I hope you’re all doing great today!
How is your Christmas shopping going? Have you finished it yet? I just have one more present to buy! I usually finish my shopping by the end of November, but I finished later this year!
Today’s post is something a little different, which I’m rather excited about. A while ago I asked my lovely, fellow blogging friend Britt if she would like to write a guest post on my blog and she said yes. You can check out her blog here: http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/. I’d highly suggest that you do, it’s absolutely fantastic. She writes brilliant content and her posts are so creative! 🙂
So without further ado, here’s the post. I hope you enjoy,
Why I LOVE Bellatrix Lestrange
When I was first talking with Ashleigh about writing a guest post for her blog we were throwing around ideas. I LOVE her blog, and am a regular reader, however, I wanted to find the perfect mix of her book loving blog and my slightly ‘alternative’ approach to life over at Alternatively Speaking.
First it was relatively easy to narrow it down to what book series I wanted to discuss as there is only one that has had a mention on my blog (time and time again) – Harry Potter! I am a Harry Potter addict, a proud Slytherin and a lover of all things relating to Hogwarts and the world of magic. From there I tossed around a few ideas – considering views of the books versus the movies, different subjects taught at Hogwarts, what career I would aspire to if I were to enter the wizarding world and then it hit me – why Bellatrix Lestrange is my favourite character of the series!
I have mentioned this fact before, and every time that I do I am met with a bunch of questions. People genuinely seem perplexed, interested or confused, I’m not quite sure which is the motivator behind the questioning, but regardless… here it is. Why I LOVE Bellatrix Lestrange!
As people fall in love with the Harry Potter empire they are often drawn to the selflessness of Dobby, the bravery of Harry, the intelligence of Hermione or the lovability factor that can only describe Hagrid.
The truth is, I believe, that the Harry Potter series paints a very one sided, biased view of all who are portrayed in it.
Take, for example, the impression that is created of each of the houses. The books are written from Harry’s point of view, and as a Gryffindor they share only the positives and best sides of Gryffindor – no wonder it is the favourite house of so many readers! Our views of the other houses, however, are all biased by Harry’s opinions – many describe those in Hufflepuff as ‘weaker,’ but look at Cedric and the bravery he showed! Then there’s Slytherin, the ‘evil’ house – but are they really that evil, or are we just buying into the fact that Harry’s enemies happen to be in that house, and therefore it is ‘bad.’
I acknowledge that Bellatrix is a villain in the books and movies – a Death Eater who stands alongside Voldemort but there is so much to the character that is often overlooked. Let’s start with her loyalty to those that she holds dear. Regardless of the way in which you view Bellatrix you can’t deny the intense and unwavering loyalty that she shows the Dark Lord, her true love. While many of the Death Eaters, worried solely about themselves, were willing to abandon the man they had once vowed to follow, she served her time in Azkaban holding onto the fact that he would return for her and was not actually gone for good despite the fact that many had given up hope.
This loyalty is also seen in the incredibly protective way that she views Narcissa. While some may claim that she follows Narcissa to Snape’s house for selfish, self-serving reasons, I believe that she was actively
trying to protect her little sister. She knew the price if Voldemort found out that Narcissa betrayed him and told anyone of Draco’s assignment, and at the time she was unaware of the fact that Snape was already familiar with the plan. She needed to protect her sister from making a major mistake and painting a target on her back.
She is dark and twisted, a personality trait that Helena Bonham Carter nailed so well in the movies. Have you ever stopped and consider what led to her insanity? There is the more obviously – Fifteen years in Azkaban is enough to drive anyone absolutely insane! That aside, consider he possibility that there is something more. She displays traits that lead me to believe that she may, in fact, be psychopathic, and that condition left untreated and unmanaged can explain a lot of her questionable, and random decisions.
I see the character of Bellatrix as a deeper insight into the human condition. Each of us have a ‘dark side,’ one that most of us choose to keep buried away. In the case of Bellatrix, she has chosen to embrace this dark side, allowing it to dominate her personality and her every decision in life. This lack of balance in her life has taken a toll on her mental health over time. Picture spending your entire life wrapped in nothing but negativity and evil…
She is also an incredible example of how the environment that one is raised in can impact their beliefs, values and judgments as an adult. Bellatrix was raised in a family that was incredibly proud of their ‘pure-blood’ status. In fact, they went as far as to completely cut off contact with anyone, even family, if they betray this status. This enforced a deeply rooted belief in the superiority of those who can lay claim to being ‘pure-blood.’
Try looking past the surface level at the character within. One that, while misguided, prioritizes loyalty and dedication, willing to make personal sacrifices for all that she believes. Plus, she’s a lot of fun, but that might be just me… Hahaha!
Finally, I’ll leave you with this video – Some insight into the character of Bellatrix from Helena Bonham Carter herself!
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What are your opinions of Bellatrix Lestrange? Do you agree with Britt? Let us know in the comments below. 🙂
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