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Harry Potter fans, listen up. J.K Rowling has penned a brand new Potter short story – and it’s winging its way to you on Halloween.
And this time around it’ll be Professor Umbridge – Harry’s nemesis in The Order Of The Phoenix – who takes centre stage.
According to the Pottermore website the 1,700 tale will focus on Umbridge’s earlier life prior to her enounter with the boy wizard at Hogwarts.
‘Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious Potter characters, she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar (on Harry),’ the site said in a statement.
They added that fans could expect ‘a rich back story about Umbridge’s life, filled with many new details, as well as Rowling’s first-person thoughts and reflections about the character.’
Umbridge – who eventually got her comeuppance in the Order Of The Phoenix after stunts which included making Harry scar himself with a Blood Quill – was played in the movie version of the book by Imelda Staunton.
Her story is the first bit of new Potter material since another story – featuring Harry, Ron and Hermione as thirtysomethings – surfaced on Pottermore over the summer.
As far as we’re concerned, Halloween can’t come soon enough…