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PRESENT GRANGER: It happened only weeks before I would complete the training...

This page consists of eight panels.

Panel 1: A fancy iron gate in a brick wall. Beyond the gate are marble steps leading up to a door.

VOICE FROM INSIDE: Yes, thank you for your cooperation, Narcissa.

Panel 2: It turns out that the voice was John Dawlish. Ze is speaking to Narcissa Malfoy, in the same room with the stairs that we saw in chapter 5. Granger and Tonks stand by. Both of them are wearing the coats of junior Aurors.

DAWLISH: Tonks, Granger, check the rooms we passed on the way in. Wouldn't want anything to slip past.

Panel 3: Granger and Tonks are in a corridor. Granger is in the foreground; Tonks, in the background, is poking zir head in a door that branches off of the hallway.

PAST TONKS: Auror Office! Anyone in here?

Panel 4: Tonks walks into the room. There are a couple of comfy chairs, but it's too dark to see much.

PAST TONKS: No? Alright, then! Homenum Revelio... { The incantation of a spell that reveals nearby people. } Wait, there's someone hidi–

Panel 5: A hand points a wand at Tonks.

VOICE FROM OFF-PANEL: Crucio! { The incantation of the torture curse. }

Tonks is thrown backwards by the curse.

Panel 6: The caster of the curse, Bellatrix Lestrange, steps out from hiding. Tonks writhes in pain on the ground. Bellatrix has long, sleek black hair with bright white streaks in it, and has black marks under zir eyes that make zem look cool.

BELLATRIX: Aurors. They dare? Oh, that I must see my sister's home troubled with such filth...

Panel 7: Bellatrix continues torturing Tonks. We see zem from a low angle, almost from Tonks's perspective (though not exactly; Tonks is now face-down, covering zir face with zir hands).

BELLATRIX: And to send you... The final insult! Intruding on the very house you've defiled– { Tonks is the child of Bellatrix's other sibling by a Muggle. Since Bellatrix is an extreme blood-purist, ze has a personal grudge against Tonks. }

Panel 8: Granger steps to the door of the room and stares angrily inside.

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I've only seen bits and pieces of the films, and what I've seen seems mostly true to the books. The one character who's nothing like how I imagined zem in the books is Bellatrix Lestrange.1

The thing that stands out to me about Bellatrix in the books is zir extreme pride, with the power to back it up. Ze is almost always in control of every situation – the only time ze isn't is when ze's around Voldemort or Snape, who are even better at controlling situations. Ze lectures Harry on how to use the Cruciatus Curse in the middle of a battle. Ze declares zir loyalty to Voldemort while being sentenced to life in Azkaban. Ze's second only to Voldemort in the number of named characters ze kills by sheer magical skill. Ze never passes up an opportunity to impose zir unforgiving, blood-purist ideology on other people.

In the films, ze's nothing like that; instead, ze's an “out of control woman” stereotype. The actor who plays zem describes zem as “really naughty” and “incredibly infantile”. Ze just does whatever ze feels like, and ze always feels like causing havoc and destruction. There are a few elements of that in the books, but the films add a lot more that wasn't in the books at all, and reduce the other aspects of zir character.

There's an interesting question here about the concept of agency. The actor describes Bellatrix-in-the-films as “liberated”, but to me, it feels like ze lacks agency. Unlike in the books, ze's never steering the course of the narrative – instead, ze's going along with the narrative created by the other characters.

In my process of writing Voldemort's Children, the important thing about each character is not the personality quirks ze happens to have, but the ideology ze attempts to impose on the world.

  1. UPDATE: In the time since I wrote this annotation, I have actually seen all seven films. Everything I say here is still accurate. One other character is also ruined by the films: Kingsley Shacklebolt is reduced from “skilled diplomat, spy, and warrior, who becomes Minister of Magic” down to “token black guy”. back
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