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{{Quote|Potter, you cannot win against me! I was and am the Dark Lord's most loyal servant. I learned the Dark Arts from him, and I know spells of such power that you, pathetic little boy, can never hope to compete!|Bellatrix to [[Harry Potter]] during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
{{Quote|Potter, you cannot win against me! I was and am the Dark Lord's most loyal servant. I learned the Dark Arts from him, and I know spells of such power that you, pathetic little boy, can never hope to compete!|Bellatrix to [[Harry Potter]] during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
'''Bellatrix Lestrange''' (née '''Black''') ([[1950s|1951]]—[[2 May]], [[1998]]) was a [[pure-blood]] [[Wizardkind|witch]], the daughter of [[Cygnus Black III|Cygnus]] and [[Druella Rosier|Druella Black]] and elder sister of [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda]] and [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]]. She started her education at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] in [[1960s|1962]] and was [[Sorting Ceremony|Sorted]] into [[Slytherin]]. After graduating from Hogwarts, she became a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]], fanatically loyal to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. She was one of the few known females in the group, as well as among the most dangerous and sadistic of Voldemort's followers. While Bellatrix and Narcissa married [[pure-blood]] wizards, Andromeda married [[Ted Tonks]] and was disowned by the family. At the end of the [[First Wizarding War]], Bellatrix, her husband, [[Rodolphus Lestrange]], his brother [[Rabastan Lestrange|Rabastan]], and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] took part in the [[Attack on Frank and Alice Longbottom|torture]] of [[Auror]]s [[Frank Longbottom|Frank]] and [[Alice Longbottom]] to the point of insanity, while searching for information on [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] after his first downfall.
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'''Bellatrix Lestrange''' (née '''Black''') ([[1950s|1951]]—[[2 May]], [[1998]]) was a [[pure-blood]] [[Wizardkind|witch]], the daughter of [[Cygnus Black III|Cygnus III]] and [[Druella Rosier|Druella Black]] and elder sister of [[Andromeda Tonks]] and [[Narcissa Malfoy]]. She started her education at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] in [[1960s|1962]] and was [[Sorting Ceremony|Sorted]] into [[Slytherin|Slytherin house]]. After graduating from Hogwarts, she became a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]], fanatically loyal to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. She was one of the few known females in the group, as well as among the most dangerous and sadistic of Voldemort's followers. While Bellatrix and Narcissa married [[pure-blood]] wizards, Andromeda married [[Ted Tonks]] and was disowned by the family. At the end of the [[First Wizarding War]], Bellatrix, her husband, [[Rodolphus Lestrange]], his brother [[Rabastan Lestrange|Rabastan]], and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] took part in the [[Attack on Frank and Alice Longbottom|torture]] of [[Auror]]s [[Frank Longbottom|Frank]] and [[Alice Longbottom]] to the point of insanity, while searching for information on [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] after his first downfall.
   
They were caught, and sentenced to life imprisonment in [[Azkaban]] for torturing the two [[Auror]]s, but escaped in the [[Azkaban escapes#1996|1996 mass break-out]], along with nine other Death Eaters. She participated in several battles of the [[Second Wizarding War]], making it a particular goal to kill any [[House of Black|relatives]] who were members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], including her cousin [[Sirius Black]] and niece [[Nymphadora Tonks]]. She also killed the [[Malfoy family]]'s former house-elf, [[Dobby]] with her knife, who had become a firm ally of [[Harry Potter]]. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts|battle that ended the war]], she was the last [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] standing, apart from [[Lord Voldemort|Voldemort]], but was eventually killed in a duel by [[Molly Weasley]].
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They were caught, and sentenced to life imprisonment in [[Azkaban]] for torturing the two [[Auror]]s, but escaped in the [[Azkaban escapes#1996|1996 mass break-out]], along with nine other Death Eaters. She participated in several battles of the [[Second Wizarding War]], making it a particular goal to kill any [[House of Black|relatives]] who were members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], including her cousin [[Sirius Black]] and niece [[Nymphadora Tonks]]. She also killed the [[Malfoy family]]'s former house-elf, [[Dobby]], who had become a firm ally of [[Harry Potter]], with her knife. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts|battle that ended the war]], she was the last [[Death Eater]] standing, apart from [[Lord Voldemort|Voldemort]], but was eventually killed in a duel by [[Molly Weasley]].
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Early life===
 
===Early life===
[[File:Bellatrix Black Family Tree.jpg|thumb|left|180px|Bellatrix on the [[House of Black|Black family tree]].]]
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[[File:Bellatrix_Black_Family_Tree.jpg|thumb|left|165px|Bellatrix on the [[House of Black|Black family tree]].]]
   
Bellatrix was born in [[1950s|1951]] to [[Cygnus Black III|Cygnus]] and [[Druella Rosier|Druella Black]], who raised her to prize her [[pure-blood]] heritage. She was the elder sister of [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda]] and [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]]<ref>[[House of Black|Black family tree]]</ref>, though Bellatrix cut off contact with Andromeda when she married [[Muggle-born]] wizard [[Ted Tonks]] and was disowned, as she told [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] in [[1997]] that neither she nor Narcissa had "set eyes on our sister since she married the [[Mudblood]]"<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>. Bellatrix also held her cousin [[Sirius Black]] in contempt for being a "[[blood traitor]]" for his different views on muggles and muggle-borns.
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Bellatrix was born in [[1950s|1951]] to [[Cygnus Black III|Cygnus III]] and [[Druella Rosier|Druella Black]], who raised her to be proud of her [[pure-blood]] heritage. She was the elder sister of [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda]] and [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]]<ref>[[House of Black|Black family tree]]</ref>, though Bellatrix cut off contact with Andromeda when she married [[Muggle-born]] wizard [[Ted Tonks]] and was disowned from the House of Black, as she told Voldemort in [[1997]] that neither she or Narcissa had "set eyes on Andromeda since she married the Mudblood Tonks"<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>. Bellatrix also held her cousin [[Sirius Black]] in contempt for being a "[[blood traitor]]" for his different opinions on Muggles and Muggle-borns.
   
Bellatrix came from the elite [[House of Black|Black family]], and as such she was given a privileged lifestyle. Bellatrix attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] and was sorted into [[Slytherin]] House. She eventually married [[Rodolphus Lestrange]] — a fellow pure-blood, as was expected of her — and when [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] first rose to power, she and her husband joined the [[Death Eaters]]. Unlike her sisters, Bellatrix displayed no outward affection for her husband whatsoever, never even mentioning him in conversation. Her true [[love]] was Voldemort<ref name="JKR">[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript Leaky Cauldron: J.K. Rowling Webchat 30 July 2007]</ref>, who gave her some training in the [[Dark Arts]], which contributed to her incredible talent as a [[duel]]list.
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Bellatrix came from the Pure-Blood [[House of Black|Black family]], and as such she was given a rich lifestyle. Bellatrix attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] and was sorted into [[Slytherin]] House. She eventually married [[Rodolphus Lestrange]] — a fellow wealthy pure-blood and Slytherin, as was expected of her — and when Voldemort first rose to power, she and her husband joined the [[Death Eaters]]. Unlike Narcissa and Andromeda, Bellatrix displayed no affection for Rodolphus whatsoever, never even mentioning him in conversations. Her true [[love]] was Voldemort,<ref name="JKR">[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript Leaky Cauldron: J.K. Rowling Webchat 30 July 2007]</ref> who gave her some training in the [[Dark Arts]], which contributed to her incredible talent as an extreme [[duel]]list.
   
 
===First Wizarding War and imprisonment===
 
===First Wizarding War and imprisonment===
 
{{Quote|The Dark Lord will [[Return of the Dark Lord|rise again]], [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Crouch]]! Throw us into Azkaban; we will wait! He will rise again and will come for us, he will reward us beyond any of his other supporters! We alone were faithful! We alone tried to find him!|Bellatrix at her trial.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|The Dark Lord will [[Return of the Dark Lord|rise again]], [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Crouch]]! Throw us into Azkaban; we will wait! He will rise again and will come for us, he will reward us beyond any of his other supporters! We alone were faithful! We alone tried to find him!|Bellatrix at her trial.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
When the [[First Wizarding War]] broke out, Bellatrix and her husband Rodolphus both fought for [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s Death Eaters, and remained loyal to Voldemort throughout the war and even after he had fallen.
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[[File:Bella.jpg|thumb|167px|Bellatrix while in [[Azkaban]]]]
[[File:Bellatrix-Azkaban.jpg|thumb|left|210px|Bellatrix in her cell in [[Azkaban]].]]
 
After the Dark Lord's fall on 31 October, [[1981]], Bellatrix and a group of Death Eaters, including her [[Rodolphus Lestrange|husband]], [[Rabastan Lestrange|brother-in-law]], and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], captured [[Auror]]s and [[Order of the Phoenix]] members [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]], new parents to [[Neville Longbottom]]. Bellatrix and her associates used the [[Cruciatus Curse]] to torture them to insanity, a crime for which they were tried before the [[Council of Magical Law]], and sentenced to life imprisonment in [[Azkaban]]. As a result of their torture, Alice and Frank spent the rest of their lives at [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]], and were unaware they even had a son together.
 
   
Unlike many other Death Eaters, Bellatrix did not attempt to lie about her loyalty — she proudly proclaimed that she was loyal to the Dark Lord and that she would wait for his [[Return of the Dark Lord|return]].<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> Indeed, Bellatrix was so proud of her loyalty to the Dark Lord that, during her trial before the Council of Magical Law, she was said to have sat upon the chair she was chained to as if it were a throne. She would later describe herself as his "most loyal servant" and even Lord Voldemort, whom Bellatrix admired most of all, gained a considerable amount of respect for her.
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When the [[First Wizarding War]] broke out, Bellatrix and her husband Rodolphus both fought for [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s Death Eaters, and remained loyal to Voldemort throughout the wizarding war and even after he was defeated by Harry Potter.
   
Harry Potter later witnessed Bellatrix's trial in 1995 in a memory of Albus Dumbledore's.<ref name="OTP" />
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After the Dark Lord's fall on 31 October, [[1981]], Bellatrix and a group of Voldemort's followers, including Rodolphus, her brother-in-law Rabastan, and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], kidnapped [[Auror]]s and [[Order of the Phoenix]] members [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]], just new parents to [[Neville Longbottom]]. Bellatrix and her partners used the [[Cruciatus Curse]] to torture Alice and Frank for information on Voldemort's whereabouts, until the two captives were driven into insanity when they refused to divulge anything. This crime caused a wave of fury upon the wizard community of such ferocity, the Ministry were critically pressured to find the culprits, and when the four were captured they were tried before the [[Council of Magical Law]], and sentenced to life imprisonment in [[Azkaban]]. As a result of the torture, Alice and Frank spent the rest of their lives at [[St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]], and were unaware that they had given birth to Neville together.
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Unlike many other Death Eaters, Bellatrix did not lie about her loyalty — she proudly claimed that she was loyal to Voldemort and that she would wait for [[Return of the Dark Lord|Voldemort's return]].<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> Indeed, Bellatrix was so proud of her loyalty to Voldemort that, during her trial before the Council of Magical Law, she was said to have sat upon the chair she was chained to as if it were a throne. She would later describe herself as the Dark Lord's most loyal follower and even Lord Voldemort, whom Bellatrix admired the most, gained a considerable amount of respect for her.
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Harry Potter later witnessed Bellatrix's trial in 1995 in a memory of Professor Dumbledore.<ref name="OTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix|Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
   
 
===Second Wizarding War===
 
===Second Wizarding War===
 
====Escape from Azkaban====
 
====Escape from Azkaban====
[[File:Bellatrix Lestrange Wanted.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Bellatrix featured on a "WANTED" poster.]]
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{{Quote|We have confirmed that ten high-security prisoners, in the early hours of yesterday evening, did escape. And of course, the Muggle Prime Minister has been alerted to the danger. We strongly suspect that the breakout was engineered by a man with personal experience in escaping from Azkaban; notorious mass murderer Sirius Black, cousin of escapee Bellatrix Lestrange.|[[Cornelius Fudge]] interview to the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' regarding the 1996 Azkaban mass breakout|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
 
{{Quote|We have confirmed that ten high-security prisoners, in the early hours of yesterday evening, did escape. And of course, the Muggle Prime Minister has been alerted to the danger. We strongly suspect that the breakout was engineered by a man with personal experience in escaping from Azkaban; notorious mass murderer Sirius Black, cousin of escapee Bellatrix Lestrange.|[[Cornelius Fudge]] interview to the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' regarding the 1996 Azkaban mass breakout|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
   
When Lord Voldemort [[Return of the Dark Lord|returned to power]] in [[1995]], he stated that the [[Lestrange family|Lestranges]] were among the most faithful members of his inner circle.
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When Voldemort [[Return of the Dark Lord|returned to power]] in [[1995]], he said that Bellatrix, Rodolphus and Rabastan were faithful members of his inner circle.
   
In January of [[1996]], Bellatrix was one of the many Death Eaters who [[Azkaban escapes#1996|escaped]] from [[Azkaban]] and rejoined Voldemort when the [[Dementor]]s defected to the Dark Lord. As a result, Bellatrix became a fugitive, and lived in danger of the Ministry re-instating her imprisonment if she was ever to be captured.<ref name="OTP" />
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In January of [[1996]], Bellatrix was one of the many Death Eaters who [[Azkaban escapes#1996|escaped]] from [[Azkaban]] and rejoined Voldemort when the [[Dementor]]s joined the Dark Lord. As a result, Bellatrix became a wanted witch and lived in hiding to avoid being captured by the Ministry.<ref name="OTP"/>
   
 
====Battle of the Department of Mysteries====
 
====Battle of the Department of Mysteries====
{{Quote|You dare speak his name? YOU FILTHY HALF-BLOOD! —|Bellatrix to [[Harry Potter]] when he uses Voldemort's name.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
[[File:Bellatrix_Lestrange_kills_Sirius_Black.jpg|thumb|150px|left|Bellatrix fighting in the [[Department of Mysteries]] in 1996.]]
 
   
Later that very year, Bellatrix Lestrange participated in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]] in a bid to steal a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] regarding [[Harry Potter]] and Lord Voldemort, as second-in-command to [[Lucius Malfoy]]. She became enraged when Harry had spoken Lord Voldemort's name, and when he stated that Voldemort was a [[half-blood]]. Later, she briefly tortured [[Neville Longbottom]] with the [[Cruciatus Curse]], in an attempt to coerce Harry into handing over the prophecy. If given the chance, she would have enjoyed continuing to torture Neville, as she stated, "Let's see how long Longbottom lasts before he cracks like his parents."
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{{Quote|Never used an [[Unforgivable Curses|Unforgivable Curse]] before, have you, boy? You need to ''mean'' them, Potter. You need to really want to cause pain — to enjoy it righteous anger won't hurt me for long — I'll show you how it is done, shall I? I'll give you a lesson ''Crucio''!|Bellatrix to [[Harry Potter]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
When the [[Order of the Phoenix]] arrived, Bellatrix duelled and then defeated her niece, [[Nymphadora Tonks]], and then began fighting her cousin, [[Sirius Black]], who taunted her as they [[duel]]led. She hit him with an unnamed curse that knocked him through a [[Veil|veiled stone arch]] in the [[Death Chamber]]. She then defeated [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] in a duel and deflected a spell from [[Albus Dumbledore]] before fleeing. She was pursued by Harry, whom she taunted over his godfather's death. Harry was enraged to the point that he attempted the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on her, though he only succeeded in knocking her down and causing her a few seconds of pain. She then shouted at him that one had to "mean it" to use one of the [[Unforgivable Curses]].
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[[File:Bellatrix_Lestrange_kills_Sirius_Black.jpg|thumb|155px|Bellatrix fighting in the [[Department of Mysteries]] in 1996.]]
   
{{Quote|Never used an [[Unforgivable Curses|Unforgivable Curse]] before, have you, boy? You need to ''mean'' them, Potter. You need to really want to cause pain to enjoy it righteous anger won't hurt me for long I'll show you how it is done, shall I? I'll give you a lesson ''Crucio''!|Bellatrix to [[Harry Potter]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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Later that very same year, Bellatrix participated in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries in a plot to steal a prophecy regarding Harry Potter defeating the Dark Lord. Bellatrix was second-in command with the leader being her brother-in law Lucius Malfoy. Bellatrix was enraged when Harry mentioned Voldemort's real name and said Voldemort was really a half-blood. In payback to try get the students to hand over the prophecy, Bellatrix briefly tortured Neville Longbottom. When she continued to torture him, Bellatrix hoped that Neville would end up in St. Mungos just like his insane parents."
   
