The Duel Between Bellatrix And Harry Potter

Rochelle February 3, 2018 @ 12:18PM
They are friends now, but just before this picture these two were dueling.

In January of 2016 a woman named Jenn cosplayed as Bellatrix Lestrange at the Celebration of Harry Potter (aka CoHP), held at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. While walking around the park a young boy named Jeremy, dressed as Harry Potter, appeared from nowhere with his wand raised, approached her, and challenged her to a battle.

Jeremy's Harry defeated Jenn's Bellatrix, but it was only after they dueled that something truly magical happened - they became friends.

The next time they saw each other again was one year later, at the 2017 CoHP. Just like the year before, the two of them dueled, and Harry once again triumphed. When their battle was over Jenn and Jeremy spent the afternoon together, along with Jeremy's family. They bonded over their love of the Boy Who Lived, and their friendship deepened.

Before The Duel Begins

Before The Duel: Bellatrix and Death Eaters on one side, Harry Potter with the Order of the Phoenix on the other.

They live many states away from each other, and have quite a few years of age between them, but that doesn't matter. Jeremy and Jenn have a great love and respect for one another, so much so that they keep in touch throughout the year by messaging one another on their computers. When Hurricane Irma took aim at Jenn's city in the fall of 2017, Jeremy was so worried about his friend that he begged his mother to let Jenn stay with them.

The Duel Begins

The duel begins.

Jenn knew that Jeremy and his family were planning on attending the 2018 CoHP, which would be the third time that she saw him in person. She wanted to do something special for her Itty Bitty Baby Potter, so she posted on a Facebook group for Universal Studio annual passholders, asking for suggestions (I saw her post, which is how I became aware of the two of them). She explained that he is a special little guy, and how she duels with him every year.

Harry Potter and the

Harry Potter leads the battle.

Before I get to the battle I want to share a bit about Jeremy. His family doesn't have a lot of money, which means they save all year to go to the Celebration in Florida. His mother told me that they go because Jeremy LOVES the Harry Potter series. The magic and story are real to him, and she wants to keep his love for J.K. Rowling's world alive by making this trip each year. They buy a package, which has perks that people without a package can't do. As you can imagine, packages aren't cheap, although there are different levels (and costs) available.

Bellatrix leads the Death Eaters in the battle against Harry Potter

Bellatrix leads the Death Eaters in the battle against Harry Potter.

His mother told me that they offered to buy the premium (aka most expensive) package if Jeremy wanted it, which would have included meeting the actors, getting their autographs, and having photos taken with them. Jeremy's favorite characters are Fred and George Weasley, and the Phelps twins who played them were scheduled to attend the 2018 CoHP. However, instead of getting the ​premium package, Jeremy chose to get a lesser package, knowing that he wouldn't get to meet the twins, so that his parents could buy a package for his cousin to go with them. As Jenn said, he is a special little guy!

Harry Potter stopped dueling after he defeated Bellatrix

After Harry Potter defeated Bellatrix.

Instead of getting presents for his birthday and Christmas, Jeremy chooses to get IOUs. The money that would have been spent on gifts becomes his spending money during the Celebration of Harry Potter weekend.​ His mom told me, "He has a list on our door that we keep all year long. Any money he earns doing extra chores, or money even people give him, he gives me and it goes on the list. He works for my dad getting wood and puts it on the list."

Death Eaters who were defeated by Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix

Death Eaters who were defeated by Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix.

Among the many suggestions given to Jenn was an idea: To create an epic battle, not just between Harry and Bellatrix, but between Death Eaters and the good guys (a combination of Dumbledore's Army and the Order Of The Phoenix, as well as anyone else who wanted to join in). A date and time was chosen, and all that was left was waiting for Jeremy to show up for his annual duel. He knew nothing about what was going to happen and was a bit overwhelmed by how many people showed up to make his day extra special.

Harry Potter confronted Bellatrix, who asked if he was going to kill her. He said no, that doing so would make him like her.

Harry Potter confronted Bellatrix, who asked if he was going to kill her.
He said no, that doing so would make him like her.

I had wanted to see the duel but ended up not being able to because I was busy elsewhere on that day. Fortunately, plenty of pictures and several videos were taken of the event, and I have been given permission to share them here. Get ready for one of the biggest battles ever fought in the wizarding world!

Harry Potter gave Bellatrix mercy instead of death

Harry Potter gave Bellatrix mercy instead of death.

The duel between Harry Potter and Bellatrix is over

The duel is over.

Now that the duel is over, Jenn and Jeremy hug and are friends again

With the duel behind them, Jenn and Jeremy are friends again.

Jeremy wanted to meet Oliver and James Phelps, but that wasn't to be. However, the next best thing happened. I bought the premium package and an idea came to me about a week before the Celebration, one that I hoped I would be able to carry out.

When the time came for my meet-and-greet with the actors, I got pictures of the twins and asked them to sign them. I wasn't sure if they would because we were all told that there was a strict policy of one item signed per person, but the Phelps twins are as kind as I've heard they are. I explained the situation and they autographed their pictures for Jeremy without any hesitation.

Later that day I contacted Jenn so that I could get the pictures to her to give to Jeremy. To my surprise, she was with him, so I got to meet him and give the pictures to him myself. I met Jenn for the first time that afternoon, along with Jeremy and his mother. They are all wonderful people, but there is truly something special about this sweet boy.

I explained to Jeremy's mother how I had managed to get the pictures autographed, then gave them to Jeremy. His eyes lit up as he realized what he had. He was so happy with them that he didn't want to give them to his mother when she asked to see them! I didn't get a picture of Jeremy with the pictures (boy, do I regret not thinking of that at the time!) but I did take a photo of the autographed pictures while I still had them. It was my great pleausure to have been a part of Jeremy's magical weekend.​

I was able to get these pictures autographed for Jeremy from the Phelps twins, who played Fred and George Weasley.

I was able to get these pictures autographed for Jeremy from the Phelps twins, who played Fred and George Weasley.

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  1. Erika Brabble

    Omg I have always wanted to go to the festival in Universal it would be a dream come true for me to meet Hermione Granger (aka Emma Watson) I almost cried reading this article wishing I could be that lucky

    • Rochelle

      It would be amazing if Emma attended a Celebration but I don’t think she will. She has finished with all things related to Harry Potter for the foreseeable future. But the Celebration is amazing, no matter which actors attend!

  2. Rae

    This is such an incredibly sweet story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  3. E Yvonne Ouellette

    Perfect story!!! I was Helga Hufflepuff and my husband was Godric Gryffindor in this amazing battle, and it was an honor to be a part of Jeremy’s special day 💗

    • Rochelle

      You were very fortunate to see and participate in the battle!


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