(happy dance of a kid in a candy store)
(CNN) — No tricks here, just the treat: In honor of Halloween, J.K. Rowling is delving into the back story of one of “Harry Potter’s” more twisted Hogwarts professors.
On Rowling’s Pottermore website, the best-selling author has crafted a story about the life of Dolores Umbridge, whom fans will remember for her toad-like appearance, her hair bows and the gruesome way she chose to punish students.
It turns out that Umbridge was inspired by a real person. There was a teacher of Rowling’s whom she “disliked intensely on sight,” and it seems the feeling was mutual.
To be clear, this teacher wasn’t “the real Dolores Umbridge,” but her love of childlike accessories definitely inspired the character.
“What sticks in my mind is her pronounced taste for twee accessories,” Rowling says in an essay about the character. So although this teacher didn’t “look like a toad, was never sadistic or vicious…
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