Voldemort arrived at the Ministry shortly after Harry attempted to torture Bellatrix. Bellatrix pleaded to her master not to punish her, but he dismissed her with a dangerous "''Be quiet Bella. I shall deal with you in a moment''". As Voldemort prepared to cast the [[Killing Curse]] on Harry, [[Albus Dumbledore]] arrived. Dumbledore bewitched the statues on the [[Fountain of Magical Brethren]] so that they would protect Harry, pin Bellatrix down, and summon [[Cornelius Fudge]], [[Minister for Magic]], and some [[Auror]]s to the Ministry. After the [[Duel in the Ministry Atrium|duel that ensued]] and the arrival of [[Cornelius Fudge]] and other Ministry officials, Voldemort grabbed Bellatrix and both [[Apparition|Disapparated]] from the Ministry.
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When the [[Order of the Phoenix]] members arrived, Bellatrix duelled and defeated her niece, Nymphadora Tonks. She began fighting her cousin, Sirius Black. Sirius taunted her about the wicked Black Family and their pure-blood beliefs. Bellatrix then struck Sirius with an unnamed curse that sent him through the veil guarding the Death Chamber. After Sirius's death, Bellatrix defeated Kingsley Shacklebolt before going on the run. Later, Harry started to chase her in revenge for killing Sirius. He attempted the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix, but only knocked her over and caused her a few seconds of pain. Bellatrix taunted Harry because he could not use an [[Unforgivable Curse]].
   
[[File:Unbreakablevow.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Bellatrix sealing the [[Unbreakable Vow]] between Narcissa and Snape.]]
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Voldemort arrived at the Ministry shortly after Harry attempted to torture Bellatrix into insanity. Bellatrix pleaded to Voldemort not to be punished, but Voldemort ignored her. As Voldemort was about to cast the Killing Curse on Harry, Albus Dumbledore arrived. Before duelling Voldemort, Dumbledore summoned Cornelius Fudge and some Aurors to the Department. After the duel, Fudge and the Aurors arrived. After Voldemort and Bellatrix Disapparated from the Ministry, the Aurors rounded up the remaining Death Eaters and threw them in Azkaban. Narcissa was angered that Bellatrix did not let Lucius escape from the Ministry and how he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Bellatrix simply said it was Lucius's fault for not Disapparating.
   
 
====Plot against Albus Dumbledore====
 
====Plot against Albus Dumbledore====
{{Quote|...I don't trust you, Snape, as you very well know!... Where were you when the [[Tom Riddle|Dark Lord]] fell? Why did you never make any attempt to find him when he vanished? What have you been doing all these years that you've lived in Dumbledore's pocket? Why did you not return at once when the Dark Lord was reborn? Where were you a few weeks ago when [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries|we battled to retrieve the prophecy]] for the Dark Lord? And why, Snape, is [[Harry Potter]] still alive, when you have had him at your mercy for the last five years?|Bellatrix questions [[Severus Snape]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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{{Quote|...I don't trust you, Snape, as you very well know!... Where were you when the [[Tom Riddle|Dark Lord]] fell? |Bellatrix questions [[Severus Snape]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Tumblr_lsxftrCj8p1qa9jn1o2_250.gif|thumb|left|200px|Bellatrix sealing the [[Unbreakable Vow]] between [[Narcissa]] and [[Snape]]]]
   
 
In July of [[1996]], Bellatrix reluctantly accompanied her sister, [[Narcissa Malfoy]], to the house of [[Severus Snape]] at [[Spinner's End]]. Once there, Bellatrix interrogated Snape and voiced her distrust of him. Snape's calm, reasonable, and logical answers to her aggressive questioning rendered her dissatisfied, but temporarily without retort. Narcissa, however, proceeded to beg Snape to look after her son [[Draco Malfoy|Draco]]'s welfare while he attended Hogwarts and tried to fulfill Voldemort's orders to kill [[Albus Dumbledore]]. Snape shocked Bellatrix by asking her to bind him and Narcissa with an [[Unbreakable Vow]] to assist Draco. Bellatrix also assisted her nephew in his task by teaching him [[Occlumency]], a tool he used against Snape in order to conceal the details of his mission. Bellatrix showed her obsessive loyalty to her master's cause in telling her sister that she should be proud, instead of worried, that her son was not "shrinking away from his duty." Bellatrix went on to say that if she had sons, she would have gladly handed them over to Voldemort's service.
 
In July of [[1996]], Bellatrix reluctantly accompanied her sister, [[Narcissa Malfoy]], to the house of [[Severus Snape]] at [[Spinner's End]]. Once there, Bellatrix interrogated Snape and voiced her distrust of him. Snape's calm, reasonable, and logical answers to her aggressive questioning rendered her dissatisfied, but temporarily without retort. Narcissa, however, proceeded to beg Snape to look after her son [[Draco Malfoy|Draco]]'s welfare while he attended Hogwarts and tried to fulfill Voldemort's orders to kill [[Albus Dumbledore]]. Snape shocked Bellatrix by asking her to bind him and Narcissa with an [[Unbreakable Vow]] to assist Draco. Bellatrix also assisted her nephew in his task by teaching him [[Occlumency]], a tool he used against Snape in order to conceal the details of his mission. Bellatrix showed her obsessive loyalty to her master's cause in telling her sister that she should be proud, instead of worried, that her son was not "shrinking away from his duty." Bellatrix went on to say that if she had sons, she would have gladly handed them over to Voldemort's service.
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Bellatrix|My Lord, it is an honour to have you here, in our family's house. There can be no higher pleasure.|Lord Voldemort|No higher pleasure... That means a great deal, Bellatrix, from you.|My Lord knows I speak nothing but the truth!|Bellatrix's delight at [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] staying at [[Malfoy Manor]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Bellatrix|My Lord, it is an honour to have you here, in our family's house. There can be no higher pleasure.|Lord Voldemort|No higher pleasure... That means a great deal, Bellatrix, from you.|My Lord knows I speak nothing but the truth!|Bellatrix's delight at [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] staying at [[Malfoy Manor]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[File:DH1_Lucius_Malfoy,_Narcissa_Malfoy_and_Bellatrix_Lestrange.jpg|thumb|298px|left|Bellatrix talking to Lord Voldemort in the Malfoy Manor]]
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[[File:DH1_Lucius_Malfoy,_Narcissa_Malfoy_and_Bellatrix_Lestrange.jpg|thumb|245px|Bellatrix talking to Lord Voldemort in the Malfoy Manor.]]
   
 
[[1997|By the next year]], Bellatrix was living with Narcissa at [[Malfoy Manor]]. She was the only resident of the manor who was actually pleased beyond measure that Voldemort was staying there. Despite her unwavering loyalty, Voldemort humiliated and jeered at Bellatrix and the [[Malfoy family|Malfoys]] by bringing up their relative [[Nymphadora Tonks]]' marriage to [[werewolf]] [[Remus Lupin]], Bellatrix eagerly told her master that she would "prune her family tree".
 
[[1997|By the next year]], Bellatrix was living with Narcissa at [[Malfoy Manor]]. She was the only resident of the manor who was actually pleased beyond measure that Voldemort was staying there. Despite her unwavering loyalty, Voldemort humiliated and jeered at Bellatrix and the [[Malfoy family|Malfoys]] by bringing up their relative [[Nymphadora Tonks]]' marriage to [[werewolf]] [[Remus Lupin]], Bellatrix eagerly told her master that she would "prune her family tree".
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{{Main|Skirmish at Malfoy Manor}}
 
{{Main|Skirmish at Malfoy Manor}}
   
[[File:Bella Hermione.jpg|thumb|200px|Bellatrix interrogates Hermione Granger.]]
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{{Quote|You're lying, you filthy [[Mudblood]], and I know it! You have been inside [[Lestrange vault|my vault]] at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]]! Tell the truth, ''tell the truth''! What else did you take? What else have you got? Tell me the truth or, I swear, I shall run you through with this knife! What else did you take, what else? ANSWER ME! ''[[Cruciatus Curse|CRUCIO]]''!|Overheard parts of Bellatrix's interrogation of [[Hermione Granger]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
In [[1998]], when Harry Potter, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] were captured by [[Snatchers]] and brought to the Manor with the real sword, Bellatrix panicked. This led to Harry thinking that there could be something else of Voldemort's in her vault — his Horcrux, [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup]], seeming most likely. Bellatrix Stunned all the Snatchers, intending to kill them later, as Draco was unwilling to himself.
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[[File:Tumblr_n1v26ehOQn1qb5c2jo5_r1_250.gif|thumb|left|220px|Bellatrix threatens to kill [[Hermione]] after torturing her]]
   
Bellatrix then interrogated Hermione and tortured her with her knife, slitting her arm while carving "mudblood" into it and torturing her by making the cut grow bigger every second, but Hermione managed to lie under unbearable pain, claiming the real sword was only a copy, even if it meant torture.<ref name="DH" />She thought that maybe Harry and his friends got the Horcrux from her vault, so she told [[Peter Pettigrew]] to get [[Griphook]] from the cellar to tell her if the sword was fake or not. Griphook managed to tell a lie, obeying Harry's request to him and keeping their secret safe.
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In [[1998]], when Harry Potter, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] were captured by [[Snatchers]] and brought to the Manor with Godric Griffindor's sword, Bellatrix panicked. This led to Harry thinking that there could be something of Voldemort's in her vault his Horcrux, [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup]], seeming most likely. Bellatrix then Stunned all the Snatchers, intending to kill them later, as Draco was unwilling to himself.
   
[[File:Bellatrix throwing knife.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Bellatrix throws her [[Bellatrix Lestrange's knife|knife]] as the prisoners escape.]]
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Bellatrix then interrogated Hermione and tortured her with the Cruciatus Curse and her knife, carving "mudblood" into Hermione's arm, but Hermione managed to lie under unbearable pain, claiming the real sword was only a copy.<ref name="DH" />But Bellatrix thought that maybe Harry and his friends got the sword from her vault, so she told [[Peter Pettigrew]] to get [[Griphook]] from the cellar to tell her if the sword was fake or not. Griphook managed to tell a lie, obeying Harry's request to him and keeping their secret safe.
   
{{Quote|You're lying, you filthy [[Mudblood]], and I know it! You have been inside [[Lestrange vault|my vault]] at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]]! Tell the truth, ''tell the truth''! What else did you take? What else have you got? Tell me the truth or, I swear, I shall run you through with this knife! What else did you take, what else? ANSWER ME! ''[[Cruciatus Curse|CRUCIO]]''!|Overheard parts of Bellatrix's interrogation of [[Hermione Granger]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Bellatrix_throwing_knife.jpg|thumb|207px|Bellatrix throws her [[Bellatrix Lestrange's knife|knife]] as the prisoners escape.]]
   
Bellatrix also threatened Hermione with a [[Bellatrix Lestrange's knife|knife]], after Harry and Ron escaped from the cellar with the assistance of [[Dobby]] and Ron [[Disarming Charm|disarmed]] her. While holding the knife to an unconscious Hermione's throat, Bellatrix demanded that the prisoners drop their wands, and then pressed her [[Dark Mark]], calling Voldemort. However, Dobby apperated and created a diversion from Harry surrendering of nearly dead Hermione, and caused the chandelier to fall from above Bellatrix's head, making her release Hermione and jump out of the way. She lashed out at the house-elf in complete disbelief of his rebellious action to his "former masters". Dobby claimed he was a "free elf" and [[Apparition|disapparated]]. As the house-elf disapparated with Harry, Bellatrix threw the knife at Dobby, and the apperation sucked up the knife with it, wounding Dobby in his chest, who died. She and her relatives were severely punished by Voldemort for [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor|allowing Harry to escape]]. Bellatrix also lost her [[Bellatrix Lestrange's wand|wand]] in the skirmish.
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Bellatrix also threatened Hermione with her [[Bellatrix Lestrange's knife|knife]], after Harry and Ron escaped from the cellar with the assistance of [[Dobby]] and Ron [[Disarming Charm|disarmed]] her. While holding the knife to an unconscious Hermione's throat, Bellatrix demanded that the prisoners drop their wands, and then pressed her [[Dark Mark]], calling Voldemort. However, Dobby Apparated and created a diversion and caused the chandelier to fall from above Bellatrix's head, making her release Hermione and jump out of the way. She lashed out at the house-elf in complete disbelief of his rebellious action to his "former masters". Dobby claimed he was a "free elf" and [[Apparition|disapparated]]. As the house-elf disapparated with Harry, Bellatrix threw the knife at Dobby, and the apperation sucked up the knife with it, wounding Dobby in his chest, who died. She and her relatives were severely punished by Voldemort for [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor|allowing Harry to escape]]. Bellatrix also lost her [[Bellatrix Lestrange's wand|wand]] in the skirmish.
   
 
After the incident at Malfoy Manor, Hermione used the hair of Bellatrix that had fallen on her while Bellatrix was torturing her, to change herself into Bellatrix, therefore letting her sneak into Gringotts (Diagon Alley was infested with Death Eaters.).
 
After the incident at Malfoy Manor, Hermione used the hair of Bellatrix that had fallen on her while Bellatrix was torturing her, to change herself into Bellatrix, therefore letting her sneak into Gringotts (Diagon Alley was infested with Death Eaters.).
   
====Battle of Hogwarts and Death====
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{{Quote|...[[Tom Riddle|his]] last, best lieutenant...|Description of Bellatrix Lestrange.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}[[File:Bellatrix_Lestrange.png|left|140px|thumb|Bellatrix Lestrange during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].]]
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[[File:Tumblr_ltg1g14skH1qa9jn1o2_250.gif|frame|left|Bellatrix Lestrange during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]]]
   
 
During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]], Bellatrix finally succeeded in killing [[Nymphadora Tonks]], her [[Andromeda Tonks|estranged sister]]'s daughter, <ref name="JKR" />. When Voldemort called a temporary retreat, waiting for [[Harry Potter]] to turn himself in, Bellatrix waited by his side; she offered him help when he was dazed after using the [[Killing Curse]] on Harry, but was coldly rebuffed. Bellatrix eagerly asked Voldemort if she may check Harry for life, but was refused and instead, he sent her younger sister to confirm his death. When Narcissa had lied and told Voldemort that Harry was dead, Bellatrix and the other Death Eaters (and supporters) followed Voldemort to Hogwarts to announce Harry's "death".
 
During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]], Bellatrix finally succeeded in killing [[Nymphadora Tonks]], her [[Andromeda Tonks|estranged sister]]'s daughter, <ref name="JKR" />. When Voldemort called a temporary retreat, waiting for [[Harry Potter]] to turn himself in, Bellatrix waited by his side; she offered him help when he was dazed after using the [[Killing Curse]] on Harry, but was coldly rebuffed. Bellatrix eagerly asked Voldemort if she may check Harry for life, but was refused and instead, he sent her younger sister to confirm his death. When Narcissa had lied and told Voldemort that Harry was dead, Bellatrix and the other Death Eaters (and supporters) followed Voldemort to Hogwarts to announce Harry's "death".
   
{{Dialogue a-b|Bellatrix|What will happen to your children when I've killed you? When Mummy's gone the same way as [[Fred Weasley|Freddie]]?|Molly|You will never touch our children again!|Bellatrix duels [[Molly Weasley]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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When the battle resumed, Bellatrix fought [[Hermione Granger]], [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] and [[Luna Lovegood]] all at once, just as her master fought three by himself. It was said that despite all three young witches being skilled, combined they did not equal Bellatrix's magical abilities. She shot a [[Killing Curse]] at Ginny, which missed by less than an inch; this enraged Ginny's mother, [[Molly Weasley]], who prompty threw off her cloak and engaged in her own duel with the Death Eater. Bellatrix did not take Molly seriously in the least, initially taunting her over the death of her son, [[Fred Weasley|Fred]].
   
