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Old January 23rd, 2008, 6:21 pm
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As for her husband (who I think got injured in the chase after the 7 Harrys) I think it must have been a marriage of convenience and he didn't mind what she did or felt. Do you think anyone could love Bella?
I like to think Rodolphus feels something for Bellatrix... Not love, but respect, and maybe he likes fierce, fiery, independant women. It would be a purely one-sided relationship though, poor guy.


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1. Bellatrix is often seen as the most fanatical of Voldemort's supporters. Why do you think it is that she has devoted her life and efforts so wholly to Voldemort? What influences in her family and life could have led to her becoming one of the most feared Death Eaters? Could she have any romantic feelings for Voldemort?

I think she devoted her life to Voldemort, at first because she believed the ideology fanatically, and secondly because she grew to love him. She would give Voldemort anything. As for her family, her parents produced two daughters who later became Death Eaters, so I think that they must have shared the pureblood mania views and passed them down to their daughters. I think that Bellatrix just swallowed the information and was probably the most eager to go out and kill people.

2. What do you suppose leads Bellatrix to distrust Snape so, as seen in the HBP chapter 'Spinner's End'? Does this cast any doubts upon her complete trust in Voldemort? Does it speak of any prior relationship with Snape?

I think it was mainly jealousy that Snape was Voldemort's right hand man. She wants to be the best Death Eater but Snape is shunning her out of the limelight. I think she needed to find something wrong with Snape to knock him from the top spot. And imagine the attention she'd get from Voldemort if she had discovered Snape's loyalties were with Dumbledore.

3. What kind of relationship do you think that Bellatrix had with her cousin, Sirius, for her to so easily battle against, and ultimately have a hand in killing him?

I think she simply hated him. But she never really gave him much thought. He went over to Gryffindor and was against the pureblood ideology. He went against the family. She enjoyed killing him.

4. Bellatrix is said to have been at school and joined forces with several other Death Eaters prior to Harry's parents being at Hogwarts. What factors do you see as contributing to the turning of Bellatrix and her peers to Voldemort, and how could they have gotten away with this in the middle of Hogwarts?

I don't think Dumbledore was Headmaster yet. I think it was very underground and secretive. The Death Eaters were most probably Slytherin's so they would have been very cunning and secretive in what they did at Hogwarts.

5. Bellatrix seems to have a fondness for the Cruciatus curse. What do you think that this says about her personality and history?

Killing isn't enough for Bella. She needs to see the pain on her victim's face and make them suffer. Suffering causes her pleasure. She's crazy and sadistic.

6. What do you think of her hatred of Tonks for marrying a werewolf?

Well she is probably ashamed and disgusted that someone related to her would ever make the decision to marry a werewolf. It was the reaction I would expect.

7. Do you think Belltrix could have been redeemed?

No. There was no desire in her to go over to the "good side" or to stop killing.


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I like to think Rodolphus feels something for Bellatrix... Not love, but respect, and maybe he likes fierce, fiery, independant women. It would be a purely one-sided relationship though, poor guy.
Personally, I like to think he did love her, however horrible a character he is for what he did to the Longbottoms etc. However, we never really get any evidence one way or the other, so it could just have easily been a marriage of convenience. He is, however, prepared to risk imprisonment by participating in the torture of Neville's parents to find a master most of the other DEs believed dead, so he's either very loyal (or very, very afraid of) to Voldemort or it was because of Bellatrix.

But it all comes down to personal opinion, really.


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You know, Helena Bonham Carter just endeared me to Bellatrix Lestrange, whose maniacal expression has graced my desktop for some time. Yes, she's Voldemort's lap dog, but she's also very strong: witness in GOF how Barty Crouch Jr. whimpered like a baby while Bellatrix basically gave her captors the finger. She is completely out of her mind, insane, but she's also smart. She suspects Snape, and she quickly asserts control of a seemingly problematic situation in Malfoy Manor. Her character is meant, I think, to incarnate the pure-blood obsession of the Black family, and others like them, in its most formidable form. I will say, though, that my fondness fell away quite a bit when she killed Dobby, another favorite character of mine. However, I'm sure Helena will rekindle my feelings when HBP comes to the big screen.

By they way, what happened to Rodolphus Lestrange and who is Rabastan?



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By they way, what happened to Rodolphus Lestrange and who is Rabastan?
We don't know what happened to Rodolphus, he may have died. I think Kingsley mentioned he was fighting him in the beginning of DH, but I don't remember.

