J.K. Rowling on name choice

"Umbridge's names were carefully chosen. 'Dolores' means sorrow, something she undoubtedly inflicts on all around her. 'Umbridge' is a play on 'umbrage' from the British expression 'to take umbrage', meaning offence. Dolores is offended by any challenge to her limited world-view; I felt her surname conveyed the pettiness and rigidity of her character. It is harder to explain 'Jane'; it simply felt rather smug and neat between her other two names."



November 23, 2014 1:06 AM

I have to say, JK Rowling was absolutely brilliant with her naming choices. There was much thought that went into each name, I think. I can't think of any other authors off the top of my head who were more brilliant in their name choices.

November 26, 2014 5:39 PM

Exactly what I was thinking, sharalyns