Bellatrix Lestrange

August 23, 2011

Helena Bonham Carter breathed life into this very kooky but extremely diabolic character. She had this to say about playing Bellatrix:

She's obviously as bonkers as they come. There's a bit of a child-like madness there. I did regress a bit as her. It sort of happened naturally. It's easy for me to go back to being a kid. You know how kids can be like savages before they get civilized? There's that sadist quality. Y'know, like boys who like to pick apart an insect for the sake of it.
She's a sadist. She's very sick. She's got problems. I think she's been in prison a bit too long. But I suspect even before prison she had problems. She's a racist, obsessed with blood purity. Like Adolf. And she's in love with Voldemort, really.
But while Hitler hated just the Jews, Bellatrix has an abject odium for mugbloods, i.e. all humankind. There's a death toll in the path of this bitch of a witch (as Molly Weasley pointed out in the last book) and anarchist of the first order. 

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  1. I hate Bellatrix in theory, because she murders a character I adore, and she is a terrible racist, but when she is played by my beloved Helena, she has such a fragility, you can't help feeling a bit for her. Helena is amazing in everything, and I will never cease to be jealous of her amazing hair!

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