When the battle resumed, Bellatrix fought [[Hermione Granger]], [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] and [[Luna Lovegood]] all at once, just as her master fought three by himself. It was said that despite all three young witches being skilled, combined they did not equal Bellatrix's magical abilities. She shot a [[Killing Curse]] at Ginny, which missed by less than an inch; this enraged Ginny's mother, [[Molly Weasley]], who prompty threw off her cloak and engaged in her own duel with the Death Eater. Bellatrix did not take Molly seriously in the least, initially taunting her over the death of her son, [[Fred Weasley|Fred]].
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[[File:Bellatrix_dead.jpg|thumb|240px|A dead Bellatrix at [[Molly Weasley]]'s feet.]]
[[File:Bellatrix_dead.jpg|thumb|250px|A dead Bellatrix at [[Molly Weasley]]'s feet.]]
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The duel continued, however, and the ground beneath the two witches was said to become hot and cracked as their battle progressed. While Bellatrix laughed at her opponent, Molly managed to strike her in the chest with a curse which proved fatal. As her body toppled to the ground, an outraged [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] turned on Molly. This prompted Harry, who had watched the battle unfold beneath his [[Cloak of Invisibility | Invisibility Cloak]], to reveal himself, and the final showdown between him and Voldemort ensued. Bellatrix did not live to see her beloved master's final defeat moments later.<ref name="DH" />
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The duel continued, however, and the ground beneath the two witches was said to become hot and cracked as their battle progressed. While Bellatrix laughed at her opponent, Molly managed to strike her in the chest with a curse which proved fatal. As her body toppled to the ground, an outraged [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] turned on Molly. This prompted Harry, who had watched the battle unfold beneath his [[Cloak of Invisibility |Invisibility Cloak]], to reveal himself, and the final showdown between him and Voldemort ensued. Bellatrix did not live to see her beloved master's final defeat moments later.<ref name="DH" />
   
 
==Physical appearance==
 
==Physical appearance==
[[File:ImagesCAES6B5W.jpg|thumb|left|Bellatrix]]
 
   
 
{{Quote|…a woman with thick, shining dark hair, long eyelashes and heavily hooded eyes… was sitting in the chained chair as though it were a throne…|Description of Bellatrix at her trial|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|…a woman with thick, shining dark hair, long eyelashes and heavily hooded eyes… was sitting in the chained chair as though it were a throne…|Description of Bellatrix at her trial|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
Bellatrix was described as a tall woman with long, thick shiny dark hair, thin lips, heavily-lidded eyes with long eyelashes, and a strong jaw. She had the classic 'great good looks' and arrogant bearing common for members of the [[House of Black]], but like her cousin [[Sirius Black|Sirius]], time in [[Azkaban]] took a toll on her appearance. After her lengthy imprisonment, she was described as having a gaunt and skull-like face, but managed to retain some vestige of her great beauty.<ref name="OTP" /> Bellatrix was noted to physically resemble her sister [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda]]<ref name="DH" />, as Harry mistook Andromeda for Bellatrix on one occasion. Also, Harry noted that as much as [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] is fair as Bellatrix is dark, the two sisters still resembled each other.<ref name="HBP" />
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[[File:ImagesCAES6B5W.jpg|thumb|left|143px|Bellatrix]]
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Bellatrix was described as a tall woman with long, thick shiny dark hair, thin lips, heavily-lidded eyes with long eyelashes, and a strong jaw. She had the classic 'great good looks' and arrogant bearing common for members of the [[House of Black]], but like her cousin [[Sirius Black|Sirius]], time in [[Azkaban]] took a toll on her appearance. After her lengthy imprisonment, she was described as having a gaunt and skull-like face, but managed to retain some vestige of her great beauty.<ref name="OTP"/> Bellatrix was noted to physically resemble her sister [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda]]<ref name="DH" />, as Harry mistook Andromeda for Bellatrix on one occasion. Also, Harry noted that as much as [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] is fair as Bellatrix is dark, the two sisters still resembled each other.<ref name="HBP" />
   
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
 
{{Quote|...she definitely has a personality disorder.|[[Helena Bonham Carter]] discusses the character.|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ-yRnkVDAc}}
 
{{Quote|...she definitely has a personality disorder.|[[Helena Bonham Carter]] discusses the character.|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ-yRnkVDAc}}
   
Bellatrix was an intensely sadistic witch with brutal, violent tendencies.<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> She was highly intelligent, but could be easily distracted, and had a fierce and dangerous temper, a trait that she shared with her cousin [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] and her aunt [[Walburga Black|Walburga]].[[File:Bellatrixcool.jpg|thumb|148px|Bellatrix Lestrange]]
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[[File:Bellatrix-HP-DH-part-2-harry-potter-18935884-800-600.jpg|thumb|212px|Bellatrix Lestrange a notorious [[Death Eater]] ]]Bellatrix was an intensely sadistic witch with brutal, violent tendencies.<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> She was highly intelligent, but could be easily distracted, and had a fierce and dangerous temper, a trait that she shared with her cousin [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] and her aunt [[Walburga Black|Walburga]]. 
   
Bellatrix was slavishly devoted to Lord Voldemort, believing that she proved her loyalty by her time in [[Azkaban]], which seems to have furthered her mental decline. She was Voldemort's most trusted and loyal follower, as well as one of his cruelest [[Death Eaters]], always eager to inflict the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on enemies and her family members; [[Harry Potter]] noted that Bellatrix was as "mad as her master." <ref name="OTP" />
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Bellatrix was slavishly devoted to Lord Voldemort, believing that she proved her loyalty by her time in [[Azkaban]], which seems to have furthered her mental decline. She was Voldemort's most trusted and loyal follower, as well as one of his cruelest [[Death Eaters]], always eager to inflict the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on enemies and her family members; [[Harry Potter]] noted that Bellatrix was as "mad as her master." <ref name="OTP"/>
   
 
Bellatrix was extremely narcissistic and imperiously arrogant. She was obsessed with blood purity and took immense pride in the aristocracy and pure blood of her family. Like all the rest of Lord Voldemort's followers, she was vehemently against all "[[blood traitor]]s," [[half-blood]]s, [[Muggle-born]]s, and [[Muggle]]s, but was not above killing members of her own family who displeased her.
 
Bellatrix was extremely narcissistic and imperiously arrogant. She was obsessed with blood purity and took immense pride in the aristocracy and pure blood of her family. Like all the rest of Lord Voldemort's followers, she was vehemently against all "[[blood traitor]]s," [[half-blood]]s, [[Muggle-born]]s, and [[Muggle]]s, but was not above killing members of her own family who displeased her.
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{{Quote|As inspirational as I find your bloodlust, Bellatrix, I must be the one to kill Harry Potter.|Lord Voldemort|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1}}
   
 
Bellatrix was a natural leader and took charge in tricky situations, such as during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]] and the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]]. Another mark of her decisiveness and ruthlessness, Bellatrix took no unnecessary prisoners, preferring to kill them instead, as she planned to do with a group of [[Snatchers]] who attempted to defy her in [[Malfoy Manor]] in [[1998]].<ref name="DH" />
 
Bellatrix was a natural leader and took charge in tricky situations, such as during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]] and the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]]. Another mark of her decisiveness and ruthlessness, Bellatrix took no unnecessary prisoners, preferring to kill them instead, as she planned to do with a group of [[Snatchers]] who attempted to defy her in [[Malfoy Manor]] in [[1998]].<ref name="DH" />
   
Despite her cruel personality, Bellatrix was not incapable of feeling affection for others and appeared to care about her younger sister [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]], following her to [[Severus Snape]]'s house, when Narcissa went to beg Snape to help her son. She was also genuinely in love with her master, Lord Voldemort, though he did not return her feelings because he was incapable of love.
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Despite her cruel personality, Bellatrix was not incapable of feeling affection for others and appeared to care about her younger sister [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]], following her to [[Severus Snape]]'s house, when Narcissa went to beg Snape to help her son. She also seemed to show affection for her nephew, [[Draco Malfoy]], even teaching him some rare magical abilities. She was also obsessively in love with her master, Lord Voldemort, though he did not return her feelings because he was incapable of love.
   
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
{{Quote|She was a witch, as Harry knew, with prodigious skill and no conscience.|[[Harry Potter]] on Bellatrix.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Tumblr_mfppx3p0cl1qili3vo1_250.gif|frame|left|Bellatrix casts the [[Killing Curse]]]]
[[File:Photo_49.jpg|thumb|200px|Bellatrix casts the [[Killing Curse]].]]
 
   
Bellatrix Lestrange was an extremely powerful and dangerous witch. She was a master of the [[Dark Arts]], an incredibly skilled [[duel]]list, and an [[Occlumency|Occlumens]]. Her prodigious skill was proven by her many victories over other talented wizards and witches, including several [[Aurors]].
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{{Quote|She was a witch, as Harry knew, with prodigious skill and no conscience.|[[Harry Potter]] on Bellatrix.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}Bellatrix Lestrange was an extremely powerful and dangerous witch. She was a mistress of the [[Dark Arts]], an incredibly skilful [[duel]]list, and an [[Occlumency|Occlumens]]. Her prodigious duelling skill was proven by her many victories over numerous talented wizards and witches, including experienced [[Aurors]].
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*'''[[Dark Arts]]''': Bellatrix claimed to have been trained in the Dark Arts by Voldemort himself, and displayed particular proficiency with the [[Cruciatus Curse]]. She boasted to have knowledge of Dark spells that few could comprehend the power of<ref name="OTP"/>; a claim supported by her status as Voldemort's "best lieutenant". Like her master, Bellatrix was capable of casting the [[Killing Curse]] with no regard for the life she wished to extinguish. However, unlike the Dark Lord, she usually preferred to torture her victims rather than killing them straight away, doing so with such skill her victims can pass out, like Hermione Granger, or even go to the point of insanity like Frank and Alice Longbottom.<ref name="HBP" /><ref name="DH" /> Like many Death Eaters, she could summon the [[Dark Mark]].
*'''[[Dark Arts]]''': Bellatrix claimed to have been trained in the Dark Arts by Voldemort himself, and displayed particular proficiency with the [[Cruciatus Curse]]. She boasted to have knowledge of Dark spells that few could comprehend the power of<ref name="OTP" />; a claim supported by her status as Voldemort's "best lieutenant". Like her master, Bellatrix was capable of casting the [[Killing Curse]] with no regard for the life she wished to extinguish. Though, unlike the Dark Lord, she usually preferred to torture her victims rather than killing them straight away, doing so with such skill her victims can pass out, like Hermione Granger, or even go to the point of insanity like Frank and Alice Longbottom.<ref name="HBP" /><ref name="DH" /> Like many Death Eaters, she could summon the [[Dark Mark]], Although she could not perform a patronus
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*'''[[Nonverbal spell|Non-verbal magic]]''': Bellatrix also seemed highly adept at using non-verbal spells. She killed a fox with a flash of green light on her way to Spinner's End, in [[1996]], which was highly likely to have been a non-verbal [[Killing Curse]] and ferociously duelled [[Molly Weasley]] with such intensity that the floor around her became "hot and cracked" without mentioning a single incantation. She also fired a curse at Harry, non-verbally, which caused a tank of brains to lift and tip itself onto him whilst he chased her in the Thought Chamber and furthermore fired several destructive curses at him without speaking in the Atrium at the Ministry of Magic, some of which were possibly ''Cruciatus'' curses. She also decimated the Great Hall non-verbally, and used an unknown spell to bring Greyback to his knees at Malfoy Manor.
*'''[[Nonverbal spell|Non-verbal magic]]''': Bellatrix also seemed highly adept at using nonverbal spells. She killed a fox with a flash of green light on her way to Spinner's End, in [[1996]], which was highly likely to have been a nonverbal [[Killing Curse]] and ferociously duelled [[Molly Weasley]] with such intensity that the floor around her became "hot and cracked" without mentioning a single incantation. She also fired a curse at Harry, non-verbally, which caused a tank of brains to lift and tip itself onto him whilst he chased her in the Thought Chamber and furthermore fired several destructive curses at him without speaking in the Atrium at the Ministry of Magic, some of which were possibly ''Cruciatus'' curses. She also decimated the Great Hall non-verbally, and used an unknown spell to bring Greyback to his knees at Malfoy Manor.
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*'''[[Duel]]ling''': Bellatrix Lestrange was an incredibly talented duellist, and defeated and seriously injured [[Nymphadora Tonks]] and [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] in [[duel]]s during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], as well as her cousin [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] and was the only Death Eater to deflect a spell from [[Albus Dumbledore]] himself, allowing her to escape the renowned wizard.<ref name="OTP"/> She also quickly and single-handedly defeated four [[Snatchers]] at Malfoy Manor and all four were described to be "no match". She later killed her niece in battle. Just before her death, Bellatrix duelled [[Hermione Granger]], [[Luna Lovegood]], and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] all at once, and was described as being equal in skill to all three of the trained, if inexperienced (compared to her), witches. Her death at the hands of [[Molly Weasley]] was due to her vastly underestimating the witch, who was fuelled by grief over the murder of her [[Fred Weasley|son]].<ref name="DH" /> Besides this, despite her years of captivity within [[Azkaban]], Bellatrix displayed incredible reflexes that outmatched the much younger and physically-fit [[Harry Potter]]; she was able to conjure a [[Shield Charm]] and deflect his own spell back at him the moment he cast it.<ref name="OTP"/> She was also able to throw [[Bellatrix Lestrange's knife|a knife]] with lethal accuracy across a room to strike her [[Dobby|target]]. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Bellatrix was the last [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] standing, apart from Lord Voldemort, and it should be noted that she was wielding a wand which she had most likely not won the allegiance of, which is further evidence of her extraordinary duelling skills.
*'''[[Duel]]ling''': Bellatrix Lestrange was an incredibly talented duellist, and defeated and seriously injured [[Nymphadora Tonks]] and [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] in [[duel]]s during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], as well as her cousin [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] and was the only Death Eater to deflect a spell from [[Albus Dumbledore]] himself, allowing her to escape the renowned wizard.<ref name="OTP" /> She also quickly and single-handedly defeated four [[Snatchers]] at Malfoy Manor and all four were described to be "no match". She later killed her niece in battle. Just before her death, Bellatrix duelled [[Hermione Granger]], [[Luna Lovegood]], and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] all at once, and was described as being equal in skill to all three of the powerful, if inexperienced, witches. Her death at the hands of [[Molly Weasley]] was due to her vastly underestimating the witch, who was fuelled by grief over the murder of her [[Fred Weasley|son]].<ref name="DH" /> In addition, despite her years of captivity within [[Azkaban]], Bellatrix displayed incredible reflexes that outmatched the much younger and physically fit [[Harry Potter]]; she was able to conjure a [[Shield Charm]] and deflect his own spell back at him the moment he cast it.<ref name="OTP" /> She was also physically fit enough to throw [[Bellatrix Lestrange's knife|a knife]] with lethal accuracy across a room to strike her [[Dobby|target]]. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Bellatrix was the last [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] standing, apart from Lord Voldemort, and it should be noted that she was wielding a wand which she had most likely not won the allegiance of, which is further evidence of her exceptional duelling skills.
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*'''[[Occlumency]]''': Bellatrix trained her nephew, [[Draco Malfoy|Draco Malfoy,]] in [[Occlumency]] as part of his mission to kill [[Albus Dumbledore]]. This training was effective enough that Draco was able to block out [[Severus Snape]]. It is also possible that she could perform [[Legilimency]], as she may have penetrated Draco's mind to train him to block his thoughts<ref name="HBP" />
*'''[[Occlumency]]''': Bellatrix trained her nephew [[Draco Malfoy]] in [[Occlumency]] as part of his mission to kill [[Albus Dumbledore]]. This training was effective enough that Draco was able to block out [[Severus Snape]]. It is also possible that she could perform [[Legilimency]] as she may have penetrated Draco's mind to train him to block his thoughts<ref name="HBP" />
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*'''[[Charms]]''': Bellatrix displayed a proficiency at Charms, given how she was the only Death Eater besides Voldemort to successfully block an attack from Dumbledore. However, she could not perform a Patronus Charm as she lacked the ability to think of a thought positive enough for the Charm to work.
 
*'''[[Flying]]''': Bellatrix participated in the Battle of the Seven Potters, duelling her niece while flying. Her proficiency in this battle demonstrates her abilities as a flyer.
 
*'''[[Flying]]''': Bellatrix participated in the Battle of the Seven Potters, duelling her niece while flying. Her proficiency in this battle demonstrates her abilities as a flyer.
*'''[[Unbreakable Vow]]''': Bellatrix could cast a bonding spell to help make an Unbreakable Vow for Draco Malfoy and forced [[Severus Snape]] to kill [[Albus Dumbledore]] and protect Draco when he failed to do so.
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*'''[[Unbreakable Vow]]''': Bellatrix could cast a bonding spell to help make an Unbreakable Vow for Draco Malfoy, which could force [[Severus Snape]] to kill [[Albus Dumbledore]] and protect Draco regardless of whether he wanted to or not.
*'''Teaching skills: '''Bellatrix was able to teach her nephew Draco Malfoy Occlumency, the unforgivable curses, as well as several non-verbal spells before the school year started. Occlumency was something [[Severus Snape]] completely failed to teach Harry Potter (though admittedly, Harry was very poor at the technique and Snape did not seem to be actually attempting to teach it to Harry). Harry Potter also acknowledged that his success on the [[Cruciatus Curse]] was from Bellatrix's taunting
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*'''Charms:''' Bellatrix was good at charms as she was the only Death Eater besides Voldemort to block an attack from Dumbledore.
 
