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The '''Skirmish in the Forbidden Forest''' was a conflict that took place in the [[Forbidden Forest]] on the grounds of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. It began as a result of [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] bureaucrat [[Dolores Umbridge]] ([[Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic]], [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher, [[Hogwarts High Inquisitor]], and [[Headmaster|Headmistress]] of Hogwarts School) angering a herd of [[centaur]]s in the forest after being led there by two students from the school, [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]] on the pretence of showing her a "secret weapon" to be used against the Ministry being developed by [[Albus Dumbledore]] and the [[Order of the Phoenix]].
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The '''Skirmish in the Forbidden Forest''' was a conflict that took place in the [[Forbidden Forest]] on the grounds of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] on the 17 June,1996.
   
==Background==
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The conflict began as a result of [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] bureaucrat [[Dolores Umbridge]] ([[Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic]], [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher, [[Hogwarts High Inquisitor]], and [[Headmaster|Headmistress]] of Hogwarts School) angering a herd of [[centaur]]s in the forest after being led there by two students from the school, [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]] on the pretence of showing her a "secret weapon" to be used against the Ministry being developed by [[Albus Dumbledore]] and the [[Order of the Phoenix]].
===As a teacher===
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== History ==
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=== Background information ===
 
{{Quote|As I've told you once before, Mr. Potter, naughty children deserve to be punished|[[Dolores Umbridge]]'s teaching style|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
 
{{Quote|As I've told you once before, Mr. Potter, naughty children deserve to be punished|[[Dolores Umbridge]]'s teaching style|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
   
[[File:Imeldadr7.jpg|thumb|192px|Dolores Jane Umbridge, Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic, Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Hogwarts High Inquisitor, and Headmistress of Hogwarts School]]
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[[File:Dolores_Umbridge_Deathly_Hallows_promotional_image.jpg|thumb|left|145px|Dolores Jane Umbridge, new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Hogwarts High Inquisitor, and Headmistress of Hogwarts School]]
   
[[Dolores Umbridge]] was appointed to [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher at Hogwarts School by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]. As the teacher, she taught the students purely theory of defensive spells and not the real thing to destroy any chance that Dumbledore would have the students "trained to in combat" to take on the Ministry. When Harry spoke up about seeing Lord Voldemort return, she severely punished him in detentions where he would be made to write with a [[Blood Quill]]; that is, he would write in his own blood while the words were carved into the back of his hand. Despite this, Harry and his friends found strength within, and formed the secret Defence Against the Dark Arts group known as [[Dumbledore's Army]] to prepare themselves for the outside world right under Umbridge's nose.
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[[Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic]] [[Dolores Umbridge]] was appointed the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher at Hogwarts School by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], as a means to spy on Dumbledore and his staff. As the teacher, she taught the students purely theory of defensive spells and not the real thing to destroy any chance that Dumbledore would have the students "trained to in combat" to take on the Ministry.
   
===Reign at Hogwarts===
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When Harry spoke up about seeing Lord Voldemort return, she severely punished him in detentions where he would be made to write with a [[Blood Quill]]; that is, he would write in his own blood while the words were carved into the back of his hand. Despite this, Harry, Ron, and Hermione found strength within. They formed the secret Defence Against the Dark Arts group known as [[Dumbledore's Army]], lead and taught by Harry. The goal was to prepare the students that wished to join for the outside world and the dangers that waited, right under Umbridge's nose.
{{Quote|Having already revolutionised the teaching of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], [[Dolores Umbridge]] will, as High Inquisitor, have powers to address the seriously falling standards at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts School]]|[[Cornelius Fudge]], the [[Minister for Magic]], in the [[Daily Prophet]] announcing Umbridge's appointed to the position|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
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=== Umbridge's reign at Hogwarts ===
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{{Quote|Having already revolutionised the teaching of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], [[Dolores Umbridge]] will, as High Inquisitor, have powers to address the seriously falling standards at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts School]]|[[Cornelius Fudge|Minister Cornelius Fudge]]'s announcement in the [[Daily Prophet]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
   
 
Umbridge began to expand her power by means of becoming [[Hogwarts High Inquisitor]], where she had the ability to inspect and fire other teachers, and, after Dumbledore was forced to flee by taking credit for Dumbledore's Army when it was discovered, Headmistress of the school. With enormous power over the teachers, students, and the whole school, Umbridge fired [[Sybill Trelawney]] and tried to fire [[Rubeus Hagrid]] at night so as not to make a scene, a skirmish that resulted in [[Minerva McGonagall]] being hit with four Stunning spells in the chest when she went to help him. Umbridge was held in contempt by most of the students, except for a select few who became her [[Inquisitorial Squad]], and by most of the teachers as well.
 