Rabastan is Rodolphus' brother.


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1. Bellatrix is often seen as the most fanatical of Voldemort's supporters. Why do you think it is that she has devoted her life and efforts so wholly to Voldemort? What influences in her family and life could have led to her becoming one of the most feared Death Eaters? Could she have any romantic feelings for Voldemort?

I think Bellatrix truly believed Voldemort's ideas and beliefs. She had been raised in a family that already taught her ideals of pureblood supremacy, etc., so it wasnt to difficult for her to agree whole-heartedly with what Voldemort believed. Also, I think that she did develop some romantic feelings toward Voldemort. She would do anything he asked and demanded of her. Which i believe he took somewhat to his advantage.

2. What do you suppose leads Bellatrix to distrust Snape so, as seen in the HBP chapter 'Spinner's End'? Does this cast any doubts upon her complete trust in Voldemort? Does it speak of any prior relationship with Snape?

I think she was more jealous of Snape than distrusting. She hated the fact that his thoughts and opinions were quite valued by Voldemort, while it seemed she had to do all the dirty work and and didnt get enough credit for it. (Kinda plays in to the fact of Voldemort using her to his advantage)



3. What kind of relationship do you think that Bellatrix had with her cousin, Sirius, for her to so easily battle against, and ultimately have a hand in killing him?

I think that Bellatrix felt nothing but hatred toward Sirius.. She saw no problem in killing someone that was so unlike the rest of her family and beliefs.

5. Bellatrix seems to have a fondness for the Cruciatus curse. What do you think that this says about her personality and history?

I just think that this supports the fact that Bellatrix is truly evil and enjoys to see others experiencing pain, etc. She likes let her victims experience as much pain as possible before finally finishing them off.

6. What do you think of her hatred of Tonks for marrying a werewolf?

I'm sure doesnt appreciate the fact that one of her relatives would do something of this nature. Obviously Bellatrix believe in pure-blood supremacy and in her mind, Remus is not considred pure-blood.

7. Do you think Belltrix could have been redeemed?

Absolutely not, she was completely evil and I dont think there was anything or anyone who could make her have a change of heart.


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1. Bellatrix is often seen as the most fanatical of Voldemort's supporters. Why do you think it is that she has devoted her life and efforts so wholly to Voldemort? I honestly have no idea. She certainly is fanatical about her love for Voldemort. That's what I think is driving her "devotion" to him. I think a lot of it is her Childish crush on him. You know, in her eyes, he can do no wrong. Everything she does, she does for Voldemort(okay, no puns intended). What influences in her family and life could have led to her becoming one of the most feared Death Eaters? I honestly don't think her Family had any influence on her becoming a feared Death Eater. Look at Adromina(spelling), she was disowned by her Family for marrying a Muggle. Again, look at Narcissa and how she feared and was disgusted by Voldemort and the Death Eaters. If her Family had any influence, why weren't all three Sisters die-hard Death Eaters. Could she have any romantic feelings for Voldemort? Yes, she's in love with him.

2. What do you suppose leads Bellatrix to distrust Snape so, as seen in the HBP chapter 'Spinner's End'? She saw Severus as a threat to her place and domination among the Death Eaters. I see the Death Eaters as being like a pack of Wolves. Voldemort is the Alpha Male and drives out any weaker Wolves. Bella is like the Alpha Female. Any other member of the Pack who gets within inches of the Alpha Male is seen as a threat to her prowress among the Pack. If another Wolf(Male or Female) and out Ranks her, her "Respect" among the other Dogs is deminished and she's seen as an outcast. Again, as this probably shows, I know very little about Animal Packs, but I see Bella as being very animalistic in her behavior.
Snape was a threat to her prowress. If he gained the upper hand, she'd have to answer to Him. Her domination would be deminished to being just another Death Eater. She knew Snape was much more Educated, Intelligent and had inside information. Bella knew he was Voldemort's favourite and this made her "weaker" among the Death Eaters.
Plus, he was a turncoat. Again, he LAUGHED in Bella's face. He was able to come back to Voldemort with his tail between his legs. Any other Death Eater would have been eaten alive, slowly tortured to death. But here comes Severus Snape coming back, begging for forgiveness and he gets away with it.
Now if I was Bellatrix, who only got a pat on the head for serving a 14 year sentence for her devotion to Voldemort only to get a "Good Girl" pat on the head while some Snot nosed Turncoat wound up being the Teacher's Pet, I'd be furious. Especially when she sees obvious signs of his continual treachery to the Dark Lord. Does this cast any doubts upon her complete trust in Voldemort? Yes, she's questioning her trust in Voldemort. Because if he's missing obvious signs of treachery, then it makes her look bad/weak. Does it speak of any prior relationship with Snape? No, she's seen him as a threat ever since he joined the Death Eaters. They had a mutual, very strong dislike for each other since they met.
3. What kind of relationship do you think that Bellatrix had with her cousin, Sirius, for her to so easily battle against, and ultimately have a hand in killing him? He was a Blood Traitor and had to be "taken care of". Plus he was the "black sheep" of the Black Family.

