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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?

5 comments

1 a { 08.24.16 at 9:21 am }

Robes! They all wore robes all the time – much easier to conceal things. Plus, I pictured Bellatrix as quite tall and things are easier to conceal when you’re tall. (Am I not supposed to be commenting if I haven’t read the book? 🙂 )

Also, based on the things you have written, I think Rowling should have let it be done when it was done. She could have sent out inspired tweets when something came to her, but this whole play seems contrived in a way that the books really didn’t. Or maybe you’re just a more critical reader and point out things I am happy to overlook – who knows?

2 HereWeGoAJen { 08.24.16 at 9:55 am }

See, I always thought Bellatrix was sleeping with Voldemort so that part was a very I KNEW IT part for me.

3 April { 08.24.16 at 10:12 am }

I’m with Jen. I always kind of figured that Bellatrix and Voldemort were sleeping together. I think Bellatrix would have happily had his baby because she wanted a part of him that badly.

As the first person pointed out, they wore robes. We may picture them in the clothing they wore in movies, but that isn’t what is in the books. The movies had everyone in Muggle clothing with a cape, not actual robes. I think that would have concealed a pregnancy.

4 Jess { 08.24.16 at 10:27 am }

I’m with the robes and ultimate duo-of-evil Bellatrix and Voldemort. Maybe it wasn’t so much an “I want kids” thing as the “I want immortality and more EVIL” and the child was just the vehicle. Your description and analysis of this whole part of the play cracks me up! So funny. I just sort of went with it, because of the whole going-into-this-with-low-expectations thing.

5 torthuil { 08.24.16 at 1:21 pm }

Maybe she also employed a hide-your-pregnancy spell? It’s been a while since I read the books, but I have done trouble with the idea of Voldemort having sex, especially fertile sex. In my mind he was just not human enough.

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