Chilling Facts About Bellatrix Lestrange

Of all of Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters, Bellatrix Lestrange may be the most dangerous. After the Malfoys, she is also one of the most famous. Throughout the books, she serves as a truly sinister antagonist to Harry Potter and his allies.

The movies would continue popularizing Lestrange through Helena Bonham Carter's absolutely disturbing performance. So what do we know about Lestrange? Is there anything that the movies or even the books never touched upon?

Find out more about this villain with this list.

Bellatrix Lestrange Facts

1. Woman of War

Naming fictional characters can be difficult. It's hard to walk the line between believability and creativity. J.K. Rowling, though, is an absolute master of that particular skill.

Her character names are often interesting and fun, while also hiding a significant amount of meaning underneath the surface. Bellatrix Lestrange is a perfect example.

The meaning behind the name "Bellatrix," translated from Latin, means "war-like." It also references a female warrior, as "trix" is a feminine suffix and "bella" is the feminine version of "bellum," which means "war." And, of course, Lestrange speaks for itself.

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2. Relevant Wardrobe

Due to the meaning behind her name, actress Helena Bonham Carter was inspired to suggest a warlike appearance for Bellatrix, as Bonham Carter was given the chance to influence how Bellatrix would look in the film series.

An example of one of her suggestions was Bellatrix wearing her distinctive leather corset.

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3. Firstborn

Bellatrix was born to Cygnus Black III and Druella Black, the eldest girl of three sisters, the other two being Andromeda and Narcissa.

Bellatrix Lestrange Facts