The Crown season five is finally upon us. And while we're thrilled to see the Royals back on screen, viewers are all sharing one particular complaint about the new series.
Season five takes us into a whole new era for the Royal Family, diving straight into the 1990s - and that means a brand new cast for the show as the characters age. (We're missing Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor already).
Leading the new cast is of course Imelda Staunton as the now mid-6o-year-old Queen. However, despite her truly brilliant performance as Her Majesty, fans do have one complaint about the actress: namely that they can't help but see her Harry Potter character Professor Umbridge when they look at the Queen.
An occupational hazard of playing such an iconic witch, right?
Imelda Staunton first appeared as Professor Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix all the way back in 2007. Yes, 15 years may have passed, but her role as Umbridge is firmly locked in our mental nostalgia archives. All that pink!
Now, The Crown viewers have been jokily complaining over not being able to shake Umbridge from their view of the Queen.
One tweeted, 'I just can’t get into this season of The Crown, every time I look at the Queen I just think of Umbridge from Harry Potter lol. [sic]' Another added, 'Trying to watch The Crown season 5 but can’t take it seriously every time Dolores Umbridge comes on.'
A third joked, 'That's not the Queen. That's Professor Umbridge,' while a fourth agreed, writing, 'Y'know... the thing is I still see her as Umbridge. [sic]'
I just can’t get into this season of the crown, every time I look at the queen I just think of Umbridge from Harry Potter lol
— patsy mason (@patsy_masonx) November 11, 2022
Trying to watch the crown season 5 but can’t take it seriously every time Dolores umbridge comes on.
— Severus Snape (@leonhardt805) November 11, 2022
— Indigo Julie⁷ 🐾 💙 (@JuliewithLuv13) November 5, 2022
So, turns out that's one role that's particularly difficult to shake. Either way, we think Imelda steals the show as both.
The Crown season 5 is streaming now on Netflix.
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