4. Bellatrix is said to have been at school and joined forces with several other Death Eaters prior to Harry's parents being at Hogwarts. What factors do you see as contributing to the turning of Bellatrix and her peers to Voldemort, and how could they have gotten away with this in the middle of Hogwarts? Bellatrix was manipulative. She knew how to work a situation/Person to get what she wanted. I can easily see her putting on a "I'm a Good Girl" smile and saying "Oh we were doing this". However, I also see her being so bold that she didn't care what she did. Plus maybe her Family had some influence over the school, so maybe that played a part in her getting away with stuff. You know, some kids just don't care. They'll do what they want, even if they're given a reality check. Plus, I see her as maybe having some sort of Mental problems. Not that we should feel sorry or make excuses for her, but maybe there was an underlying reason that couldn't be cured or frightened out of her.

5. Bellatrix seems to have a fondness for the Cruciatus curse. What do you think that this says about her personality and history? I think she was a borderline Serial Killer. She had the Sociopathic characteristics. You know how some kids can injure animals and shrug their shoulders, etc. I think there might have been some underlying mental issues.

6. What do you think of her hatred of Tonks for marrying a werewolf? It didn't surprise me.

7. Do you think Belltrix could have been redeemed? No, because she was too proud of her "accomplishments". Plus to be redeemed means you have to apologize and show disgust, remorse for what you did. Like Snape and in a way, Narcissa when Draco was in trouble. Bella was beyond redemption.


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1. Bellatrix is often seen as the most fanatical of Voldemort's supporters. Why do you think it is that she has devoted her life and efforts so wholly to Voldemort? What influences in her family and life could have led to her becoming one of the most feared Death Eaters? Could she have any romantic feelings for Voldemort?

I think Voldemort respresents everything that Bellatrix desires, namely power. We've established that she did have feelings for Voldemort, though I still wonder whether she had feelings for him, or just his power. I think her family did have an influence on her, but obviously she still made the choice (since she had a sister who took the opposite path of being a death eater).

2. What do you suppose leads Bellatrix to distrust Snape so, as seen in the HBP chapter 'Spinner's End'? Does this cast any doubts upon her complete trust in Voldemort? Does it speak of any prior relationship with Snape?

It's hard to say. A lot of people say she was simply jealous, but she ended up being correct.

3. What kind of relationship do you think that Bellatrix had with her cousin, Sirius, for her to so easily battle against, and ultimately have a hand in killing him?

She obviously hated everything he respresented, the way he "betrayed" their family. I don't think family meant anything to her, especially considering the comment about how easily she'd hand over a son if she had one. I have a feeling that if Voldemort asked her to kill Narcissa, who she seemed to actually care about, she wouldn't have any trouble doing that.

5. Bellatrix seems to have a fondness for the Cruciatus curse. What do you think that this says about her personality and history?

It shows her sadism, which is evident in many ways through out the story. There isn't really much else to say about that, it has all been said.

6. What do you think of her hatred of Tonks for marrying a werewolf?

I have a feeling she hated Tonks before she married a werewolf, but she didn't exactly appreciate the fact that Voldemort had something new to humiliate her about.

7. Do you think Belltrix could have been redeemed?

No, I really don't. I think she was pure evil, and there is nothing that could change that.


At first, I honestly completely hated Bellatrix. My friend told me she loved her, while I was still mourning Sirius' death, and I got really angry at her. But.. she's grown on me. I think there's something truly fascinating about her, though I really can't identify it. I believe that she's a truly horrible, evil, person, but there's still something that completely amazes me about her. I think the things people said before about her being a true warrior are very true, and she's definitely an extremely skilled witch. In my opinion, she is one of the most interesting characters in the series.


