Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Truly Evil


Evil characters have always populated the literary world, but some stand out. My choice for a real stand-out, beyond the pale, truly evil character is Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series. A more cruel, self-righteous piece of work would be hard to name. She is humorless, delights in torturing others, is cowardly, and has no -and I really mean no- redeeming qualities.

She does drink tea, but we won't hold that against the tea, surely, any more than we'll hold her attraction to cats against the cats.

Here are video clips from some of her scenes, but you have to watch the movie The Order of the Phoenix and see her wickedness unfold through the film to appreciate the depth of her depravity:



Let's join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for tea and leave Umbridge out of our fellowship, shall we?

The photo at the top of the post is from the Harry Potter Wiki.

30 comments:

  1. I'm one of the probably rare people who know very little about HP. I do think Ms. Umbridge looks a bit smug drinking her tea though. Love her shoes which show up in the video clip

    Darla

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    1. yes, smug she is! she was worse in some ways than the main villain!

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  2. Anonymous5:26 AM

    Undeniably evil!
    And what an unsettling image to have pop up on my computer screen first thing in the morning.
    -- A Pal

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  3. Oh yes! I knew who she was as soon as your blog came into view........TRUELY an EVIL character....in the HP movie. Wonder what she is like in real life???

    Thanks for the visit this week, have a great T-day

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    1. imelda staunton plays the character, and i don't know anything about her. i've read she's well-respected and award-winning. she stole the show with this role. priceless! lol

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  4. I'm sort of like Darla. I've never seen a HP movie, or read a HP book. Color me ignorant on that account. But I like the way you showed her with her tea cup. Simply wonderful post for T today.

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    1. i started reading the hp books when they came out. there was such a fuss over them at the time, and i still don't understand the strong feeling against them. they are fun, and the movies did a decent job of adapting them.

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  5. I have never seen or read the books, my husband LOVES THEM!! He reads the books over and over and same witht he movies. Great picture though, love that stern face and with a cup of tea, hope it makes her smile.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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    1. she only smiles at the pain of others. she is too awful! my husband loves them, too, re-reading the books and re-watching the movies every once in a while. there's just something about them that stays with you

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  6. believe it or not I have never read or seen any of the Harry Potter things but I love that oh so stiff portrait of Umbridge:):)

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    1. i had kids in the target age when the books were published, or i probably never would've read them. doesn't she look stiff!

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  7. Oh, even knowing nothing about Harry Potter (much like all the other T-ers above, I was able to enjoy your post so much! What a great link between the two!

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    1. i'm so glad you liked it. villains are fun to root against lol

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  8. Prof. Umbridge is one person I'd never want to have tea with. If I could have tea with one HP character, I think I'd chose Luna.

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    1. yes! i _love_ luna lovegood, and i think they did such a good job casting her for the movie.

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  9. Looks really can be deceiving :) such a lovely tea cup she has tho.
    Happy tea day :)

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    1. ooo, yes indeed. she smiles that too-sweet smile the whole time she's torturing kids. i agree it is a pretty cup :)

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  10. I blame the saucer! It holds the poison - hence why I don't use teacups!
    Happy Tea Day!
    Hugs
    xx

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    1. oho! i'd never thought of that lol

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  11. Yes! Let's leave her out. She is worse than the one who shall remain nameless! Happy T Day!

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    1. she is worse! i think most fans hated her more than the "real" villain.

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  12. Happy T-Day!
    I've watched all the HP movies because of the kids. Not sure if I would have myself. I do remember her but not that scene with the cup. That was a lovely cup!

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    1. she looks very proper with her tea, doesn't she.

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  13. The fact that she seems to appear "sweet" makes her even more devilish.
    Happy T-Day! :)

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    1. yes, she smiles "sweetly" the whole time she's working her evil. scary!

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  14. She said it was tea, but how could someone so terrible drink tea? I's unthinkable lol

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    1. part of her evil is that she looks so sweet and harmless at first glance. the tea adds to an excellent disguise, doesn't it!

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  15. I think we only got to the 5th movie...maybe just the 4th. My boy has read the whole series...not me...yet. :)

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    1. i've been told the movies make a lot more sense if you've read the books.

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