“I Killed Sirius Black” Resonates With Me!
Once again, I find myself defending Bellatrix Lestrange. Or if not defending her, perhaps one could say, endearing her.
How can a woman not love another woman who shows up uninvited and unannounced, spreads fire all around the joint, hollers out how she is the one responsible for upsetting the boy-hero by taunting him with a sing-songy, “I killed Sirius Black” (an older male hero, who has been proven through flashbacks to be little less than an out right snobby-bully member of the in-crowd) and daring the boy-hero to come and get her. And as a mother, I do appreciate her timing. She arrives right when Harry is having naughty thoughts about Ginny. HA!
And please don’t get all pomo-loopy on me, and claim I’m suffering from a form of racism/internalized racism because I do not object to the use of Black as a villain name. Black, in this case, is merely the name of the man that Bellatrix has killed, and incidentally is her name before she marries the Death Eater Lestrange (Ugh,for her taking his name). Although I could wade into the waters of POMOism and question why Rowling chose the name Black to represent the bad family in regards to anti-racism rhetoric while making that family the main ones obsessed with pure-blood elitism, –thus making them the Hitler-ish oppressors. When in all honesty, black in a context with stars just reminds me of space, as in outer space, as in the background in which the stars hang. Don’t you love how much digression is written in order to ward off potential POMO attacks? Dementors! They are just jealous that people like me don’t get all snared up in pomo masturbation. (Hint: That is a joke on me for allowing myself to get tangled up in mindless pomo-ish blather).
What I don’t appreciate in the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (the flim) is how Bellatrix has been overly sexualized. For instance, when she is goading Snape, she stands behind him breathing seductively down his neck. In reality (or should I say in the book, LOL) when Bellatrix challenges Snape’s loyalty to Voldemort at Spinner’s End, she does so at a cautious distance, bracing herself for a possible duel because questioning loyalty is fighting words. Also, up on the Astronomy tower Bellatrix stands behind Malfoy, her nephew, goading him with the same breathless seduction (the whole scene is made up just to show more Bellatrix I supposed, because in the book, Bellatrix does not go to Hogwarts with the Death Eaters). Everyone knows she has eyes for one wizard, and one wizard only, and if she was a he it would not even be questioned that her acts of loyalty were anything but pure right-hand man type loyalty.
Hollywood has been so successful in vilifying Bellatrix that many moviegoers have expressed an anticipated desire to see her killed instead of the true villain who is reaping the most havoc, Lord Voldemort. Granted the desire for Bellatrix’s death does exist in the book (especially by Neville Longbottom) but never does it overshadow everyone’s wish to see the backside of the Dark Lord. I guess that’s what happens when menz make movies. A woman’s villainy is always a hundred fold compared to a man’s villainy.