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Welcome to the post-DH discussion of Bellatrix Lestrange. Previous discussion without spoilers can be found here: Bellatrix Lestrange: Character Analysis


1. Bellatrix is often seen as the most fanatical of Voldemort's supporters. Why do you think it is that she has devoted her life and efforts so wholly to Voldemort? What influences in her family and life could have led to her becoming one of the most feared Death Eaters? Could she have any romantic feelings for Voldemort?
Probally because since she's part of the Black family and that family has been supporting Voldemort and evil magic for years. Because it's in her blood. I'm sure of that by the way she looks at him I'm sure that it isn't for looks though.

2. What do you suppose leads Bellatrix to distrust Snape so, as seen in the HBP chapter 'Spinner's End'? Does this cast any doubts upon her complete trust in Voldemort? Does it speak of any prior relationship with Snape?
Maybe it's because she has a feeling that he's on the good side. I doubt it. Possibly they were friends at school or something and when Snape starting hanging out with Lily there she distrusted him IMO.

3. What kind of relationship do you think that Bellatrix had with her cousin, Sirius, for her to so easily battle against, and ultimately have a hand in killing him?
Well Voldemort wanted him dead, I'm sure of that. And she probally hated him for being a blood traitor and not becoming a Death Eater.

4. Bellatrix is said to have been at school and joined forces with several other Death Eaters prior to Harry's parents being at Hogwarts. What factors do you see as contributing to the turning of Bellatrix and her peers to Voldemort, and how could they have gotten away with this in the middle of Hogwarts?
Loads of people got away with it at Hogwarts. Like I said it's in her blood, she probally thought that the good side was garbage, and because her friends probally talked her into becoming a death eater.

5. Bellatrix seems to have a fondness for the Cruciatus curse. What do you think that this says about her personality and history?
She has an evil personality and history!

6. What do you think of her hatred of Tonks for marrying a werewolf?
Well Tonks is in her family and to marry a warewolf is kind of a bad thing because he could kill you or bite you when he turns into one. And probally because she married someone on her enemy's side.

7. Do you think Belltrix could have been redeemed?
No I think that after you kill someone especially someone inisint and be on Voldemort's side is something that you can never be redeemed of. Plus no one would even trust her.
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1. Bellatrix is often seen as the most fanatical of Voldemort's supporters. Why do you think it is that she has devoted her life and efforts so wholly to Voldemort? What influences in her family and life could have led to her becoming one of the most feared Death Eaters? Could she have any romantic feelings for Voldemort?

Bellatrix did love voldemort , i think there is no doubt. But i do not think it is the kind of love we experience , she loved him for his wrong-doing and power.
Bellatrix's family was full of 'pure-blood', bellatrix devoted her life to try and accomplish her, her family's and voldemort's wish , to be free of muggle borns.
Bellatrix could even cut her ties with her own sister for voldemort and that is a very serious act. Bellatrix was one of the most feared and loyal death eaters because she was so determined to fight for voldemort even after his downfull , later being known as derranged


2. What do you suppose leads Bellatrix to distrust Snape so, as seen in the HBP chapter 'Spinner's End'? Does this cast any doubts upon her complete trust in Voldemort? Does it speak of any prior relationship with Snape?

Bellatrix saw snape as unloyal to her master, and she hated that. She couldnt see what would of stopped him regenerating him when his downfall occured. Maybe it was because voldemort trusted snape so much led to her hatred towards him, she wanted to be his most loyal and trusted death-eater and the one to sit on his right side. Bellatrix betraying voldemort in my mind is almost unthinkable and unspeakable. Bellatrix loved voldemort and his power , she saw nothing else but it ...even in azkaban she thought of him and him coming back to power and she gave all of her strength to stay loyal to him in azkaban, thus even turning her mad.

3. What kind of relationship do you think that Bellatrix had with her cousin, Sirius, for her to so easily battle against, and ultimately have a hand in killing him?
Sirius was working for her enemy, the order ,and that is something bellatrix could ultimately not forgive. Bellatrix had no feeling for sirius what-so-ever, so what if she was his cousin? she easily forgot about her sister when she married ted, so her cousin could be easily forgotten. Sirius was so different from the rest of the family , different beliefs , different houses . Bellatrix saw this as betrayal and despised sirius for it, She felt no regret in killing him.

4. Bellatrix is said to have been at school and joined forces with several other Death Eaters prior to Harry's parents being at Hogwarts. What factors do you see as contributing to the turning of Bellatrix and her peers to Voldemort, and how could they have gotten away with this in the middle of Hogwarts?

