ALL THE SPOILERS: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T READ OR SEEN THE PLAY.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child remains this year's most anticipated and hyped theatrical release. The play acts as the next installment in the Harry Potter tale as we leap 19 years into the future. The big plot twist revealing the identity of the titular cursed child and her parentage has left us all questioning what we know about key characters, while going back to the original Harry Potter story to look for clues.
Just Who Is The Cursed Child?
Before the play premiered, there'd been much speculation on who the cursed child could be. Albus Severus Potter, Harry's son, was an obvious choice since he is "cursed" by his family name and legacy. However, although he might finds himself struggling with his identity, Albus is definitely not the cursed child. Unsurprisingly, it is a brand new character who is revealed to be in the titular role: Delphi Diggory, who is presented to the audience as the niece of Amos Diggery. She's a young girl in her twenties, and throughout the story, her past, dreams, and struggles are revealed.
Who's Your Daddy?
The big reveal though is that she is the love child of none other than Lord Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange! Although audiences gasped when this shocking twist was revealed, we all started wondering: Had J.K. Rowling actually been hinting at this all along and we were simply too blind to see it?
Looking back, we definitely should have known that these two were more than just allies. Let's take a look at all the hints we were given in the books and the movies.
Lord Voldemort And Bellatrix: A Tragic Love Story?
We know Lord Voldemort is incapable of love, but it seems sex isn't out of the question, unless there is some strange impregnation spell? Either way, Bellatrix had his child. Throughout the books and movies we know that Bellatrix is devoted to Voldemort in a way the other Death Eaters are not. But was it obsession fueled by madness, or a telltale sign of her undying love?
1. Bellatrix Is Always Trying To Help Voldemort
She yearns to do everything she can to please him; the ever loyal servant groveling at her master's feet. Remember back to the Battle of Hogwarts when another horcrux was destroyed and Voldemort collapsed. Bellatrix came running to his aid, showing how much she cared for his well-being, needing to be the one who supported him? He, however, was all "move, bitch get out the way." Such is unrequited love :-/
2. She Would Give Up Herself AND Her Children For Him
Bellatrix is willing to sacrifice all she has for the Dark Lord. While it is well known she has already had a husband, she rarely mentions him and instead she is totally fixated on the Dark Lord and his needs. In the clip above from Deathly Hallows Part One, Bellatrix offers herself up to Voldemort as she offers to kill Harry Potter for him. Again she is rejected by He Who Must Not Be Named, but he does praise her thirst for blood. She is willing to do everything within her power to please Voldemort, even if it means killing — well, in Bellatrix's case especially if it means killing.
Plus, The Pitter Patter of Tiny Death Eater Feet
J.K. herself might well have eluded to a love child all along. In The Half Blood Prince, Bellatrix says:
"If I had sons, I would be glad to give them up to the service of the Dark Lord!"
This could definitely be a hint at her pregnancy. Timelines show that she must have been pregnant around this time for Delphi to be the age she is in The Cursed Child. Bellatrix is clearly anticipating having children and how they would serve her Lord too. Here Narcissa is desperately ensuring her son Draco's safety as he begins his work on the Dark Lord's mission. Bellatrix — still unable to offer a child of her own — proudly claims how much of an honor it would be to offer up a child to Voldemort. Someone call Child Protection!
3. Bellatrix Craves Being Close To Him
Bellatrix holds on to Voldemort even when rotting away in Azkaban; the erotic licking of her Dark Mark when the Dark Lord returns is a clear indication of her compulsion.
In the Half Blood Prince book, there is a descriptive moment showing us just how much Bellatrix wants to be close to Voldemort. Where her sister Narcissa is scared in the presence of the Dark Lord, Bellatrix shows no fear. In fact, the only thing she truly fears is existence without him:
She sat beside her sister, as unlike her in looks, with her dark hair and heavily lidded eyes, as she was in bearing and demeanor; where Narcissa sat rigid and impassive, Bellatrix leaned toward Voldemort, for mere words could not demonstrate her longing for closeness.
4. Bellatrix Is Fiercely Loyal To The Dark Lord
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry goes into the Pensieve and witnesses Bellatrix's trial. Immovably loyal, Bellatrix states:
"The Dark Lord will rise again, Crouch! Throw us into Azkaban; we will wait! He will rise again and will come for us, he will reward us beyond any of his other supporters! We alone were faithful! We alone tried to find him!"
Bellatrix's loyalty is further reiterated throughout the books, as in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, where she states:
"I was and am the Dark Lord’s most loyal servant. I learned the Dark Arts from him."
She later proclaims to Harry when dueling just how dedicated to Lord Voldemort she is. She attempts to strike fear into Harry by showing him what Voldemort has made her capable of as she takes great pleasure in mentally torturing those she's about to kill. Bellatrix clearly feels that without the Dark Lord she would be nothing and is aggressively proud and thankful for it.
The whole thing is very Fanny Brice in Funny Girl:
There are, however, moments when even Voldemort shows a bond between himself and Bellatrix. For the man incapable of love, he certainly does care for her:
5. Voldemort Saves Bellatrix At Personal Risk
We see in the clip above from The Order of the Phoenix that Voldemort prevents Harry from killing Bellatrix and allows her escape through the floo network. For an unmerciful villain, this is very out of character — unless Bellatrix means more to him then anyone else. Does he care for her or is she simply a pawn in his plan?
6. Voldemort Gets Seriously Emotional When She's Killed
J.K. writes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
Molly's curse soared beneath Bellatrix's outstretched arm and hit her squarely in the chest, directly over her heart. Bellatrix's gloating smile froze, her eyes seemed to bulge: for the tiniest space of time she knew what had happened, and then she toppled, and the watching crowd roared, and Voldemort screamed.
Voldemort's scream may well be because he realizes he's lost his best ally — or is he experiencing the closest thing he can to loss? He senses her death from outside the walls of Hogwarts and erupts in a cry. That might be the only true reaction Bellatrix ever really got from the man she was devoted to, yet she would never know it.
Book fans were upset to see that the Dark Lord's scream didn't make it to the movie, but true Potter fans will know how he reacted. Watch the scene in which Bellatrix meets her fate below.
Undoubtedly, there is an underlying connection between Voldemort and Bellatrix that has been hinted out throughout the original stores. We definitely should have foreseen the love child bombshell coming! You can hardly blame Bellatrix though; a powerful man who's a total badass and the ability to give you the world is definitely a catch. They share the same values on magical purity and enjoy the same things (e.g. killing and torturing for their own gain). Who knows, these two could have ruled the world and continued popping out little Death Eaters if it weren't for those meddlesome Hogwarts kids.
Do you think Voldemort and Bellatrix were obviously bumping uglies, or is this a new development for the play?