How Is Leda Lestrange Connected To Bellatrix? The Two Could Be Connected In A Fascinating Way
There are many brand new characters introduced in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, but one of these characters seems poised to cause some major drama in the four forthcoming Fantastic Beasts movies: Leta Lestrange*. It's not totally clear who she is, but her last name has everyone wondering: how is Leda Lestrange connected to Bellatrix Lestrange? It's possible that Leta Lestrange is the grandmother-in-law of Bellatrix, as I explain below.
Leta Lestrange is not seen in person in the movie; rather, she's seen in a photograph that Newt Scamander keeps in his briefcase. Their relationship isn't explained, but it's implied that Newt Scamander has romantic feelings for Leta, his longtime friend, that perhaps aren't reciprocated. The two have not spoken in a long time, Newt explains. At a New York City press junket, director David Yates indicated that Leta Lestrange would play a major role in future movies — which could throw a wrench in the blossoming romance between Newt and MACUSA agent Tina Goldstein. "Leta comes into the second movie," says Yates. "She’s quite complicated, a little damaged, and confused... she’s kind of tragic figure in a way."
Spoilers ahead. As you recall, Bellatrix Lestrange is the Death Eater in the original Harry Potter series responsible for the deaths of Sirius Black, Nymphadora Tonks, and Dobby. Truth be told, she wasn't a very nice person, and she receives her just punishment in the final book of the series, at the hands of Molly Weasley.
Leta Lestrange, her presumed ancestor, is said to be the same age as Newt Scamander, which makes her about 29 years old during the events of Fantastic Beasts, which takes place in December 1926. If you recall, a pure-blood wizard simply titled Lestrange was born sometime around 1926. The wizard, a Slytherin, was a member of Tom Riddle's gang, and after Hogwarts, he became one of Voldemort's earliest Death Eaters. It is speculated that this Lestrange was the father of Rabastan and Rodolphus Lestrange. And Rodolphus just happens to be the husband of Bellatrix Lestrange.
It wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility to assume that Leta is the mother of this Lestrange, and Lestrange is the father of Rodolphus, and thus, Leta is the grandmother-in-law of Bellatrix Lestrange.
Only time (and the four forthcoming movies) will tell us if Leta has ties to Rodolphus and his wife, Bellatrix. But if I were you, I would prepare for some drama between too good, too pure Newt Scamander and the maybe-not-so-good, possibly-not-pure Leta Lestrange.
*Editors Note: An earlier draft of this article incorrectly spelled "Leta Lestrange" as "Leda Lestrange." The headline still reflects the spelling of the original draft.
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