Bellatrix and her peers all had the same 'pure blood' illusion which was introduced to them as children and stayed with them forever. Slytherin
was also an infleuence , there's not a witch or wizard that went bad who wasnt in slytherin as said in PS. I dont believe that you would chose to do such evil if you weren't bad. They all did it for a different reason but the point is they all did turn into being death eaters and they made there own descision to follow that path , you make your own choices in life.

5. Bellatrix seems to have a fondness for the Cruciatus curse. What do you think that this says about her personality and history?

The cruciatus curse is purely bellatrix. She loved to make her enemies feel pain and to actually see it was a bonus.I think her love for the the curse was a sort of game to her, it was evern fun for her when it got out of hand (e.g. frank and alice longbottom)

6. What do you think of her hatred of Tonks for marrying a werewolf?
For starters she loathed her neice, she was daughter of her dissowned sister and to her had nothing to do with her life. As well as this tonks was a half-blood and this was also another thing bellatrix didnt like , excusing voldemort of course (maybe this was another reason for not liking snape. For Tonks to marry Lupin ( a werewolf) was nothing short of a crime in bellatrix's eyes ...a werewolf was a half-breed , a monster and bellatrix dispised anything short of pure-blooded witches and wizards

7. Do you think Belltrix could have been redeemed?
hahahahaha...No. Bellatrix was evil, she enjoyed causing Pain and it seemed like a kind of entertainment for her. She had been like this from childhood and brought up in the enviroment she was there would be no chance of her not becoming what she was , unless she was to risk her pure-blood status which would be very likely to happen if pigs learnt to fly. Voldemort was the one whom she loved and even though she had made her respectable marriage she shared no feelings for him , hardly talking of him in the whole series.
She would be prepared to sacarafice her children if she had them and to get to the stage where she would be willing to end an innocent childs life i think is where you could never ever redeem yourself. Askaban couldnt do nothing to her so it would be extremely unlikely to se bellatrix catching butterflys and playing with dolls in her future. Her death seemed for me to signal the end for me, the most powerful ,feared death eater gone ... Voldemort's death seemed to be the icing on the cake ... oh and btw way voldemort screamed when bellatrix got killed , never doing that with none of his other death eaters so did he ...of all people , have an etch of feeling for her .
i think not , but what do you think ?

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1. Bellatrix is often seen as the most fanatical of Voldemort's supporters. Why do you think it is that she has devoted her life and efforts so wholly to Voldemort? What influences in her family and life could have led to her becoming one of the most feared Death Eaters? Could she have any romantic feelings for Voldemort?

I think Bellatrix has always been interested in the Dark Arts. She was brought up to believe that anyone less than pure blood was filth and should be disposed of at every chance; evidently, Voldemort felt the same. So perhaps she felt that she had something in common with him?

I think she became even more interested when her sister, Andromeda, was disowned from the family by marrying 'mudblood' Ted Tonks. I think she would feel a very strong bitterness towards muggle borns after that, more so than she did already. She felt as though a mudblood had stolen her sister from her. She felt that Andromeda loved a mudblood more than her. So it would have made her more determined to become the most faithful Death Eater; in a way I think she wanted to prove faithfulness to the Dark Lord to show that she was nothing like her 'blood traitor' sister. I think she is one of the most feared Death Eaters because she is very bitter, has no conscience and slightly insane after her spell in Azkaban. So what she does to anyone, she does it with no guilt what so ever.

As for romantic feelings for Voldemort; I think she definitely felt something for him. I think this is where her vunerable side comes out in her. I think she would do anything and everything for Voldemort (no matter how horrible) because she felt that it was showing him love. And I think, even though she never admitted it, it was a way of trying to get him to show love back, even though she knows that her master is not capable of love. Her true love has always been for Voldemort, not Roldolphus; she merely married Rodolphus because it was expected of her.


2. What do you suppose leads Bellatrix to distrust Snape so, as seen in the HBP chapter 'Spinner's End'? Does this cast any doubts upon her complete trust in Voldemort? Does it speak of any prior relationship with Snape?

I think there could be quite a few reasons that she did not trust Snape. But I think she was a little jealous of Snape; it was obvious, really. When Voldemort confided his plans to Snape and not her, she couldn't bear it. Voldemort trusted Snape with something that he never told Bellatrix about, and if you're as dedicated as Bellatrix is, she would feel that Voldemort is making a mistake on choosing his most trustworthy. Bellatrix felt like she was being punished for what happened at the Ministry.

