The Harry Potter series does a great job of providing well-rounded characterizations of its heroes and villains. Bellatrix Lestrange shows up only after Goblet of Fire, yet there are enough facts about her for fans to know what she's all about. The downside is that a lot of information is contained either in specific details from the novels, or was made known by J.K. Rowling after the series came to a close.
With Bellatrix being such a popular character, even if she's universally hated by Harry Potter fans, it's interesting to learn more facts about this dark witch.
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Bellatrix's Wand Is Specifically Cruel
Harry Potter feels a strange sensation when he sees Bellatrix's wand after Ron Weasley wins it from her. He has the urge to snap the wand or destroy it by other harsh means, and those urges are justified because the wand is supposed to be evil.
Wandmaker Garrick Ollivander describes the wand as "unyielding," but it goes further than that. Her wand is made out of walnut, and such a wand can be extremely dangerous in the hands of witches and wizards who don't have a conscience.
Bellatrix's mastery of the Cruciatus Curse is explained in part by the fact that she possesses a wand designed to torment others.
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Bellatrix Would Have Been The Successor To The Black Family Fortune Had Sirius Not Written A Will
Bellatrix is the eldest surviving member of the Black family household, but Sirius Black inherited the family's possessions because he was in the male line. After Sirius's demise, the next Black family heir would have been Bellatrix, Narcissa, or Andromeda because they were all Black family women prior to their marriages.
Sirius thought ahead about this, however, and had the good sense to make a will, which he knew would hold more value than inheritance law. The Black family estate was thus transferred to Harry instead of Bellatrix after Sirius's demise.
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To End Bellatrix's Life, Molly Weasley Causes Her Heart To Stop Beating
Molly Weasley is filled with bloodlust when she squares off against Bellatrix in the duel that claims the latter's life. Bellatrix doesn't consider Molly a threat until it's too late and has no answer to Molly's curses. That's because Bellatrix is unaware of the spell Molly uses against her.
The spell is a curse designed to stop the target's heart. Bellatrix is momentarily alive when she's hit by the curse and attempts to revive herself, but falls prey to the curse's deadly nature because the blood stops pumping in her veins.
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Bellatrix Turns Draco Malfoy Into A Powerful Occlumens
Severus Snape is arguably the most powerful Occlumens because he can block Voldemort's Legilimency, yet he is unsuccessful in his attempt to read Draco Malfoy's mind.
Snape does deduce that Bellatrix has taught Malfoy Occlumency. Her skills are impressive because she turns a 16-year-old boy into someone capable of duping the man who regularly defied someone as powerful as Voldemort. Bellatrix's own Occlumency is displayed when the Ministry is unable to interrogate her.
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Bellatrix Was The First Female Death Eater
The Order of the Phoenix is in striking contrast to the Death Eaters because the group's membership is diverse, including pure-bloods, Half-bloods, and Muggle-borns, along with a blend of men and women.
Voldemort's followers are primarily pure-bloods with a few Half-bloods. And other than Bellatrix, the only female Death Eater identified is Alecto Carrow, who is much younger and joined the group later.
Bellatrix is thus the first female to join the ranks, which is a great achievement considering similarly prejudiced witches like Narcissa Malfoy were never inducted into the group.
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Voldemort's Return Is Exposed Because Ministry Officials Witness Him Rescuing Bellatrix
Voldemort may not have truly loved Bellatrix, but he does risk his neck to save her and exposes his identity to the Wizarding World as a result. After the entanglement in the Ministry between Voldemort and Albus Dumbledore, Voldemort looks to flee when he can't possess Harr Potter.
Voldemort wastes just enough time for Ministry wizards to arrive and catch sight of him; they witness him grabbing Bellatrix's arm to apparate away from the scene. Had Voldemort not taken Bellatrix, the Ministry likely would still not have believed that he had returned.