Draco Malfoy: 15 Things You Might Have Missed About This Character

Draco Malfoy

Harry Potter’s nemesis at Hogwarts School, Draco Malfoy is very different – perfidious and vicious, the young boy cannot stand Harry being the center of attention and will fall completely into black magic because of his family. But you already knew that, so let’s get into these lesser known things about Draco Malfoy. 

Draco Malfoy: Did You Know These 15 Secrets As A Harry Potter Fan? 

1. He showed his vulnerability to Moaning Myrtle

Poor little Draco! The young boy felt so lonely that he must have befriended … a ghost. While under pressure from the Death Eaters to prove his loyalty to Voldemort, he spent a lot of time with Moaning Myrtle, to whom he confided in about his distress when he had to do things against his will. While he was happy to be the heir to Slytherin, he took no pleasure in hurting those around him. Draco gave himself up to Mimi, and by exposing his faults, he proved his deep kindness.

2. His wand proves that Draco repels evil

As you are no doubt aware, wands do not choose their owners by chance. Draco’s is made of unicorn hair, and according to Ollivander “unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the dark arts. They are the most loyal of all wands.” Which therefore means that, even if he is always called upon by evil, Draco will ultimately remain a pure soul.

3. He initially wanted to be Harry Potter’s friend

Could Draco have known another fate if Harry Potter had accepted it into his life? Initially, the Malfoy member wanted to be his friend, but our favorite wizard didn’t trust him. It was this rejection that made Draco realize that Harry was going to be his enemy.  But it might not be just because of his hateful attitude. Indeed, Draco Malfoy reminds Harry of another young boy: Dudley. When you know the hell that Harry went through, and the stormy nature of his relationship with Dudley, we understand why he does not want to make friends with someone who talks like arrogant Dudley.  The problem is, even if they had been friends, Draco’s parents would certainly have done everything they could to make him betray Harry in order to hand him over to Voldemort.

4. In the book, he disguised himself as a Dementor

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Draco and his friends mock Harry’s fear of the Dementors, covering their heads with their hoods. In the book, the gang of friends pushes the vice much further. Indeed, during a Quidditch match, disguised as Dementors, they will pursue Harry on their brooms, while the latter is in the middle of a match.

5. According to JK Rowling 

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, JK Rowling devotes a long passage to Draco Malfoy where we learn that Draco was raised in the highest esteem of himself, to forge him to become a new Lucius Malfoy. The author reminds us that he is one of the few to know – in the fifth volume – that Harry Potter is telling the truth about the rebirth of Lord Voldemort: his father was in the front row, during the battle in the cemetery at the end of volume 4.

However, the rebirth of Voldemort awakens in Draco’s conflicting feelings. On the one hand, he is happy to be in the secrets of the rebirth of the dark mage. But on the other hand, the discussions at Malfoy Mansion about how Harry Potter escaped death again cause envy and anger in Draco. ” Draco has always felt jealousy towards Harry, ” says JK Rowling, since he is seen as a serious opponent while he himself is relegated to the rank of student. The same for Quiddich, he is not praised for his actually good skills but rather looked at as a guy who bought his way into the team through broom sponsorship. 

And things don’t get better when the father is arrested after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. “Everything fell apart for Draco,” admits the author. Whoever was the hero, the role model of Draco Malfoy is imprisoned in Azkaban and the family situation becomes even more difficult in the ranks of the Death Eaters. 

6. He could have gone to prison

Nineteen years after the epic battle which ended in the death of Voldemort, we find Harry and his little family on the quay of King’s Cross, but also Draco Malfoy, in total freedom. What the film failed to mention was that Lucius Malfoy was very cooperative, and kindly snitched the names of many Death Eaters. Thus, he, but also his whole family, were able to escape Azkaban.

But before that, the worst happens in Book 6, when Voldemort asks young Malfoy to succeed in a task that will most certainly cost him his life: the murder of Albus Dumbledore. ” Draco didn’t fully realize what he had been asked to do. He just knew that Dumbledore represented everything his father, who was in prison, hated, ”JK Rowling reveals. But Voldemort and Snape underestimate Draco Malfoy, who proves to be a very good occlumency. This element has also been questioned by the British editor of JK Rowling. She explains that he didn’t understand that Draco was so good at Occlumency, while Harry couldn’t. ”I replied that this peculiarity was very much in keeping with the personality of Draco, a boy who had no difficulty in blocking his emotions, compartmentalizing them, and rejecting some of his essential character traits. […] With Draco, I tried to show that the fact of ignoring his suffering and his inner conflicts is detrimental to oneself and can lead to harm to others”, reveals the author during the biography of the young wizard. 

7. He eventually changes his mind on purebloods

Despite success after Lucius’ release, the Malfoys find themselves at the lowest rank of Death Eaters. From there, Draco Malfoy refuses to follow his father’s precepts regarding the purity of blood. He marries Astoria Greengrass (the younger sister of one of his Slytherin comrades) who has a more tolerant point of view than her parents on the ideals of the Purebloods. It’s a real disappointment for Narcissa and Lucius; Astoria refuses to raise their grandson Scorpius in the belief that Muggles are rot, dirt.

