- "I really don’t think they should let the other sort in, do you? They’re just not the same, they’ve never been brought up to know our ways. Some of them have never even heard of Hogwarts until they get the letter, imagine. I think they should keep it in the old wizarding families."
- —Draco to Harry Potter before their first year at Hogwarts[src]
Draco Malfoy (born June 5, 1980) is a student at Hogwarts in Harry Potter's year. He was sorted into Slytherin House and is Harry's archenemy at Hogwarts. Draco Malfoy is tall and slender, with pale skin and a sharp featured face. He has sleek, silverish blond hair and cold, grey eyes.
Draco was born to Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy (née Black), who were both pure-bloods. He is also a descendant of the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black and the great-great-great grandson of Phineas Nigellus Black. They are quite proud of having pure blood and, at least until 1996, their continued allegiance to Lord Voldemort while maintaining a respectable public image.
Both the Malfoy family and the Black families have traditionally been in the Slytherin House for centuries; indeed, the Blacks usually disowned anyone who was not (for example, Sirius Black). This tendency, as well as prejudice against Muggle-borns caused Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in the 1992-1993 school year to suspect Draco of being the Heir of Slytherin.
The Malfoys are wealthy and spoiled their son, giving him the best of everything as far as material possessions go. The only hand-me-down thing Draco has ever received would be the old family prejudice against Muggles, Muggle-borns (or "Mudbloods"), and half-bloods; in short, prejudice against anyone who is not a pure-blood witch or wizard.
When Draco went to Diagon Alley to shop for school supplies in 1991, he met Harry Potter in Madam Malkin's, without knowing who he is. He made a rather intolerant speech about Muggle-borns, but otherwise acted in a friendly way towards Harry. Later, on the Hogwarts Express, he offered his friendship to Harry. Harry, however, did not like the attitude he had towards Ron Weasley, with whom Harry had already made friends, and so turned him down, creating animosity that lasted through the rest of their schooling.
Draco seems to be a talented wizard. In his very first Potions lesson, his potion-making was held up to the class by Professor Snape as a very good example (Though Snape did favour Slytherins, which could suggest he was just rubbing it in to the Gryffindors).
In his second year at Hogwarts, Draco attained the position of Seeker on the Slytherin Quidditch team. His father bought the entire team new brooms because of this, though Hermione Granger openly speculated that this was in fact what got Draco on the team at all. Draco responded angrily to this accusation, and called Hermione a "Mudblood", causing the Gryffindor team to lash out of him; Ron tried to hex him to vomit slugs, but the curse backfired.
During a meeting of the short-lived Duelling Club, Draco duelled Harry Potter. He conjured a snake, and was disappointed when Harry thwarted the attack by speaking to the serpent in Parseltongue. This led many students to suspect that Harry was the Heir of Slytherin, who had opened the Chamber of Secrets and released a basilisk. Harry, Ron and Hermione, however, suspected that Draco might be the heir, given his bigoted views on Muggle-borns. Hermione brewed Polyjuice Potion so that Harry and Ron were able to disguise themselves as Gregory Goyle and Vincent Crabbe, respectively, and enter the Slytherin Common Room. There, Draco unwittingly revealed through conversation that he was not the heir, nor did he know who it was, though he wished he did so that he could help him.
It was, in fact, Draco's own father who had schemed to get the Chamber of Secrets opened by planting an old diary of Tom Riddle's on Ginny Weasley, though his true target in this plot was her father Arthur. It does not appear that Draco was aware of this.
- Draco: "I'm afraid he won't be a teacher much longer. Father's not very happy about my injury...he's complained to the school governors. And to the Ministry of Magic. Father's got a lot of influence, you know. And a lasting injury like this...who knows if my arm'll ever be the same again?"
- Harry: "So that's why you're putting it on. To try and get Hagrid sacked."
- Draco: "Well, partly, Potter. But there are other benefits too. Weasley, slice my caterpillar for me."
- — Draco, Harry and Ron in a Potions class after his injury[src]
Draco started off his third year by mocking Harry's reaction to the Dementors that were near Hogwarts that year searching for escaped Azkaban prisoner Sirius Black, despite being terrified of them himself.
