Dolores Umbridge: the woman I believe we would all personally like to strangle, and yet there is no thread about her.
Early today, I began thinking about Umbridge as a young student (as impossible as the idea my seem), and I began wondering what house she had been in. I'm caught between two possibilities.
Hufflepuff: She certainly is loyal. She remained behind Fudge's policies through OotP, in spite of BLARING CONTRIDICTS to what he believed. And the more power she was given, the harder she worked to enforce the Minister of Magic's policies. Even when all those around her began jumping ship, she still remained loyal to Fudge and did everything she could to maintain control for him.
Slytherin: What it comes to being cunning and ambitious, Umbridge certainly fits the bill (although I'm not sure her obsession with lace, kittens, and the color pink are characteristic of a Slytherin). And her prejudgises against halfbreeds and later Muggleborns certainly seem fitting of the values that certain (notice I said certain, Chante'!) Slytherins are brought up with.
These are either of the two houses I think Umbridge was in. She just does not strike me as being especially intellegent or courageous.
Thoughts? Arguements? Let's hear 'em!