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Isabella "Bella" Hartley

Bella As Mermaid

Portrayed By:
Age:
17-18 (Season 3)
Species:
Human (formerly)
Mermaid
Powers:
First Appearance:
Last Appearance:
Best Friends:
Enemies:
Love interest
Will Benjamin (boyfriend)

Isabella "Bella" Hartley is one of the main characters in the third and final season, in the Australian television series, H2O: Just Add Water. Bella discovered her powers after her trip to Sea Caves of Ireland. She is portrayed by Indiana Evans.

Personality and Character

Bella is a bit withdrawn and sensitive because she's a mermaid, meaning that she can be afraid to reveal herself, but cares deeply for her friends (especially Will Benjamin, because of her feelings for him). Bella is also described as being a bubbly ball of energy that is easy to talk to. She enjoyed walking around in Ireland fields while her parents were both at work. Later she became a fun loving girl with her new two friends.

Rikki's Cafe

Bella initially tried out for a waitress job at a café called "Rikki's", but Sophie Benjamin foiled her chance by adding a spice in a customer's drink in which Bella was held responsible. But she continued to work at the café as the lead singer in Nate's band.

Appearance

Bella has honey-blonde hair that cascades down past her shoulders. It appears to be a naturally wavy texture, as evidence when she wears it loose. She often styles it by braiding it to the side. Usually, she wears it down though. Bella's eyes are ocean blue, and she has a bronzed complexion. She is not quite as tan as Cleo Sertori but not as pale as Rikki Chadwick and Emma Gilbert. She appears to be the shortest of the mermaid trio. Bella has a slim yet curvaceous figure. Out of all the girls, she wears dresses the most. She wears colors that reflect more earthy tones, such as greens, blacks, and flowery designs. Bella, with the other two mermaids, is never seen without her signature blue necklace (with the exception of her mermaid form.)

Biography

Isabella "Bella" Hartley is the new girl who moves to town in Season 3 after Emma left to travel the world with her family. When a mysterious water tentacle attacks the girls and captures Rikki, Cleo jumps in to save her and Bella catches sight of her tail. Although shocked at first, she quickly reveals to the girls that she is a mermaid as well, and helps save Rikki from the water tentacle. The next morning, the girls and Lewis discussed her transformation and she showed them her power on Lewis' drink, briefly turning water into a gelatine substance. The girls then ask Bella to join them, which she agrees. She has also been described as; bringing something, that the group has never had before.

Becoming a Mermaid

Bella became a mermaid when she was nine years old. She was with her parents in Ireland, but they were too busy at work, so she explored the area a lot. She found a sea cave. When she jumped into the pool on a full moon night, she was transformed into a mermaid. Bella found a dark blue crystal at the bottom of the moon pool, where she became a mermaid. She tied this crystal on a brown string and has been wearing it ever since.

Mermaid Powers

Bella possesses the ability to transform into a mermaid ten seconds after physical contact of water. She turns back into a human a few minutes after she is out of the water and when the water on her has fully dried. Once her body is completely dry, her human form reverts back to what she appeared to be before her mermaid transformation. As a mermaid, Bella has the ability to swim at super speed of 600km/h, hold their breath for more than fifteen minutes, and possibly dive at a depth lower than any ordinary human being. 

Gelidkinesis

Bella has the ability to transform water and all things that contain water into a jelly-like substance. Bella also shows the ability to change its viscosity. Bella is shown to control the duration of her power's effect.

Substanciakinesis

Bella also has the ability to transform water and all things that contain water into a substance similar to crystal or glass. Bella uses this power to create stepping stones, to cross a river without getting wet, and to transform the sculpture that Cleo was molding with her power for Rikki's birthday present. Bella is shown to control the duration of her power's effect.

Relationships

Will Benjamin

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Bella and Will kissing underwater

Bella develops a crush on Will almost as soon as she moves to town. Because he is often curious about what he "thinks" he saw, Rikki always tells Bella to stay away from him to keep their secret safe. As they become closer, Will starts to have feelings for her. On one occasion, he accidentally dripped water on her chin and she is forced to run into the ocean before she transformed into a mermaid. Will then becomes suspicious of her and pours a glass of water on her hand, forcing her to transform in front of him. Although shocked at first, he agrees to keep her secret (though she keeps Cleo and Rikki's identities a secret).

However, Bella often hears Will talking about mermaids and the magic of it, and begins to feel that he is only interested in her because of her mermaid magic and breaks off their friendship. Eventually, they become friends again after Will finds out that Cleo and Rikki are mermaids as well. In one episode, she mistakenly hears Will asking Rikki to a party and decides to go with Nate to make him jealous. At the party, they clear up the misunderstanding and officially become a couple.

Trivia

  • Her full name, Isabella Hartley, is revealed in the last episode, "Graduation".
  • She and Lewis are the only main characters whose houses were never revealed in the series.
  • She never met Emma, and possibly never will.
  • She was turned into a mermaid in the Sea Caves of Ireland, unlike Cleo, Emma, and Rikki.
  • Her favorite color is green and wears clothes based on gemstone colors similar to her power.
  • The show didn't reveal her being affected by the full moon, but maybe before she moved to Gold Coast, she was once affected by the full moon.
  • Due to Bella moving every year it is unknown what country she is from, it is most likely she is Australian or Irish.
  • Bella's parents and house are never shown in the series. It is unknown if she has any siblings.
  • Indiana Evans, who portrayed Bella, dated Angus McLaren, who portrayed Lewis McCartney.

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