Umbridge began to expand her power by means of becoming [[Hogwarts High Inquisitor]], where she had the ability to inspect and fire other teachers, and, after Dumbledore was forced to flee by taking credit for Dumbledore's Army when it was discovered, Headmistress of the school. With enormous power over the teachers, students, and the whole school, Umbridge fired [[Sybill Trelawney]] and tried to fire [[Rubeus Hagrid]] at night so as not to make a scene, a skirmish that resulted in [[Minerva McGonagall]] being hit with four Stunning spells in the chest when she went to help him. Umbridge was held in contempt by most of the students, except for a select few who became her [[Inquisitorial Squad]], and by most of the teachers as well.
 
===Contacting Sirius through the Floo Network===
 
   
 
Harry was given a vision (planted there by Voldemort as a trick) of his godfather, [[Sirius Black]], being tortured by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. Desperate to save him at the [[Department of Mysteries]] where he believed him to be captured, Harry first decided to check to see if Sirius was indeed held captured by using the [[Floo Network]] to visit [[12 Grimmauld Place]]. The only Floo Network fireplace not under surveillance, however, was in Umbridge's office, and so he broke in using [[Sirius Black's knife]] while his friends were stationed as lookouts. He visited Grimmauld Place and was lied to be [[Kreacher]], who said that Sirius was indeed at the Department of Mysteries (when he was really upstairs), but before Harry could react he was caught by Umbridge.
 
Harry was given a vision (planted there by Voldemort as a trick) of his godfather, [[Sirius Black]], being tortured by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. Desperate to save him at the [[Department of Mysteries]] where he believed him to be captured, Harry first decided to check to see if Sirius was indeed held captured by using the [[Floo Network]] to visit [[12 Grimmauld Place]]. The only Floo Network fireplace not under surveillance, however, was in Umbridge's office, and so he broke in using [[Sirius Black's knife]] while his friends were stationed as lookouts. He visited Grimmauld Place and was lied to be [[Kreacher]], who said that Sirius was indeed at the Department of Mysteries (when he was really upstairs), but before Harry could react he was caught by Umbridge.
   
===Attempt to torture Harry===
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[[File:UmbridgeCrucio.jpg|thumb|225px|Umbridge preparing to use the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on Harry]]
[[File:UmbridgeCrucio.jpg|thumb|255px|Umbridge preparing to use the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on Harry]]{{Quote|What [[Cornelius Fudge|Cornelius]] doesn't know won't hurt him|Dolores Umbridge before she tries to use the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on Harry|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
   
While Umbridge pulled him out of the fireplace and grabbed him by the hair, his friends and fellow D.A. members [[Hermione Granger]], [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], [[Neville Longbottom]], and [[Luna Lovegood]] were held in her office by Inquisitorial Squad members. When Harry refused to tell her what he had been doing, Umbridge first attempted to dose him with [[Veritaserum]], but [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] told her he had no more. She then claimed that the [[Cruciatus Curse]] might "loosen his tongue", responding that "What [[Cornelius Fudge|Cornelius]] doesn't know won't hurt him" when Hermione said the curse was illegal. Hermione then spoke up, pretending to be revealing who Harry was contacting, and tricked Umbridge into following her and Harry into the [[Forbidden Forest]] in search of an alleged "secret weapon" of the [[Order of the Phoenix]].
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While Umbridge pulled him out of the fireplace and grabbed him by the hair, his friends and fellow D.A. members [[Hermione Granger]], [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], [[Neville Longbottom]], and [[Luna Lovegood]] were held in her office by Inquisitorial Squad members.
   
