What if Dolores Umbridge had Voldemort’s power in Harry Potter?


If Dolores Umbridge possessed the same level of skill and power as Lord Voldemort, how might it have impacted Harry Potter and the Wizarding World?

Lord Voldemort, the most powerful dark wizard ever to live. A wizard so powerful that no one dared faced him, heck no one dared speak his name bar a few brave souls. He brought death to anyone who opposed him and plunged the world into fear and darkness not once, but twice. And yet, compared to Dolores Umbridge, is a kitten.

Voldemort may have had all the power and skill, but Dolores was truly the most evil creature in the world of Harry Potter. Thank god she did not have the same level of skill as him.

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But if she did, what might the world of Harry Potter look like?

In truth, it’s actually extremely difficult to think what the world would have looked like in detail, but it all leads to the same road, chaos, misery and death.

You see Umbridge had no empathy, no regrets, for what she did in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. We saw this all throughout her time at Hogwarts. Every time she inflicted pain or punishment on someone it gave her a sense of power and overall pleasure from the experience.

Then when we saw her again in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where she had more control and more power over people, she was even more joyous. Despite her ordeal in the forbidden forest, it did nothing to quell her actions, she hadn’t learned anything, it had made her worse.

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If she had the same level of power and skill as Voldemort then I shudder to think what might have been. She would certainly have not hesitated to use the Cruciatus Curse at her leisure. And who would have opposed her is she did? McGonagall? Severus? They would have been cut down and Avada Kedvara in a heartbeat.

Dumbledore may have been able to put up a fight but I don’t think he would have been able to stop her. Voldemort feared Dumbledore, something that would have played on his mind during their many duels and therefore giving Dumbledore the advantage. Umbridge, with her lack of emotion, would not have feared Dumbledore, or at the very least not as much, and may have even put up a bigger fight; maybe even defeating him.

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If we continued the story to the point where Umbridge was lured to the Forbidden Forest she would not have succumbed to the centaurs so easily. She would have disposed of them in a blink of an eye and returned to the school more determined to subdue everyone to her will.

Every scenario leads to the same conclusion. If she had the power, the world of Harry Potter would have been a much darker and horrifying place. To quote Spider-Man, “with great power, comes great responsibility,” however if that great power was in the hands of a psychopath, which clearly Umbridge is, then I think it would be safe to say that the apocalypse is just around the corner.

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What are your thoughts? Do you think the Golden Trio would have still been able to outwit her? Or do you think that the world would have been plunged into an even bigger hell than what Voldemort created? Sound off and share what you are thinking by dropping a comment below.