Bellatrix Lestrange was Lord Voldemort’s equal in cruelty, if not worse than him. She was unparalleled when it came up to committing some of the most horrible acts of cruelty and destruction. She truly belonged to the Dark side and loved to embrace it. Bellatrix had no qualms about killing even her family members. She committed a lot of crimes throughout the series. Some of them very cold and heinous. Thus, Bellatrix Lestrange deserves the dubious honor of being the most despicable character and this is despite Lord Voldemort being the main antagonist. So let’s have a look at some of her misdeeds:
1. Bellatrix Lestrange Killed her own cousin, Sirius Black: She killed Sirius (who was her cousin) during the battle at the Department of Mysteries. She was remorseless and was cackling in glee after she had murdered Sirius. Bellatrix couldn’t stop raving about it and showed it by singing “I killed Sirius Black” multiple times.
2. Bellatrix Lestrange Killed her niece Tonks: Bellatrix was ruthless and destructive. She murdered Tonks and Lupin, even though their death was off-screen. Tonks was Bellatrix’s niece with a young child and had an entire life ahead of her.
3. Trashed the Great Hall after Dumbledore’s Death: The Great Hall was symbolic of Hogwarts and a safe place for all the students. Unfortunately, Bellatrix demolished and laid it to waste in the carnage after Dumbledore’s death.
4. Bellatrix Lestrange Tortured Neville’s Parents: Even though Bellatrix appeared on-screen later than the other characters, her impact and terror is felt throughout the series. In Order Of The Phoenix, Neville recounts how she used the Cruciatus Curse on his parents to torture. Furthermore, she found amusement and delight in the trauma of others.
5. Binding Snape with an Unbreakable vow: Voldemort instructed Draco (Bellatrix’s nephew) to kill Dumbledore. Unconvinced of Draco’s abilities, she maneuvered Snape to watch out for Draco and kill Dumbledore if Draco failed. She further manipulated the situation so that Snape would have to take the vow and kill Dumbledore himself.
6. Bellatrix Lestrange set fire to Hagrid’s hut and the Burrow: She was particularly destructive in the 6th film. She destroyed three of Harry’s safe places- the Great Hall, Hagrid’s house, and The Burrows. Bellatrix reveled in the destruction. She was also utterly unconcerned about the loss of life or damage to property.
7. Bellatrix Lestrange Tortured Hermione: Torture is Bellatrix’s chosen method of interrogation, and she revels in it. In the 7th film, the Golden Trio is captured. Bellatrix carves “Mudblood ” on Hermione’s hand and tortures her to get information.
8. Bellatrix Lestrange Killed Dobby: Bellatrix killed Loveable Dobby! It was, by far, one of the most unforgivable of all her crimes. She had already shown her malice by killing Sirius. But killing a loveable creature like Dobby was just hideous. Moreover, it branded her as the most villainous character in Harry Potter.
9. Bellatrix Lestrange Attacked Ginny after Fred’s Death: Bellatrix had no morals nor sympathy, or empathy. She attacked Ginny immediately after Fred’s death. She was very amused when Mrs. Weasley intervened to save her daughter.
10. Voldemort‘s most loyal follower: She was Lord Voldemort’s most ardent and trusted follower. The Death eaters did some hideous acts and Bellatrix played a massive part in organizing and executing most of them. She followed Voldemort’s instructions, regardless of how immoral or vile they may have been.
Her lack of compassion and complete lack of morals and remorse sometimes make her seem worse than Voldemort.