In a Care of Magical Creatures lesson, Draco provoked the hippogriff Buckbeak, and was injured, though he exaggerated how badly he was hurt for attention and in an attempt to use the incident against Hagrid. When Draco mocked him for how upset he'd become over the case, Hermione slapped him in anger. Lucius tried to get the creature executed, and although he was successful in obtaining this sentence, Buckbeak was saved through the efforts of Harry and Hermione.
- Draco: "Granger, they’re after Muggles. D’you want to be showing off your knickers in midair? Because if you do, hang around…they’re moving this way, and it would give us all a laugh."
- Harry: "Hermione’s a witch."
- Draco: "Have it your way, Potter. If you think they can’t spot a Mudblood, stay where you are."
- — Draco speaking to Harry, Hermione and Ron about the Death Eaters at the Quidditch World Cup[src]
In 1994, Draco attended the Quidditch World Cup with his parents from Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge's luxury box. He taunted Harry, Ron, and Hermione when a group of Death Eaters began terrorizing the campers.
Later that year, Harry realised that Malfoy was the informer and impetus behind Rita Skeeter's continuing assault on Harry's credibility, which set the stage for widespread disbelief of Harry's announcement that Voldemort had returned. During the competition for the Triwizard Cup he supported Cedric Diggory, passing out badges that could be made to read Potter Stinks and taunting Harry regularly, such as commenting that he was betting Harry wouldn't last more than a few minutes with the dragons. Draco attended the Yule Ball with Pansy Parkinson, wearing black dress robes that Harry thought made him look like a vicar.
At the end of the year, he mocked Harry about his choice to side against Voldemort and also made light of Diggory's death. Before he could finish, however, he was hit by several curses from Harry and his friends.
- "The Inquisitorial Squad... A select group of students who are supportive of the Ministry of Magic, handpicked by Professor Umbridge. Anyway, members of the Inquisitorial Squad do have the power to dock points... So, Granger, I’ll have five from you for being rude about our new headmistress...Macmillan, five for contradicting me... Five because I don’t like you, Potter... Weasley, your shirt's untucked, so I’ll have another five for that... Oh yeah, I forgot, you’re a Mudblood, Granger, so ten for that..."
- —Draco as a member of the Inquisitorial Squad[src]
In 1996, Draco became a Slytherin prefect along with Pansy Parkinson. He was sure to mock Harry for not receiving the same honour, as Gryffindor's prefects were Hermione and Ron. Later that year, he joined Dolores Umbridge's Inquisitorial Squad, and clearly enjoyed the power this gave him over other students. He also wrote the lyrics to the demeaning song Weasley is Our King, which mocked Ron Weasley's abilities as Gryffindor Keeper. It was the invention of this song, as well as insulting Molly Weasley and the late Lily Potter to Harry's face, that prompted Harry and George and Fred Weasley to get into a brawl with Draco that resulted in them being banned from Quidditch.
Draco caught Harry running out of the last meeting of Dumbledore's Army, recieving fifty points. Later, he was among the Inquisitorial Squad members who caught Harry and his friends in their attempt to discover the whereabouts of Sirius Black, whom Harry had seen being tortured in a vision. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny Weasley, Neville Longbottom, and Luna Lovegood were all brought to Umbridge's office, guarded by the Inquisitorial Squad. Before Umbridge could carry through on her threat to use the Cruciatus Curse to make Harry talk, Hermione told Umbridge that they were trying to contact Dumbledore about a "weapon" that he planned to use against the Ministry of Magic. Draco had an expression of "eagerness and greed" at this news that convinced Umbridge not to allow him or any other Squad member to accompany her as she took Harry and Hermione into the Forbidden Forest in search of the alleged weapon.
After Umbridge left, the remaining D.A. members used a litany of stunning spells and disarming charms to escape the office; Draco was hit by Ginny's Bat-Bogey Hex. It was soon revealed that Hermione had been lying about a weapon; Umbridge was carried off by Centaurs and the D.A. members flew to the Ministry, where the Battle of the Department of Mysteries ensued.