3. What kind of relationship do you think that Bellatrix had with her cousin, Sirius, for her to so easily battle against, and ultimately have a hand in killing him?

Ah, now here's an interesting one; I think Bellatrix never really liked Sirius much. She noted that he was always different from the rest of the family. Perhaps she thought that he was giving Andromeda ideas aswell, I think that Andromeda and Sirius would spend the majority of their time together because they both felt like outcasts, they both had a sense of not belonging and they both despised the Dark Arts.

But I think the pure dislike began when Sirius was sorted into Gryffindor. It confirmed Bellatrix's suspisions; he was not a true Black. I think the disownment of Sirius didn't come as a suprise to Bellatrix, but she still wanted to get him back for being a blood traitor.

At the Dept of Mysteries, as she had just escaped Azkaban, she had solid dislike for Sirius, and she had no conscience, there would be no reason not to fight him and have a hand in his death.

But yeah, the relationship would always have been rocky, even as children. Bellatrix would obviously have preferred Regulus. With Sirius, she'd be giving him kicks under the table at family lunch, if you see what I mean?


4. Bellatrix is said to have been at school and joined forces with several other Death Eaters prior to Harry's parents being at Hogwarts. What factors do you see as contributing to the turning of Bellatrix and her peers to Voldemort, and how could they have gotten away with this in the middle of Hogwarts?

I think it was all to do with the way she was brought up, to be honest. Her and most of her peers must have had Death Eater parents, or families that were certainly in support of the cause. I think Bellatrix and her peers admired Voldemort, so were interesting in joining him from a very young age.

As for getting away with it in Hogwarts, they must have had means of keeping it all a secret. Also they did have Slughorn as their head of house, and he favoured anyone from his house and anyone who was talented in Potions. I'm sure he wasn't hard to manipulate.


5. Bellatrix seems to have a fondness for the Cruciatus curse. What do you think that this says about her personality and history?

It just proves that she loves nothing more than to cause her enemies pain. She is sadistic, cold hearted and doesn't have a compassionate bone in her body...well...that is what we're lead to believe, right?

She likes to see people suffering, it is just the way she is. She feels that there are people in the Wizarding world who deserve to suffer. Especially people who are 'impure' and do not deserve to have learned magic at all. Mudbloods, half bloods etc.

There isn't really much to say on this; I think she is just a natural sadist.


6. What do you think of her hatred of Tonks for marrying a werewolf?

She hated Tonks before she married Remus. Because she is a half blood, because it is a constant reminder of what her sister married and produced with a mudblood. She used to feel exceptionally close to Andromeda, and Tonks just confirmed to her that Andromeda betrayed her, she cared for a mudblood more than her own family.

But as for Nymphadora's marrige to Remus, I don't think it would have discomforted Bellatrix, it merely gave her more reason to kill her half blood neice as soon as possible. To get rid of the diseased parts of her family tree that threaten the health of the rest. As Voldemort said something along those lines in Dealthy Hallows.


7. Do you think Belltrix could have been redeemed?

Before she lost her conscience, and before she went to Azkaban, I believe so. I think if she hadn't joined Lord Voldemort and started her obsessive crush on him, I believe that she wouldn't have been so bad. But the truth is, she did very terrible things that can never be forgiven.

So my answer to your question is no; not anymore.


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I think she became even more interested when her sister, Andromeda, was disowned from the family by marrying 'mudblood' Ted Tonks. I think she would feel a very strong bitterness towards muggle borns after that, more so than she did already. She felt as though a mudblood had stolen her sister from her. She felt that Andromeda loved a mudblood more than her. So it would have made her more determined to become the most faithful Death Eater; in a way I think she wanted to prove faithfulness to the Dark Lord to show that she was nothing like her 'blood traitor' sister.
Wow, I never thought of it like that, but I think you're right, Andromedas' "betrayal" would only have strengthened her prejudices. And that reminds me, she was a lot keener than Narcissa and Lucius to disown(again) Andromeda and her family. Might also have been because she was the only one mad enough to ramble on when Voldemort was conducting a meeting.


