Yes, if you're the average Harry Potter fan, after reading "The Order of the Phoenix", you might be getting some ideas about my dear Bellatrix Lestrange. She's a sadist, she's a crazed murderer, she's cruel, she cannot be forgiven! These are some of the ridiculous claims made against lovely Bella. I'm here to prove that these claims are erroneous.
Yes, it is true that Bellatrix tortured Neville Longbottom's parents into insanity. Sure, she was a Death Eater, and a very proud one at that. And yes, at the top of fans' lists, she killed Sirius Black. However, she had reason to do all these things, rest assured. I have theories to prove her innocence.
Number one: the torturing (using of the Cruciatus Curse) on Alice and Frank Longbottom. Yes, this was pretty cold... after all, Alice was in a right state at St. Mungo's when Harry, Ron and Hermione saw here there. Okay, this looks pretty bad, I know, but I swear, I have arguments! Okay, well, if you were already working for the Dark Lord (for who knows whatever reason), and he told you to do something... um... you do it. Or you die. Can we really blame poor Bella for wanting to follow the orders of the Dark Lord... or die? I certainly would if I wanted to live... but... I wouldn't be a Death Eater in the first place! Ahahah... let's carry on, shall we?
Okay, now let's look at some possibilities as to WHY Bellatrix became a Death Eater. We know that she and her sisters, Narcissa and Andromeda, were both born under the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black. This is our first clue. Her mum taught her the pureblood superiority when she was very young, so her mind was already trained to think like that. No child is born a racist, people!!! Anyway, when she left school she married this guy, Rodolphus Lestrange. It was after that that they got interested in the work of the Dark Lord and both became Death Eaters. Now, how do we know that Bella knew nothing of this before, and this... Rudolph guy or whatever, like... forced her or encouraged her to join? If she had never gotten married to Mr. Red-Nosed-Reindeer or whatever his name is, Bellatrix may never have turned into such a sadistic bitch!!
As for her love of Unforgivable Curses... a simple addiction to power. It's human nature, actually, to enjoy committing acts that make us feel like we have more power than others, and, obviously, the Curses fall into that category, cause with them you DO have more power. It's no more sadistic than people with control issues... or politics, for that matter. Well, actually, I take that back. Politics are WAY sadistic. Anyway, moving on, once more!
Plus, on a weirder note, Bella doesn't trust Snape. This makes her smart, no? Okay, back on topic....
All those long years in Azkaban took her love for power and the Unforgivable Curses to the next level, and by the time she escaped, poor Bellatrix was barking mad. She had gone to the next level of insanity, and could no longer control her thoughts, actions or reactions regarding spellwork. She was craving using magic, and wanted to use it lots. Kind of like a crack addict wants lots and lots of crack after they haven't had it in a while.
Right, now about Sirius... this is perhaps the most upsetting event to fans... However, even though she was responsible for his death, by stunning him and making him fall through the veil, but she didn't actually kill him. If he had fallen somewhere else, he'd still be alive. But I dunno, maybe she would have killed him anyway after that, who knows? See, she learned to hate Sirius from her horrid mother, who hated him too, obviously. So really, it's all a passed-on thing. Entirely not Bella's fault.
So, in summarization, this whole thing can be blamed on Bella's mum, addiction to power, that Rudolph guy, and sheer stupidity and under-examination of my fandom!
And with that note, the defense rests.