Draco's father was seen participating in the battle as a Death Eater and was imprisoned in Azkaban. Draco was very upset by this, and mainly blamed Harry Potter, swearing vengeance and attempting to attack him at the end of the school year with the help of Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle. However, other D.A. members came to Harry's defence.
- Harry: "Wow...look at that...he’s not here now! So why not have a go? They might be able to find you a double cell in Azkaban with your loser of a husband!"
- Draco: "Don’t you dare talk to my mother like that, Potter!"
- Narcissa: "It’s all right, Draco. I expect Potter will be reunited with dear Sirius before I am reunited with Lucius."
- — Draco and his mother confront Harry in Madam Malkin's[src]
In 1996, Draco was presumed to have joined the Death Eaters, having replaced his incarcerated father. He bragged about having given a mission to his fellow Slytherin students on his way to school on the Hogwarts Express. However, as the year dragged on, Draco became increasingly afraid that he would fail in his seemingly impossible task — to kill Albus Dumbledore and get Death Eaters into Hogwarts. It is implied that Draco was expected to fail and that Voldemort assigned him the task with the intention of punishing Lucius Malfoy for his failure at the Department of Mysteries. The safety of his family rested on Draco's success with his mission.
Draco made a few attempts to kill Dumbledore throughout the year; in the process, he placed Madam Rosmerta under the Imperius Curse and accidentally injured Katie Bell and Ron Weasley. He refused Severus Snape's offer of help even as his mission continued to go badly. Draco took to crying in the bathroom and confessing his fear and despair to Moaning Myrtle. Harry stumbled upon this once, resulting in Draco attempting to cast the Cruciatus Curse on him. However, Harry attacked him with Sectumsempra first, injuring Draco.
Eventually, Draco managed to repair the Vanishing Cabinet in the Room of Requirement, and used it to let Death Eaters into the school; to his horror, the vicious werewolf Fenrir Greyback was among them. He also managed to corner Dumbledore on top of the Astronomy Tower. However, when he was finally given the opportunity to kill Dumbledore, Draco was unable to do it, instead lowering his wand. Snape, who had made an Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa to step in if Draco failed in his task, used the Killing Curse on the headmaster. He promptly led Draco out of the school grounds, presumably to safety. When Draco took Dumbledore's wand from him, he gained the allegiance of the Elder Wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows, unbeknownst to him.
In this year, Draco proved capable of blocking jinxes nonverbally[HP6]. He also became accomplished at Occlumency through the training of his aunt Bellatrix Lestrange, and was able to perform the very difficult Protean Charm, though he could not yet produce a corporeal Patronus.
Seventh Year and Later
Through his link to Voldemort, Harry saw Draco reluctantly participating in Death Eater activities before the beginning of the 1997-1998 school year. Draco witnessed the murder of Charity Burbage and tortured Thorfinn Rowle on Voldemort's orders. Judging by Voldemort's mocking of the Malfoys' relation to werewolf Remus Lupin through Nymphadora Tonks and later remarks made by Vincent Crabbe, it seemed that the Malfoys had lost much of their influence in Death Eater circles. Still, Draco was one of the elite students in his seventh year at Hogwarts, as a pure-blood with connections to the Death Eaters.
During the Easter holidays, Draco returned home to Malfoy Manor. He was called upon by his parents and aunt to confirm the identities of Harry, Ron and Hermione, who were caught by a group of Snatchers led by Fenrir Greyback, and showed great reluctance in doing so, avoiding looking at them. When Hermione lied to Bellatrix under torture about Godric Gryffindor's Sword, it was Draco that was sent to fetch Griphook from the dungeons to get confirmation of the story. Dobby assisted the prisoners in escaping, and Draco had his face cut by the fallen chandelier and his wand was stolen by Harry, along with the wands of Bellatrix and Peter Pettigrew.
