How Does This Major 'Cursed Child' Spoiler Work?

If you don't want to know anything about what happens in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , stop reading at once, because there are major spoilers ahead. I'm not kidding — look away right now, because we need to discuss one question: when did Bellatrix and Voldemort have Delphi?

To recap: In Cursed Child, we meet a character called Delphi — and it turns out that she is the daughter of Voldemort himself. But when did Bellatrix and Voldemort have Delphi? I never thought Voldemort was particularly the fatherly kind, and it's even crazier to think her mother is Bellatrix Lestrange. I know; my jaw hit the floor too.

But how does this even work? I know the Harry Potter books pretty much off by heart, and I can't quite work it out. I'm not totally surprised — the two dark wizards were quite clearly obsessed with each other all along — but when did Bellatrix and Voldemort have Delphi? And, um, can I really picture the two of them doing the dirty?

According to Delphi herself, she was born in Malfoy Manor before the Battle of Hogwarts. The battle took place in May 1998, meaning that Delphi must have been conceived in late July or early August 1997 for this math to make sense. Let's look at what else was going on at roughly the same time: the Order of the Phoenix were transporting Harry to the Burrow by disguising themselves as him; Harry was coming of age; Bill and Fleur were getting married; Voldemort was taking over the Ministry of Magic. It seems like it was a pretty busy time for the Dark Lord — but I guess he must have found a little time to get busy as well.

Of everything we learned in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this information has to be the most shocking. I'll never be able to read Deathly Hallows again without wondering exactly when Voldemort and Bellatrix were getting down to it. Was it on the table where Charity Burbage was murdered? Was it on a desk at the Ministry of Magic? At this point, Voldemort was feeling pretty frustrated that he still hadn't found the Elder Wand — but as I'm sure Bellatrix will have reassured him, it's not the wand that matters, it's what you do with it.

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