THE LATIN ROOTS OF BELLATRIX LESTRANGE? The TLS (December 13) celebrated the publication of the seventeenth and last part of the DICTIONARY OF MEDIEVAL LATIN FROM BRITISH SOURCES, a project begun in 1913. The TLS published a portion of a twelfth century manuscript which shows the only example in that Dictionary of the word “Rebellatrix”, which calls up for me the image of Helena Bonham Carter’s character Bellatrix Lastrange in the Harry Potter movies. In the manuscript, “Rebellatrix” apparently refers to the ambitious sister, who murdered St. Kenelm, a prince of Mercia. The historical sister’s name was Cwoenthryth.

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