Bellatrix Lestrange

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Character
Name: Bellatrix Lestrange, née Black
Occupation: Death Eater
Title/Rank: Slytherin
Location: Azkaban, Malfoy Manor
Status: pureblood; dead
Relationships: Narcissa Malfoy (sister)
Andromeda Tonks (sister, disowned)
Rodolphus Lestrange (husband)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Other: born 1951;[1]
nickname "Bella" (used by Narcissa and Voldemort); played by Helena Bonham Carter
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Bellatrix Lestrange (born Bellatrix Black) is a fanatical Death Eater from the Harry Potter series.

Canon Background

Bellatrix was not introduced until The Order of the Phoenix, although "the Lestranges" were mentioned previously as being an imprisoned Death Eater couple. It was revealed that Bellatrix was Sirius Black's cousin and the elder sister of Narcissa Malfoy and Andromeda Tonks, making her Draco Malfoy's aunt. It was also revealed that Bellatrix was one of the Death Eaters who tortured Neville's parents, Frank and Alice Longbottom, to insanity.

Bellatrix was one of Lord Voldemort's most devout and trusted followers, and was entrusted with one of Voldemort's Horcruxes. Though she married Rodolphus Lestrange, J. K. Rowling has said that she only married because that was what was expected of her, and "her true love was always Voldemort."[2]

Over the course of the last three books, Bellatix murdered her cousin Sirius (whom she considered to be a "blood traitor"), tortured Hermione, killed Dobby, and killed Nymphadora Tonks, the daughter of her estranged sister Andromeda Tonks.[3] Bellatrix was eventually killed by Molly Weasley during the final battle.

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References

  1. Harry Potter Lexicon. Bellatrix (Black) Lestrange. (Accessed 11 August 2013.)
  2. J.K. Rowling. The Deathly Hallows Web Chat on MuggleNet. July 2007. (Accessed 11 August 2013.)
  3. Tonks's death happened "off-screen"; J.K. Rowling revealed in a post-Deathly Hallows interview that Bellatrix had been the one to kill Tonks (as Bellatrix had promised Voldemort she would do in Deathly Hallows, in order to "prune her family tree").