   
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
[[File:Nyphadora_Tonks.JPG|thumb|150px|[[Nymphadora Tonks]], the niece and murder victim of Bellatrix Lestrange.]]
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===Family===
 
===Family===
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Voldemort|I'm talking about [[Nymphadora Tonks|your niece]], Bellatrix. And yours, Lucius and Narcissa. She just married the werewolf, [[Remus Lupin]]. You must be so proud.|Bellatrix|She is no niece of ours, my Lord. We -- Narcissa and I -- have never set eyes on [[Andromeda Tonks|our sister]] since she married [[Ted Tonks|the Mudblood]]. This brat has nothing to do with either of us, nor any beast she marries.|What say you, [[Draco Malfoy|Draco]]? Will you babysit the cubs? [...] Many of our oldest family trees become a little diseased over time. You must prune yours, must you not, to keep it healthy? Cut away those parts that threaten the health of the rest.|Yes my Lord. At the first chance!|You shall have it. And in your family, so in the world...we shall cut away the canker that infects us until only those of the [[pure-blood|true blood]] remain...|Voldemort discussing [[blood purity]] with the Death Eaters|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Voldemort|I'm talking about [[Nymphadora Tonks|your niece]], Bellatrix. And yours, Lucius and Narcissa. She just married the werewolf, [[Remus Lupin]]. You must be so proud.|Bellatrix|She is no niece of ours, my Lord. We -- Narcissa and I -- have never set eyes on [[Andromeda Tonks|our sister]] since she married [[Ted Tonks|the Mudblood]]. This brat has nothing to do with either of us, nor any beast she marries.|What say you, [[Draco Malfoy|Draco]]? Will you babysit the cubs? [...] Many of our oldest family trees become a little diseased over time. You must prune yours, must you not, to keep it healthy? Cut away those parts that threaten the health of the rest.|Yes my Lord. At the first chance!|You shall have it. And in your family, so in the world...we shall cut away the canker that infects us until only those of the [[pure-blood|true blood]] remain...|Voldemort discussing [[blood purity]] with the Death Eaters|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
Bellatrix took the [[pure-blood]] values of her [[House of Black|family]] very seriously, as indicated by her marriage into a known pure-blood wizarding family and her zealous belief in [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] ideology. She had no feelings of affection for those in her family deemed [[blood traitor]]s by disgracing and dishonouring her family by not fanatically honouring the prejudiced values she did, and readily attacked and killed them on many occasions. She seems to have had a [[File:Narcissa_Malfoy.PNG|thumb|110px|Narcissa, Bellatrix's youngest sister]]fairly close and affectionate relationship with her younger sister [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]], whom she called "Cissy." Despite distrusting [[Severus Snape]] and attempting to dissuade her sister from approaching him, Bellatrix accompanied Narcissa to [[Spinner's End]] to request Snape's help in seeing [[Draco Malfoy|Draco]] through the task assigned to him by Lord Voldemort in [[1996]].
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[[File:Tonks14.jpg|thumb|left|125px|[[Nymphadora Tonks]], the niece and murder victim of Bellatrix Lestrange.]]
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Bellatrix took the [[pure-blood]] values of her [[House of Black|family]] very seriously, as indicated by her marriage into a known pure-blood wizarding family and her zealous belief in [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] ideology. She had no feelings of affection for those in her family deemed [[blood traitor]]s by disgracing and dishonouring her family by not fanatically honouring the prejudiced values she did, and readily attacked and killed them on many occasions. She seems to have had a [[File:Narcissa_Malfoy.PNG|thumb|130px|Narcissa, Bellatrix's youngest sister]]fairly close and affectionate relationship with her younger sister [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]], whom she called "Cissy." Despite distrusting [[Severus Snape]] and attempting to dissuade her sister from approaching him, Bellatrix accompanied Narcissa to [[Spinner's End]] to request Snape's help in seeing [[Draco Malfoy|Draco]] through the task assigned to him by Lord Voldemort in [[1996]].
   
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Bellatrix|We were told not to speak of the plan to anyone, this is a betrayal of the Dark Lord's —|Narcissa|Let go, Bella!|Cissy, your own sister? You wouldn't —|There's nothing I wouldn't do any more!|Bellatrix and [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] disagreeing with each other at [[Spinner's End]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Bellatrix|We were told not to speak of the plan to anyone, this is a betrayal of the Dark Lord's —|Narcissa|Let go, Bella!|Cissy, your own sister? You wouldn't —|There's nothing I wouldn't do any more!|Bellatrix and [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] disagreeing with each other at [[Spinner's End]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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After Snape agreed to make the [[Unbreakable Vow]], Bellatrix acted as [[Unbreakable Vow|Bonder]], ensuring that Snape would fulfil his promises to Narcissa. Narcissa and Bellatrix occasionally clashed over the former's protectiveness towards her son; Bellatrix argued that Narcissa should be proud that her son was a Death Eater, while Narcissa consistently demonstrated that the safety of her son and husband were her first priorities. Still, the two seemed close, and, at some point, Bellatrix trained Draco in [[Occlumency]] to aid him in his mission.<ref name="HBP" />
 
After Snape agreed to make the [[Unbreakable Vow]], Bellatrix acted as [[Unbreakable Vow|Bonder]], ensuring that Snape would fulfil his promises to Narcissa. Narcissa and Bellatrix occasionally clashed over the former's protectiveness towards her son; Bellatrix argued that Narcissa should be proud that her son was a Death Eater, while Narcissa consistently demonstrated that the safety of her son and husband were her first priorities. Still, the two seemed close, and, at some point, Bellatrix trained Draco in [[Occlumency]] to aid him in his mission.<ref name="HBP" />
   
[[File:Andromeda_and_Bellatrix.jpg|thumb|190px|[[Andromeda Tonks]]'s burned image and Bellatrix's image on the family Tree.]]
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[[File:Andromeda_and_Bellatrix.jpg|thumb|left|230px|[[Andromeda Tonks]]'s burned image and Bellatrix's image on the family Tree.]]
   
On the other hand, Bellatrix hated her "[[blood traitor]]" relatives. After her sister [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda]] married a [[muggle-born]] and was disowned, Bellatrix never saw her again<ref name="DH" />. She shared a mutual loathing with her "dear cousin" [[Sirius Black]], and the two taunted each other as they [[duel]]led during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]]. After killing Sirius, Bellatrix jeered at Harry about the death of his godfather on multiple occasions.<ref name="OTP" />
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On the other hand, Bellatrix hated her "[[blood traitor]]" relatives. After her sister [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda]] married a [[muggle-born]] and was disowned, Bellatrix never saw her again<ref name="DH" />. She shared a mutual loathing with her "dear cousin" [[Sirius Black]], and the two taunted each other as they [[duel]]led during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]]. After killing Sirius, Bellatrix jeered at Harry about the death of his godfather on multiple occasions.<ref name="OTP"/>
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Bellatrix also eagerly attacked her niece, [[Nymphadora Tonks]], on at least three occasions — this was likely for a combination of reasons, including Tonks' being a [[half-blood]], an [[Auror]], and member of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], the fact that she had married a werewolf and Voldemort's comments to her about "pruning her family tree". Bellatrix eventually killed Tonks during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]].
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[[File:Sirius_animagus_1.png|thumb|140px|[[Sirius Black]], a cousin and murder victim of Bellatrix]]
   
Bellatrix also eagerly attacked her niece, [[Nymphadora Tonks]], on at least three occasions — this was likely for a combination of reasons, including Tonks' being a [[half-blood]], an [[Auror]], and member of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], the fact that she had married a werewolf and Voldemort's comments to her about "pruning her family tree". Bellatrix eventually killed Tonks during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]].
 
[[File:110px-Sirius_Black_Profile.jpg|thumb|left|110px|[[Sirius Black]], a cousin and murder victim of Bellatrix]]
 
 
{{Quote|Come out, come out, little Harry! What did you come after me for, then? I thought you were here to avenge my dear cousin!...Did you love him, little baby Potter?|Bellatrix taunts Harry about killing Sirius.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}It is possible that Bellatrix was on good terms with her other cousin, [[Regulus Black|Regulus]], who was a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] during the [[First Wizarding War]]. Regulus initially espoused the pure-blood supremacist line associated with his family, and like Bellatrix, was sorted into the Slytherin house during his time at Hogwarts. It is unlikely that he revealed his change of heart to Bellatrix, or anyone else, prior to his death in [[1979]].
 
{{Quote|Come out, come out, little Harry! What did you come after me for, then? I thought you were here to avenge my dear cousin!...Did you love him, little baby Potter?|Bellatrix taunts Harry about killing Sirius.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}It is possible that Bellatrix was on good terms with her other cousin, [[Regulus Black|Regulus]], who was a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] during the [[First Wizarding War]]. Regulus initially espoused the pure-blood supremacist line associated with his family, and like Bellatrix, was sorted into the Slytherin house during his time at Hogwarts. It is unlikely that he revealed his change of heart to Bellatrix, or anyone else, prior to his death in [[1979]].
   
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===Rodolphus Lestrange===
 
===Rodolphus Lestrange===
In marrying [[Rodolphus Lestrange]], Bellatrix made a "respectable [[pure-blood]] marriage"<ref name="OTP" />, as was expected of her. There is no indication that her relationship with her husband went beyond this, as Bellatrix loved Voldemort and never expressed any affection or concern for her husband. They were both [[Death Eaters]] and seemed to [[File:Rodolphus_Lestrange_mark.jpg|thumb|182px]]work together in this role, as Rodolphus [[Cruciatus Curse|tortured]] [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]] with his wife, as well as his [[Rabastan Lestrange|brother]] and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] in [[1981]]<ref name="GOF" />, and was paired with Bellatrix during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]]<ref name="OTP" />. He was also by her side during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], as [[Nymphadora Tonks]] mentioned cursing him and being pursued by Bellatrix<ref name="DH" />. Sirius Black described them as part of the same "gang of Slytherins" at Hogwarts, which also included [[Lucius Malfoy]], [[Evan Rosier]] and [[Severus Snape]]<ref name="OTP" />.
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In marrying [[Rodolphus Lestrange]], Bellatrix made a "respectable [[pure-blood]] marriage"<ref name="OTP"/>, as was expected of her. There is no indication that her relationship with her husband went beyond this, as Bellatrix loved Voldemort and never expressed any affection or concern for her husband. They were both [[Death Eaters]] and seemed to [[File:Rodolphus_Lestrange_mark.jpg|thumb|left|225px]]work together in this role, as Rodolphus [[Cruciatus Curse|tortured]] [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]] with his wife, as well as his [[Rabastan Lestrange|brother]] and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] in [[1981]]<ref name="GOF"/>, and was paired with Bellatrix during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]]<ref name="OTP"/>. He was also by her side during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], as [[Nymphadora Tonks]] mentioned cursing him and being pursued by Bellatrix<ref name="DH"/>. Sirius Black described them as part of the same "gang of Slytherins" at Hogwarts, which also included [[Lucius Malfoy]], [[Evan Rosier]] and [[Severus Snape]]<ref name="OTP"/>.
   
Quite the opposite of her sister, Narcissa, Bellatrix showed virtually no affection towards or otherwise acknowledged her husband, and Rodolphus's feelings for his wife are unknown. Other than marrying for the purpose of entering a "pure-blood marriage," it is likely that Bellatrix and Rodolphus did not love, or were not particularly attracted to, each other. Bellatrix felt that Narcissa ought be proud that Draco was called into service as a Death Eater; she once told her sister that if she had sons, she would "be glad to give them up to the service of the Dark Lord", once again showing her fanatical devotion towards Lord Voldemort.<ref name="HBP" /> No children appear beneath Bellatrix and Rodolphus's names on the [[House of Black|Black family tapestry]], which indicates that Bellatrix died childless.
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Quite the opposite of her sisters, Narcissa and Andromeda, Bellatrix showed virtually no affection towards or otherwise acknowledged her husband, and Rodolphus's feelings for his wife are unknown. Other than marrying for the purpose of entering a "pure-blood marriage," it is likely that Bellatrix and Rodolphus did not love, or were not particularly attracted to each other. Bellatrix felt that Narcissa ought be proud that Draco was called into service as a Death Eater; she once told her sister that if she had sons, she would "be glad to give them up to the service of the Dark Lord", once again showing her fanatical devotion towards Lord Voldemort.<ref name="HBP" /> No children appear beneath Bellatrix and Rodolphus's names on the [[House of Black|Black family tapestry]], which indicates that Bellatrix died childless.
   
 
===Lord Voldemort===
 
===Lord Voldemort===
[[File:DH2_Death_Eaters_with_Voldemort_during_the_battle.jpg|thumb|200px|Bellatrix with Voldemort and the other Death Eaters]]
 
 
{{Quote|She sat beside her sister, as unlike her in looks, with her dark hair and heavily lidded eyes, as she was in bearing and demeanour; where Narcissa sat rigid and impassive, Bellatrix leaned toward Voldemort, for mere words could not demonstrate her longing for closeness.|Bellatrix demonstrates her obsession with Voldemort during the [[Meeting at Malfoy Manor]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|She sat beside her sister, as unlike her in looks, with her dark hair and heavily lidded eyes, as she was in bearing and demeanour; where Narcissa sat rigid and impassive, Bellatrix leaned toward Voldemort, for mere words could not demonstrate her longing for closeness.|Bellatrix demonstrates her obsession with Voldemort during the [[Meeting at Malfoy Manor]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
Bellatrix was perhaps the only person who was genuinely loyal to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]<ref name="JKR" />. Unlike nearly all the other Death Eaters, Bellatrix never attempted to deny her loyalties when Voldemort fell in [[1981]]. Instead she proudly claimed that she was his most loyal and trusted servant and that he would rise again, and willingly endured the horrors of [[Azkaban]] prison for him<ref name="GOF" />. More than just being a fanatic, Bellatrix was obsessed with Voldemort's ideals of blood purity and fascination with the [[Dark Arts]]. She is described as being slavishly devoted to her master, regarding him with "worshipful fascination" and speaking to him in a romantic way, as if to a lover<ref name="DH" />. Voldemort did not reciprocate, as he did not know love at all.
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[[File:DH2_Death_Eaters_with_Voldemort_during_the_battle.jpg|thumb|235px|Bellatrix with Voldemort and the other Death Eaters]]
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Bellatrix was genuinely loyal to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]<ref name="JKR" />. Unlike many of the other Death Eaters, Bellatrix never attempted to deny her loyalties when Voldemort fell in [[1981]]. Instead she proudly claimed that she was his most loyal and trusted servant and that he would rise again, and willingly endured the horrors of [[Azkaban]] prison for him<ref name="GOF" />. More than just being a fanatic, Bellatrix was obsessed with Voldemort's ideas of blood purity and fascination with the [[Dark Arts]]. She is described as being slavishly devoted to her master, regarding him with "worshipful fascination" and speaking to him in a romantic way, as if to a lover<ref name="DH" />. Voldemort did not reciprocate, as he did not know love at all.
   
 
It was Voldemort's cold reactions that seemed to make Bellatrix even more determined to kill her niece, [[Nymphadora Tonks]] and "prune" her family tree. For her, satisfying Voldemort was of the utmost importance, and therefore the thought of disappointing him was Bellatrix's deepest fear.
 
It was Voldemort's cold reactions that seemed to make Bellatrix even more determined to kill her niece, [[Nymphadora Tonks]] and "prune" her family tree. For her, satisfying Voldemort was of the utmost importance, and therefore the thought of disappointing him was Bellatrix's deepest fear.
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===Harry Potter===
 
===Harry Potter===
{{Quote|SHE KILLED SIRIUS! SHE KILLED HIM— I'LL KILL HER!|[[Harry Potter]] expresses his hatred towards Bellatrix.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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{{Quote|You dare speak his name... YOU FILTHY HALF-BLOOD!|Bellatrix expresses her hatred towards [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
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[[File:Harry_Potter_sixth_year.jpg|thumb|left|145px|Harry Potter]]
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Bellatrix Lestrange saw Harry Potter as her master's most hated enemy and despised him for the inexplicable threat he posed to the Dark Lord.
   
Bellatrix Lestrange saw Harry Potter as her master's most hated enemy and despised him for the inexplicable threat he posed to the Dark Lord.
 
[[File:Harry Potter (HBP promo) 3.jpg|thumb|right|150px|[[Harry Potter]].]]
 
 
Harry had hated and feared Bellatrix ever since he first saw her in the [[Pensieve]], learning that she was responsible for the [[Attack on Frank and Alice Longbottom|attack]] on [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]]. Harry's attention was immediately drawn to Bellatrix's picture when the news of the ten escaped Death Eaters appeared in the ''[[Daily Prophet]],'' and whenever he saw her image on [[Undesirable|wanted posters]] after that. During the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Harry fully intended to kill Bellatrix in retaliation for her murder of his godfather, and at the onset of the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]], the mere sound of her voice when she appeared in the fray was enough to make his fear reach a new high. Bellatrix also killed [[Dobby]] the house-elf and [[Nymphadora Tonks]], and when she attempted to murder Ginny Weasley during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Harry was diverted from his goal of destroying Voldemort in the hopes of attacking her; he was stopped only by the sudden intervention of [[Molly Weasley]].
 