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Bellatrix suffered from all types of problems. Her home life was probably horrific with all the pure-blood nonsense, inbreeding, and punishments. Also she probably lacked a strong father figure. She respects only one thing, power. Thus she developed a strong devotion to Voldemort. While other death eaters supported him for what he could do for them, she seemed to just plain worship him. Also I think her use of the unforgiveables has also made her crazy. A person no longer resides in her but rather a callous, malicious, evildoer. Then as time went on she just became worse and worse.


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oh and btw way voldemort screamed when bellatrix got killed , never doing that with none of his other death eaters so did he ...of all people , have an etch of feeling for her .
i think not , but what do you think ?
Personally, I think he did. It's sad that they didn't get to be together because she was the only woman who could have made him happy and he was the only man who deserved her.


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Interesting view point Trixa..I would say that Bella was inherently evil and deserved to die alone along with Voldemort. I think Bella is an extremely interesting character but at the same time, I do not think she deserves love after what she did to the Longbottom's, IMO of course.

Granted, as DreDrizzle pointed out, she was a direct product of her upbringing. However, Sirius turned out to be rather noble, brave, and caring and he was brought up in much the same home that Bella was. I do think that people are able to rise above the diseased homes they grew up in but it's a matter of choice. They CHOOSE whether or not they will follow what is being taught and Bella chose the way of darkness, Sirius chose the light.


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oh and btw way voldemort screamed when bellatrix got killed , never doing that with none of his other death eaters so did he ...of all people , have an etch of feeling for her .
i think not , but what do you think ?
I don't think he had feelings for her. His biggest fault was repeated numerous times in the series. He had no capacity to love, so I doubt he screamed because of his feelings for Bellatrix. I think he screamed because he realized that his strongest supporter (at the time) died. I wouldn't put it past Voldemort to assume that he only screamed because of what her death cost him.

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Granted, as DreDrizzle pointed out, she was a direct product of her upbringing. However, Sirius turned out to be rather noble, brave, and caring and he was brought up in much the same home that Bella was. I do think that people are able to rise above the diseased homes they grew up in but it's a matter of choice. They CHOOSE whether or not they will follow what is being taught and Bella chose the way of darkness, Sirius chose the light.
Perfectly said! I do think that her upbringing influenced her a lot, but I don't think that should excuse her behavior. Sirius had the same upbringing yet he rejected the Black family ideals and became an active member of the Order of the Phoenix. To disregard what she did simply because of her childhood undermines the theme of choices in the series, in my opinion.


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I don't think she deserved love either, she was a dreadful person, pure evil.
She seems a very strong willed charecter though, like Sirius, so if she didn't agree with the pure blood views of her family, I think she would have gone against them too, like Sirius. But like 9and3quarters said she choose the way of darkness.
Whether or not she would have choose darkness if she had had a different up bringing is debateable, but I still think she would have, nobody can be that evil purely because of the veiws they learnt from their family IMO.

When ever someone talks about Bellatrix, the first thing I think, I have in common with Mrs. Weasley. lol. She killed Sirius, I really don't like her.


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I believe that Voldemort screamed not because he had feelings for Bella, but because she was a useful and loyal tool for him. That he lost such a valuable asset to his ranks must have been aggravating.


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Interesting view point Trixa..I would say that Bella was inherently evil and deserved to die alone along with Voldemort. I think Bella is an extremely interesting character but at the same time, I do not think she deserves love after what she did to the Longbottom's, IMO of course.
What I meant was that they are well matched and that they deserve each other.
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I believe that Voldemort screamed not because he had feelings for Bella, but because she was a useful and loyal tool for him. That he lost such a valuable asset to his ranks must have been aggravating.
If this were true than Voldemort would have felt more sorry for killing Snape. But his reaction when he kills him is callous and he feels no regret.
Consider also that Bellatrix hadn't been in his favour at the time of her death. He blamed her for losing his Horcrux and we all know Voldemort doesn't forgive easily. He also called her "stupid and reckless". That doesn't spell "valuable asset" to me.


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If this were true than Voldemort would have felt more sorry for killing Snape. But his reaction when he kills him is callous and he feels no regret.
Poor Snape!
*composes self*
Voldemort thought Snape's death would help him gain the Elder Wand, though. And since Voldemort no longer had a "spy" in the Order, Snape wasn't as valuable as he once was.


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Consider also that Bellatrix hadn't been in his favour at the time of her death. He blamed her for losing his Horcrux and we all know Voldemort doesn't forgive easily. He also called her "stupid and reckless". That doesn't spell "valuable asset" to me.
These are good points, however. I'll have to think about those.
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