Remember Bellatrix Lestrange

Fantastic Beasts has opened in theaters last week and brought many questions to followers of the Harry Potter series. One of these mysteries is Leta Lestrange. All we know about Leta Lestrange is yet limited. However, let us remember the crazy and furious life of her relative Bellatrix Lestrange who has lived decades later than Leta. Bellatrix is also a strong women figure from the Lestrange family.

Bellatrix Lestrange (maiden name Black) (1951 – May 2, 1998), also known as Bella, was a pureblood witch, daughter of Cygnus and Druella Black and sister of Andromeda and Narcissa. She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1962 and was drawn in the Slytherin house. After Hogwarts, she became a fanatically loyal Death Eater to Lord Voldemort. She was one of the few women in the group, as well as one of Voldemort’s most dangerous and sadistic followers. While Bellatrix and Narcissa married pure-blood wizards, Andromeda married a muggle-born wizard, which dishonored the family. For the culmination of the First Magic War, Bellatrix and her husband, Rodolphus Lestrange, tortured Aurors Alice and Frank Longbottom to the point of causing them permanent madness, along with their deathly comrades Rabastan Lestrange and Barty Crouch Jr. They also tried to find Voldemort After his fall.

Bellatrix was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment in Azkaban for the crime, but escaped in the 1996 mass flight, along with nine other Death Eaters. She participated in many battles of the Second Magic War, giving herself the opportunity to assassinate her relatives who are members of the Order of the Phoenix, including her cousin Sirius Black and her niece Nymphadora Tonks. She also killed the house elf Dobby, and was the last remaining Death Eater of the Second War, during the last battle. Molly Weasley ended Bellatrix’s life, her violence and malice during the Battle of Hogwarts.

Sirius Black
Sirius Black, cousin of Bellatrix


Early life

Bellatrix was born in 1951, being the daughter of Cygnus and Druella Black, who granted her the inheritance of pure blood. She was the older sister of Andromeda and Narcissa, although Bellatrix broke all contact with Andromeda when she married a muggle born magician, Ted Tonks. Bellatrix told Lord Voldemort in 1997 that not even Narcissa had “set eyes on her sister since she had married the Dirty Blood.” Bellatrix also hated her cousin Sirius Black because he was a Gryffindor and called him a “Blood Traitor.” She entered Hogwarts in 1962 and stayed in Slytherin’s house.

Bellatrix attended the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was accepted into the Slytherin House. He eventually married Rodolphus Lestrange, a pure blood magician, as expected, and by the time the powerful dark magician known as Lord Voldemort ascended to power, she and her husband joined the Death Eaters. Unlike her sisters, Bellatrix showed no external affection for her husband, not even mentioning him in a conversation. His true love was Voldemort, who provided her with training in the Dark Arts, which contributed to her incredible talent. Before entering Azkaban she was considered a very beautiful woman, but her appearance began to change until seeing (and being) sickly.

The First War and Imprisonment

By the time the First Magic War broke out, Bellatrix and her husband Rodolphus fought in the war for Voldemort as his Death Eaters. Bellatrix remained loyal to Voldemort during the war and was even faithful to him after his fall. Bellatrix was one of the few women within Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters contingent. After the fall of the Dark Lord in 1981, Bellatrix and a group of Death Eaters, including her husband, her brother-in-law and Barty Crouch Jr., captured aurors and members of the Order of the Phoenix, including Alice and Frank Longbottom, parents of Neville Longbottom.

Bellatrix and his associates used the Cruciatus Curse to torture them to the edge of madness, a crime for which they were sentenced to life imprisonment at Azkaban’s Maximum Security Magic Prison. As a result of her torture, Alice and Frank Longbottom spent the rest of their lives stationed at San Mungo Hospital and unaware that they both had a child. Unlike many other Death Eaters, Bellatrix not only remained loyal to the Dark Lord, but also proclaimed that she would be faithful to him until his return. Indeed, Bellatrix was so proud of her loyalty to the Dark Lord that during her trial before the Wizengamot she proclaimed that by sitting in her chair she felt as if she were sitting on a throne. Later she would describe herself as “his most loyal servant,”, and gained respect of the group and even the Lord Voldemort.

