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Wednesday, June 25, 2003
“As you've pointed out, some of the most compelling scenes in the book are with Snape, who saves Harry's life (again) but on whom Rowling never goes soft. The Pensieve flashback—in which Harry views his father's and godfather's egotistical bullying through the eyes of the socially backward young Snape—is a highlight. And then, of course, there is a mythic new beast, the Ministry-approved Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher—the unluckiest job in the world, next to being the drummer for Spinal Tap. She is professor Umbridge, a squat, officious, passive-aggressive ("Hem, hem") monster who only has to smile "sweetly" at Harry to make me remember why I would have shown up at my 25th high-school reunion with a can of gasoline and a box of matches.”
Part of a review from Slate’s Book Club of OotP – enjoy!