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Helena Bonham Carter Based Her Performance on Children
There’s a certain manic quality about Bellatrix, especially in the films. She’s clearly malevolent, but there’s also a level of glee in her that isn’t absent in some of the story’s other villains. The reason that comes across so clearly is Helena Bonham Carter’s performance, which she apparently based, at least in part, on children.
When you watch her, that quality in her performance is clear. She’s always looking to get into mischief. For her, that means murdering the innocent and torturing everyone she meets. It’s perverse, but it’s also child-like in a way. She just seems so happy to be causing such pain.