In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Umbridge becomes Headmistress of Hogwarts after Dumbledore's sacking, but Dumbledore gets reinstated at the end.

But however, in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in the alternate reality where Cedric Diggory becomes a Death Eater, Umbridge is still Headmistress.

So what happened in this timeline's version of Order of the Phoenix? Did Dumbledore still get reinstated, then Snape, then Umbridge? After all, Scorpius said that Snape killed Dumbledore and if someone else did that, Snape made no attempt to correct him. Or did Dumbledore get reinstated, then Umbridge got reinstated after Dumbledore died?

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    Could you put some more effort into your titles in the future, a lot of your posts seem to be of the form keyword1 - keyword2 - keyword3 etc. A good title should describe the main question you are asking whilst being brief.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Aug 8, 2018 at 10:46
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    It isn't such a stretch to believe - remember, her being Headmistress in Cursed Child is 19+ years after the events of book 5. And - she was already fully culpable w/ a dictatorial regime in the 'real' timeline by Book 7 and held a high position in the Ministry then. It stands to reason that she would be promoted
    – NKCampbell
    Aug 8, 2018 at 13:53
  • @NKCampbell In the real timeline, though, she is sent to Azkaban for life after Deathly Hallows. Besides, would headmistress of a secondary school really be a promotion from her ministry position as Head of the Anti-Muggle Evilness Office? Aug 8, 2018 at 15:51
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    Because HPATCC is rubbish. Aug 9, 2018 at 19:23
  • @ErnestFriedman-Hill, please. That is insulting to perfectly good rubbish, which generally served a purpose before being used and thrown away. Cursed Child aspires to be rubbish. Jan 25, 2022 at 3:40

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The order of succession is: Dumbledore, then Umbridge (during OotP) then Dumbledore again. After Dumbledore is killed (in HBP) Snape gets the job. At some point after Harry's death (in CC's alternate timeline) Voldemort reinstates Umbridge, and Snape returns to his old job.

Umbridge is made Headmistress after Snape, probably because she was a better candidate for the job. Umbridge had proven willing to gloss over both the Ministry's failings and the activities of Voldemort, who preferred secrecy. Umbridge is better able to uphold an image of normalcy as she had no prior association with Death Eaters, unlike Snape, who killed the previous headmaster.


Hm, probably Snape never became headmaster? Maybe Umbridge became headmaster after the battle because she is pureblood supremacist and therefore ok to Voldemort.

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    Got any evidence for this that you could edit in to back your answer up? Or is it only pure speculation?
    – Jenayah
    Jan 20, 2020 at 7:18
  • Stack Exchange is not a discussion forum, it's a question-and-answer site. Your post needs to actually attempt to answer the question - you've asked another question, and started a statement with "maybe". Neither provide an answer.
    – T.J.L.
    Feb 26, 2020 at 13:31

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