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"He always did himself well, Lucius. Peacocks..."
Yaxley while entering Malfoy Manor[src]

Malfoy Manor is the home of the wealthy pure-blood Malfoy family, located in Wiltshire, England. It was mainly used as the base of operations for Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters during the Second Wizarding War, much to the immense discomfort of Lucius, Narcissa, and Draco Malfoy.


Malfoy Manor is a "handsome manor house" surrounded by elaborate gardens, including a fountain and roving albino peacocks. It is enclosed by strong, wrought-iron gates that permit select individuals to pass through them as if they are smoke. The interior is described as "sumptuously decorated" and includes ornate furniture, marble fireplaces, and gilt mirrors with a large entrance hallway displaying portraits lining the walls and a stone floor mostly covered by a magnificent carpet.[1]


A room in Malfoy Manor

Many of the known activities of the Death Eaters took place in the drawing room, which had purple walls and a large chandelier, which was eventually destroyed by Dobby during the escape of several prisoners. It was probably restored (by magic) to where it was previously hung. These prisoners had all been held in the secret room below the drawing room[2]. According to Draco Malfoy, the family's collection of Dark artefacts were hidden below ground level in this room so as to prevent any from being seized during Ministry raids[3]. During Lord Voldemort's stay in the manor, the function of this room changed to that of a holding cell for the aforementioned prisoners. This room is completely escape-proof and has no light. It had nothing in it except a water jug and a food bowl.

Death eaters

Voldemort addresses his Death Eaters at Malfoy Manor.


Death Eater headquarters

Lord Voldemort: "I have given you your liberty, Lucius, is that not enough for you? But I have noticed that you and your family seem less than happy of late... What is it about my presence in your home that displeases you, Lucius?"
Lucius Malfoy: "Nothing – nothing, my Lord!"
Lord Voldemort: "Such lies, Lucius..."
Voldemort after he makes Malfoy Manor his headquarters[src]
The Dark Lord ascending concept artwork

A Death Eaters' meeting.

By the summer of 1997, Lucius Malfoy and many other Death Eaters had escaped Azkaban prison, and the Dark Lord had made the Malfoys' home his headquarters. While the Malfoys were very uncomfortable with this, Bellatrix Lestrange, Lucius's sister-in-law, who also resided there, claimed there could be "no higher pleasure" than having Lord Voldemort stay with them.

Shortly before Harry Potter's seventeenth birthday, Death Eaters Yaxley and Severus Snape entered the Manor to bring news of how the Ministry of Magic was being infiltrated and of the activities of the Order of the Phoenix, respectively. The resulting plans would lead to Voldemort's take-over of the Ministry using the puppet Minister for Magic Pius Thicknesse, and to the Battle over Little Whinging. At this meeting, Voldemort also killed Charity Burbage, the professor of Muggle Studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and fed her to his snake familiar Nagini.[1]

In 1998, the Manor was used to hold some prisoners of Lord Voldemort, such as Mr. Ollivander, Luna Lovegood, Griphook and Dean Thomas[2].


Skirmish at Malfoy Manor

Skirmish at Malfoy Manor

When Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger were caught by a group of Snatchers led by Fenrir Greyback around Easter of that year, they were brought to Malfoy Manor so that one of the Death Eaters residing there could signal Voldemort with the Dark Mark. However, Bellatrix spotted Godric Gryffindor's Sword among the prisoners' possessions and delayed calling the Dark Lord. Instead, she interrogated and tortured Hermione with the Cruciatus Curse to try to find out how the trio had obtained the Sword, which she believed to be in her vault at Gringotts. Bellatrix also threatened to kill Hermione with her knife when Harry and Ron came in with wands they stole. All the prisoners managed to escape with the assistance of the house-elf Dobby.[2]


After Voldemort's defeat, the Manor was presumably once more in the control of the Malfoys, though they may have had to surrender the many Dark artefacts in their possession to the reformed Ministry of Magic. Malfoy Manor may have eventually become home to Draco's wife and son, Astoria and Scorpius Malfoy, as well.

Behind the scenes

Malfoy Manor interior concept artwork

Concept art of the entrance hall


Lucius at Malfoy Manor

Lucius Malfoy in his home.

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