8. JK Rowling threw a little shade to young girls fans of Draco Malfoy

“I have also often been disconcerted by the number of young girls who have fallen in love with this fictional character (although I do not question the charm of Tom Felton  who plays the role of Draco admirably well in the films and who is, paradoxically, the nicest person you can meet). 

She recalls that the Slytherin, even though he has all the dark anti-hero glamor (which girls tend to find romantic), he’s still a person with questionable morals and doesn’t hide a heart of gold under his prejudices. However, she hopes – thanks to Astoria perhaps – that he will raise Scorpius so that he would become a nicer and more tolerant Malfoy than he himself was made to become in his youth.

9. He pretended not to recognize Harry in The Deathly Hallows

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), Harry Potter is captured at Malfoy Manor. Luckily, a spell distorts his face, which makes it impossible to recognize him immediately. That’s why Bellatrix asked Draco if it was Harry. If we know that Draco had recognized the wizard, he chose to save the hero by saying that it was not Harry Potter who was captured. A gesture which proves once again that Draco never wanted to harm the one who will eventually defeat Voldemort.

10. He warned Hermione of a great threat

Finally, another gesture that proves that Draco has never been one of the big villains was when Draco warned Hermione that she was in danger and in the end, it somehow saved her life.  Even though young Malfoy warned her of the danger with his usual sarcasm, it allowed the young girl to protect herself. As you can see, Draco Malfoy has always been between the two clans, torn between his desire to join the gentile clan and the desire to satisfy his family. 

11. He wasn’t supposed to be at Hogwarts

Draco is the son and sole heir of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy, two Death Eaters in the service of Lord Voldemort. His father wanted to send him to Durmstrang, a strict school in the Far North, but his mother insisted that he take witchcraft classes at Hogwarts. 

Nonetheless, Draco is part of the Slytherin house of the Hogwarts School of Magic and his parents Lucius and Narcissa, Death Eaters, teach him some basics of black magic in their mansion so that he is ready to defend himself. 

12. He masters occlumency

Occlumency is the discipline that allows you to block your mind from those who try to enter it. This is what Severus Snape is trying to teach Harry, to prevent Voldemort from having access to his thoughts. If Harry never really managed to master occlumency, for Malfoy it was quite the opposite. He’s an excellent Occlumens, especially thanks to Bellatrix Lestrange, who taught him everything.

He manages to block his mind against attempts at outside penetration like Severus Snape who plays double agents with Voldemort. 

13. Death Eater forever?

Contrary to what we see in the last films of the saga, Draco is very proud to become a Death Eater as if he’s working with the rockstar of evil and darkness. He will even brag about the missions entrusted to him by Voldemort, to his comrades. It is this lack of finesse that will lead Harry to spy on him. 

Infact, he even quits quidditch for being a Death Eater and trying to impress Voldemort is no easy task. It takes time and a lot of energy. It is this new extra-curricular activity that will push Draco to quit Quidditch, and thus leave his place of seeker within the Slytherin team.

14. He wrote Weasley is our king

“Weasley is a big clumsy, he misses his shot every time.” Also, you can see in the image above the words of the not very likable song, chanted by the Slytherins to throw off Ron Weasley. Guess who is the author of this musical wonder? Draco Malfoy of course! The song will then be reused, and its lyrics changed, by the Gryffindor team. 

15. He wasn’t really a villain 

If Draco Malfoy is portrayed as an antagonist in the Harry Potter saga, he certainly would have been much different with a better education. The villainous wizarding schoolboy made life hard on Harry Potter and his friends throughout the entire saga, but it’s hard to hate him. It must be said that the little blond was forced to follow the instructions of his family, but we are sure that if he had received a better education, Draco would not have been on the bad side. 

Let’s also not forget the time he had disarmed Dumbledore becoming the master of the Elder Wand, which Voldemort ignores. When Harry arrives at the rendezvous in the Forest with the Dark Mage, he lets himself be killed to eliminate the Horcrux and it is Narcissa who inquires about Harry’s condition. He notifies her that Draco is still alive (he saved him twice) and Narcissa lied to Voldemort about the situation. It is this trick that allows Harry to take Voldemort by surprise and annihilate him permanently. 

There are characters that we quickly forget, and others who make an impression. Sufficient, boastful, and incidentally Death Eater, Draco Malfoy is definitely not one of those we forget, on the contrary! He may be bad, we all wanted to believe in his possible redemption, and his switch to the side of cool wizards. Or maybe it was simply due to the interpretation of Tom Felton, who knew how to bring a certain charm to the character written on a piece of paper. Do you think that Draco Malfoy had way more going on now? What if we told you the universe of Harry Potter will definitely not be finished revealing all its secrets to us!

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