Dolores Umbridge Is Infinitely More Evil Than Voldemort

September 05, 2018

Not all cat ladies are evil, I promise.

  • Dolores Umbridge is in a position of power - and is allowed to stay in it, even after abusing it.
  • I'd say that Voldemort acknowledges that he is evil, whereas Umbridge believes she is one of the good ones and that her actions are justifiable, even necessary.
  • Umbridge is disgusted by "half-breeds" - the centaurs, Hagrid. She insults and demeans them.
  • She used physical punishment, and not just on Harry. We know that her so-called Black Quill was used on Lee Jordan as well. Who knows how many other students were tortured by her.
  • She manipulated students. Marietta Edgecomb's mother worked at the Ministry and Umbridge threatened her mother's job to get information out of her.
  • She smugly attended Dumbledore's funeral, as if she hadn't despised him and revolted against him the previous year.
  • In an act of stupid irony comparable to Voldemort's, she ran the Muggle-Born Registration Commission. She herself was a half-blood witch.
  • She enjoyed publicly humiliating Sybill Trelawney, and was going to throw her out of her home with nowhere to go. Thankfully, Dumbledore found a loop-hole to stop her.
  • She intended to perform an unforgivable curse on Harry. Illegal, dangerous, and evil on anyone, especially a child.
  • Umbridge stole Moody's magical eye (gross) after he died. You guessed it - it was used to monitor and scare her subordinates (bless Harry for taking it along with the locket).
  • She was corrupt. Rather than shutting Mundungus Fletcher's illegal business down, she took his goods as a bribe - one of which was Slytherin's locket.
  • I'd like to argue that since she wore it (it being Voldemort's horcrux) and didn't seem any different, she wasn't hindered by the dark object. Whereas the trio couldn't have the locket on for long, she proudly bore it, pretending to be a full-blood wizard with Slytherin's locket as proof.
  • She uses the color pink and acts sweet as a peach to disguise her dark heart.
  • Not that Voldemort or even Bellatrix's actions are excused, but they came from evil families. Voldemort was created as the product of a love potion and Bellatrix was taught the evil of anything-less-than-half-bloods and had Death Eaters in the family. Dolores was the child of a Muggle woman and a Ministry janitor. She learned and chose to be what I call "Wizard-racist" all on her own.
S/O to 7th-grade McKay for this illustration.
Dolores Umbridge's authority, and especially authority over children, is what makes her so terrifying. In modern day, she is more of a realistic threat to us Muggles. We have seen corrupt political leaders. We have seen abusers in positions of power over kids. She represents a real, innate fear in most of us - being taken advantage of by someone that you should be able to trust, by someone who should be protecting you.
I can't imagine a world in which any living, breathing cat could like such a terrible woman. Who knew that J.K. Rowling could create a character more hated than the darkest wizard of all time.

Yours truly,

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