Harry had hated and feared Bellatrix ever since he first saw her in the [[Pensieve]], learning that she was responsible for the [[Attack on Frank and Alice Longbottom|attack]] on [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]]. Harry's attention was immediately drawn to Bellatrix's picture when the news of the ten escaped Death Eaters appeared in the ''[[Daily Prophet]],'' and whenever he saw her image on [[Undesirable|wanted posters]] after that. During the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Harry fully intended to kill Bellatrix in retaliation for her murder of his godfather, and at the onset of the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]], the mere sound of her voice when she appeared in the fray was enough to make his fear reach a new high. Bellatrix also killed [[Dobby]] the house-elf and [[Nymphadora Tonks]], and when she attempted to murder Ginny Weasley during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Harry was diverted from his goal of destroying Voldemort in the hopes of attacking her; he was stopped only by the sudden intervention of [[Molly Weasley]].
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===Longbottom family===
 
===Longbottom family===
{{Dialogue a-b|Bellatrix|Longbottom, is it? How's Mum and Dad?|Neville|Better, now they're about to be avenged!|Bellatrix mocking [[Neville Longbottom]] about his parents.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
   
After the fall of the [[Tom Riddle|Dark Lord]] in [[1981]], Bellatrix along with three other Death Eaters (including her husband, [[Rodolphus Lestrange]]) set out to attack members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], hoping to interrogate them for information on Voldemort's whereabouts. She personally attacked [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]], torturing them by means of the [[Cruciatus Curse]] in her attempt at forcing them to yield the information she wanted. The event rendered the [[Auror]]s clinically and permanently insane, therefore condemning them to [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]] for the remainder of their lives. Prior to the Longbottoms' capture and torture, Alice had given birth to a baby boy, [[Neville Longbottom]].
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[[File:Tumblr_m1c96lUrQE1qeb3sro3_250.gif|frame|Bellatrix Lestrange threatens Neville at the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.]]
[[File:Bella_laughing.jpg|thumb|200px|Bellatrix is laughing about Neville during the Battle of Hogwarts.]]
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{{Dialogue a-b|Bellatrix|Longbottom, is it? How's Mum and Dad?|Neville|Better, now they're about to be avenged!|Bellatrix mocking [[Neville Longbottom]] about his parents.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}After the fall of the [[Tom Riddle|Dark Lord]] in [[1981]], Bellatrix along with three other Death Eaters (including her husband, [[Rodolphus Lestrange]] and the son of well known Bartemus Crouch, [http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Bartemius_Crouch_Jr. Barty Crouch Jr.] ) set out to attack members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], hoping to interrogate them for information on Voldemort's whereabouts. She personally attacked [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]], torturing them by means of the [[Cruciatus Curse]] in her attempt at forcing them to yield the information she wanted. The event rendered the [[Auror]]s clinically and permanently insane, therefore condemning them to [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]] for the remainder of their lives. Prior to the Longbottoms' capture and torture, Alice had given birth to a baby boy, [[Neville Longbottom]].
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Neville was left with parents incapable of even recognising him let alone caring for him, and so was raised by his [[Augusta Longbottom|grandmother]]. Bellatrix seemed to find the fact that she had caused Neville's family tragedy highly amusing. Upon first meeting Neville, she proceeded to mock his loss, extremely angering him in the process. Ever since he was old enough to understand why his parents needed to be hospitalised, Neville had despised Bellatrix Lestrange, but given his benign nature, he never sought vengeance against her. Instead, Neville honoured his parents by showing more bravery than anyone could have expected of him, retaliating, when Bellatrix taunted him, rebelling against the tyranny of the [[Carrow family|Carrows]] during his seventh year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] and subsequently fighting during the [[1998]] [[Battle of Hogwarts]] against Voldemort and his forces.
 
Neville was left with parents incapable of even recognising him let alone caring for him, and so was raised by his [[Augusta Longbottom|grandmother]]. Bellatrix seemed to find the fact that she had caused Neville's family tragedy highly amusing. Upon first meeting Neville, she proceeded to mock his loss, extremely angering him in the process. Ever since he was old enough to understand why his parents needed to be hospitalised, Neville had despised Bellatrix Lestrange, but given his benign nature, he never sought vengeance against her. Instead, Neville honoured his parents by showing more bravery than anyone could have expected of him, retaliating, when Bellatrix taunted him, rebelling against the tyranny of the [[Carrow family|Carrows]] during his seventh year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] and subsequently fighting during the [[1998]] [[Battle of Hogwarts]] against Voldemort and his forces.
   
 
===Severus Snape===
 
===Severus Snape===
 
{{Quote|I don't trust you, Snape, as you very well know!|Bellatrix to [[Severus Snape]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Quote|I don't trust you, Snape, as you very well know!|Bellatrix to [[Severus Snape]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
[[File:Bellatrix_Lestrange_and_Severus_Snape.JPG|thumb|left|200px|Bellatrix and Severus Snape in 1996.]]
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[[Severus Snape]] was a Death Eater prior to the end of the [[First Wizarding War]], changing sides shortly before [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s [[1981]] downfall, and becoming a triple agent for [[Albus Dumbledore]]. Bellatrix was highly suspicious of him, possibly because of Snape's [[half-blood]] status, though mainly citing his evading a sentence to [[Azkaban]] "in Dumbledore's pocket;" mistrust may also have been Bellatrix's only real way of expressing her envy of the position of trust and respect Snape enjoyed under Voldemort. In [[1996]], Bellatrix followed [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] to Snape's house, trying to dissuade her from seeking his help in guiding and guarding [[Draco Malfoy|Draco]] in the task of killing [[Albus Dumbledore]]. Bellatrix was taken aback by Snape's conformance in making the [[Unbreakable Vow]], for which she acted as a Bonder. Both she and Snape fought at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Bellatrix dying, however, before being able to discover that her initial mistrust of Snape had been valid after all.
 
[[Severus Snape]] was a Death Eater prior to the end of the [[First Wizarding War]], changing sides shortly before [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s [[1981]] downfall, and becoming a triple agent for [[Albus Dumbledore]]. Bellatrix was highly suspicious of him, possibly because of Snape's [[half-blood]] status, though mainly citing his evading a sentence to [[Azkaban]] "in Dumbledore's pocket;" mistrust may also have been Bellatrix's only real way of expressing her envy of the position of trust and respect Snape enjoyed under Voldemort. In [[1996]], Bellatrix followed [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] to Snape's house, trying to dissuade her from seeking his help in guiding and guarding [[Draco Malfoy|Draco]] in the task of killing [[Albus Dumbledore]]. Bellatrix was taken aback by Snape's conformance in making the [[Unbreakable Vow]], for which she acted as a Bonder. Both she and Snape fought at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Bellatrix dying, however, before being able to discover that her initial mistrust of Snape had been valid after all.
   
 
===Albus Dumbledore===
 
===Albus Dumbledore===
 
{{Quote|...or dear Bellatrix, who likes to play with her food before she eats it...|[[Albus Dumbledore]] on Bellatrix.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|...or dear Bellatrix, who likes to play with her food before she eats it...|[[Albus Dumbledore]] on Bellatrix.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
[[File:Albus_Dumbledore.JPG|thumb|150px|Albus Dumbledore.]]
 
   
[[Albus Dumbledore]] knew Bellatrix to be a highly dangerous Death Eater since the [[First Wizarding War]], having also witnessed her trial and imprisonment, after she [[Cruciatus Curse|tortured]] the [[Auror]]s [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]] to insanity and beyond.
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[[File:Albus_Percival_Wulfric_Brian_Dumbledore.jpg|thumb|160px|Albus Dumbledore]][[Albus Dumbledore]] knew Bellatrix to be a highly dangerous Death Eater since the [[First Wizarding War]], having also witnessed her trial and imprisonment, after she [[Cruciatus Curse|tortured]] the [[Auror]]s [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]] to insanity and beyond.
   
 
Though Bellatrix was fanatically loyal to Voldemort, and believed that he was greater and more powerful than Dumbledore, she would not brave Dumbledore in a duel, as she recognised him as a far more superior wizard than she was a witch. During the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Bellatrix opted to flee rather than engage Dumbledore in battle, deflecting his spells as she made her escape, and was the only Death Eater in the [[Death Chamber]] who succeeded in escaping from him - a testament of her prodigious magical skills.
 
Though Bellatrix was fanatically loyal to Voldemort, and believed that he was greater and more powerful than Dumbledore, she would not brave Dumbledore in a duel, as she recognised him as a far more superior wizard than she was a witch. During the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Bellatrix opted to flee rather than engage Dumbledore in battle, deflecting his spells as she made her escape, and was the only Death Eater in the [[Death Chamber]] who succeeded in escaping from him - a testament of her prodigious magical skills.
   
While Bellatrix most likely never had so much as a full conversation with the Headmaster, Dumbledore seemed to understand her very well; he admitted to [[Severus Snape]] that he would prefer to not fall prey to Bellatrix Lestrange in his weakened state (caused by Voldemort's cursed [[Horcrux]] ring), as she liked to "play with her food before she eats it".
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While Bellatrix most likely never had so much as a full conversation with the Headmaster, Dumbledore seemed to understand her very well; he admitted to [[Severus Snape]] that he would prefer to not fall prey to Bellatrix Lestrange in his weakened state (caused by Voldemort's cursed [[Horcrux]] ring), as she liked to "play with her food before she eats it". During their only known interaction in the Astronomy Tower, Bellatrix called Dumbledore by his first name.
   
 
===Death Eaters===
 
===Death Eaters===
[[File:Mask_DE.jpg|thumb|left|180px|A [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]].]]
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[[File:Mask_DE.jpg|thumb|left|195px|A [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]].]]
Bellatrix was not likely to have viewed many of the other [[Death Eaters]] as her equals, as she believed both her skill, devotion, and family status exceed that of others. Undoubtedly, she considered Voldemort's most loyal Death Eaters to be those who, like her, were imprisoned in [[Azkaban]] at some point: namely, [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], and [[Rodolphus Lestrange|her husband]] and [[Rabastan Lestrange|his brother]]. While it's unclear exactly how much genuine respect the other Death Eaters had for Bellatrix, it was clear they were familiar with her view of herself, as [[Travers]] became less suspicious of [[Hermione Granger]], disguised as Bellatrix via [[Polyjuice Potion]] in [[1998]], only after Hermione took on a much haughtier persona. Bellatrix is notable for being one of the only female Death Eaters, this is exceptionally impressive since wizarding society as a whole seems fairly patriarchal. A desire to prove herself in a 'Man's World' could also lead to her obsessive overkill.
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Bellatrix was not likely to have viewed many of the other [[Death Eaters]] as her equals, as she believed both her skill, devotion, and family status exceed that of others. Undoubtedly, she considered Voldemort's most loyal Death Eaters to be those who, like her, were imprisoned in [[Azkaban]] at some point: namely, [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], and [[Rodolphus Lestrange|her husband]] and [[Rabastan Lestrange|his brother]]. While it's unclear exactly how much genuine respect the other Death Eaters had for Bellatrix, it was clear they were familiar with her view of herself, as [[Travers]] became less suspicious of [[Hermione Granger]], disguised as Bellatrix via [[Polyjuice Potion]] in [[1998]], only after Hermione took on a much haughtier personality. Bellatrix is notable for being one of the only female Death Eaters, this is exceptionally impressive since wizarding society as a whole seems fairly patriarchal. A desire to prove herself in a 'Man's World' could also lead to her obsessive overkill.
   
 
===Order of the Phoenix and enemies===
 
===Order of the Phoenix and enemies===
Most of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] knew Bellatrix as one of the most dangerous and sadistic of Lord Voldemort's followers, especially considering Bellatrix managed to kill, seriously injure, or duel and successfully defeat several Order members. She despised her "blood traitor" cousin and niece, [[Sirius Black]] and [[Nymphadora Tonks]], both of whom she eventually killed; she bested Kingsley Shacklebolt at the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], was disgusted by [[Remus Lupin]], as a werewolf, marrying into her family through Nymphadora Tonks, and of course, took part in torturing the Aurors [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]].
 
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[[File:Molly_Weasley_(HBP_promo)_1.jpg|thumb|right|120px|[[Molly Weasley]], the witch who defeated Bellatrix.]]
 
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Ron Weasley|No! You can have me, keep me!|Bellatrix Lestrange|If she dies under questioning, I'll take you next. Blood traitor is next to Mudblood in my book.|During the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Ron Weasley|No! You can have me, keep me!|Bellatrix Lestrange|If she dies under questioning, I'll take you next. Blood traitor is next to Mudblood in my book.|During the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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Most of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] knew Bellatrix as one of the most dangerous and sadistic of Lord Voldemort's followers, especially considering Bellatrix managed to kill, seriously injure, or duel and successfully defeat several Order members. She despised her "blood traitor" cousin and niece, [[Sirius Black]] and [[Nymphadora Tonks]], both of whom she eventually killed; she bested Kingsley Shacklebolt at the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], was disgusted by [[Remus Lupin]], as a werewolf, marrying into her family through Nymphadora Tonks, and of course, took part in torturing the Aurors [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]].
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[[File:Molly_Weasley_(HBP_promo)_1.jpg|thumb|145px|[[Molly Weasley]], the witch who defeated Bellatrix.]]
   
 
At the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]], she singled out [[Hermione Granger]], as a [[Muggle-born]], to torture and interrogate, though she offered to take [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] next, as a member of the Weasley family, well known in pure-blood supremacist circles as "blood traitors." During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Bellatrix cruelly taunted [[Molly Weasley]] about the death of Molly's son, [[Fred Weasley|Fred]], and when she tried to attack Molly's daughter, [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]], she instigated a vicious battle between Molly and herself. This battle ended in the death of Bellatrix, who continued laughing derisively at the efforts of her opponent until the moment she realised Molly had defeated her.
 
At the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]], she singled out [[Hermione Granger]], as a [[Muggle-born]], to torture and interrogate, though she offered to take [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] next, as a member of the Weasley family, well known in pure-blood supremacist circles as "blood traitors." During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Bellatrix cruelly taunted [[Molly Weasley]] about the death of Molly's son, [[Fred Weasley|Fred]], and when she tried to attack Molly's daughter, [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]], she instigated a vicious battle between Molly and herself. This battle ended in the death of Bellatrix, who continued laughing derisively at the efforts of her opponent until the moment she realised Molly had defeated her.
   
 
===Kreacher===
 
===Kreacher===
[[Kreacher]] was the last house-elf of the [[House of Black]], and he mimicked his family's [[pure-blood]] supremacist values. Presumably by showing Kreacher a bit of kindness, Bellatrix and [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] managed to convince the lonely house-elf, who had lived by himself for years at [[12 Grimmauld Place]] following the death of his beloved [[Walburga Black]], to give them information about the nature of [[Harry Potter]] and [[Sirius Black]]'s relationship — information they were able to use in a scheme that ultimately led to Black's death. Kreacher later helped Bellatrix by injuring [[Buckbeak]], Sirius's [[hippogriff]], and by lying to Harry that Sirius was gone, when he had actually only gone upstairs to tend to Buckbeak's injury. Harry went to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] to "save" Sirius, who in turn went there to save Harry, and was killed in a duel with Bellatrix<ref name="OTP" />. After Sirius's death, Kreacher hoped to move into Bellatrix's possession, but Sirius's will transferred ownership to Harry<ref name="HBP" />. Kreacher finally gave his loyalty to Harry in [[1997]], and fought against [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]], Bellatrix included, during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]<ref name="DH" />.
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[[Kreacher]] was the last house-elf of the [[House of Black]], and he mimicked his family's [[pure-blood]] supremacist values. Presumably by showing Kreacher a bit of kindness, Bellatrix and [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] managed to convince the lonely house-elf, who had lived by himself for years at [[12 Grimmauld Place]] following the death of his beloved [[Walburga Black]], to give them information about the nature of [[Harry Potter]] and [[Sirius Black]]'s relationship — information they were able to use in a scheme that ultimately led to Black's death. Kreacher later helped Bellatrix by injuring [[Buckbeak]], Sirius's [[hippogriff]], and by lying to Harry that Sirius was gone, when he had actually only gone upstairs to tend to Buckbeak's injury. Harry went to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] to "save" Sirius, who in turn went there to save Harry, and was killed in a duel with Bellatrix<ref name="OTP"/>. After Sirius's death, Kreacher hoped to move into Bellatrix's possession, but Sirius's will transferred ownership to Harry<ref name="HBP"/>. Kreacher finally gave his loyalty to Harry in [[1997]], and fought against [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]], Bellatrix included, during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]<ref name="DH"/>.
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:Lestrange4840.jpg|right|thumb|Bellatrix as a Lego mini-figure.]]
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[[File:Lestrange4840.jpg|thumb|left|151px|Bellatrix as a Lego mini-figure.]]
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Harry witnesses her trial for the torture of Neville's parents in the pensieve. Despite this, she does not appear in the film adaptation.
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Harry witnesses her trial for the torture of Neville's parents in the pensieve. Despite this, she does not appear in the film adaptation.
*Originally, [[Helen McCrory]] was going to play the role of Bellatrix in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', but due to her pregnancy, she opted out of the film and was replaced by [[Helena Bonham Carter]]. Ironically, Bonham Carter herself learned she was pregnant shortly after completing filming. McCrory was eventually cast as Bellatrix's sister [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''. In the film, Bonham Carter is noticeably wearing looser clothing, as opposed to her form-fitting costume of the previous film (see below).
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*Originally, [[Helen McCrory]] was going to play the role of Bellatrix in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', but due to her pregnancy, she opted out of the film and was replaced by [[Helena Bonham Carter]]. Ironically, Bonham Carter herself learned she was pregnant shortly after completing filming. McCrory was eventually cast as Bellatrix's sister [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''. In the film, Bonham Carter is noticeably wearing looser clothing, as opposed to her form-fitting costume of the previous film (see below). With Bonham Carter's casting, she is roughly the same age as Bellatrix during the books (early-mid 40s), but she is younger than all of the Marauders, whom she pre-dates in her Hogwarts education
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Bonham Carter's costume reflected the mental state of the character, thus the torn gloves and dress. She also had alternate attires with a hood worn up and a mask, but they were not used in the final cut of the film.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Bonham Carter's costume reflected the mental state of the character, thus the torn gloves and dress. She also had alternate attires with a hood worn up and a mask, but they were not used in the final cut of the film.
 
