Owl Post – Teens Can Write, Too! March 2013 Blog Chain


March’s prompt comes from Jenny Li and is,

“Write a letter to an antagonist.”

On behalf of the Good-Sinful Alliance, I would like to thank Jenny for such an awesome prompt.

malfoy manor???????Right away I had an antagonist in mind but I tried to think of other people to write to because, well, most people completely hate this character. People would think my choice was weird! Then I realized that you probably already think I’m a bit batty, so I went ahead and wrote my letter. Enjoy.


Dear Bellatrix Lestrange,

When I was about nine, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the scariest book I’d ever read and that was mostly due to you. I’d been scared before while reading, but more by events or creatures than by characters. You’re clever and totally in love with evil – a dangerous combination. I was horrified when you killed your own cousin. I mean, some of my younger cousins are annoying, but I’ve never tried to zap them with a spell!

And yet sometime between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince, my opinion changed almost completely. I remember being so excited for the last book when I was about ten in part because you were sure to have a big part.

So after a while I didn’t really care that you’re evil. You kick butt. You’re a girl holding her own in a group full of guys who are totally willing to turn on each other if it helps them stay on the Dark Lord’s good side. I think you’re the most powerful Death Eater since I’m not counting Snape as he wasn’t really on your side. Yes, your suspicions were correct. Don’t blab that to Voldemort!

And deep down, are you really that much different than my other favorite Harry Potter characters? You care about your family. You’re capable of falling in love, although I question your choice of man. Pick a guy with a nose! You work hard for what you believe in and are willing to die for your cause. You’ll do whatever it takes.

Of course, I left that how your cause is evil! That obviously changes things. You’re smart as Bellatrix_throwing_knife[1]a Ravenclaw and as loyal as a Gryffindor, but I’m not sure that those are good attributes when you use them for nefarious purposes. But otherwise, what you’ve got is great.

Look, I’m still mad at you for killing Sirius, Dobby, and Tonks. But in a weird way, that just makes you even more fascinating. I can completely excuse what guys like Loki and Denethor did because of reasons. I can’t with you; you had no good reason to torture and kill. But I don’t mind feeling that way about you. I like feeling conflicted about a character.

So I confess. You’re one of my favorites. Out of many, many characters from Harry Potter, I like only Lupin, Sirius, and Snape more. I’ve never been a Hermione fan because you’re much more interesting (and so are other female characters from the series). I know it’s weird, but I’d rather read about the most powerful and terrifying Death Eater than the smartest girl in her year.

I was so disappointed when Pottermore Sorted me into Ravenclaw. I’d rather be a Slytherin.

Your fan,



So tell me: have I gone completely bonkers by writing to her? I’m interested to see what sort of comments I get on this in the morning.

Want to follow our blog chain? Here are the participating parties, day by day:

March 5thhttp://letsgetwriteral.blogspot.com   

March 6thhttp://themysteriousscribblingbook.wordpress.com/

March 7thhttp://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com/

March 8thhttp://charlieeatmybook.blogspot.co.uk/

March 9thhttp://kkazulwolf.wordpress.com/

March 10thhttp://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com/

March 11thhttp://fida-islaih.blogspot.com/

March 12thhttp://sarahhudsonscribbles.blogspot.ca

March 13thhttps://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/

March 14thhttp://aprilmayjay.blogspot.com/

March 15thhttp://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com/

March 16thhttp://oliviasopinions.wordpress.com/

March 17thhttp://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com/

March 18thhttp://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com/

March 19thhttp://paulinaczarnecki.wordpress.com/

March 20thhttp://notebooksisters.blogspot.com/

March 21sthttp://theteenagewriter.wordpress.com/

March 22ndhttp://myswordandpen.wordpress.com/

March 23rdhttp://mirrormadeofwords.com/

March 24thhttp://eatwritedie.blogspot.com/

March 25thhttp://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com/

March 26thhttp://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com/

March 27thhttp://insatiablebeforedeath.wordpress.com/

March 28th http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)


About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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24 Responses to Owl Post – Teens Can Write, Too! March 2013 Blog Chain

  1. How do I join the next TCWT blog chain?

  2. Charley R says:

    Yay Bellatrix! No jokes, she’s my favourite Death Eater ever – I never liked Snape, never have and never will. What’s more, she manages to pull off being totally evil while still being interesting and engaging to the reader, which is something not a lot of characters of that type can do.

    Like you, though, the Sirius incident remains unforgiven. I suspect it will stay that way. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go and cry in a corner.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Yay! While I don’t agree with you about Snape, I’m glad that I’m not (too) crazy for liking Bellatrix. I think it’s cool how although her redeeming qualities are about 1% of her, she’s still really interesting because she’s so… unpredictable, maybe? Bloodthirsty?

      Also, who do you think is better – Hermione or Bellatrix?

      • Charley R says:

        Personally, I’m very fond of both characters – Bellatrix for her sheer intriguing insanity and ruthlessness, Hermoine because she was the first female character I think I ever encountered who wasn’t either a lead, or an overt love interest. She’s clever, but she’s also a well-rounded personality in her own right, and Rowling lets her be that, with flaws and hopes and a proper life behind it all. That, and I love her dynamic with Ron. SO ADORABLE.

  3. Amanda says:

    I haven’t read HP, so I honestly can’t say, but it sounds like you chose a pretty interesting character…:)

  4. Fida I says:

    I would have never thought of her the way you did. But then again I didn’t read the books and only until recently watched the movies. Thanks!

  5. A period seems to have sneaked out of there after “Slytherin”, just before your signature. Thought I’d mention it.

    I thought this was a good post, with a good evaluation of Belly’s character. Personally, I never liked her, but I didn’t like anyone in that series except Kreacher, for about two sentences, or Snape, for less.

    Good post!

  6. orphu44 says:

    Oh, you wrote it already! And I didn’t see it!
    I agree with a lot of this, though I’d argue that Bellatrix doesn’t so much care about her family as her family name.

  7. Jeyna Grace says:

    This is such a good idea!

    If ever I wrote to an antagonist (like Riddle or Malfoy), it would simply say, ‘If only you were good, I would marry you.’ LOL!

  8. I should do this on my blog, too. Though not to Bellatrix. Definitely not to Bellatrix. She’d probably kill me twenty times over for the things I would say. Dobby would have plenty to say, too. And Sirius. And don’t even get me started on Harry.

    Would Snape be offended if I counted him as an antagonist? Because he IS, sort of, but not really. Maybe I should just send him some fan mail. 😉

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