40 Creepy Facts About The Black / Lestrange Family From Harry Potter
Bellatrix may be Based on a Fictional Witch-Like Detective
In a book series created by Gladys Mitchell that contained more than 65 books, there was a prominent female character named Beatrice Adele Lestrange. Apparently, Beatrice is a witch-like detective. It’s unclear whether Bellatrix was intentionally named after Beatrice, or whether it’s merely a coincidence.
The idea of it being a coincidence seems unlikely, given how close the two names are. It’s also possible that J.K. Rowling referenced the name accidentally. After all, great writers do a lot of reading. The name might have come to her mind without her realizing where it had originated. Good writers emulate, great writers steal.