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry Potter|Can we have your [[wand]], then, if we're going first?|Umbridge|No, I don't think so, Mr. Potter. The Ministry places a rather higher value on my life than yours, I'm afraid.|Harry asking Umbridge if he can use [[Dolores Umbridge's wand|her wand]] as they go into the forest|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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When Harry refused to tell her what he had been doing, Umbridge first attempted to dose him with [[Veritaserum]], but [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] told her he had no more. She then claimed that the [[Cruciatus Curse]] might "''loosen his tongue''", responding that "''What [[Cornelius Fudge|Cornelius]] doesn't know won't hurt him''" when Hermione said the curse was illegal. Hermione then spoke up, pretending to be revealing who Harry was contacting, and tricked Umbridge into following her and Harry into the [[Forbidden Forest]] in search of an alleged "secret weapon" of the [[Order of the Phoenix]].
   
==The skirmish==
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==== The skirmish ====
[[File:Books chapterart ootp 33.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Hermione Granger]] and [[Harry Potter]] leading Umbridge into the forest]]
 
 
{{Quote|Over the plunging, many-coloured backs and heads of the centaurs [[Harry Potter|Harry]] saw Umbridge being borne away through the trees by [[Bane]], still screaming nonstop; her voice grew fainter and fainter until they could no longer hear it over the trampling of hooves surrounding them.|Description of Dolores Umbridge being dragged away by the centaurs|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
{{Quote|Over the plunging, many-coloured backs and heads of the centaurs [[Harry Potter|Harry]] saw Umbridge being borne away through the trees by [[Bane]], still screaming nonstop; her voice grew fainter and fainter until they could no longer hear it over the trampling of hooves surrounding them.|Description of Dolores Umbridge being dragged away by the centaurs|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
In the forest, Harry wasn't sure if Hermione had a plan or if she was making it up as she went along. Hermione made sure to make a lot of noise, as she wanted to be overheard. Soon the party was confronted by a herd of [[centaur]]s. Umbridge, though frightened, shamelessly insulted the centaurs with racial slurs and her wizarding arrogance, calling them "filthy half-breeds" and "creatures of near-human intelligence".
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[[File:Normal_260ootp_umbridge_potter_granger.jpg|thumb|left|225px|[[Hermione Granger]], [[Harry Potter]],and Umbridge into the forest]]
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In the forest, Harry wasn't sure if Hermione had a plan or if she was making it up as she went along. Hermione made sure to make a lot of noise, as she wanted to be overheard. Soon the party was confronted by a herd of [[centaur]]s. Umbridge, though frightened, shamelessly insulted the centaurs with racial slurs and her wizarding arrogance, calling them "''filthy half-breeds''" and "''creatures of near-human intelligence''".
   
 
When the centaurs made threatening moves, Umbridge cast "[[Incarcerous]]" on the centaur [[Magorian]], strangling him with ropes. The centaur [[Bane]] then picked her up and carried her away deeper into the forest screaming (what happened to her beyond that, during her time with the Centaur herd until she was rescued, is unknown). When Harry dived to pick up her wand, it was snapped in half when one of the centaurs stepped on it.
 
When the centaurs made threatening moves, Umbridge cast "[[Incarcerous]]" on the centaur [[Magorian]], strangling him with ropes. The centaur [[Bane]] then picked her up and carried her away deeper into the forest screaming (what happened to her beyond that, during her time with the Centaur herd until she was rescued, is unknown). When Harry dived to pick up her wand, it was snapped in half when one of the centaurs stepped on it.
   
[[File:Centuar.jpg|thumb|A centaur bound the ropes Umbridge conjured to bind him]]
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[[File:Incarcerous.gif|frame|A centaur bound the ropes Umbridge conjured to bind him]]
   
 
As the centaurs turned on the children, Hermione protested, saying that centaurs did not hurt foals (young humans) and that they meant no harm, unlike Umbridge, and were not from the Ministry of Magic like her. Hermione accidentally insulted the centaurs by saying that they had wanted the centaurs to drive Umbridge off for them, as the centaurs took this as wizards thinking that centaurs existed to do their bidding.
 
As the centaurs turned on the children, Hermione protested, saying that centaurs did not hurt foals (young humans) and that they meant no harm, unlike Umbridge, and were not from the Ministry of Magic like her. Hermione accidentally insulted the centaurs by saying that they had wanted the centaurs to drive Umbridge off for them, as the centaurs took this as wizards thinking that centaurs existed to do their bidding.
 
