Umbridge inspects Grubbly-Plank

Umbridge inspects Professor Grubbly-Plank's Care of Magical Creatures class

Extract from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by J.K. Rowling

“Hmm,’ said Professor Umbridge, dropping her voice, though Harry could still hear her quite clearly. ‘I wonder – the Headmaster seems strangely reluctant to give me any information on the matter – can you tell me what is causing Professor Hagrid’s very extended leave of absence?’

Harry saw Malfoy look up eagerly.

‘’Fraid I can’t,’ said Professor Grubbly-Plank breezily. ‘Don’t know anything more about it than you do. Got an owl from Dumbledore, would I like a couple of weeks’ teaching work. I accepted. That’s as much as I know. Well … shall I get started then?’

‘Yes, please do,’ said Professor Umbridge, scribbling on her clipboard. Umbridge took a different tack in this class and wandered amongst the students, questioning them on magical creatures. Most people were able to answer well and Harry’s spirits lifted somewhat; at least the class was not letting Hagrid down.

‘Overall,’ said Professor Umbridge, returning to Professor Grubbly-Plank’s side after a lengthy interrogation of Dean Thomas, ‘how do you, as a temporary member of staff – an objective outsider, I suppose you might say – how do you find Hogwarts? Do you feel you receive enough support from the school management?’

‘Oh, yes, Dumbledore’s excellent,’ said Professor Grubbly-Plank heartily.

‘Yes, I’m very happy with the way things are run, very happy indeed.

'Looking politely incredulous, Umbridge made a tiny note on her clipboard and went on, ‘And what are you planning to cover with this class this year – assuming, of course, that Professor Hagrid does not return?’

‘Oh, I’ll take them through the creatures that most often come up in O.W.L.,’ said Professor Grubbly-Plank. ‘Not much left to do – they’ve studied unicorns and Nifflers, I thought we’d cover Porlocks and Kneazles, make sure they can recognise Crups and Knarls, you know …’

‘Well, you seem to know what you’re doing, at any rate,’ said Professor Umbridge, making a very obvious tick on her clipboard. Harry did not like the emphasis she put on ‘you’ and liked it even less when she put her next question to Goyle. ‘Now, I hear there have been injuries in this class?’

Goyle gave a stupid grin. Malfoy hastened to answer the question.

‘That was me,’ he said. ‘I was slashed by a Hippogriff.’

‘A Hippogriff?’ said Professor Umbridge, now scribbling frantically.

‘Only because he was too stupid to listen to what Hagrid told him to do,’ said Harry angrily.

Both Ron and Hermione groaned. Professor Umbridge turned her head slowly in Harry’s direction.

‘Another night’s detention, I think,’ she said softly. ‘Well, thank you very much, Professor Grubbly-Plank, I think that’s all I need here. You will be receiving the results of your inspection within ten days.’

‘Jolly good,’ said Professor Grubbly-Plank, and Professor Umbridge set off back across the lawn to the castle.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling