Draco Malfoy is the son of Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the same year as Harry Potter; an enmity immediately grew between the two and remained throughout their time at Hogwarts.
Draco Malfoy is a very complex character. He is introduced as a stuck up with superior attitude due to his pure-blood status. Like his father, he feels that only pure-bloods are worthy of belonging to the wizarding world and that Muggle-borns are a disgrace to the wizarding world. Throughout the first five books he maintains his arrogant attitude and teases and bullies Harry and his friends, including Ron, regarding his family's lack of money, Hermione, regarding her blood status, and Neville, regarding his lack of magical talent, among others.
Draco greatly develops in book six into more than simply a spoiled brat, after he is given the task of killing Albus Dumbledore. He spends most of his sixth year attempting to carry out his task in fear of Voldemort, when in truth his heart isn't truly in it. When he finally corners Dumbledore atop the Astronomy Tower, he is unable to kill him, and even lowers his wand in the end.
After that event, even though the Malfoys remain aligned with Voldemort, Draco does not cease to be hesitant and frightened and never displays any truly evil characteristics, except for purposes of self-preservation.
By the end of the series, Draco is never completely evil or wholly good; while he and Harry are no longer enemies, their relationship remains strained at best.
In the first book, Harry first meets Draco in Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions while he is being measured for a custom robe. In that meeting, Harry finds that he does not like him very much.. They meet again on the train to Hogwarts where Draco warns Harry of associating himself with people like Ron Weasley and Rubeus Hagrid, and offers Harry his friendship, which Harry immediately rejects.. He was Sorted into Slytherin House after the Sorting Hat had barely touched his head.
Draco quickly becomes a favourite of Potions master, Professor Snape. As the year goes on, Harry and Draco cross paths in class and meals, and Draco takes every opportunity to tease and insult Harry and his friends and attempts to get them in trouble. One such instance is when he steals Neville Longbottom's Remembrall and provokes Harry into trying to take it back, breaking the rules by flying on his own in the process. Draco's plan backfires when Harry, instead of getting in trouble, becomes the new Gryffindor House Seeker. He then challenges Harry to a wizard's duel at midnight in the Trophy Room, but instead of turning up, he informs the caretaker, Argus Filch, that Harry and his friends are out of bed after hours, in hopes of getting them expelled. This, again, does not work. Later on in the year, Draco finds out that Rubeus Hagrid is keeping a dragon in his hut, and that Harry and his friends are attempting to smuggle it out of the castle. In an attempt to catch them in the act, he is also caught out of bed after dark by Professor McGonagall, which costs his house 50 points and gets him sent to detention with Harry, Hermione, and Neville Longbottom. During said detention in the Forbidden Forest, after attempting to scare Neville by sneaking up behind him and startling him, he is paired up with Harry to search for an injured unicorn. After they encounter a creature drinking the unicorn's blood, Draco runs away in fright.
In the second book, Draco is seen versing Harry in Quidditch matches and duels. Draco seems to have got the position of Seeker on the Slytherin Quidditch Team after his father bought the entire team top of the range Nimbus 2001 broomsticks. Draco is first seen at the bookstore, The Leaky Cauldron, in Diagon Alley. Draco also appears in a few classes and meals.
We get to see more of how Draco interacts with his friends when Harry and Ron take Polyjuice Potion to turn themselves into Crabbe and Goyle as they believed that Draco was the one behind the attacks. Draco was not the heir of Slytherin however.
Draco is first seen when he talks to Harry about Sirius Black, and how if someone had done what Sirius supposedly did to Harry's parents to Draco's parents, then Draco wouldn't even be bothering with school. He, instead, would be out hunting down the man who was responsible for his parents' deaths.
During the first day in Care of Magical Creatures class, Draco makes a scene by complaining loudly about the books and the fact that Hagrid was teaching. During this class, Draco fails to listen and insults Buckbeak the hippogriff and his injured when Buckbeak slashes his arm with his talon. Draco, makes a show of rolling around and claiming he is dying. After his father finds out about his injury, he gets the ministry to hold a hearing on Buckbeak, who is then sentenced to death.
Draco is later seen getting slapped in the face by Hermione Granger. (The film however, shows a punch)
Draco is seen primarily in classes and meals. He is first mentioned at the Quidditch World Cup where he and his father are guests of the Minister of Magic. He is later seen when Krum and the rest of the Durmstrangs sit at the Slytherin table, and Harry and Ron are jealous to see Malfoy talking to Krum. Throughout the Triwizard Championship, Draco is mentioned to be supporting Diggory (the REAL Hogwarts champion) and Krum.
After a Quidditch match between Slytherin and Gryffindor, Draco insults the Weasley family, thus getting himself attacked by Fred, George and Harry. After the attack, Draco gets the twins and Harry banned from the Quidditch team.
When the members of the D.A flee, Draco earns Slytherin fifty house points for capturing Harry and several other students who he helps hold at wand point in Umbridge's office while she questions each of the DA members in turn.
He later tries to get revenge of Harry Potter after his Father is sent to Azkaban when the minister finds him in the ministry with Voldemort.
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Draco Malfoy is given a task by Lord Voldemort. The task is to murder Albus Dumbledore. Draco was given the Dark Mark sometime between the fifth and sixth book. We do not see him get the mark, but we see the mark towards the end of the sixth book.
Voldemort gave Draco the task of killing Dumbledore as a form of punishment because Lucius failed to retrieve the prophecy from the Department of Mysteries at the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Draco is seen much more in Half-Blood Prince than in any of the other books. Draco spends a lot of his time in the Room of Requirement, fixing a vanishing cabinet. Once the cabinet is fixed, Death Eaters, including Draco's aunt Bellatrix Lestrange, are brought through the cabinet by means of its twin in Borgin and Burkes' in Knockturn Alley. Draco, after cornering Dumbledore in the astronomy tower, is poised to kill Dumbledore, but is ultimately unable to do it. Draco cannot kill Dumbledore because he was clearly disturbed by the task he was given. Dumbledore even tells Draco not to kill him because Draco is no murderer.
Snape arrives, and after seeing that Draco cannot complete the task assigned to Draco by the Dark Lord, he carries out the murder. Snape is forced to kill Dumbledore because Snape made an Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa Malfoy (Draco's mother) to carry out the task assigned to Draco if Draco should not be able to go through with it.
If Snape had not killed Dumbledore, he would have died himself.
Draco is rarely seen. We first see him in his home, Malfoy Manor, where Lord Voldemort has set up his headquarters. Draco and his parents (Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy) are clearly disturbed to have the Dark Lord in their home, but are unable to do anything about it. Draco witnesses the murder of his Muggle Studies teacher at Hogwarts, Charity Burbage, and the torture of Hermione Granger. Under the capture of Harry, Ron and Hermione at Malfoy Manor his is also asked of his afther to identify Harry, but seems reluctant. In the following fight his wand is won by Harry. Draco is also present in the Battle of Hogwarts where he neither fights with the Death Eaters nor with the Hogwarts students and teachers and villagers. Draco primarily gets in the way of Harry (Draco, Crabbe, and Goyle almost ruin Harry's chances of survival after Crabbe casts fiendfyre in the Room of Requirement and is ultimately killed himself) by constantly being saved from first fiendfyre and then Death Eaters who are trying to kill him. Draco's last appearance is in the epilogue, in which he is seen with receding hair and more prominent features than in his teenage years. He exchanges a curt nod with Harry. Draco had gone to Platform 9 3/4 with his wife, Astoria), and his eleven year old son, Scorpius. Scorpius is described as being a spitting image of an eleven year old Draco.
Portrayals Within Films
Draco Malfoy is portrayed in all eight the films by Tom Felton.
Draco is described as being very pale with silver-blonde hair and cold, grey eyes. Harry also describes Draco as having a face that only a mother could love. Draco's features are very pointed, and they are only enunciated with old age. He is described as having a gray tinge and large bags under his eyes in Half-Blood Prince from the stress he feels due to his Death Eater mission. Also in Half-Blood Prince, Draco gets a Dark Mark tattooed onto his left forearm. In the epilogue, he is described as having a receding hair line.
Draco holds himself in high regard. As a pure-blood wizard, he has a superior attitude and thinks he is better then half-bloods and muggle borns. Under all that though, it can be argued that Draco is full of fear. We never really find out if Draco agreed with the death eaters or not. It is believed that he accepted his mission to kill Dumbledore out of fear not respect, or sense of duty.
Draco is the ring leader of his class in the Slytherin house. He is mainly seen with Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle and Pansy Parkinson. He is hated by most of the other students in Hogwarts. He is a favored student of Snape as are all of the Slytherins.
Magical Accomplishments and Skills
Draco Malfoy is a reasonable Seeker on the Slytherin Quidditch Team. When his aunt, Bellatrix Lestrange, teaches him Occlumency, Draco is sufficiently good to keep Snape (who is skilled in that area) out of his mind.
In Chamber of Secrets, Draco brags about the Nimbus 2001 broomsticks that Lucius Malfoy (Draco's father) buys for Draco and the whole Slytherin quidditch team as a bribe to get Draco on the team as seeker. In Half-Blood Prince, it is said that Draco has a hand of glory that he uses on the night Dumbledore is killed so that he may smuggle Death Eaters from the Room of Requirement to the Astronomy Tower. After disarming Dumbledore, Draco becomes the owner of the Elder Wand. However, no one knows this and Draco never finds out.
Draco is the son of Narcissa Malfoy and Lucius Malfoy. Bellatrix Lestrange and Andromeda Tonks are his aunts on his mother's side. At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Draco is revealed to have a son named Scorpius. Also it is revealed that he married a Astoria Greengrass, younger sister of Daphne Greengrass.
Many fans did not like Draco. However after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, when fanfiction became popular, many more fans came to like the character. After the movies, many more people fell for Tom Felton and thus became fans of Draco Malfoy. J.K. Rowling however said that many people were failing to remember that Tom Felton was NOT Draco Malfoy. (She was of course meaning that he was only portraying Draco.)
In Popular Culture
Draco Malfoy is a favorite in the fannon world. In fanfiction, he is often seen wearing leather pants. One of the most popular parings in fanfiction is the "Drarry" pairing. A homosexual pairing with Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter. One of the most popular authors is "Maya" her "Underwater light, Drop Dead Gorgeous," and "Quality of Mercy" remain favorites of the genre.
Another popular paring is "Dramione" which is a heterosexual relationship with Draco Maldfoy and Hermione Granger. This is arguably one of the most popular fannon heterosexual pairings. Popular Dramione stories are "We'll Always Have Paris", Adamo Fidelitas", and many others.
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