*On the tapestry depicted in the film, the face of Bellatrix pictured is a face of Helena Bonham Carter. On the DVD there is a different picture of Bellatrix on the tapestry, where she has a purple hat and looks stylistically similar to her sisters.
 
*On the tapestry depicted in the film, the face of Bellatrix pictured is a face of Helena Bonham Carter. On the DVD there is a different picture of Bellatrix on the tapestry, where she has a purple hat and looks stylistically similar to her sisters.
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*[[Sirius Black]] told [[Harry Potter]] that Bellatrix ran in the same crowd as [[Severus Snape]] while at Hogwarts, but her date of birth makes this impossible. Bellatrix would have attended Hogwarts from 1962 to 1969, or possibly 1963 to 1970, depending on which month in [[1950s|1951]] she was born in, whereas Snape began his schooling in [[1971]]. This may simply be an error, as [[J. K. Rowling]] has admitted that maths is not her strong suit. <ref>[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=63 F.A.Q.] at [[J.K.Rowling Official Site|J.K. Rowling's Official Site]]</ref> Another possible explanation could be that both Bellatrix and Snape went around with the same type of people, some of whom may have overlapped depending on age.
 
*[[Sirius Black]] told [[Harry Potter]] that Bellatrix ran in the same crowd as [[Severus Snape]] while at Hogwarts, but her date of birth makes this impossible. Bellatrix would have attended Hogwarts from 1962 to 1969, or possibly 1963 to 1970, depending on which month in [[1950s|1951]] she was born in, whereas Snape began his schooling in [[1971]]. This may simply be an error, as [[J. K. Rowling]] has admitted that maths is not her strong suit. <ref>[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=63 F.A.Q.] at [[J.K.Rowling Official Site|J.K. Rowling's Official Site]]</ref> Another possible explanation could be that both Bellatrix and Snape went around with the same type of people, some of whom may have overlapped depending on age.
 
*[[Bellatrix Lestrange's wand|Bellatrix's wand]] is 12¾" walnut [[wand wood|wood]], with a [[dragon heartstring]] [[wand core|core]]. It was described by [[Garrick Ollivander]] as "unyielding". <ref>''Deathly Hallows'', Ch. 24</ref>
 
*[[Bellatrix Lestrange's wand|Bellatrix's wand]] is 12¾" walnut [[wand wood|wood]], with a [[dragon heartstring]] [[wand core|core]]. It was described by [[Garrick Ollivander]] as "unyielding". <ref>''Deathly Hallows'', Ch. 24</ref>
[[File:Bella Flooing.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Bellatrix escapes using the [[Floo Network]].]]
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[[File:Bella_Flooing.jpg|thumb|270px|Bellatrix escapes using the [[Floo Network]].]]
 
*[[Helena Bonham Carter]], who portrays Bellatrix in the [[Harry Potter (film series)]], described the character as being "as bonkers as they come", commenting that Bellatrix has "a bit of a child-like madness... like boys who like to pick apart an insect for the sake of it" <ref>[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20044270_20044274_20046035,00.html Entertainment Weekly: Helena Bonham Carter Gets Wicked]</ref>.
 
*[[Helena Bonham Carter]], who portrays Bellatrix in the [[Harry Potter (film series)]], described the character as being "as bonkers as they come", commenting that Bellatrix has "a bit of a child-like madness... like boys who like to pick apart an insect for the sake of it" <ref>[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20044270_20044274_20046035,00.html Entertainment Weekly: Helena Bonham Carter Gets Wicked]</ref>.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Bellatrix participates in the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]] but in the book there is no mention of her. Also, a new scene was been added of [[The Burrow]] being attacked and burned over the Christmas holidays by Bellatrix, [[Fenrir Greyback]] and an unknown [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]], possibly [[Amycus Carrow]], [[Yaxley]], or [[Thorfinn Rowle]].
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Bellatrix participates in the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]] but in the book there is no mention of her. Also, a new scene was been added of [[The Burrow]] being attacked and burned over the Christmas holidays by Bellatrix, [[Fenrir Greyback]] and an unknown [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]], possibly [[Amycus Carrow]], [[Yaxley]], or [[Thorfinn Rowle]].
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*Bellatrix is the only one of the three Black sisters to not have any children, Andromeda having Nymphadora Tonks and Narcissa having Draco Malfoy.
 
*Bellatrix is the only one of the three Black sisters to not have any children, Andromeda having Nymphadora Tonks and Narcissa having Draco Malfoy.
 
*In the final book and film, Molly Weasley is the one who kills Bellatrix. However, in the final video game, after Neville defies Voldemort and pulls the sword of Gryffindor out of the Sorting Hat, Voldemort casts a Killing Curse at Neville and it ricochets off of the sword and hits Bellatrix, she does not die when it hits her, but screams when it does. She later fights Molly and is defeated, lying on the floor dead, unlike the movie when she's blasted into ash.
 
*In the final book and film, Molly Weasley is the one who kills Bellatrix. However, in the final video game, after Neville defies Voldemort and pulls the sword of Gryffindor out of the Sorting Hat, Voldemort casts a Killing Curse at Neville and it ricochets off of the sword and hits Bellatrix, she does not die when it hits her, but screams when it does. She later fights Molly and is defeated, lying on the floor dead, unlike the movie when she's blasted into ash.
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*The script for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince describes Bellatrix as a "mad child."
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' Bellatrix does not question Snape about his loyalties nor does she show any signs of disagreement or hatred towards Snape. However, she does sneer at him and taunt him for being a coward.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' Bellatrix does not question Snape about his loyalties nor does she show any signs of disagreement or hatred towards Snape. However, she does sneer at him and taunt him for being a coward.
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*For the release of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie]]'', Popco. had introduced several "series" of Harry Potter movie action figures, one action figure including Bellatrix, in the United Kingdom and several other European countries, making people in the United States to go online to buy this action figure and/or others via on British departments of certain online shopping websites. Some of these websites are including Amazon UK and Ebay UK.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
[[File:BellatrixMask.PNG|thumb|right|180px|Bellatrix's Death Eater Mask.]]
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[[File:BellatrixMask.PNG|thumb|left|180px|Bellatrix's Death Eater Mask.]]
 
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BellatrixLestrange
Bellatrix Lestrange (née Black)
Biographical information
Born

1951

Died

2 May, 1998 (aged 47)
Great Hall, Hogwarts Castle

Blood status

Pure-blood

Marital status

Married

Also known as

Bella

Title(s)
Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair colour

Dark

Eye colour

Dark

Skin colour

Pale

Family information
Family members
Magical characteristics
Wand
Patronus

None[1]

Affiliation
House

Slytherin

Loyalty
"Potter, you cannot win against me! I was and am the Dark Lord's most loyal servant. I learned the Dark Arts from him, and I know spells of such power that you, pathetic little boy, can never hope to compete!"
—Bellatrix to Harry Potter during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.[src]

Bellatrix Lestrange (née Black) (19512 May, 1998) was a pure-blood witch, the daughter of Cygnus III and Druella Black and elder sister of Andromeda Tonks and Narcissa Malfoy. She started her education at Hogwarts in 1962 and was Sorted into Slytherin house. After graduating from Hogwarts, she became a Death Eater, fanatically loyal to Lord Voldemort. She was one of the few known females in the group, as well as among the most dangerous and sadistic of Voldemort's followers. While Bellatrix and Narcissa married pure-blood wizards, Andromeda married Ted Tonks and was disowned by the family. At the end of the First Wizarding War, Bellatrix, her husband, Rodolphus Lestrange, his brother Rabastan, and Barty Crouch Jr. took part in the torture of Aurors Frank and Alice Longbottom to the point of insanity, while searching for information on Lord Voldemort after his first downfall.

They were caught, and sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban for torturing the two Aurors, but escaped in the 1996 mass break-out, along with nine other Death Eaters. She participated in several battles of the Second Wizarding War, making it a particular goal to kill any relatives who were members of the Order of the Phoenix, including her cousin Sirius Black and niece Nymphadora Tonks. She also killed the Malfoy family's former house-elf, Dobby, who had become a firm ally of Harry Potter, with her knife. During the battle that ended the war, she was the last Death Eater standing, apart from Voldemort, but was eventually killed in a duel by Molly Weasley.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

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Bellatrix on the Black family tree.
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Bellatrix was born in 1951 to Cygnus III and Druella Black, who raised her to be proud of her pure-blood heritage. She was the elder sister of Andromeda and Narcissa[2], though Bellatrix cut off contact with Andromeda when she married Muggle-born wizard Ted Tonks and was disowned from the House of Black, as she told Voldemort in 1997 that neither she or Narcissa had "set eyes on Andromeda since she married the Mudblood Tonks"[3]. Bellatrix also held her cousin Sirius Black in contempt for being a "blood traitor" for his different opinions on Muggles and Muggle-borns.

Bellatrix came from the Pure-Blood Black family, and as such she was given a rich lifestyle. Bellatrix attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was sorted into Slytherin House. She eventually married Rodolphus Lestrange — a fellow wealthy pure-blood and Slytherin, as was expected of her — and when Voldemort first rose to power, she and her husband joined the Death Eaters. Unlike Narcissa and Andromeda, Bellatrix displayed no affection for Rodolphus whatsoever, never even mentioning him in conversations. Her true love was Voldemort,[1] who gave her some training in the Dark Arts, which contributed to her incredible talent as an extreme duellist.

First Wizarding War and imprisonmentEdit

"The Dark Lord will rise again, Crouch! Throw us into Azkaban; we will wait! He will rise again and will come for us, he will reward us beyond any of his other supporters! We alone were faithful! We alone tried to find him!"
—Bellatrix at her trial.[src]
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Bellatrix while in Azkaban
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When the First Wizarding War broke out, Bellatrix and her husband Rodolphus both fought for Voldemort's Death Eaters, and remained loyal to Voldemort throughout the wizarding war and even after he was defeated by Harry Potter.

After the Dark Lord's fall on 31 October, 1981, Bellatrix and a group of Voldemort's followers, including Rodolphus, her brother-in-law Rabastan, and Barty Crouch Jr., kidnapped Aurors and Order of the Phoenix members Alice and Frank Longbottom, just new parents to Neville Longbottom. Bellatrix and her partners used the Cruciatus Curse to torture Alice and Frank for information on Voldemort's whereabouts, until the two captives were driven into insanity when they refused to divulge anything. This crime caused a wave of fury upon the wizard community of such ferocity, the Ministry were critically pressured to find the culprits, and when the four were captured they were tried before the Council of Magical Law, and sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban. As a result of the torture, Alice and Frank spent the rest of their lives at St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, and were unaware that they had given birth to Neville together.

Unlike many other Death Eaters, Bellatrix did not lie about her loyalty — she proudly claimed that she was loyal to Voldemort and that she would wait for Voldemort's return.[4] Indeed, Bellatrix was so proud of her loyalty to Voldemort that, during her trial before the Council of Magical Law, she was said to have sat upon the chair she was chained to as if it were a throne. She would later describe herself as the Dark Lord's most loyal follower and even Lord Voldemort, whom Bellatrix admired the most, gained a considerable amount of respect for her.

Harry Potter later witnessed Bellatrix's trial in 1995 in a memory of Professor Dumbledore.[5]

Second Wizarding WarEdit

Escape from AzkabanEdit

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Bellatrix featured on a "WANTED" poster.
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"We have confirmed that ten high-security prisoners, in the early hours of yesterday evening, did escape. And of course, the Muggle Prime Minister has been alerted to the danger. We strongly suspect that the breakout was engineered by a man with personal experience in escaping from Azkaban; notorious mass murderer Sirius Black, cousin of escapee Bellatrix Lestrange."
Cornelius Fudge interview to the Daily Prophet regarding the 1996 Azkaban mass breakout[src]

When Voldemort returned to power in 1995, he said that Bellatrix, Rodolphus and Rabastan were faithful members of his inner circle.

In January of 1996, Bellatrix was one of the many Death Eaters who escaped from Azkaban and rejoined Voldemort when the Dementors joined the Dark Lord. As a result, Bellatrix became a wanted witch and lived in hiding to avoid being captured by the Ministry.[5]

Battle of the Department of MysteriesEdit

"Never used an Unforgivable Curse before, have you, boy? You need to mean them, Potter. You need to really want to cause pain — to enjoy it — righteous anger won't hurt me for long — I'll show you how it is done, shall I? I'll give you a lesson — Crucio!"
—Bellatrix to Harry Potter.[src]
Bellatrix Lestrange kills Sirius Black
Bellatrix fighting in the Department of Mysteries in 1996.

Later that very same year, Bellatrix participated in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries in a plot to steal a prophecy regarding Harry Potter defeating the Dark Lord. Bellatrix was second-in command with the leader being her brother-in law Lucius Malfoy. Bellatrix was enraged when Harry mentioned Voldemort's real name and said Voldemort was really a half-blood. In payback to try get the students to hand over the prophecy, Bellatrix briefly tortured Neville Longbottom. When she continued to torture him, Bellatrix hoped that Neville would end up in St. Mungos just like his insane parents."

When the Order of the Phoenix members arrived, Bellatrix duelled and defeated her niece, Nymphadora Tonks. She began fighting her cousin, Sirius Black. Sirius taunted her about the wicked Black Family and their pure-blood beliefs. Bellatrix then struck Sirius with an unnamed curse that sent him through the veil guarding the Death Chamber. After Sirius's death, Bellatrix defeated Kingsley Shacklebolt before going on the run. Later, Harry started to chase her in revenge for killing Sirius. He attempted the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix, but only knocked her over and caused her a few seconds of pain. Bellatrix taunted Harry because he could not use an Unforgivable Curse.

Voldemort arrived at the Ministry shortly after Harry attempted to torture Bellatrix into insanity. Bellatrix pleaded to Voldemort not to be punished, but Voldemort ignored her. As Voldemort was about to cast the Killing Curse on Harry, Albus Dumbledore arrived. Before duelling Voldemort, Dumbledore summoned Cornelius Fudge and some Aurors to the Department. After the duel, Fudge and the Aurors arrived. After Voldemort and Bellatrix Disapparated from the Ministry, the Aurors rounded up the remaining Death Eaters and threw them in Azkaban. Narcissa was angered that Bellatrix did not let Lucius escape from the Ministry and how he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Bellatrix simply said it was Lucius's fault for not Disapparating.

Plot against Albus DumbledoreEdit

"...I don't trust you, Snape, as you very well know!... Where were you when the Dark Lord fell? "
—Bellatrix questions Severus Snape.[src]
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Bellatrix sealing the Unbreakable Vow between Narcissa and Snape

In July of 1996, Bellatrix reluctantly accompanied her sister, Narcissa Malfoy, to the house of Severus Snape at Spinner's End. Once there, Bellatrix interrogated Snape and voiced her distrust of him. Snape's calm, reasonable, and logical answers to her aggressive questioning rendered her dissatisfied, but temporarily without retort. Narcissa, however, proceeded to beg Snape to look after her son Draco's welfare while he attended Hogwarts and tried to fulfill Voldemort's orders to kill Albus Dumbledore. Snape shocked Bellatrix by asking her to bind him and Narcissa with an Unbreakable Vow to assist Draco. Bellatrix also assisted her nephew in his task by teaching him Occlumency, a tool he used against Snape in order to conceal the details of his mission. Bellatrix showed her obsessive loyalty to her master's cause in telling her sister that she should be proud, instead of worried, that her son was not "shrinking away from his duty." Bellatrix went on to say that if she had sons, she would have gladly handed them over to Voldemort's service.

1997-1998Edit

Bellatrix: "My Lord, it is an honour to have you here, in our family's house. There can be no higher pleasure."
Lord Voldemort: "No higher pleasure... That means a great deal, Bellatrix, from you."
Bellatrix: "My Lord knows I speak nothing but the truth!"
— Bellatrix's delight at Voldemort staying at Malfoy Manor.[src]
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Bellatrix talking to Lord Voldemort in the Malfoy Manor.
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By the next year, Bellatrix was living with Narcissa at Malfoy Manor. She was the only resident of the manor who was actually pleased beyond measure that Voldemort was staying there. Despite her unwavering loyalty, Voldemort humiliated and jeered at Bellatrix and the Malfoys by bringing up their relative Nymphadora Tonks' marriage to werewolf Remus Lupin, Bellatrix eagerly told her master that she would "prune her family tree".

When the Death Eaters subsequently attacked the Order of the Phoenix while they were moving Harry Potter out his relatives' home, Bellatrix and her husband targeted Tonks in particular. Rodolphus was injured in the pursuit, and Tonks escaped. Soon afterwards, a copy of Godric Gryffindor's Sword was secured in Bellatrix's family vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank on Voldemort's orders, Voldemort and Bellatrix both unaware, at the time, that it was merely a copy.

Skirmish at Malfoy ManorEdit

"You're lying, you filthy Mudblood, and I know it! You have been inside my vault at Gringotts! Tell the truth, tell the truth! What else did you take? What else have you got? Tell me the truth or, I swear, I shall run you through with this knife! What else did you take, what else? ANSWER ME! CRUCIO!"
—Overheard parts of Bellatrix's interrogation of Hermione Granger.[src]
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Bellatrix threatens to kill Hermione after torturing her

In 1998, when Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger were captured by Snatchers and brought to the Manor with Godric Griffindor's sword, Bellatrix panicked. This led to Harry thinking that there could be something of Voldemort's in her vault — his Horcrux, Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, seeming most likely. Bellatrix then Stunned all the Snatchers, intending to kill them later, as Draco was unwilling to himself.

