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Old April 28th, 2008, 11:32 am
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Re: Dolores Jane Umbridge: Character Analysis

Originally Posted by MoonStarRaven View Post
Sorry if this is the wrong place to put this, but I thought it was interesting when I came across this definition on a Latin translation site:

doloris N (3rd) M 3 1 M [XXXAX]
pain, anguish, grief, sorrow, suffering; resentment, indignation;

Sounds like the affect she had on people. I wonder if that name was intentional?
I'm absolutely sure it was. JKR takes great care over her names.

In answer to the first question on the first page of this thread:

1) Jo herself describes Umbridge as evil. How does Dolores rate against the series villain, Lord Voldemort? When Harry was told the world wasn't divided between good people and Death Eaters, did that rule her out as a DE? Do you think her actions support Voldemort even if she isn't a DE?

Yes, I think her actions supported Voldemort; she might not have been a DE but she actively supported and furthered the cause of the pure-blood movement.

I regard Umbridge as the equivalent of those people who aided and abetted the cause of the Nazis because they were simply doing what they were told. She might not have been directly involved in torture herself, but by heck she helped to oil the wheels of the machinery.

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