Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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Bellatrix Lestrange Character Analysis

One of Sirius's cousins and a prominent Death Eater. She escapes from Azkaban after Christmas with other Death Eaters and returns to serve Voldemort. When Harry meets her in the Department of Mysteries, he thinks that she was once beautiful, but Azkaban robbed her of her looks. She is exceptionally cruel and devoted to Voldemort, and kills Sirius by cursing him and throwing him backwards through the arch. For this, Harry attempts to perform the Cruciatus Curse on her.

Bellatrix Lestrange Quotes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix quotes below are all either spoken by Bellatrix Lestrange or refer to Bellatrix Lestrange. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published in 2004.
Chapter Six Quotes

"Does it matter if she's my cousin?" snapped Sirius. "As far as I'm concerned, they're not my family. She's certainly not my family. I haven't seen her since I was your age, unless you count a glimpse of her coming into Azkaban. Do you think I'm proud of having relatives like her?"

Page Number: 114
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Bellatrix Lestrange Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Bellatrix Lestrange appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Six
Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
...on the family tree anymore, either, as her mother married a Muggle. Tonks's aunts are Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy, which shocks Harry, but Sirius explains that all pure-blood families are... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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...the wrapper into his pocket. After Neville and his gran leave, Harry heavily explains that Bellatrix Lestrange tortured the Longbottoms into insanity. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
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...shows Harry and Ron the front page, which shows nine escaped prisoners from Azkaban, including Bellatrix Lestrange. The article says that Fudge thinks this breakout is connected to Sirius, which angers... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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Hooded Death Eaters appear around Harry and his friends. Harry asks where Sirius is, but Bellatrix Lestrange mocks Harry for his concern. Lucius says that Harry has a "weakness for heroics"... (full context)
Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
War: Excitement vs. The Mundane Theme Icon
...giggly, while Ginny's ankle is broken. Just as Harry lifts Ron to choose a door, Bellatrix and two other Death Eaters enter. Harry shoves Ron through the closest door, helps the... (full context)
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...asks for the prophecy, but Neville shouts from the doorway that Harry isn't alone. When Bellatrix realizes who Neville is, she performs the Cruciatus Curse on him. Harry moves to give... (full context)
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...that Dumbledore is here and Dumbledore races down the stairs. Death Eaters run except for Bellatrix, who is dueling Sirius. Sirius is laughing when Bellatrix's curse hits him in the chest,... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...the Death Eaters in the middle of the room as Kingsley continues the duel with Bellatrix. Bellatrix throws Kingsley to the ground and runs. Harry races after her, threatening to kill... (full context)
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Bellatrix and Harry shoot curses at each other until Harry shouts that the prophecy is gone.... (full context)
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War: Excitement vs. The Mundane Theme Icon
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...crouches over Harry as the atrium fills with people, including Fudge. Fudge sees Voldemort grab Bellatrix and disappear, and he seems shocked and horrified that Voldemort really is back. Dumbledore tells... (full context)