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Or she is the ultimate villain built from character flaws without one redeeming quality?

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    Of course she has one. She likes fluffy kittens. – Mithrandir Jul 9 '17 at 15:35
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    And she is very neat and tidy. Cleanliness is close to Godliness. – Magikarp Master Jul 9 '17 at 15:39
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    @Mithrandir It's debatable whether that's a good thing or not... She was very good at admin, though. – The Dark Lord Jul 9 '17 at 16:13
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    @TheDarkLord loving animals usually considered a positive trait (unless it is something like salacious crumb) but in her case she only has them on plates, either because cat hair freaks her out or she's allergic--- – Ekaterin Nile Jul 9 '17 at 16:18
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    @R.Skeeter This is entirely a subjective question... – Odin1806 Jul 9 '17 at 16:49
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Umbridge's profile (by JKR) on Pottermore offers some additional insight into her more admirable traits.

  • She's a powerful magical practitioner (or at least highly competent)

    An accomplished witch, Dolores joined the Ministry of Magic directly after she left Hogwarts, taking a job as a lowly intern in the Improper Use of Magic Office.

  • She's thorough in her work

    Dolores was judgemental, prejudiced and sadistic, although her conscientious attitude, her saccharine manner towards her superiors, and the ruthlessness and stealth with which she took credit for other people's work soon gained her advancement.

  • She's a hard worker and known to be ambitious

    While they valued her hard work and ambition, those who got to know her best found it difficult to like her very much.

    Dolores Umbridge: By J.K. Rowling

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