Bella in Black

“Never used an Unforgivable Curse before, have you…? You need to mean them… 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—” ~ Bellatrix Lestrange, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

Night and blood
feed the flames that scream
her hollowed soul wild,

the wants marked wicked,

Bella in black is pure
magic madness,
sweet chaos. She is
love in lust with death
that thrives through torture…

…through wild, forbidden

Bella is tortured.

a wee note…
– Rommy, over at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, invited us to write a poem from the point of view of a fictional villain. She wants to know what makes them villainous. Are their depraved ways justified by tales we haven’t been told? Or, are they just plain rotten? I chose unstable, malicious, insane, love-starved, Bellatrix Lestrange, from the Harry Potter Series.

“Bellatrix Lestrange”, by NLMDA

41 thoughts on “Bella in Black

    • I think J.K. Rowling did a really good job when creating Bella. She’s one of those characters we love to loath. There is something terribly wrong with her. I was squealing madly when Molley let her have what she deserved.

  1. In every detail you’ve gathered bits of her madness. Even the irregularity of the verses add to that not quite stable feeling. And yes, in the end, we all know that no matter how ardent her desire, it will never be returned with the intensity of feeling she wishes, and that must torture her.

    • When one gives her heart (or tries to give her heart) to a heartless, soulless, noseless ruin of a being, one is not going to get much back. Well, maybe one gets a steady source of victims to murder and some madness, but that’s it.

  2. I kept coming back to this part
    the wants marked wicked,
    Who marked them wicked and forbidden? Family, friends, the government, the church all have different views of the forbidden and the wicked. Maybe what she wanted wasn’t bad, but she was told it was so many times that she began to identify with it. Growing up with a southern mother showed me that people can be colored by the shades of righteousness that they are raised with. Later in life finding out that you are guilt-ridden and repressed because of someone else’s views and upbringing can make for a great deal of anger. This one will stay with me, Magaly!

    • I really love the way you see the poetry in the poetry, Sharon. If we take deranged and evil Bella out of the poetic equation, these lines are all about positive empowerment. There are too many people out there–society, religious groups, mothers…–telling others that they are not “living right”. And many times this translate to “you are not living like me, so you are not living right”. Well, you know what I think about that.

  3. I’m one of the few folk who haven’t read the books or seen the movies but you have conjured up a powerful image and the artwork is sensational.

  4. Whistles!!!💖💖 This is incredibly haunting, Magaly 😊 both in imagery and words. Especially love; “She is love in lust with death that thrives through torture.” *swooooon* 💖💖

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