Bellatrix, as portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter
|Died||2nd May, 1998|
|Maritial status||Married to Rodolphus Lestrange|
|Wand||Walnut, 12¾", dragon heartstring|
Bellatrix Lestrange is a fictional character from the Harry Potter Universe.
Bellatrix Lestrange was originally a member of the Black family. She is a cousin to Sirius Black and Regulus Black, and to the Malfoys, as her sister Narcissa is married to Lucius Malfoy. She also has a younger sister, Andromeda Tonks, who was estranged when she married muggle-born Ted Tonks. She is a Death Eater and is one of Voldemort's most loyal followers, with a deep adoration for him. She is among Voldemort's few woman servants and is described as one of his best Death Eaters by Voldemort himself. She is the one who tortured Neville Longbottoms parents into insanity, along with her husband Rodolphus Lestrange, his brother Rabastan Lestrange, and Barty Crouch Jr. For that, she was imprisoned in Azkaban and then escaped in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix along with nine other Death Eaters.
Bellatrix participates in several crimes and parts of the Second Wizarding War. She is finally killed by Molly Weasley during the Battle of Hogwarts, just before her master, Voldemort, is killed. She fights alongside his side fanatically until her life is taken from her.
Bellatrix first appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She was a part of the mass breakout at Azkaban, in which 10 Death Eaters broke out of high security cells. Bellatrix was imprisoned for torturing the Longbottoms, and after her escape she promises to kill everyone related to the Order of the Phoenix, including her own relatives, Sirius Black and Nymphadora Tonks.She took part in the battle in the Department of Mysteries. While everyone was dueling, she and Sirius Black were fighting near the veil in the Death Chamber. She hit Sirius with a spell and he fell through it and died, taken into the realm of the dead. Harry chased after her into the main hall of the Ministry, where he attempted to perform the Cruciatus Curse, which knocked her down, but did not harm her, as, in her own words, "you need to mean them" (referring to the Unforgivable Curses).
Bellatrix participates heavily in the Battle of Hogwarts, the last battle of the series. When Tonks appears at Hogwarts to help her husband, Remus Lupin, Bellatrix fulfills her promise by murdering her niece, Tonks.
She is seen by the side of Voldemort when he issues a temporary retreat in hopes of luring Harry back to his base set in the forest. When Harry does give up and unintentionally destroys the last Horcrux, himself, Bellatrix is denied the opportunity to check if Harry is alive and instead her younger sister, Narcissa, takes her place and falsely reports his death.
The battle later continues when Harry realizes Voldemort is now mortal and Bellatrix takes on Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood all at once. Despite the three's talent as a wizard or witch, Bellatrix takes them on with ease. Bellatrix misses Ginny with a killing curse, enraging her nearby mother, Molly Weasley, into attacking Bellatrix. Bellatrix laughs at her attempt of dueling her, and teases Mrs Weasley with threats about her recently murdered son, asking if she'd like to join him. Molly, frustrated beyond measure, succeeds in hitting Bellatrix in the chest with a curse and kills Bellatrix. Bellatrix was the last Death Eater before Voldemort and fell moments before she could witness the final duel her master would partake in.