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The Dominatrix

(This is an entry for the Women’s Web Favorite Females contest)

In the world of fantasy, seldom has anyone created a character that is not only intriguing but at the same time an important one in the larger scheme of things. And evil women? J.K. Rowling had the courage to do it. Bellatrix is synonymous with evil, misery and all things violent. Not only is it absolutely impossible to like Bellatrix but it won’t be a shocker if someone flinches at the mere mention of the name. A name feared the world over, real and magic, second only to the Dark Lord himself. She can be a huge favorite for her character arc, but never liked.

The name Bellatrix, originating from Latin means a ‘female warrior’. But when you hear the word Bellatrix, your mind obviously thinks of the word ‘dominatrix’. And that, Bellatrix Black, later Lestrange, undoubtedly was. Born in a largely Slytherin centric family, the evil streak runs through her blood and she carries the legacy over till her very end, unlike a few others in her extended family. This fanatical support for the Dark Lord, Lord Voldemort and unwavering ruthless attitude against anyone in her way makes her one of the most well formed characters in the Harry Potter epic.

The reason she is a favorite is because you could tell that Bellatrix Lestrange was a carefully written character – the disarming gorgeousness of her face when the going for her is good and the terrifying  ugliness of her post-Azkaban days. During the latter, she was the only Death Eater to openly declare her allegiance to Lord Voldemort that bordered on a dangerously passionate romance. She was not only a great duelist, but had the ability pierce you to death with her words. In the Department of Mysteries, when Harry in a moment of desperation, having witnessed his godfather’s death, tries the Cruciatus curse on her, she screams,

Never used an Unforgivable Curse before, have you, boy? You need to mean them, Potter. You need to really want to cause pain — to enjoy it — righteous anger won’t hurt me for long — I’ll show you how it is done, shall I? I’ll give you a lesson — Crucio!

Hatred was part of her repertoire. She was a crusader for the Magic world’s racism – the love for pure-bloods and absolute hostility for muggle borns and half-bloods. Bellatrix is also perceived to be the more intelligent of the Death Eaters, and daresay, cleverer than the Dark Lord himself, for she is the only one who is never confident about Snape’s commitment and questions him at every step.

Bellatrix is admired for the way she was carved in the words of J.K. Rowling and how she unequivocally appealed to every reader, albeit in a negative sense. There have been very few female characters, none greater than Bellatrix, who truly embody the fact that “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.

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2 thoughts on “The Dominatrix

  1. On hearing “Bellatrix”, the first thing that came to me was that it would have been a nice name for an Asterix character

    I thought you’d write about Dagny Taggart for this contest

    Adi: I thought of it. And I also thought of Draupadi. But wasn’t that motivated :)

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  2. I have to agree that of all the HP women, Bellatrix was the one who leaped off the page for me. And the fact that they got Helena Bonham Carter to play her in the movies just underscored that for me.

    Adi: The Helena casting decision was a winner!

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