Bellatrix then interrogated Hermione and tortured her with the Cruciatus Curse and her knife, carving "mudblood" into Hermione's arm, but Hermione managed to lie under unbearable pain, claiming the real sword was only a copy.[3]But Bellatrix thought that maybe Harry and his friends got the sword from her vault, so she told Peter Pettigrew to get Griphook from the cellar to tell her if the sword was fake or not. Griphook managed to tell a lie, obeying Harry's request to him and keeping their secret safe.

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Bellatrix throws her knife as the prisoners escape.
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Bellatrix also threatened Hermione with her knife, after Harry and Ron escaped from the cellar with the assistance of Dobby and Ron disarmed her. While holding the knife to an unconscious Hermione's throat, Bellatrix demanded that the prisoners drop their wands, and then pressed her Dark Mark, calling Voldemort. However, Dobby Apparated and created a diversion and caused the chandelier to fall from above Bellatrix's head, making her release Hermione and jump out of the way. She lashed out at the house-elf in complete disbelief of his rebellious action to his "former masters". Dobby claimed he was a "free elf" and disapparated. As the house-elf disapparated with Harry, Bellatrix threw the knife at Dobby, and the apperation sucked up the knife with it, wounding Dobby in his chest, who died. She and her relatives were severely punished by Voldemort for allowing Harry to escape. Bellatrix also lost her wand in the skirmish.

After the incident at Malfoy Manor, Hermione used the hair of Bellatrix that had fallen on her while Bellatrix was torturing her, to change herself into Bellatrix, therefore letting her sneak into Gringotts (Diagon Alley was infested with Death Eaters.).

Battle of Hogwarts and deathEdit

Bellatrix: "What will happen to your children when I've killed you? When Mummy's gone the same way as Freddie?"
Molly: "You — will — never — touch — our — children — again!"
— Bellatrix duels Molly Weasley.[src]
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Bellatrix Lestrange during the Battle of Hogwarts

During the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998, Bellatrix finally succeeded in killing Nymphadora Tonks, her estranged sister's daughter, [1]. When Voldemort called a temporary retreat, waiting for Harry Potter to turn himself in, Bellatrix waited by his side; she offered him help when he was dazed after using the Killing Curse on Harry, but was coldly rebuffed. Bellatrix eagerly asked Voldemort if she may check Harry for life, but was refused and instead, he sent her younger sister to confirm his death. When Narcissa had lied and told Voldemort that Harry was dead, Bellatrix and the other Death Eaters (and supporters) followed Voldemort to Hogwarts to announce Harry's "death".

When the battle resumed, Bellatrix fought Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood all at once, just as her master fought three by himself. It was said that despite all three young witches being skilled, combined they did not equal Bellatrix's magical abilities. She shot a Killing Curse at Ginny, which missed by less than an inch; this enraged Ginny's mother, Molly Weasley, who prompty threw off her cloak and engaged in her own duel with the Death Eater. Bellatrix did not take Molly seriously in the least, initially taunting her over the death of her son, Fred.

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A dead Bellatrix at Molly Weasley's feet.
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The duel continued, however, and the ground beneath the two witches was said to become hot and cracked as their battle progressed. While Bellatrix laughed at her opponent, Molly managed to strike her in the chest with a curse which proved fatal. As her body toppled to the ground, an outraged Voldemort turned on Molly. This prompted Harry, who had watched the battle unfold beneath his Invisibility Cloak, to reveal himself, and the final showdown between him and Voldemort ensued. Bellatrix did not live to see her beloved master's final defeat moments later.[3]

Physical appearanceEdit

"…a woman with thick, shining dark hair, long eyelashes and heavily hooded eyes… was sitting in the chained chair as though it were a throne…"
—Description of Bellatrix at her trial[src]
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Bellatrix was described as a tall woman with long, thick shiny dark hair, thin lips, heavily-lidded eyes with long eyelashes, and a strong jaw. She had the classic 'great good looks' and arrogant bearing common for members of the House of Black, but like her cousin Sirius, time in Azkaban took a toll on her appearance. After her lengthy imprisonment, she was described as having a gaunt and skull-like face, but managed to retain some vestige of her great beauty.[5] Bellatrix was noted to physically resemble her sister Andromeda[3], as Harry mistook Andromeda for Bellatrix on one occasion. Also, Harry noted that as much as Narcissa is fair as Bellatrix is dark, the two sisters still resembled each other.[6]

Personality and traitsEdit

"...she definitely has a personality disorder."
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Bellatrix Lestrange a notorious Death Eater
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Bellatrix was an intensely sadistic witch with brutal, violent tendencies.[6] She was highly intelligent, but could be easily distracted, and had a fierce and dangerous temper, a trait that she shared with her cousin Sirius and her aunt Walburga

Bellatrix was slavishly devoted to Lord Voldemort, believing that she proved her loyalty by her time in Azkaban, which seems to have furthered her mental decline. She was Voldemort's most trusted and loyal follower, as well as one of his cruelest Death Eaters, always eager to inflict the Cruciatus Curse on enemies and her family members; Harry Potter noted that Bellatrix was as "mad as her master." [5]

Bellatrix was extremely narcissistic and imperiously arrogant. She was obsessed with blood purity and took immense pride in the aristocracy and pure blood of her family. Like all the rest of Lord Voldemort's followers, she was vehemently against all "blood traitors," half-bloods, Muggle-borns, and Muggles, but was not above killing members of her own family who displeased her.

"As inspirational as I find your bloodlust, Bellatrix, I must be the one to kill Harry Potter."
—Lord Voldemort[src]

Bellatrix was a natural leader and took charge in tricky situations, such as during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor. Another mark of her decisiveness and ruthlessness, Bellatrix took no unnecessary prisoners, preferring to kill them instead, as she planned to do with a group of Snatchers who attempted to defy her in Malfoy Manor in 1998.[3]

Despite her cruel personality, Bellatrix was not incapable of feeling affection for others and appeared to care about her younger sister Narcissa, following her to Severus Snape's house, when Narcissa went to beg Snape to help her son. She also seemed to show affection for her nephew, Draco Malfoy, even teaching him some rare magical abilities. She was also obsessively in love with her master, Lord Voldemort, though he did not return her feelings because he was incapable of love.

Magical abilities and skillsEdit

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Bellatrix casts the Killing Curse
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Harry Potter on Bellatrix.[src]
Bellatrix Lestrange was an extremely powerful and dangerous witch. She was a mistress of the Dark Arts, an incredibly skilful duellist, and an Occlumens. Her prodigious duelling skill was proven by her many victories over numerous talented wizards and witches, including experienced Aurors.
  • Dark Arts: Bellatrix claimed to have been trained in the Dark Arts by Voldemort himself, and displayed particular proficiency with the Cruciatus Curse. She boasted to have knowledge of Dark spells that few could comprehend the power of[5]; a claim supported by her status as Voldemort's "best lieutenant". Like her master, Bellatrix was capable of casting the Killing Curse with no regard for the life she wished to extinguish. However, unlike the Dark Lord, she usually preferred to torture her victims rather than killing them straight away, doing so with such skill her victims can pass out, like Hermione Granger, or even go to the point of insanity like Frank and Alice Longbottom.[6][3] Like many Death Eaters, she could summon the Dark Mark.
  • Non-verbal magic: Bellatrix also seemed highly adept at using non-verbal spells. She killed a fox with a flash of green light on her way to Spinner's End, in 1996, which was highly likely to have been a non-verbal Killing Curse and ferociously duelled Molly Weasley with such intensity that the floor around her became "hot and cracked" without mentioning a single incantation. She also fired a curse at Harry, non-verbally, which caused a tank of brains to lift and tip itself onto him whilst he chased her in the Thought Chamber and furthermore fired several destructive curses at him without speaking in the Atrium at the Ministry of Magic, some of which were possibly Cruciatus curses. She also decimated the Great Hall non-verbally, and used an unknown spell to bring Greyback to his knees at Malfoy Manor.
  • Duelling: Bellatrix Lestrange was an incredibly talented duellist, and defeated and seriously injured Nymphadora Tonks and Kingsley Shacklebolt in duels during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, as well as her cousin Sirius and was the only Death Eater to deflect a spell from Albus Dumbledore himself, allowing her to escape the renowned wizard.[5] She also quickly and single-handedly defeated four Snatchers at Malfoy Manor and all four were described to be "no match". She later killed her niece in battle. Just before her death, Bellatrix duelled Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, and Ginny Weasley all at once, and was described as being equal in skill to all three of the trained, if inexperienced (compared to her), witches. Her death at the hands of Molly Weasley was due to her vastly underestimating the witch, who was fuelled by grief over the murder of her son.[3] Besides this, despite her years of captivity within Azkaban, Bellatrix displayed incredible reflexes that outmatched the much younger and physically-fit Harry Potter; she was able to conjure a Shield Charm and deflect his own spell back at him the moment he cast it.[5] She was also able to throw a knife with lethal accuracy across a room to strike her target. During the Battle of Hogwarts, Bellatrix was the last Death Eater standing, apart from Lord Voldemort, and it should be noted that she was wielding a wand which she had most likely not won the allegiance of, which is further evidence of her extraordinary duelling skills.
  • Occlumency: Bellatrix trained her nephew, Draco Malfoy, in Occlumency as part of his mission to kill Albus Dumbledore. This training was effective enough that Draco was able to block out Severus Snape. It is also possible that she could perform Legilimency, as she may have penetrated Draco's mind to train him to block his thoughts[6]
  • Charms: Bellatrix displayed a proficiency at Charms, given how she was the only Death Eater besides Voldemort to successfully block an attack from Dumbledore. However, she could not perform a Patronus Charm as she lacked the ability to think of a thought positive enough for the Charm to work.
  • Flying: Bellatrix participated in the Battle of the Seven Potters, duelling her niece while flying. Her proficiency in this battle demonstrates her abilities as a flyer.
  • Unbreakable Vow: Bellatrix could cast a bonding spell to help make an Unbreakable Vow for Draco Malfoy, which could force Severus Snape to kill Albus Dumbledore and protect Draco regardless of whether he wanted to or not.
  • Teaching skills: Bellatrix taught Draco Occlumency, the Unforgivable Curses, and several non-verbal spells before his sixth year of school started. She also unwittingly taught Harry how to properly use the Unforgivable Curses, given how he acknowledged that his success on the Cruciatus Curse was actually from her taunting.

RelationshipsEdit

FamilyEdit

Voldemort: "I'm talking about your niece, Bellatrix. And yours, Lucius and Narcissa. She just married the werewolf, Remus Lupin. You must be so proud."
Bellatrix: "She is no niece of ours, my Lord. We -- Narcissa and I -- have never set eyes on our sister since she married the Mudblood. This brat has nothing to do with either of us, nor any beast she marries."
Voldemort: "What say you, Draco? Will you babysit the cubs? [...] Many of our oldest family trees become a little diseased over time. You must prune yours, must you not, to keep it healthy? Cut away those parts that threaten the health of the rest."
Bellatrix: "Yes my Lord. At the first chance!"
Voldemort: "You shall have it. And in your family, so in the world...we shall cut away the canker that infects us until only those of the true blood remain..."
— Voldemort discussing blood purity with the Death Eaters[src]
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Nymphadora Tonks, the niece and murder victim of Bellatrix Lestrange.
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Bellatrix took the pure-blood values of her family very seriously, as indicated by her marriage into a known pure-blood wizarding family and her zealous belief in Death Eater ideology. She had no feelings of affection for those in her family deemed blood traitors by disgracing and dishonouring her family by not fanatically honouring the prejudiced values she did, and readily attacked and killed them on many occasions. She seems to have had a
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fairly close and affectionate relationship with her younger sister Narcissa, whom she called "Cissy." Despite distrusting Severus Snape and attempting to dissuade her sister from approaching him, Bellatrix accompanied Narcissa to Spinner's End to request Snape's help in seeing Draco through the task assigned to him by Lord Voldemort in 1996.
Bellatrix: "We were told not to speak of the plan to anyone, this is a betrayal of the Dark Lord's —"
Narcissa: "Let go, Bella!"
Bellatrix: "Cissy, your own sister? You wouldn't —"
Narcissa: "There's nothing I wouldn't do any more!"
— Bellatrix and Narcissa disagreeing with each other at Spinner's End[src]

After Snape agreed to make the Unbreakable Vow, Bellatrix acted as Bonder, ensuring that Snape would fulfil his promises to Narcissa. Narcissa and Bellatrix occasionally clashed over the former's protectiveness towards her son; Bellatrix argued that Narcissa should be proud that her son was a Death Eater, while Narcissa consistently demonstrated that the safety of her son and husband were her first priorities. Still, the two seemed close, and, at some point, Bellatrix trained Draco in Occlumency to aid him in his mission.[6]

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Andromeda Tonks's burned image and Bellatrix's image on the family Tree.

On the other hand, Bellatrix hated her "blood traitor" relatives. After her sister Andromeda married a muggle-born and was disowned, Bellatrix never saw her again[3]. She shared a mutual loathing with her "dear cousin" Sirius Black, and the two taunted each other as they duelled during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. After killing Sirius, Bellatrix jeered at Harry about the death of his godfather on multiple occasions.[5]

Bellatrix also eagerly attacked her niece, Nymphadora Tonks, on at least three occasions — this was likely for a combination of reasons, including Tonks' being a half-blood, an Auror, and member of the Order of the Phoenix, the fact that she had married a werewolf and Voldemort's comments to her about "pruning her family tree". Bellatrix eventually killed Tonks during the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998.

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Sirius Black, a cousin and murder victim of Bellatrix
"Come out, come out, little Harry! What did you come after me for, then? I thought you were here to avenge my dear cousin!...Did you love him, little baby Potter?"
—Bellatrix taunts Harry about killing Sirius.[src]
It is possible that Bellatrix was on good terms with her other cousin, Regulus, who was a Death Eater during the First Wizarding War. Regulus initially espoused the pure-blood supremacist line associated with his family, and like Bellatrix, was sorted into the Slytherin house during his time at Hogwarts. It is unlikely that he revealed his change of heart to Bellatrix, or anyone else, prior to his death in 1979.

Her relationship with Draco seemed to have some affection; though she seemed to disapprove of his inability to kill and dislike for torture. She taught him Occlumency and possibly non-verbal spells. His blood relationship with her is probably the only reason he is still alive; due to his father's failure and his failure of his 1996-1997 task. Seeing Lucius's extreme failure and the confiscation of his wand, Bellatrix saw her brother-in-law with disdain and contempt, showing him little to no respect during their argument of summoning Voldemort for capturing Harry.

Rodolphus LestrangeEdit

In marrying Rodolphus Lestrange, Bellatrix made a "respectable pure-blood marriage"[5], as was expected of her. There is no indication that her relationship with her husband went beyond this, as Bellatrix loved Voldemort and never expressed any affection or concern for her husband. They were both Death Eaters and seemed to
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work together in this role, as Rodolphus tortured Alice and Frank Longbottom with his wife, as well as his brother and Barty Crouch Jr. in 1981[4], and was paired with Bellatrix during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries[5]. He was also by her side during the Battle of the Seven Potters, as Nymphadora Tonks mentioned cursing him and being pursued by Bellatrix[3]. Sirius Black described them as part of the same "gang of Slytherins" at Hogwarts, which also included Lucius Malfoy, Evan Rosier and Severus Snape[5].

Quite the opposite of her sisters, Narcissa and Andromeda, Bellatrix showed virtually no affection towards or otherwise acknowledged her husband, and Rodolphus's feelings for his wife are unknown. Other than marrying for the purpose of entering a "pure-blood marriage," it is likely that Bellatrix and Rodolphus did not love, or were not particularly attracted to each other. Bellatrix felt that Narcissa ought be proud that Draco was called into service as a Death Eater; she once told her sister that if she had sons, she would "be glad to give them up to the service of the Dark Lord", once again showing her fanatical devotion towards Lord Voldemort.[6] No children appear beneath Bellatrix and Rodolphus's names on the Black family tapestry, which indicates that Bellatrix died childless.

Lord VoldemortEdit

"She sat beside her sister, as unlike her in looks, with her dark hair and heavily lidded eyes, as she was in bearing and demeanour; where Narcissa sat rigid and impassive, Bellatrix leaned toward Voldemort, for mere words could not demonstrate her longing for closeness."
—Bellatrix demonstrates her obsession with Voldemort during the Meeting at Malfoy Manor[src]
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Bellatrix was genuinely loyal to Lord Voldemort[1]. Unlike many of the other Death Eaters, Bellatrix never attempted to deny her loyalties when Voldemort fell in 1981. Instead she proudly claimed that she was his most loyal and trusted servant and that he would rise again, and willingly endured the horrors of Azkaban prison for him[4]. More than just being a fanatic, Bellatrix was obsessed with Voldemort's ideas of blood purity and fascination with the Dark Arts. She is described as being slavishly devoted to her master, regarding him with "worshipful fascination" and speaking to him in a romantic way, as if to a lover[3]. Voldemort did not reciprocate, as he did not know love at all.

