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Bellatrix has always been Voldemort's most loyal Death Eater - and she has quite the backstory to her. From her bleak upbringing to connections between her and Ginny, these are the most interesting lore details about Bellatrix Lestrange.

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    Bellatrix Embraced Her Abuse

    From Redditor u/Evil_Black_Swan:

    The Black sisters were abused by their parents, their father more specifically. And due to that we see three different outcomes.

    Bellatrix... embraced it and everything she had been raised to believe and took pleasure in the suffering of those she deemed beneath her. She loathed her younger sister and wished for the day that she could kill her. Clearly, abuse and cruelty were what make the world work. She made the respectable pureblood marriage she was supposed to, though it was loveless. She devoted everything she had to her master, just as her father had taught her. Her stint in Azkaban sure didn't help, but she was already mad.

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    She Attended Hogwarts With Molly And Arthur

    From Redditor u/InquisitorCOC:

    Bellatrix was supposed to be born in 1951, so she would have graduated by the time Marauders entered school. But her Hogwarts time certainly overlapped with Arthur and Molly.

    Her behavior could be a combination of that of Hermione and Ginny: excellent grades, insufferable know-it-all, champion of an ideology, aggressive, and popular.

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    Bellatrix Shows Telltale Signs Of A Spoiled Child

    From Redditor u/lambda_orionis:

    It's obvious that they were spoiled. As someone who was spoiled herself, the Black sisters show all the signs of having been spoiled, especially Bellatrix (who had the most appearances in the books). She has a childlike impatient and impertinent quality to her which is common in spoiled people because they are used to getting their way. They can be spiteful and possessive like Bellatrix and think the world revolves around them and the people they like, because that's what they have been taught since childhood, and it makes them inconsiderate of other people. Bellatrix and Narcissa are the same. They constantly blame others for the things they do, instead of taking responsibility, because as children they're rarely punished. Bellatrix does that to Lucius in Spinner's End. They tend to be very arrogant and disdainful because they are raised constantly being told how special they are, like the Black Sisters were raised being told that they were superior because of their blood status. They seem to be deficient in empathy, which applies to both Narcissa and Bellatrix. People spoiled as children also tend to be self-serving, always want things to go their way, and are very entitled, and Bellatrix and Narcissa display this readily in Malfoy Manor and also in Madam Malkin's.

    And Bellatrix literally sits on chairs like they're thrones, on her own trial. She thinks she owns the world.

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    Bellatrix Was The Oldest Of The Black Sisters

    From Redditor u/flooperdooper4:

    My inner Ravenclaw feels the need to point out the birth order of the Black sisters: Bellatrix was the eldest, Andromeda was the middle sibling, and Narcissa was the youngest. We know for sure Bellatrix was older because there was the question at the start of Half-Blood Prince whether ownership of Grimmauld Place had passed to Sirius's oldest living Black relative, Bellatrix Lestrange. 

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