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"Nothing is a surer sign of weak magic than a weakness for non-magical company"
—Brutus Malfoy, in the 1675 periodical Warlock at War[src]

Brutus Malfoy (fl. 1675) was a wizard who lived during the 17th century. He edited the anti-Muggle periodical Warlock at War, and advocated the notion that witches and wizards who associated with Muggles lacked magical talent, writing in 1675, "Nothing is a surer sign of weak magic than a weakness for non-magical company."

In Brutus Malfoy's lifetime, persecution of wizards and witches by Muggles was at its height. Under these circumstances, anti-Muggle sentiments were widespread in the wizarding community. Brutus himself perpetuated the prejudice that wizards and witches who associated with Muggles lacked intelligence and magical ability.

Brutus's descendants include later members of the Malfoy family such as Abraxas, Lucius, Draco and Scorpius Malfoy.


The name "Brutus" is a Roman cognomen meaning "heavy" in Latin. Famous bearers include Lucius Junius Brutus, the traditional founder of the Roman Republic, and Marcus Junius Brutus, the statesman who conspired to assassinate Julius Caesar.

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Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9 (The Writing on the Wall)

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