The Cursed Child Questions (Spoilers Abound) Part 4
Last time (I think), you have been warned. There are absolutely, definitely huge spoilers in this post for JK Rowling’s The Cursed Child. Look away if you don’t want the play ruined.
I mean it.
This is your last warning…
Okay, coast is clear.
So Voldemort and Bellatrix had a child: Delphi, otherwise known as the Augurey. She was born right before the Battle of Hogwarts (page 287) at Malfoy Manor. So… when we saw Bellatrix at Malfoy Manor in Book 7, it was late March. And the Battle of Hogwarts started May 1st. So… lets give the woman a few days to recover from giving birth so she can dive into fighting at Hogwarts and assume she delivered in late April. Which means that she was 8 months pregnant when the trio was caught by Snatchers and Dobby died. But no one noticed her enormous, pregnant belly?
Fine, fine, so maybe Delphi was a preemie. But still — belly, right?
Getting that fact out of the way, here’s the thing with this plot twist: It is completely out-of-character for both Bellatrix AND Voldemort. Neither would seek “immortality” through children; Bellatrix is set up to be the antithesis of her light-haired sister who is obsessed with her child and continuing the Malfoy line. So she certainly wouldn’t suggest a baby.
And Voldemort? The man who spent years tearing apart his soul to become immortal? He certainly isn’t muddying his ultimate plan with children. It’s even implied that Voldemort didn’t know that he had a daughter since Delphi had to introduce the idea to him on page 286. So… are we to assume that Voldemort took time out of his busy killing and torturing schedule for a quickie with Bellatrix whenever the itch arose? Again, doesn’t really sound in character.
At least, not the Bellatrix and Voldemort I know.
And yet the girl clearly can fly.
Anyone else totally thrown off by this plot twist? Did you find it believable, or were you shaking your head and wishing Rowling had tried something else?