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Bellatrix Lestrange was arrested for torturing Frank and Alice Longbottom after Voldemort fell. But it seems surprising for such a Death Eater not to have killed wizards at that point; it would be logical for her to be among the Death Eaters who committed murders and thus created a climate of terror by casting the Dark Mark above the houses of their victims.

Moreover, this image from the Half-Blood Prince movie brands Bellatrix as "a convicted murderer".

Is there any indication of what Bellatrix did during the First Wizarding War?

  • What exactly are you asking for? Whether or not she killed? Someone who she killed? Can you please clarify? – Mithrandir Mar 17 '17 at 13:27
  • harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/… – Valorum Mar 17 '17 at 14:13
  • Well, of course she's called a "Convicted Murderer" in Half-Blood Prince, she was convicted for murdering the Longbottoms and sent to Azkaban. – DisturbedNeo Mar 17 '17 at 14:39
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    @DisturbedNeo Convicted for murder, not for torture/Unforgivable Curses? – MissMonicaE Mar 17 '17 at 16:35
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    Relevant quote: "You planned to restore He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named to power, and resume the lives of violence you presumably led when he was strong." Violence doesn't necessarily include murder, though. – The Dark Lord Mar 18 '17 at 0:53
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It can't be proven either way - but she wasn’t convicted of murder.

There isn't much information about what Bellatrix did during the First Wizarding War. She was already a Death Eater and one of the Dark Lord's most loyal followers, faithful enough where she didn't denounce him when she was on trial. She certainly could have been one of the Death Eaters who killed people in the name of the Dark Lord, and she was undoubtedly capable of being among them, but there's no way of knowing for sure.

However, just because she's capable of killing people, and would be willing to, doesn't mean that she actually did. While being a Death Eater, she would have undoubtedly committed a few crimes, but that doesn't therefore include murder. That she wouldn't be against the idea of killing people doesn't necessarily mean she did. She could have been using other forms of violence. Her not being morally opposed to murder isn't enough evidence that she did kill anyone.

One thing is almost certain - the Ministry didn't have any real evidence that she did kill anyone, otherwise they would have included that in her trial. Her trial was for the torture of the Longbottoms. Murder is a more serious charge, so they wouldn't have left that out of her trial if they had evidence. They might have suspected she did, but without at least some kind of proof that she did, they wouldn't have been able to do anything about it. She certainly wasn’t a convicted murderer. Her conviction was simply over the torture of the Longbottoms - not murder, though some of the Death Eaters were convicted of murder.

“Bellatrix Lestrange, convicted of the torture and permanent incapacitation of Frank and Alice Longbottom.”
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)

No one in the Order of the Phoenix ever says anything about Bellatrix having killed people in the First Wizarding War, either. Whenever they talk about the things she did, it's either her torturing the Longbottoms or a general "she was a very evil Death Eater who liked violence and causing pain". But no one in the Order mentioned her killing someone, and they wouldn't need as much evidence as the Ministry to just tell Harry or whoever that they thought she did.

However, that no one had evidence that she killed anyone during the First Wizarding War doesn't mean she didn't. She could have killed people without them finding out it was her. I doubt that even when they knew something was done by the Death Eaters, could trace everything back to the specific Death Eaters who did it.

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    You of all people answer this question! :-) You should know! – RichS Apr 9 '17 at 17:01
  • "... the Ministry didn't have any real evidence that she did kill anyone, otherwise they would have included that in her trial." Ah, but if they didn't have real evidence, they could not have convicted her on a murder charge. You can't say somebody is a convicted murderer unless they were convicted for murder. – RichS Apr 9 '17 at 17:03
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    @RichS Ha ha! Of course I know! But I'm not going to confirm any murders that people don't already know about... ;) – Bellatrix Apr 9 '17 at 18:13
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    @RichS I'm guessing that was an error by the graphics department. They remembered the "Death Eater" part, and figured they could assume a murder charge was likely. – Bellatrix Apr 9 '17 at 18:15
  • Or perhaps the description of her as a convicted murderer is legit. Without input from J K Rowling, we might not know. I suspect Bellatrix is a murderer. It's certainly within her character and ideology. – RichS Apr 9 '17 at 18:21

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