Two weeks ago, rumors began circulating that accomplished BBC actress Imelda Staunton will join the Harry Potter pantheon as Ms. Dolores Umbridge. Staunton confirmed this rumor herself during a recent appearance on ITV’s This Morning television program.
Fans of the Potter book series should be well pleased, as Staunton easily has the ability to be convincingly stern, creepy, and despicable. Umbridge is perhaps the most hated character in the Potter universe, and much of the fifth novel focuses around her dictatorial control of Hogwarts, the magical school that Potter attends (in case you just emerged from your 1950s bomb shelter and hadn’t yet heard of Hogwarts). As Dolores Umbridge, Staunton should feature prominently in The Order of the Phoenix movie.