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Witching Hour (Bellatrix/Rodolphus)

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Illustration for my fic Deliverance. This one is a bit different to my usual fare - in it, Bella and Rodolphus are the primary couple, guarding each other from Voldemort (using the Fidelius Charm, among other things). It's based more-or-less on this extract:

You wonder it yet again when his grip on her mind finally fades some hours later, when she rises in the night to wash him away, and crawls back into your arms, quiet and pale. When she says she loves you, like the night before had never happened. Like these witching hours, where secrets may be spoken, are the only ones that are real for her. Perhaps, you think, they are.

I was shooting for something a bit surreal here, something suggestive of the pre-dawn hours, hence the mix of heightened colours and darkness.

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I really like your Bellatrix/Rodolphus pieces a lot. They're a wonderful pairing who get far too little appreciation/acceptance in the fandom. 
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Thank you so much!

I like them, too - partly because they're so versatile. There's a really nice mix of what we know and what we don't know. We know a fair bit of who they are as individuals but very little about how they work together. So it's not like using them as de facto original characters, which I'm not so interested in, but there's room to play with what we do know and take it down so many different paths.
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I need more Belladolphus in my life :heart:small heart - black It's one of the most favourite pairings in canon for me. As one of my roleplay characters said, "Of course, I ship madre & padre, what's wrong with it?" :D
It's a sad thing that Rodolphus/Bellatrix is so unpopular. They're married, after all!))
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Yeah, I've got a bit of a weakness for married couples too. I think a lot of the assumptions about Bella and Rodolphus are caught up with the idea that evil people don't love, which is an idea that seems to crop up all over fandom (all fandoms!), and I just don't understand it. Virtually every evil person in history has had spouses and family. Truly solitary psychpath types tend to self-destruct before they get as far as taking over the world IMO.
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Looking really sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thank you, m'dear!
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