[[File:34272-26957.gif|thumb|left|[[Grawp]]]]
 
   
 
The centaurs, deciding that they were arrogant wizards as well and that Harry was not a foal but nearing manhood, prepared to attack them but then [[Grawp]], [[Rubeus Hagrid]]'s Giant half-brother, arrived. The centaurs attacked him instead, shooting him with arrows in the face. Grawp chased away the centaurs, howling with pain, as blood from his face poured down on Harry and Hermione.
 
The centaurs, deciding that they were arrogant wizards as well and that Harry was not a foal but nearing manhood, prepared to attack them but then [[Grawp]], [[Rubeus Hagrid]]'s Giant half-brother, arrived. The centaurs attacked him instead, shooting him with arrows in the face. Grawp chased away the centaurs, howling with pain, as blood from his face poured down on Harry and Hermione.
   
==Aftermath==
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=== Aftermath ===
[[File:Centaurs.JPG|thumb|272px|Centaurs closing in on Umbridge in the forest]]
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[[File:D.a._members.gif|thumb|240px|left|The [[D.A.]] members that accompany Harry to the Ministry ]]
   
Harry and Hermione were joined in the forest by Ron, Ginny, Neville, and Luna, who escaped the Inquisitorial Squad's capture with a combination of hexes, jinxes, and a particularly good [[Bat-Bogey Hex]] from Ginny. The group decided to use [[Thestral]]s to fly to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] in [[London]] (attracting them because Harry and Hermione were covered in Grawp's blood). In the Ministry of Magic, they navigated themselves down to the [[Department of Mysteries]], only to discover that it had been a trick and that Sirius wasn't there. Instead, the [[Death Eaters]] were waiting for them for Harry to give them [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|a prophecy Voldemort desired]], and the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]] began.
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Harry and Hermione were joined in the forest by Ron, Ginny, Neville, and Luna, who escaped the Inquisitorial Squad's capture with a combination of hexes, jinxes, and a particularly good [[Bat-Bogey Hex]] from Ginny.
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The group decided to use [[Thestral]]s to fly to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] in [[London]] (attracting them because Harry and Hermione were covered in Grawp's blood). In the Ministry of Magic, they navigated themselves down to the [[Department of Mysteries]], only to discover that it had been a trick and that Sirius wasn't there. Instead, the [[Death Eaters]] were waiting for them for Harry to give them [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|a prophecy Voldemort desired]], and the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]] began.
   
==Rescue==
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==== Rescue ====
{{Dialogue a-b-a-c|Slughorn|I might have been in hiding, but some funny rumours have reached me since Dolores Umbridge left! If that's how you treat teachers these days —|Dumbledore|Professor Umbridge ran afoul of our centaur herd. I think you, Horace, would have known better than to stride into the forest and call a horde of angry centaurs filthy half-breeds.|That's what she did, did she. Idiotic woman. Never liked her.|Harry| *chuckles, both Dumbledore and Slughorn look at him* Sorry, It's just — I didn't like her either.|[[Albus Dumbledore]], [[Horace Slughorn]], and [[Harry Potter]] talking about the results of Umbridge's actions|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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{{Dialogue a-b|Slughorn|I might have been in hiding, but some funny rumours have reached me since Dolores Umbridge left! If that's how you treat teachers these days —|Dumbledore|Professor Umbridge ran afoul of our centaur herd. I think you, Horace, would have known better than to stride into the forest and call a horde of angry centaurs filthy half-breeds.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] and [[Horace Slughorn]] talking about the results of Umbridge's actions|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
Umbridge was ultimately rescued by Dumbledore, although she was apparently left with a significant fear of centaurs afterwards, reacting violently at even the sound of hoofbeats. How Dumbledore managed to rescue her from the human-hating centaurs without suffering any injury himself remained a mystery, though it is likely that centaurs had respect for Albus, based on their salute at his funeral.
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Umbridge was ultimately rescued by Dumbledore, although she was apparently left with a significant fear of centaurs afterwards, reacting violently at even the sound of hoof-beats. How Dumbledore managed to rescue her from the human-hating centaurs without suffering any injury himself remained a mystery, though it is likely that centaurs had respect for Albus, based on their salute at his funeral.
   
 
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==Differences between the book and film==
 
==Differences between the book and film==
*In the book, Bane solely carried Umbridge off into the forest, but in the film she was carried off by two Centaurs, neither of which seemed to be Bane.
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*In the book, Bane solely carried Umbridge off into the forest, but in the film she was carried off by two Centaurs, neither of which seemed to be Bane.
*In the film, none of the Centaurs speak to Umbridge or the children.
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*In the film, none of the Centaurs speak to Umbridge or the children.
*The Centaurs do not threaten or attack Harry and Hermione in the film, but just leave them.
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*The Centaurs do not threaten or attack Harry and Hermione in the film, but just leave them.
   
