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Old April 28th, 2007, 3:13 pm
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Re: What did Umbridge have against Harry in the first place???

Originally Posted by Shewoman View Post
I don't think she was brainwashed. I think she's ambitious and wants to rise in the Ministry and so was willing to do whatever would accomplish that. Think of her as the Ministry's Bellatrix (without the icky love Bella seems to have for Voldemort). In the 1960s an American politician, Barry Goldwater, said "Extremism in the pursuit of virtue is no vice"--in other words, the ends justify the means. When that's your philosophy, anything you think brings you closer to the "virtue" you think you're pursuing is justifiable--lies, demonizing individuals or groups, dementors, slavery, internment camps, extermination camps, ethnic cleansing, whatever.
Sounds ominously like religious zealotry.

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