Note: This article is part of the series ‘Is Harry Potter A Series For Kids?’
The duel between Bellatrix Lestrange and Molly Weasley is one of the most iconic moments in the Battle of Hogwarts. One of the most defining moments in the battle, it is the ultimate scene where, in the fight between the good and the evil, good triumphs over evil. It is the victory of a mothers love for her kids over Bellatrix’s obsessive love for her master, Lord Voldemort.
This brings us to the most deranged, ruthless and cruel female character in the series. Though she has tough competition from a certain Dolores Umbridge, I think Bellatrix Lestrange takes the trophy for being the most twisted woman Harry came across in the seven books.
Bellatrix Black, married to Rodolphus Lestrange, two of the most prominent, pro- Voldemort, pure-blood wizarding families. She is twisted, cruel, deranged, unhinged, sadist, magically powerful and insanely loyal (to the Dark Lord). She is first mentioned in the book Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.
…a woman, with thick, shining dark hair, and heavily hooded eyes, who was sitting in the chained chair as though it were a throne.
-Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Her crimes are in-numerous, including torturing Alice and Frank Longbottom( Neville’s parents), murdering her cousin Sirius Black and killing her niece Nymphadora Tonks in the Battle of Hogwarts. She enjoys torturing people. Killing muggles and mudbloods ( people who come from non magical background) is a hobby. She is Voldemort’s right hand woman. His most devout and most trusted follower.
Her name strikes terror in the hearts of even the bravest of all. She loves her master. Or more like, she is obsessed with her master. There is no rhyme or reason to her actions. That makes her doubly terrifying.
Bellatrix Lestrange as a character, is a classic example of what a woman can become if she becomes obsessed. She is woman obsessed with purity of blood. She is highly intolerant. Her single-minded obsession with blood purity, coupled with her sadist nature and magical prowess, she is a lethal combination of intent and power. She has no regard for human life. She is hell-bent on eradicating all the mudbloods from the wizarding community.
She does not have even a shred of mercy. Merciless and cruel, there is no redemption for her character. She died a fitting death at the hands of a woman, whom she had taunted and considered weak.
(P.S.- I know that this one is really short but, I can’t help it. The next woman on my list is Narcissa Malfoy and she took up more words than I imagined she would require. So I decided to write a separate post for her. )