to her until Transfiguration, when they find Umbridge there. Umbridge tries to interrupt McGonagall as she introduces the lesson, but McGonagall points out... (full context)
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Umbridge inspects Grubbly-Plank that afternoon and asks questions about Hagrid's absence. Grubbly-Plank refuses to answer, but... (full context)
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That night, Harry leaves Umbridge's office just before midnight. His hand bleeds through a scarf and Hermione offers him a... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...is the most important thing for them to do right now, and Hermione shares that Umbridge thinks that Dumbledore is trying to mobilize an army of students. Luna says that Fudge... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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Harry spends the weekend doing homework, but he feels satisfied knowing that he's rebelling against Umbridge. It's also heartening to know people believe he's not lying. On Monday morning, Harry and... (full context)
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...team has to apply for permission to re-form, and she begs Harry to behave for Umbridge. (full context)
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...them without that being intercepted. Down in the dungeons at Potions class, Malfoy boasts that Umbridge already gave the Slytherin Quidditch team permission to practice. He insults Mr. Weasley and says... (full context)
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Snape introduces Umbridge to the class—she’ll be inspecting—and Harry tries to decide which professor he wants to win... (full context)
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...suddenly. Hermione gasps and she, Harry, and Ron race away from the fireplace—they can see Umbridge's hand grabbing about in the flames. (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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In Charms, Harry and Hermione discuss that Umbridge is reading Harry's letters. She says Filch's Dungbomb accusation was probably a cover story to... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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The secret of the D.A. makes Harry feel powerful, and makes Umbridge's Defense Against the Dark Arts classes bearable. He thinks about his classmates' progress--even Neville is... (full context)
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Enraged, McGonagall shouts at Harry and George, but she stops short when Umbridge steps in and offers to "help." McGonagall refuses and gives both boys detentions, but Umbridge... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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Before Hagrid can try to explain his injuries, someone knocks on the door. Harry sees Umbridge's shadow, sweeps the Invisibility Cloak over Ron and Hermione, and hisses for Hagrid to hide... (full context)
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When they're sure Umbridge is gone, Harry, Ron, and Hermione throw off the cloak and Hermione tries to convince... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...who have seen someone die. As Hagrid starts to talk about the animals, Harry hears Umbridge's "hem, hem." Hagrid greets her brightly, but Umbridge acts as though she can barely understand... (full context)
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Umbridge announces and mimes that she's going to speak to students about Hagrid while Hagrid teaches.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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...more sullen and Harry isn't excited to leave him alone and return to Hogwarts and Umbridge. On the last day before the children return to Hogwarts, Mrs. Weasley calls Harry to... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
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...look at Harry with curiosity instead of hostility. The teachers can't comfort the students, as Umbridge passes a decree saying that teachers can't talk to students about anything other than the... (full context)
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Umbridge now supervises all of Harry's Divination and Care of Magical Creatures lessons. Both Trelawney and... (full context)
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...coffees and Harry watches another couple making out, feeling wildly uncomfortable. Cho and Harry discuss Umbridge, and then Harry invites her to come to the Three Broomsticks to meet Hermione in... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...points because Ginny catches the Snitch. Harry goes to bed early and thinks of how Umbridge gloated at him during the match. This makes it hard to practice Occlumency, and Harry... (full context)
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...Harry open the letters. Some people think Harry is crazy, but others believe his story. Umbridge comes over to find out why Harry is getting so much mail, and her face... (full context)
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...a crowd surrounding Trelawney. Her trunks are next to her and she shrieks with grief. Umbridge happily says that Trelawney is fired and needs to leave the premises. Trelawney starts to... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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...breakfast table in preparation for their first Divination lesson with Firenze. Hermione darkly says that Umbridge is going to get even nastier after Firenze's hiring, since she hates part-humans. Ron and... (full context)
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...Seamus, experience success conjuring them. Suddenly Dobby enters the room, looking terrified. Harry ascertains that Umbridge found about the D.A. and sends everyone running. Harry races for a bathroom, but Malfoy... (full context)