 
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Centaurs Dolores
Skirmish in the Forbidden Forest
Part of the Second Wizarding War
Date

17 June, 1996

Location

Forbidden Forest, Hogwarts Castle grounds, England

Cause

Dolores Umbridge angering a herd of centaurs because of her insensitive, prejudiced comments about their race

Result

Dolores Umbridge carried away by the Centaurs but is later rescued by Albus Dumbledore. She is subsequently suspended from her posts at Hogwarts.

Combatants

Centaurs

Bane, Magorian, Ronan

Dolores Umbridge

Grawp

Harry Potter, Hermione Granger

"Filthy half-breeds! Beasts! Uncontrolled animals!"
Dolores Umbridge to a herd of centaurs[src]

The Skirmish in the Forbidden Forest was a conflict that took place in the Forbidden Forest on the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on the 17 June,1996.

The conflict began as a result of Ministry of Magic bureaucrat Dolores Umbridge (Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic, Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Hogwarts High Inquisitor, and Headmistress of Hogwarts School) angering a herd of centaurs in the forest after being led there by two students from the school, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger on the pretence of showing her a "secret weapon" to be used against the Ministry being developed by Albus Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix.

History Edit

Background information Edit

"As I've told you once before, Mr. Potter, naughty children deserve to be punished"
Dolores Umbridge's teaching style[src]
Dolores Umbridge Deathly Hallows promotional image

Dolores Jane Umbridge, new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Hogwarts High Inquisitor, and Headmistress of Hogwarts School

Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic Dolores Umbridge was appointed the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts School by the Ministry of Magic, as a means to spy on Dumbledore and his staff. As the teacher, she taught the students purely theory of defensive spells and not the real thing to destroy any chance that Dumbledore would have the students "trained to in combat" to take on the Ministry.

When Harry spoke up about seeing Lord Voldemort return, she severely punished him in detentions where he would be made to write with a Blood Quill; that is, he would write in his own blood while the words were carved into the back of his hand. Despite this, Harry, Ron, and Hermione found strength within. They formed the secret Defence Against the Dark Arts group known as Dumbledore's Army, lead and taught by Harry. The goal was to prepare the students that wished to join for the outside world and the dangers that waited, right under Umbridge's nose.

Umbridge's reign at Hogwarts Edit

"Having already revolutionised the teaching of Defence Against the Dark Arts, Dolores Umbridge will, as High Inquisitor, have powers to address the seriously falling standards at Hogwarts School"
Minister Cornelius Fudge's announcement in the Daily Prophet[src]

Umbridge began to expand her power by means of becoming Hogwarts High Inquisitor, where she had the ability to inspect and fire other teachers, and, after Dumbledore was forced to flee by taking credit for Dumbledore's Army when it was discovered, Headmistress of the school. With enormous power over the teachers, students, and the whole school, Umbridge fired Sybill Trelawney and tried to fire Rubeus Hagrid at night so as not to make a scene, a skirmish that resulted in Minerva McGonagall being hit with four Stunning spells in the chest when she went to help him. Umbridge was held in contempt by most of the students, except for a select few who became her Inquisitorial Squad, and by most of the teachers as well.

Harry was given a vision (planted there by Voldemort as a trick) of his godfather, Sirius Black, being tortured by Lord Voldemort. Desperate to save him at the Department of Mysteries where he believed him to be captured, Harry first decided to check to see if Sirius was indeed held captured by using the Floo Network to visit 12 Grimmauld Place. The only Floo Network fireplace not under surveillance, however, was in Umbridge's office, and so he broke in using Sirius Black's knife while his friends were stationed as lookouts. He visited Grimmauld Place and was lied to be Kreacher, who said that Sirius was indeed at the Department of Mysteries (when he was really upstairs), but before Harry could react he was caught by Umbridge.

UmbridgeCrucio

Umbridge preparing to use the Cruciatus Curse on Harry

While Umbridge pulled him out of the fireplace and grabbed him by the hair, his friends and fellow D.A. members Hermione Granger, Ron and Ginny Weasley, Neville Longbottom, and Luna Lovegood were held in her office by Inquisitorial Squad members.