It was Voldemort's cold reactions that seemed to make Bellatrix even more determined to kill her niece, Nymphadora Tonks and "prune" her family tree. For her, satisfying Voldemort was of the utmost importance, and therefore the thought of disappointing him was Bellatrix's deepest fear.

Voldemort considered Bellatrix his most valuable and loyal Death Eater. He trained her in the Dark Arts and when she was killed in a duel with Molly Weasley in the final battle, Voldemort's fury was said to "explode like a bomb" and hers was the only death that he attempted to avenge before Harry Potter intervened. However, it is unlikely that he was angry because he truly cared about Bellatrix as a person. He regarded her only in terms of how useful she was to him.

Despite Bellatrix being fanatically devoted to the ideology of blood purity, she did not seem to mind that Voldemort was a half-blood, even though she flew into a rage when Harry spoke of this heritage. This may be due to Voldemort lying to his subordinates about being pure-blood, and that Bellatrix fully chose to believe her master's lie over the truth from the enemy.

Harry PotterEdit

"You dare speak his name... YOU FILTHY HALF-BLOOD!"
—Bellatrix expresses her hatred towards Harry Potter[src]
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Bellatrix Lestrange saw Harry Potter as her master's most hated enemy and despised him for the inexplicable threat he posed to the Dark Lord.

Harry had hated and feared Bellatrix ever since he first saw her in the Pensieve, learning that she was responsible for the attack on Alice and Frank Longbottom. Harry's attention was immediately drawn to Bellatrix's picture when the news of the ten escaped Death Eaters appeared in the Daily Prophet, and whenever he saw her image on wanted posters after that. During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Harry fully intended to kill Bellatrix in retaliation for her murder of his godfather, and at the onset of the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor, the mere sound of her voice when she appeared in the fray was enough to make his fear reach a new high. Bellatrix also killed Dobby the house-elf and Nymphadora Tonks, and when she attempted to murder Ginny Weasley during the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry was diverted from his goal of destroying Voldemort in the hopes of attacking her; he was stopped only by the sudden intervention of Molly Weasley.

Harry's hatred for Bellatrix was intense enough for him to feel agitated when laying eyes on her sisters, both of whom resemble her.

Longbottom familyEdit

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Bellatrix Lestrange threatens Neville at the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
Bellatrix: "Longbottom, is it? How's Mum and Dad?"
Neville: "Better, now they're about to be avenged!"
— Bellatrix mocking Neville Longbottom about his parents.[src]
After the fall of the Dark Lord in 1981, Bellatrix along with three other Death Eaters (including her husband, Rodolphus Lestrange and the son of well known Bartemus Crouch, Barty Crouch Jr. ) set out to attack members of the Order of the Phoenix, hoping to interrogate them for information on Voldemort's whereabouts. She personally attacked Alice and Frank Longbottom, torturing them by means of the Cruciatus Curse in her attempt at forcing them to yield the information she wanted. The event rendered the Aurors clinically and permanently insane, therefore condemning them to St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries for the remainder of their lives. Prior to the Longbottoms' capture and torture, Alice had given birth to a baby boy, Neville Longbottom.

Neville was left with parents incapable of even recognising him let alone caring for him, and so was raised by his grandmother. Bellatrix seemed to find the fact that she had caused Neville's family tragedy highly amusing. Upon first meeting Neville, she proceeded to mock his loss, extremely angering him in the process. Ever since he was old enough to understand why his parents needed to be hospitalised, Neville had despised Bellatrix Lestrange, but given his benign nature, he never sought vengeance against her. Instead, Neville honoured his parents by showing more bravery than anyone could have expected of him, retaliating, when Bellatrix taunted him, rebelling against the tyranny of the Carrows during his seventh year at Hogwarts and subsequently fighting during the 1998 Battle of Hogwarts against Voldemort and his forces.

Severus SnapeEdit

"I don't trust you, Snape, as you very well know!"
—Bellatrix to Severus Snape.[src]
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Bellatrix and Severus Snape in 1996.
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Severus Snape was a Death Eater prior to the end of the First Wizarding War, changing sides shortly before Voldemort's 1981 downfall, and becoming a triple agent for Albus Dumbledore. Bellatrix was highly suspicious of him, possibly because of Snape's half-blood status, though mainly citing his evading a sentence to Azkaban "in Dumbledore's pocket;" mistrust may also have been Bellatrix's only real way of expressing her envy of the position of trust and respect Snape enjoyed under Voldemort. In 1996, Bellatrix followed Narcissa to Snape's house, trying to dissuade her from seeking his help in guiding and guarding Draco in the task of killing Albus Dumbledore. Bellatrix was taken aback by Snape's conformance in making the Unbreakable Vow, for which she acted as a Bonder. Both she and Snape fought at the Battle of Hogwarts, Bellatrix dying, however, before being able to discover that her initial mistrust of Snape had been valid after all.

Albus DumbledoreEdit

"...or dear Bellatrix, who likes to play with her food before she eats it..."
Albus Dumbledore on Bellatrix.[src]
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Albus Dumbledore knew Bellatrix to be a highly dangerous Death Eater since the First Wizarding War, having also witnessed her trial and imprisonment, after she tortured the Aurors Alice and Frank Longbottom to insanity and beyond.

Though Bellatrix was fanatically loyal to Voldemort, and believed that he was greater and more powerful than Dumbledore, she would not brave Dumbledore in a duel, as she recognised him as a far more superior wizard than she was a witch. During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Bellatrix opted to flee rather than engage Dumbledore in battle, deflecting his spells as she made her escape, and was the only Death Eater in the Death Chamber who succeeded in escaping from him - a testament of her prodigious magical skills.

While Bellatrix most likely never had so much as a full conversation with the Headmaster, Dumbledore seemed to understand her very well; he admitted to Severus Snape that he would prefer to not fall prey to Bellatrix Lestrange in his weakened state (caused by Voldemort's cursed Horcrux ring), as she liked to "play with her food before she eats it". During their only known interaction in the Astronomy Tower, Bellatrix called Dumbledore by his first name.

Death EatersEdit

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Bellatrix was not likely to have viewed many of the other Death Eaters as her equals, as she believed both her skill, devotion, and family status exceed that of others. Undoubtedly, she considered Voldemort's most loyal Death Eaters to be those who, like her, were imprisoned in Azkaban at some point: namely, Barty Crouch Jr., and her husband and his brother. While it's unclear exactly how much genuine respect the other Death Eaters had for Bellatrix, it was clear they were familiar with her view of herself, as Travers became less suspicious of Hermione Granger, disguised as Bellatrix via Polyjuice Potion in 1998, only after Hermione took on a much haughtier personality. Bellatrix is notable for being one of the only female Death Eaters, this is exceptionally impressive since wizarding society as a whole seems fairly patriarchal. A desire to prove herself in a 'Man's World' could also lead to her obsessive overkill.

Order of the Phoenix and enemiesEdit

Ron Weasley: "No! You can have me, keep me!"
Bellatrix Lestrange: "If she dies under questioning, I'll take you next. Blood traitor is next to Mudblood in my book."
— During the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor[src]

Most of the Order of the Phoenix knew Bellatrix as one of the most dangerous and sadistic of Lord Voldemort's followers, especially considering Bellatrix managed to kill, seriously injure, or duel and successfully defeat several Order members. She despised her "blood traitor" cousin and niece, Sirius Black and Nymphadora Tonks, both of whom she eventually killed; she bested Kingsley Shacklebolt at the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, was disgusted by Remus Lupin, as a werewolf, marrying into her family through Nymphadora Tonks, and of course, took part in torturing the Aurors Alice and Frank Longbottom.

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Molly Weasley, the witch who defeated Bellatrix.
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At the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor, she singled out Hermione Granger, as a Muggle-born, to torture and interrogate, though she offered to take Ron Weasley next, as a member of the Weasley family, well known in pure-blood supremacist circles as "blood traitors." During the Battle of Hogwarts, Bellatrix cruelly taunted Molly Weasley about the death of Molly's son, Fred, and when she tried to attack Molly's daughter, Ginny, she instigated a vicious battle between Molly and herself. This battle ended in the death of Bellatrix, who continued laughing derisively at the efforts of her opponent until the moment she realised Molly had defeated her.

KreacherEdit

Kreacher was the last house-elf of the House of Black, and he mimicked his family's pure-blood supremacist values. Presumably by showing Kreacher a bit of kindness, Bellatrix and Narcissa managed to convince the lonely house-elf, who had lived by himself for years at 12 Grimmauld Place following the death of his beloved Walburga Black, to give them information about the nature of Harry Potter and Sirius Black's relationship — information they were able to use in a scheme that ultimately led to Black's death. Kreacher later helped Bellatrix by injuring Buckbeak, Sirius's hippogriff, and by lying to Harry that Sirius was gone, when he had actually only gone upstairs to tend to Buckbeak's injury. Harry went to the Ministry of Magic to "save" Sirius, who in turn went there to save Harry, and was killed in a duel with Bellatrix[5]. After Sirius's death, Kreacher hoped to move into Bellatrix's possession, but Sirius's will transferred ownership to Harry[6]. Kreacher finally gave his loyalty to Harry in 1997, and fought against Voldemort and his Death Eaters, Bellatrix included, during the Battle of Hogwarts[3].

EtymologyEdit

Like many members of the House of Black, Bellatrix's name is derived from that of a star. Bellatrix is the third brightest star in the constellation Orion; it is also known as the Amazon Star. This is presumably an allusion to Bellatrix Lestrange being among the most dangerously skilled Death Eaters. The Amazons were warrior women in Greek mythology. Her name likely has Latin, French and English origins: Bella is Latin both for the plural of bellum, meaning war, and the feminine singular adjective meaning "beautiful;" trix is Latin feminine suffix (i.e. Bellatrix is the Latin word for a female warrior or a personification of feminine beauty), and Lestrange is likely a play on l'étrange, which is French meaning "the strange one". Her name thus alludes to both her beauty and her mental instability, although technically Lestrange came from Bellatrix's husband Rodolphus.

Behind the scenesEdit

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Bellatrix as a Lego mini-figure.
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  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry witnesses her trial for the torture of Neville's parents in the pensieve. Despite this, she does not appear in the film adaptation.
  • Originally, Helen McCrory was going to play the role of Bellatrix in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but due to her pregnancy, she opted out of the film and was replaced by Helena Bonham Carter. Ironically, Bonham Carter herself learned she was pregnant shortly after completing filming. McCrory was eventually cast as Bellatrix's sister Narcissa in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In the film, Bonham Carter is noticeably wearing looser clothing, as opposed to her form-fitting costume of the previous film (see below). With Bonham Carter's casting, she is roughly the same age as Bellatrix during the books (early-mid 40s), but she is younger than all of the Marauders, whom she pre-dates in her Hogwarts education
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Bonham Carter's costume reflected the mental state of the character, thus the torn gloves and dress. She also had alternate attires with a hood worn up and a mask, but they were not used in the final cut of the film.
  • On the tapestry depicted in the film, the face of Bellatrix pictured is a face of Helena Bonham Carter. On the DVD there is a different picture of Bellatrix on the tapestry, where she has a purple hat and looks stylistically similar to her sisters.
  • The house-elf Kreacher had a great fondness for Bellatrix. Harry Potter eventually came to understand that Kreacher responds to respect and kindness, and Hermione Granger realised that Bellatrix and Narcissa were indulgent with him, in contrast with Sirius' abuse. When they were kind to him, he gave them the information they wanted.
  • Sirius Black told Harry Potter that Bellatrix ran in the same crowd as Severus Snape while at Hogwarts, but her date of birth makes this impossible. Bellatrix would have attended Hogwarts from 1962 to 1969, or possibly 1963 to 1970, depending on which month in 1951 she was born in, whereas Snape began his schooling in 1971. This may simply be an error, as J. K. Rowling has admitted that maths is not her strong suit. [7] Another possible explanation could be that both Bellatrix and Snape went around with the same type of people, some of whom may have overlapped depending on age.
  • Bellatrix's wand is 12¾" walnut wood, with a dragon heartstring core. It was described by Garrick Ollivander as "unyielding". [8]
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Bellatrix escapes using the Floo Network.
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  • Helena Bonham Carter, who portrays Bellatrix in the Harry Potter (film series), described the character as being "as bonkers as they come", commenting that Bellatrix has "a bit of a child-like madness... like boys who like to pick apart an insect for the sake of it" [9].
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Bellatrix participates in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower but in the book there is no mention of her. Also, a new scene was been added of The Burrow being attacked and burned over the Christmas holidays by Bellatrix, Fenrir Greyback and an unknown Death Eater, possibly Amycus Carrow, Yaxley, or Thorfinn Rowle.
  • J. K. Rowling states in an interview that she had always intended that Molly Weasley would kill Bellatrix, for two main reasons: Firstly, so that Molly could "have her moment [of victory]" and show the doubting Bellatrix that simply because she dedicates herself to her family doesn't mean that she isn't a powerful witch. And second, to show the difference of Molly's "romantic and maternal love" against Bellatrix's "obsessive 'love'" of Voldemort.[10]
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Bellatrix appears in the adapted scene of the Battle of the Astronomy Tower despite there being no mention of her presence there in the sixth book. Also of difference is the fact that there is no literal "Battle" between the Death Eaters and the Order of the Phoenix during this scene; allowing the former group to pass through Hogwarts without resistance and Bellatrix to walk insanely on the Gryffindor table in the Great Hall before casting a spell to destroy all of the Hall's many windows. It is during the segment in the Astronomy Tower that Bellatrix speaks the line, "well done", to Draco for cornering Dumbledore. In the book, it is Amycus Carrow who congratulates Draco for his work. Bellatrix then proceeds to order Draco to hurry and murder Dumbledore, in place of Yaxley (who does not make a true appearance at all in the film). Also different in this section of the film is that Bellatrix casts the Dark Mark into the sky after Dumbledore's death, whereas in the book, it is Gibbon who does so prior to the death of the Headmaster. Finally, Bellatrix (in the film) is shown to perform the main acts of crime that were committed by Thorfinn Rowle in the book. These include burning down Hagrid's hut (although the film shows the burning process to be more explosive than it was described to be in the book) and briefly torturing Harry with the Cruciatus Curse.
  • Bellatrix's wanted poster is featured on an official Warner Brothers Harry Potter t-shirt. It says that Bellatrix was convicted for murder. In the book, she was sentenced to Azkaban for her participation in the torture of Frank and Alice Longbottom.
  • Bellatrix has the distinction of being the only person in the series to duel all three main characters on separate occasions. She attacked Harry Potter during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, fought Ron Weasley in the sky during the Battle of the Seven Potters and duelled with Hermione Granger in the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • In the special features of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, J.K Rowling describes Bellatrix as 'the female Death Eater par excellence'.
  • Bellatrix is the only one of the three Black sisters to not have any children, Andromeda having Nymphadora Tonks and Narcissa having Draco Malfoy.
  • In the final book and film, Molly Weasley is the one who kills Bellatrix. However, in the final video game, after Neville defies Voldemort and pulls the sword of Gryffindor out of the Sorting Hat, Voldemort casts a Killing Curse at Neville and it ricochets off of the sword and hits Bellatrix, she does not die when it hits her, but screams when it does. She later fights Molly and is defeated, lying on the floor dead, unlike the movie when she's blasted into ash.
  • The script for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince describes Bellatrix as a "mad child."
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Bellatrix does not question Snape about his loyalties nor does she show any signs of disagreement or hatred towards Snape. However, she does sneer at him and taunt him for being a coward.
  • For the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie, Popco. had introduced several "series" of Harry Potter movie action figures, one action figure including Bellatrix, in the United Kingdom and several other European countries, making people in the United States to go online to buy this action figure and/or others via on British departments of certain online shopping websites. Some of these websites are including Amazon UK and Ebay UK.

AppearancesEdit

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Bellatrix's Death Eater Mask.
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Notes and referencesEdit

Death Eaters
Dark Mark
Leader:
Lord Voldemort
Death Eaters:
Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Antonin Dolohov | Augustus Rookwood | Avery (I) | Avery (II) |
Barty Crouch Jr. | Bellatrix Lestrange | Crabbe | Evan Rosier | Gibbon | Goyle |
Jugson | Lestrange | Mulciber (I) | Mulciber (II) | Nott | Rabastan Lestrange | Rodolphus Lestrange | Rosier | Selwyn | Thorfinn Rowle | Travers | Walden Macnair | Wilkes | Yaxley
Death Eaters who Defected:

Draco Malfoy | Igor Karkaroff | Lucius Malfoy | Peter Pettigrew | Regulus Black | Severus Snape

Death Eaters' allies:
Vincent Crabbe | Golgomath | Gregory Goyle | Fenrir Greyback | Narcissa Malfoy (defected) |
Quirinus Quirrell | Scabior | Dolores Umbridge
Other affiliations:
Dementors | Giants (Golgomath's control) | Muggle-Born Registration Commission | Snatchers | Werewolves

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