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...he's here. Harry catches Dumbledore's eye, sees him shake his head, and says he doesn't. Umbridge leaves and returns with Marietta, who hides her face in her hands. When she moves... (full context)
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Umbridge reminds the room that in the fall, Willy Widdershins reported to her that he heard... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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Notices go up overnight announcing that Umbridge is now the Headmistress. The students all seem to know that Dumbledore evaded Fudge, two... (full context)
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As Ron, Harry, and Hermione enter the Great Hall, Filch grabs Harry to see Umbridge. Filch mutters about how excited he is to be able to punish students now and... (full context)
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Harry and Umbridge then hear a loud noise and screams from downstairs. In the entrance hall, they find... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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...they're going to start causing trouble and can create a diversion so Harry can use Umbridge's fireplace to talk to Sirius. Hermione is distraught, but Ron says that Harry can make... (full context)
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Harry arrives late for his career appointment with McGonagall and finds Umbridge in the office as well. At McGonagall's prodding, Harry says he'd like to be an... (full context)
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...of what McGonagall would say if she were to find out that he trespassed in Umbridge's office after vouching for him. Harry thinks of Sirius saying that he's not as much... (full context)
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...in a stinky, gooey substance with Fred and George surrounded in the entrance hall. When Umbridge says that she's going to punish the twins, the twins Summon their broomsticks. They announce... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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...every day. Filch also puts Harry's broomstick in the dungeons. Other students begin to torment Umbridge with Dungbombs, Stinkpellets, and releasing a niffler in Umbridge's office, while others eat sweets from... (full context)
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...Harry and Hermione discuss what Hagrid asked them to do, and Hermione angrily suggests that Umbridge is right to want to fire Hagrid for this. She apologizes as they start to... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...the Dark Arts practical offers him a bonus point for conjuring a Patronus, which makes Umbridge give Harry a nasty look. (full context)
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...returns in a horrible temper; she mistranslated one word and someone put another niffler in Umbridge's office. She points out that Umbridge thinks Hagrid is doing it, and Umbridge won't care... (full context)
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...and begin filling in their star charts. As Harry works, he notices several figures, including Umbridge, exiting the front doors. They go to Hagrid's hut and Hagrid lets them in. Harry... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Two
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...to check if Sirius is home before they run to London. She suggests they use Umbridge's fire to contact him. Ron decides to tell Umbridge that Peeves is causing trouble, while... (full context)
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Suddenly Umbridge drags Harry's head back through the flames until he's back in her office. Malfoy, Crabbe,... (full context)
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Umbridge starts to talk to herself and say that she has no choice but to use... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Three
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...know if Hermione even has a plan as he follows her out of the school, Umbridge on their heels. Umbridge asks if the weapon is in Hagrid's hut, and then reasons... (full context)
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Magorian approaches and roughly asks Umbridge who she is. Umbridge squeaks that she's from the Ministry and reminds Magorian that as... (full context)
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...and Harry are young enough to spare, and Hermione says she hoped that they'd drive Umbridge off for them. The centaur shouts that Hermione is already arrogant like other humans. Hermione... (full context)
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...statue's head into a Portkey. He then turns to Fudge and tells him to remove Umbridge and stop pursuing Hagrid. Dumbledore offers to stay with Fudge for 30 minutes to explain... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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...and dismissive when Harry tried to ask for help. Dumbledore notes that in front of Umbridge, Snape had no choice. Harry continues to blame Snape for goading Sirius and making Harry's... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Eight
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They look over and see Umbridge in her bed. Dumbledore saved her from the centaurs, and she hasn't spoken since she... (full context)
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Ron and Hermione get out of the hospital three days before the end of term. Umbridge leaves the school two days later, chased by Peeves when she finally exits. Harry considers... (full context)