Bellatrix Lestrange is one of the most interesting, frightening characters in the Harry Potter series. A witch “with prodigious skill and no conscience,” Lestrange is a brutal and sadistic woman. Played by veteran actress, Helena Bonham Carter, Lestrange is also undeniably charismatic and interesting, a rare character capable of simultaneously repelling us, and drawing us in.
In the films, Lestrange is the most sincerely devoted follower of the story's primary antagonist, the dark lord Voldemort. Before we meet her in the first film, she is sentenced to the wizard prison, Azkaban for the torture of Aurors Frank and Alice Longbottom, the parents of the character, Neville Longbottom. Lestrange later escapes with the aid of Voldemort, going on to wreak havoc for the next two years before finally being outmatched and killed in the final battle of the series.
She doesn’t go down without a fight, however, and certainly not without her share of memorable scenes that frightened us, impressed us, and just downright freaked us out. Read on to discover the best moments of Carter's Bellatrix Lestrange.