All about... Bellatrix Lestrange

One of Voldemort’s most devout followers, Bellatrix gets some of the best lines and scariest scenes in the books. Here’s our lowdown on her...

Fact file

Cygnus Black III and Druella Black
Twelve and three-quarter inches, walnut, dragon heartstring
A duellist of great skill, known for her use of Unforgiveable Curses
Obsessed with her master and blood purity, will gladly torture any that cross her
2 May 1998

First mention of Bellatrix Lestrange

...a woman, with thick, shining dark hair, and heavily hooded eyes, who was sitting in the chained chair as though it were a throne.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 30

Number of mentions of Bellatrix Lestrange in all seven books


Bellatrix Lestrange’s biggest book moments

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Escapes from Azkaban in a mass breakout with other Death Eaters.
- Chapter 25

Is confronted by Harry in the Ministry of Magic, as he holds the prophecy and threatens to smash it.
- Chapter 35

Kills Sirius Black during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
- Chapter 35

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Seals an Unbreakable Vow between Snape and Narcissa.
- Chapter 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Tortures Hermione using the Cruciatus Curse as Ron listens, helpless in the cellar at Malfoy Manor.
- Chapter 23

Kills Dobby, former house-elf of the Malfoys, with a knife.
- Chapter 23

Is killed by Molly Weasley in the Battle of Hogwarts.
- Chapter 36

In and out of Azkaban

We’ve charted some of the key lock-ups and get-outs in the history of Azkaban.

Note: only lock-ups and get-outs specifically mentioned (rather than implied) in the Harry Potter books are included

Locked up

  • Antonin Dolohov
  • Augustus Rookwood
  • Barty Crouch Jr
  • Bellatrix Lestrange (Imprisoned for the torture of Frank and Alice Longbottom, and the torture and murder of Muggles)
  • Igor Karkaroff
  • Lucius Malfoy
  • Marvolo Gaunt
  • Morfin Gaunt
  • Mrs Crouch
  • Mundungus Fletcher
  • Percival Dumbledore
  • Rabastan Lestrange
  • Rodolphus Lestrange
  • Rubeus Hagrid
  • Stan Shunpike
  • Sturgis Podmore
  • Xenophilius Lovegood

Got out

  • Antonin Dolohov
  • Augustus Rookwood
  • Barty Crouch Jr
  • Bellatrix Lestrange (Escapes with Rabastan, Rodolphus and seven others in a mass breakout)
  • Lucius Malfoy
  • Rabastan Lestrange
  • Rodolphus Lestrange
  • Sirius Black
  • Travers

Torturous torments

Bellatrix is known for her devastating uses of the Cruciatus Curse. Here are some of her most terrible, torturous taunts.

‘You need to mean them, Potter! You need to really want to cause pain - to enjoy it...’
To Harry, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

‘Let‘s see how long Longbottom lasts before he cracks like his parents.’
About Neville, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

‘You are lying, filthy Mudblood, and I know it!’
To Hermione, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Dark Lord and Lestrange

Bellatrix has a complex relationship with He Who Must Not Be Named. We’ve tracked some of its key twists and turns and how they impact on other characters.

Order of the Phoenix

Chapter 35

  • Goes to the Ministry of Magic to retrieve the prophecy for Voldemort, and threatens to torture Ginny.
  • Tortures and threatens to kill Neville to fore Harry to give her the prophecy for Voldemort.

Chapter 36

  • Pleads with Voldemort not to kill her after Harry tells her he smashed the prophecy.

Half-Blood Prince

Chapter 2

  • Thinks Voldemort is mistaken to place his trust in Draco Malfoy, whom he’s tasked with killing Dumbledore.

Chapter 3

  • Tells Narcissa that if she were to have any sons of her own, she would be glad to give them up to the service of Voldemort.
  • Is proud of having spent time in Azkaban due to her support for Voldemort.

Deathly Hallows

Chapter 1

  • Tells Voldemort that there’s no higher pleasure than to host him at Malfoy Manor, and wells up when he answers: ‘That means a great deal, Bellatrix, from you.’
  • Turns red when Voldemort mentions her niece Tonks, and denounces her as ‘no niece of ours’.
  • Agrees vigorously with Voldemort when he admits that, like Bellatrix’s, ‘Many of our oldest family trees become a little diseased over time.’

Chapter 23

  • Is terrified when she realises that Harry may have broken into her vault at Gringotts and decides to temporarily hide from Voldemort that they are holding Harry captive until she finds out more.

Chapter 36

  • Offers Voldemort her assistance when he briefly falls unconscious after hitting Harry with the Killing Curse.
  • Voldemort screams when Bellatrix is killed by Molly Weasley.

Capturing Bellatrix

The descriptive words most often applied to Bellatrix Lestrange

  • Gloating
  • Strong
  • Gaunt
  • Glowering
  • Evil
  • Ugly
  • Heavily lidded
  • Mad
  • Arrogant
  • Indifferent
  • Astonished
  • Skull-like
  • Fanatical
  • Commanding
  • Glowering
  • Disheveled
  • Passionate
  • Exhilerated
  • Trumphant
  • Furious
  • Breathless
  • Astounded
  • Feverish
  • Eager
  • Sharp
  • Ruthless

Final mention of Bellatrix Lestrange

‘Bellatrix’s gloating smile froze, her eyes seemed to bulge: for the tiniest space of time she knew what had happened, and then she toppled, and the watching crowd roared, and Voldemort screamed.’
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows