Bellatrix Lestrange a Feminist!

Yes, that psychopath we all love to hate, Bellatrix Lestrange, sister to Narcissa, murderer of a one notorious mass-murderer Sirius Black, slayer of Dobby, lover of Voldy, escapee of Azkaban, collector of figurine elephants and people’s souls, is a strong woman figure.

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You can’t deny it. Yes, she’s evil. Yes, she’s wicked. And bat-shit crazy. But damn, she’s fabulous.

Bellatrix LestrangeShe’s determined.

She’s capable of tremendous loyalty.

She’s clever. Resourceful.

She’s prepared to die for what she believes in.

She’s powerful and influential in a male-dominated society, the Death Eaters.

She pushes back against society. Sure, that society is Hogwarts and the good people, and the changes she wants is purebloods over equality, so there’s that. So not so feminist or egalitarian there. But still.

I found a couple people online disputing this. These people shall remain nameless, but here are my responses:

 s—o says: she also had to fight in a sparkly dress and heels and curled hair, because women can’t wear normal fighting clothes.

Bitch, please. She is fabulous. She is fighting people left and right and looking fantastic while doing it. That has nothing to do with feminism. She doesn’t have to walk around in sweats and a baseball cap.

t—k says: she depnded on a man to rescue her from Azkaban. if she was so strong she would have escaped herself.

It’s Azkaban! What do you expect?? She can’t just be like “Okay guys, it’s been fun, but I think I’m gonna leave now! Kthxbye.” Bellatrix did not depend on a man to rescue her. She had no intention of being rescued.

y—t says: why did a woman kill her? a man can’t kill her because that would be to rude. a woman should only be killed by another woman. thats anti feminist!

*headdesk* Yeah, it’s totally rude. Before a man kills a woman, he has to lay his coat down on the ground for her to collapse upon.
Molly was protecting her daughter. I’m sorry Molly doesn’t have testicles or something.

All of you.. just… all of you…

This is my exasperation towards all of you.

This is my exasperation towards you.

2 thoughts on “Bellatrix Lestrange a Feminist!

  1. William Sharpe says:

    So, just to be clear, you are holding up a psychotic murder and torturer as an example of feminism. A woman who married a man she, by all accounts, didn’t love because it was expected of her. Someone who was slavishly in love with an abusive man who cared only for himself. Now, not being a woman, I may be unclear about what feminism entails, but I always assumed it was about women being empowered.

    • I’m not saying to be like her, but I am saying she is powerful. While not every single aspect of her life is perfect, and Hermione is a much better feminist than Bellatrix, Bellatrix still has feminist characteristics. Sure, she has a messed up love life, and allowing herself to be ruled by ideologies that she didn’t believe in, and allowing herself to sacrifice part of yourself, was not good. However, in the pursuit of a greater dream, sometimes things have to be sacrificed. She sacrificed a marriage to a man she truly loved for her own dream. However, being in love with He Who Must Not Be Named was a bad idea no matter how you look at it, I’m not denying that.
      Feminism is about empowering women, and she was empowered. She was a crazy bitch, no doubt, but she was powerful and influential. And while she was evil, that’s not the point. She has really good traits, she just uses them in a very wrong way. It’s a misdirected feminism.
      And while it looks as though I am holding up a psychotic murderer as an example of feminism, I feel like I’m doing something much more complicated, or at least what I’m trying to do.
      However, feminism is not just for women. I know plenty of men who are feminists. And feminism is not only focused on women. In fact, in Third Wave Feminism there is a new movement specifically dedicated to Masculinity.

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