Bellatrix at Azkaban
Bellatrix at Azkaban

Second Magic War

When Lord Voldemort returned in 1995, he noted that the Lestrange were among the most loyal members of the inner circle of Death Eaters. In January 1996, Bellatrix was one of the many Death Eaters who escaped from Azkaban and met with Voldemort when the Dementors joined the Dark Lord. As a result, Bellatrix became a “Wanted Woman” and meant a danger to the Ministry’s program to recapture the prisoners if captured. In some strange way she knew she was going to leave Azkaban that night, perhaps because her dark mark darkened.

Battle of the Department of Mysteries

Shortly after that same year, Bellatrix participated in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries to be able to steal a prophecy that related to Harry Potter with Voldemort, like second in command led by Lucius Malfoy. She was easily enraged when Harry said Voldemort’s name and told her he was a mixed blood. Subsequently, she quickly tortured Neville Longbottom with the Cruciatus Curse so that she would force Harry to take the prophecy. It was also clear that Bellatrix was looking for a moment in the battle where she could torture Neville as madly as she did with her parents, being an arduous punishment she enjoyed.

When the Order of the Phoenix arrived, Bellatrix fought in mourning and defeated his niece, Nymphadora Tonks, and then began to fight against his cousin, Sirius Black, who mocked her while continuing the duel. As she managed to hide from his attacks, Bellatrix cast a murderous curse (in the book a stunting spell), causing him to fall through the Veil of the Death Chamber, killing him instantly. Then, she defeated Kingsley Shacklebolt in a short duel and at the same time was able to deflect a powerful spell casted by Albus Dumbledore. When she was surrounded by Aurors, Bellatrix chose to escape.

Bellatrix Lestrange on the floor after a combat with Dumbledore
Bellatrix Lestrange on the floor after a combat with Dumbledore

She was chased by Harry, who blamed her for the death of her godfather. Harry was so full of fury to the point that he tried to apply the Cruciatus Curse to her, but he barely managed to make her fall in his flight. Furious and laughing at the death of Harry’s godfather, she shouted that he could only throw an unforgivable Curse wishing the opponent to suffer, and with anger that was not enough. Harry simply told her that the prophecy had been broken and that Voldemort would not be very happy to see them fail. Bellatrix, scared to death, tried to use a summoning spell (obviously unsuccessful) to get the prophecy. Finding it broken, Bellatrix shrieked in disgust, begging for mercy from his master. Then, Voldemort arrived, paying no attention to Bellatrix and then began a duel against Dumbledore in the Atrium of the Ministry. Bellatrix was trapped on the floor when being crushed by a statue by a spell caused by Dumbledore, while Voldemort fought. After trying to possess Harry and be discovered by officers of the Ministry, the one who should not be named disappeared, taking Bellatrix.

Conspiracy against Albus Dumbledore – 1997

In July 1996, Bellatrix accompanied her sister, Narcissa Malfoy, to Severus Snape‘s house on Spinner Street, albeit reluctantly. Once there, Bellatrix questioned Snape and expressed his resentment and distrust towards him. Narcissa, however, proceeded to beg Snape to watch over the well-being of his son Draco while attending Hogwarts and attempting to comply with Voldemort’s order to assassinate Albus Dumbledore. Despite the intimidation around him, Snape showed no cowardice, and surprised Bellatrix by asking him to make the Unbreakable Pledge between him and Narcissa to help Draco. Bellatrix also helped her nephew in the task of teaching him Occlumency, and told her sister that she should be proud rather than worried, since her son was not “being dragged out of duty.”

Battle of the Astronomy Tower (Only in the movie)

Almost a year later, in June 1997, Bellatrix was in the Death Eater group leading an assault at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which ended in the death of Albus Dumbledore. Although she had not witnessed it, Bellatrix was delighted with the latest murder and escaped from the castle by the Great Hall, where she climbed on top of the Gryffindor table and began to destroy everything that came her way. Before leaving the castle, she destroyed the windows of the Great Hall, letting a gust of wind enter the room, turning off all the lights. She was among the group of Death Eaters when they saw Rubeus Hagrid’s house caught fire.

