ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

While many of us may have been lucky enough to avoid a vicious, murderous tyrant like Lord Voldemort, we're all familiar with the everyday evil of people like Dolores Umbridge. The much-reviled Hogwarts teacher was played to perfection by British treasure Imelda Staunton who, as she spoke to EW's Binge podcast, confirmed that she hates Umbridge as much as we do:

"I think she’s a bloody monster and to be played as such. I don’t need to understand what she does, but from a character point of view, she believes she’s doing the absolute best for that school. Yet again, I have embraced a completely and utterly deluded woman."

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix director David Yates was determined that Umbridge's pettiness and smiling malice belies a much darker core:

"He made it very clear to me and said, ‘Look, this woman is into ethnic cleansing,’ and that’s quite political. That’s what this is, the pure-bloods and all that.’ I thought, ‘Christ, of course that’s what it is,’ so it became very serious. That’s when you go, ‘Right, I’m not just a lady in a very nice array of pink outfits. This is madness and cruelty dressed up.’"

Can you guess which scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix she found most difficult to film? If you guess this one, you're correct:

Staunton said of shooting the "I must not tell lies" detention scene:

"I loved doing it, but I have to say, the most difficult scene to do, which did leave me feeling pretty bad for a couple days, was actually the scene where I make him do the lines and it happens in his hand. You know, the 'I must not tell lies' detention scene. That touched into something that you think, ‘Gosh, we’re all capable of great cruelty.’ It was a horrible, horrible feeling."


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