Later that same year, during the Battle of Hogwarts, Draco, along with Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle chose to remain in the school as their fellow Slytherins evacuated in order to bring Harry Potter to Voldemort. Given Narcissa Malfoy's previous remarks alluding to "forgiveness", it is likely that Draco was doing this in an attempt to redeem his family in Voldemort's eyes. However, he no longer exercised the same degree of control over his friends that he once had, particularly Crabbe. Harry saved Draco's life when the Room of Requirement was burnt down as a direct result of a Fiendfyre curse cast by Crabbe. During the fire, Draco went out of his way to try and save Crabbe and Goyle. He managed to get an unconscious Goyle upon the broom with Ron and Hermione, but Crabbe was left behind, and was killed.
Harry, Hermione and Ron later spotted Draco while under the Invisibility Cloak, pleading with a Death Eater that he was on his side. Harry stunned the Death Eater and Ron punched Draco for being a "two-faced bastard". After Voldemort's defeat, he and his parents sat in the Great Hall, looking uncertain of their place during the victory celebrations.
Draco and his family avoided imprisonment in Azkaban due to their last-minute switch in allegiance. Draco eventually married Astoria Greengrass, the younger sister of fellow Slytherin class mate Daphne Greengrass. The two had a son together, Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy.
On September 1st, 2017, while sending his son off for his first year at Hogwarts, Draco greeted Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny at King's Cross Station with a curt nod. The relationship between Harry and Draco is better than it had been when they were students together, but they are still not considered to be friends.
Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy both spoiled their only child. In 1992, Lucius bought broomsticks for the entire Slytherin Quidditch team when Draco was made Seeker, and Narcissa often sent care packages to her son. She also refused to send Draco further away from home by having him attend Durmstrang Institute, as Lucius originally wanted.
However, it soon became clear that the Malfoys care about one another than they cared for following Lord Voldemort. Draco carried out the task he was assigned by Voldemort in his sixth year because his parents' lives were threatened, and appeared to be close to accepting Dumbledore’s offer to keep them safe before Severus Snape interceded to kill the Headmaster. During the Battle of Hogwarts, Lucius and Narcissa did not even attempt to fight, instead frantically searching for their son. Indeed, Narcissa lied directly to Voldemort about Harry Potter being dead in order to search for Draco.
Sometime after the end of the Second Wizarding War, Draco married Astoria Greengrass, the younger sister of Daphne Greengrass, a Slytherin in his year at Hogwarts. They eventually had a son, Scorpius Malfoy.
- "Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backwards."
- —Draco to Gregory Goyle[src]
Draco’s two constant companions in his Hogwarts years were Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle. However, Draco often made it clear that he considered both of them rather stupid – a legitimate claim – and treated them more like lackeys than friends. Crabbe and Goyle were often involved in Draco’s confrontations with Harry Potter and his friends. By the final confrontation, in the Room of Requirement during the Battle of Hogwarts, Draco no longer exerted much control over his friends; Crabbe, in particular. He tried desperately to save them from the Fiendfyre Crabbe unleashed, pulling Goyle onto Ron and Hermione’s broom himself before letting Harry fly the two of them out, and was very upset by Crabbe’s death.
Pansy Parkinson, a Slytherin girl in Draco’s year, appears to have been his girlfriend for some of his years at Hogwarts, often fawning over him. She showed great concern when Draco was injured by Buckbeak in their third year and accompanied him to the Yule Ball in 1994. Draco and Pansy were both members of the Inquisitorial Squad and Prefects in their fifth year, which is indicative of their leadership roles in Slytherin House. They are noted as being particularly cozy in their sixth year at Hogwarts. Sometime after this period, however, Pansy and Draco must have parted ways, as Draco eventually marries Astoria Greengrass.
- Draco: "Manners, Potter, or I’ll have to give you a detention. You see, I, unlike you, have been made prefect, which means that I, unlike you, have the power to hand out punishments."
- Harry: "Yeah, but you, unlike me, are a git, so get out and leave us alone."
- — Draco and Harry in their fifth year[src]
Draco became Harry Potter’s rival almost immediately after they met, just before their first year at Hogwarts. Although Draco initially sought to be Harry’s friend, his arrogant manner and insulting of Rubeus Hagrid put off Harry. Then, on the Hogwarts Express, Draco insulted Ron Weasley and offered Harry his friendship, which Harry turned down in favour of Ron’s, thus cementing their enmity.
