Maggie Smith and Imelda Staunton Square Off in New “Downton Abbey” Clip

We haven’t seen a rivalry this fierce since… well, since Umbridge and McGonagall. Any Downton fan knows that the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, played to perfection by Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), is a force to be reckoned with. It seems fitting, then, that her adversary in this clip from the Downton Abbey movie is none other than Imelda Staunton, who played McGonagall’s sworn enemy Dolores Umbridge.



The clip is just a taste of what’s to come in the film itself since Staunton’s character, Lady Maud Bagshaw, threatens to “have it out once and for all” with the dowager countess. Staunton, along with Tuppence Middleton (The Current War, The Imitation Game), who plays her maid Lucy, is new to the show, so this clip is our very first look at her character in action.

We can’t wait to see our favorite and least favorite Hogwarts professors reunite for another verbal battle. Luckily, it’s only three weeks until the Downton Abbey movie hits theaters on September 20!

Gayané Kaligian

Gayane has been writing about Harry Potter since the fourth grade, when she wrote her first five-paragraph essay on why Percy Weasley’s buffoonery could have led to Voldemort winning. These days, she’s still talking about the Weasley brothers, but it’s mostly about how overlooked Charlie is. In her free time, you can find her researching stunt choreography and geeking out over theater.