'Harry Potter' Fans Are Sharing Interesting Fan Theories About The Black Family

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Vote up the most interesting fan theories about the Black family.

Sirius quickly became one of the fan favorites in the Harry Potter series despite not appearing in much of the series, and it's hard to find a creepier villain than Bellatrix. The whole Black family – and its bleak and mysterious history – looms over much of the series and these fans decided to fill in some blanks with these fan theories.

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    1,182 VOTES

    Bellatrix Was Worse Than Voldemort

    From Redditor u/Nyxaus_Motts:

    I have always thought Bellatrix LeStrange seemed more dangerous than Voldemort. Sure, Voldemort is stronger than Bellatrix but he always seemed to flat out kill people whereas Bellatrix, forgive the expression, likes to play with her food. I just think given the choice between murder and drawn-out torture Voldemort will choose murder because it is simply a means to an end. Bellatrix on the other hand seems to genuinely enjoy what she does to a fanatical degree, even if it doesn't result in anything. Does this make since to anyone else?

    1,182 votes
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    Bellatrix Lost To Molly Weasley Because She Wasn't Used To Fighting Someone Willing To Kill Her

    From Redditor u/ArguingPizza:

    Part of the explanation may be that Bellatrix was unused to fighting someone who was also willing to use the Killing Curse. Now, in the books it doesn't specifically name the curse that Molly uses to kill Bellatrix, referring to it simply as 'a curse' but it strikes Bellatrix in the chest and kills her almost instantaneously, so it is possible. Additionally, Bella was having so much fun taunting Molly that she got sloppy, and this caused her to slip up and let a curse slip past

    Remember, Bellatrix is insane, and this is one of the few times we see her where that weakness comes through in battle

    1,011 votes
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    663 VOTES

    Bellatrix Didn't Marry Her Husband For Love

    From Redditor u/cadenpet:

    There is an assumption that you love who you marry. It was probably seen as a legal contract not a love connection.

    He wouldn't have cared. As long as she didn't do something that got him murdered anyway. For them it was like breeding puppies you pick the bloodline you like the best. He was pureblood she was pureblood. All is right with the world.

    663 votes
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    Narcissa Is A Descendant Of Gellert Grindelwald

    From Redditor u/hereforethememes161:

    I have heard a while ago that some people were convinced that Narcissa Malfoy had to be an illegitimate child because her blonde hair does not at all match all the other Black family members who have... well black hair. So I did some research and on the (German) Harry Potter Fan Wiki it said, that her mother was Druella Black, who was born a Rosier. There’s no information about her parents but (judging by the name) she could be the daughter of Vinda Rosier - the woman living with Grindelwald in Paris. So could it be possible that Narcissa is the granddaughter of Grindelwald? That would explain her blonde hair (recessive Genes skip a generation a lot of times and then have a 50:50 chance of appearing which fits 1/3 daughters getting it, blonde hair is nearly always recessive) and fit into the timeline.

    808 votes
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    Dumbledore Wanted Sirius To Rot In Azkaban

    From Redditor u/murderhorny:

    One question that always bugged me is why didn't Dumbledore help Sirius? I know that he didn't know about the last-minute switch between Peter and Sirius, but he knew that betraying his best friend isn't like him, and Dumbledore is a skilled legilimens, as showed when he read Creature and Morfino Gaunt's minds, he could have read Sirius mind, found out that he is innocent and his word would be enough to free him since his word was enough to clean Snape's name, the headmaster also has a lot of influence in the wizarding politics, this would explain why Sirius was sent to Azkaban without a trial, so that he had no chance of trying to prove his innocence since Death Eaters that have committed equally horrible crimes were given a trial. But why would Dumbledore go out of his way to ensure that one of his loyal order members would be thrown in Azkaban? Because If Sirius was cleaned, he would have taken legal guardianship of the little Harry, and ‘The Boy who lived’ needed to go to the Dursley's because Petunia was a blood relative of Lily, so as long as Harry called the Dursley's house ‘home’ the protection of Lily would live on because of Petunia, so he would spend his formative years in a harsh, but safe, environment. Dumbledore is a man who does things thinking about the Wizarding World as a whole, not in individuals, and on that moment, the best for the world would be to Harry to stay safe at the Dursley's until he was old enough to fulfill the prophecy, and although he didn't dislike Sirius, he needed to put him out of the picture to his plan to work. 

    946 votes
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    Bellatrix Wasn't Insane

    From Redditor u/ComplimentaryHeat:

    She's not legally insane: she fully understands the nature and quality of her actions.

    She doesn't come off as mentally ill much, either; gleefully murderous, cheerfully violent, bigoted even by the prevailing standards of bigotry and fanatically devoted to Voldemort. You might make a case for a touch of hypomania when she's got the prospect of a fight in front of her, but that could just be an attempt to provoke her opponent to get a fight going. (The desire to get in a fight could also be suicidal ideation, something like the warrior-culture ideal of seeking a beautiful death. Which makes it entirely appropriate that she gets surprise-ganked by a maternally outraged housewife.)

    She's entirely rational, just reasoning from absurd premises to morally objectionable conclusions.

    618 votes