When Harry refused to tell her what he had been doing, Umbridge first attempted to dose him with Veritaserum, but Professor Snape told her he had no more. She then claimed that the Cruciatus Curse might "loosen his tongue", responding that "What Cornelius doesn't know won't hurt him" when Hermione said the curse was illegal. Hermione then spoke up, pretending to be revealing who Harry was contacting, and tricked Umbridge into following her and Harry into the Forbidden Forest in search of an alleged "secret weapon" of the Order of the Phoenix.

The skirmish Edit

"Over the plunging, many-coloured backs and heads of the centaurs Harry saw Umbridge being borne away through the trees by Bane, still screaming nonstop; her voice grew fainter and fainter until they could no longer hear it over the trampling of hooves surrounding them."
—Description of Dolores Umbridge being dragged away by the centaurs[src]
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Hermione Granger, Harry Potter,and Umbridge into the forest

In the forest, Harry wasn't sure if Hermione had a plan or if she was making it up as she went along. Hermione made sure to make a lot of noise, as she wanted to be overheard. Soon the party was confronted by a herd of centaurs. Umbridge, though frightened, shamelessly insulted the centaurs with racial slurs and her wizarding arrogance, calling them "filthy half-breeds" and "creatures of near-human intelligence".

When the centaurs made threatening moves, Umbridge cast "Incarcerous" on the centaur Magorian, strangling him with ropes. The centaur Bane then picked her up and carried her away deeper into the forest screaming (what happened to her beyond that, during her time with the Centaur herd until she was rescued, is unknown). When Harry dived to pick up her wand, it was snapped in half when one of the centaurs stepped on it.

Incarcerous

A centaur bound the ropes Umbridge conjured to bind him

As the centaurs turned on the children, Hermione protested, saying that centaurs did not hurt foals (young humans) and that they meant no harm, unlike Umbridge, and were not from the Ministry of Magic like her. Hermione accidentally insulted the centaurs by saying that they had wanted the centaurs to drive Umbridge off for them, as the centaurs took this as wizards thinking that centaurs existed to do their bidding.

The centaurs, deciding that they were arrogant wizards as well and that Harry was not a foal but nearing manhood, prepared to attack them but then Grawp, Rubeus Hagrid's Giant half-brother, arrived. The centaurs attacked him instead, shooting him with arrows in the face. Grawp chased away the centaurs, howling with pain, as blood from his face poured down on Harry and Hermione.

Aftermath Edit

D.a. members

The D.A. members that accompany Harry to the Ministry

Harry and Hermione were joined in the forest by Ron, Ginny, Neville, and Luna, who escaped the Inquisitorial Squad's capture with a combination of hexes, jinxes, and a particularly good Bat-Bogey Hex from Ginny. The group decided to use Thestrals to fly to the Ministry of Magic in London (attracting them because Harry and Hermione were covered in Grawp's blood). In the Ministry of Magic, they navigated themselves down to the Department of Mysteries, only to discover that it had been a trick and that Sirius wasn't there. Instead, the Death Eaters were waiting for them for Harry to give them a prophecy Voldemort desired, and the Battle of the Department of Mysteries began.

Rescue Edit

Slughorn: "I might have been in hiding, but some funny rumours have reached me since Dolores Umbridge left! If that's how you treat teachers these days —"
Dumbledore: "Professor Umbridge ran afoul of our centaur herd. I think you, Horace, would have known better than to stride into the forest and call a horde of angry centaurs filthy half-breeds."
Albus Dumbledore and Horace Slughorn talking about the results of Umbridge's actions[src]

Umbridge was ultimately rescued by Dumbledore, although she was apparently left with a significant fear of centaurs afterwards, reacting violently at even the sound of hoof-beats. How Dumbledore managed to rescue her from the human-hating centaurs without suffering any injury himself remained a mystery, though it is likely that centaurs had respect for Albus, based on their salute at his funeral.

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Differences between the book and filmEdit

  • In the book, Bane solely carried Umbridge off into the forest, but in the film she was carried off by two Centaurs, neither of which seemed to be Bane.
  • In the film, none of the Centaurs speak to Umbridge or the children.
  • The Centaurs do not threaten or attack Harry and Hermione in the film, but just leave them.

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