The Malfoy Mansion 1997-1998

A year later, Bellatrix lived next to Narcissa in the Malfoy Mansion, so that she could be present in the meetings of Death Eaters with Voldemort. She was the only resident of the mansion who was really pleased that he was there. When Voldemort scoffed at the Malfoy for allowing his relative Nymphadora Tonks to marry werewolf and member of the Order of the Phoenix Remus Lupine, Bellatrix defended herself, noting that she had only “tarnished the family tree.” When the Death Eaters subsequently attacked the Order of the Phoenix attempting to assassinate Harry Potter as they left the house of their Muggle relatives, Bellatrix and her husband chose Tonks as their target because of Voldemort’s comments. Tonks, however, knew how to defend himself, and Rodolphus was seriously wounded in the pursuit.

Bellatrix Lestrange with Death Eaters
Bellatrix Lestrange with Death Eaters

Shortly afterwards, a copy of Godric Gryffindor’s Sword was stored in the Bellatrix family vault at the Magic Bank of Gringotts under Voldemort’s orders, but no one knew at the time that it was only a copy. Consequently, in 1998, when Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger were captured by Scavengers and taken to the Malfoy Mansion with the royal sword, Bellatrix panicked. She accidentally revealed that her family vault also contained one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes, the Helga Hufflepuff Cup. She stunned all the Scavengers and tried to kill them because of the reluctance Draco had shown. Then Bellatrix questioned Hermione and tortured her by writing with a knife on her left arm the word “MUDBLOOD,” which means dirty blood in English, but Hermione constantly lied, proclaiming that it was only a copy.

Bellatrix also threatened Hermione with a knife, when Harry and Ron escaped from the dungeon with Dobby’s help and Ron disarmed her. As she nailed the knife to the throat of an unconscious Hermione, Bellatrix demanded that the boys release their wands, and then summoned his Dark Mark, waiting eagerly for Lord Voldemort’s arrival. However, Dobby reappeared and caused the candelabra to fall on Bellatrix’s head, forcing her to release Hermione and leave the scene. As the house elf disappeared with Harry, Bellatrix threw the knife at him, stabbing and killing Dobby. Both she and her relatives were punished severely by Voldemort for allowing Harry to escape. Bellatrix also lost his wand in the skirmish.

Shortly afterwards, Hermione used little of Bellatrix’s hair, which had fallen on her robe during interrogation, to create Multi-Role Potion to disguise herself as Bellatrix. With this it was possible to her, Harry and Ron to steal the Horcrux of the account of the Lestrange.

Death at the Battle of Hogwarts

Bellatrix was a fanatically loyal Death Eater, whose malice and debauchery culminated after she had murdered Nymphadora Tonks, the daughter of a sister of her, during the disastrous Battle of Hogwarts in 1998. When Voldemort summoned a temporary retreat, awaiting the appearance of Harry Potter, Bellatrix waited next to him; and offered him help after he was stunned after using the Killing Curse on Harry, but was rejected. When the Death Eaters returned to Hogwarts with a “dead” Harry, she laughed at Professor McGonagall’s desperation.

Molly Weasley casting spell on Bellatrix Lestrange
Molly Weasley casting spell on Bellatrix Lestrange

When the battle took place, Bellatrix fought Hermione Granger, Ginevra Weasley and Luna Lovegood at once, just as her master had fought some other three at the same time. Her aggressive behavior and constant use of threats killed her. After nearly killing Ginny, Lestrange was murdered by Ginny’s mother, Molly Weasley, whom Bellatrix did not take very seriously; instead, she mocked Molly over the death of her son Fred in the early stage of the battle. This caused Molly a lot of fury, who insulted her seriously and ended up throwing her an Assassin Curse.

When her body fell down, a furious Lord Voldemort turned to Molly. However, Harry Potter proved that he was not dead and fought against the Dark Lord. In the end, because Harry was the true master of the Elder Wand, one of the invincible Deathly Hallows, Voldemort could not defeat him and was locked in the limb of perdition forever, so that Bellatrix’s immolation was completely in vain.

At the death of both Bellatrix and Voldemort, they left an orphaned daughter, Delphini, whose existence was kept secret for twenty years.

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