Harry Potter: 10 Dolores Umbridge Quotes That Should Have Been in the Movies

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Despite the fact that the audience subjected the film “Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore” to a lot of criticism, Mads Mikkelsen’s performance was met quite well, but some fans were disappointed to see that actor Johnny Depp would no longer play the role of Gellert Grindelwald. Nevertheless, it was hard to deny that Mikkelsen’s portrayal brought frightening elements to the character, making him a villain of a different caliber.

Of course, even despite Mikkelsen’s frightening performance, Grindelwald still doesn’t rank first among Harry Potter’s least favorite villains. This seat is reserved for Dolores Umbridge. She was biased, cruel and insensitive, but at the same time she wore a cheerful, correct mask that effectively made the public sick. However, while Umbridge’s version in the movies was deplorable, it was even worse in the books. Some of her most infuriating moments have been cut from films, but if her quotes were included, she might well be hated even more than she already is.

Ambridge’s discriminatory speech
“The treasury of magical knowledge accumulated by our ancestors should be guarded, replenished and polished by those who are called to the noble profession of a teacher.”

Umbridge’s speech at the beginning of the academic year in the Order of the Phoenix told students and viewers a lot about the character of a woman. However, a quote from her speech in the book also gave a subtle hint of Umbridge’s prejudice.

Umbridge believed that only people with magical bloodlines were truly magical. Therefore, when she said “our ancestors”, she deliberately did not include Muggle-borns. Her views were obvious from the very beginning.

Umbridge’s attitude towards Hermione
“Are you an education specialist trained in the Ministry, Miss Granger?”

Part of what infuriated Umbridge was the way she belittled the students’ opinions. She made it clear that she did not respect children’s ideas and never even thought about the fact that they could make a valuable contribution.

In the books, this was demonstrated by her treatment of Hermione, who, as everyone knew, was much smarter than the passive-aggressive teacher. Harry Potter’s best friend was used to a certain level of respect from her teachers, and Umbridge’s condescension made many readers shake with rage.

Umbridge’s attempt at sweets
“Come here, Mr. Potter, dear.”

If Professor Umbridge had been aggressively violent like Death Eaters, she probably wouldn’t have been as despised as she is. On the contrary, she behaved with a syrupy sweetness, from which everyone has their teeth on edge. Even before Harry found out about her evil nature, he realized that he didn’t love her just by her voice.

However, in the film The Order of the Phoenix, Dolores immediately treated Harry with more contempt than the other students. This was not in the books, where the teacher kept his sticky sweet nature every minute, even often calling Harry “dear”.

Umbridge’s dispute with McGonagall
“Well, then I’m confused… I’m afraid I don’t quite understand how you can give Mr. Potter false hope.”

Everyone liked to see Professor McGonagall confront Professor Umbridge in the film, but in the books the situation was completely different. In the book scene where McGonagall offered Harry career advice, Umbridge sat and watched, but everything went wrong.

In the end, Umbridge stated that Harry would never be able to work as an auror, as she discovered that he lacked the necessary talent. This led to a pleasant moment when McGonagall stood up for Harry and said the nicest things about him that she had ever had. The moment was great for Harry and the audience, but not for Dolores Umbridge.

When Umbridge banned Harry from playing Quidditch
“Yes, Mr. Potter, I think a lifetime ban should help.”

Umbridge tried her best to remove all joy from the lives of her students. The film shows how she ends Fred and George’s harmless game with a magic spark and forbids students to be in any organization. In the book, Umbridge was too happy to take away from Harry what he liked the most.

After Harry and his friends see them taking revenge on Malfoy, Harry, Fred and George are banned from playing Quidditch for the rest of their school careers, prompting the twins to start planning their grand escape and a memorable fireworks scene in the Great Hall of Hogwarts. Since this was half of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, McGonagall was probably even more furious than the boys. Of course, no one, not even the teacher, could do anything about it, which made the situation even more infuriating.

Umbridge’s Favor for Draco Malfoy
“Excellent, Draco, excellent, oh, very good— fifty points to Slytherin!”

Unsurprisingly, Draco was immediately on Umbridge’s side, as she had clearly stated her position towards Harry from their very first lesson. However, the films never show how highly Umbridge thought of Draco and the Malfoy family.