Harry and Draco would have many confrontations over the years, sometimes resulting in hexes being thrown. This reached its pinnacle after Lucius Malfoy was sent to Azkaban following the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, which Draco blamed Harry for. After finding out what Draco had gone through during their sixth year, Harry began to sympathize with him, a feeling intensified by witnessing Voldemort forcing Draco to do horrible things by threatening his parents. When Harry, Ron and Hermione were brought to Malfoy Manor by Snatchers, Draco showed great reluctance in identifying them, and in another confrontation in the Room of Requirement, he screamed at Crabbe not to kill them. Harry also saved Draco twice that day.
J.K. Rowling has confirmed that, as adults, Draco and Harry made their peace, but are still not friends.
The Weasley Family
The Malfoys generally looked down upon the Weasleys for their lack of wealth and “blood traitor” status, a sentiment Draco made clear immediately upon meeting Ron Weasley on the train to Hogwarts for their first year. He and Ron had a hostility that mirrored that of their fathers, often insulting one another and prone even to physical fights at times. Draco also wrote the lyrics to the demeaning song Weasley is Our King, which was meant to undermine Ron's abilities as a Keeper for the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
When Crabbe set the Room of Requirement on fire, Ron assisted Harry in pulling Draco and Goyle away along with Hermione, but with more reluctance. When he and his friends saved Draco again later that day from a Death Eater he was pleading with, Ron punched him in the face and called him a “two-faced bastard”. Although this enmity seems to have faded with age, Ron discouraged his daughter Rose from becoming friends with Draco’s son.
- Ron: "Look who it is. So that’s little Scorpius. Make sure you beat him in every test, Rosie. Thank God you inherited your mother’s brains."
- Hermione: "Ron, for heaven’s sake. Don’t try to turn them against each other before they’ve even started school!"
- Ron: "You’re right, sorry. Don’t get too friendly with him, though, Rosie. Granddad Weasley would never forgive you if you married a pureblood."
- — the Malfoy-Weasley rivalry in 2017[src]
Draco had less interaction with other members of the Weasley family. Fred and George made sure to hex Draco, along with other members of the Inquisitorial Squad, when they left Hogwarts. Ginny also had a few hostile encounters with Draco, most notably hitting him with a Bat-Bogey Hex when the Inquisitorial Squad tried to hold her, Ron, Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood in 1996.
- Draco: "Good, aren’t they? But perhaps the Gryffindor team will be able to raise some gold and get new brooms, too. You could raffle off those Cleansweep 5’s, I expect a museum would bid for them."
- Hermione: "At least no one on the Gryffindor team had to buy their way in. They got in on pure talent."
- Draco: "No one asked your opinion, you filthy little Mudblood."
- — after Draco becomes Slytherin Seeker and taunts the Gryffindor team[src]
Draco’s relationship with Hermione Granger was coloured before the two even met. Draco was raised to believe in the inferiority of Muggle-borns, and by his second year, his father had told him he should be ashamed that Hermione beat him in school marks. Thus, Draco often taunted Hermione, calling her the derogatory epithet “Mudblood”, but she refused to be bullied. Although Hermione generally ignored Draco rather than getting into fights with him like Harry and Ron, occasionally the two would exchange sharp words and, in their third year, Hermione even slapped Draco for insulting Hagrid. Despite his dislike for and prejudice towards Hermione, Draco still demonstrated reluctance to identify her to his aunt Bellatrix, avoiding even looking at her.
In 2017, when Ron encouraged their daughter not to associate with Draco’s son, Hermione expressed a more conciliatory attitude.
Behind The Scenes
- The character is played by Tom Felton.
- His name, like many members of the Black family, is after a constellation. Draco is also a Latin word that translates as "dragon", and an ancient Greek word for "serpent". In addition, Draco was the name of an Ancient Greek legislator whose laws were notoriously harsh, from which the word draconian is derived.
- He would have attended Durmstrang Institute, a school that only admits pure-bloods and teaches the Dark Arts, but his mother didn't want him staying so far away from home.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
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