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My father will hear about this!
~ Draco's most famous line.
No one asked for your opinion, you filthy little Mudblood!
~ Draco's second most (in)famous line.
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, I imagine. I think they should keep it in the old wizarding families.
~ Draco Malfoy.

Draco Lucius Malfoy (simply known as Draco Malfoy) is a major antagonist turned anti-hero of the Harry Potter franchise, appearing in all films and books. He is the typical spoiled and self-centered bully, Harry's arch-rival at Hogwarts, and a Death Eater serving Lord Voldemort.

He is the son of Lucius Malfoy and his wife Narcissa Malfoy, the nephew of Bellatrix Lestrange and Andromeda Tonks, the cousin of Nymphadora Tonks and Delphi, the nephew of Sirius Black and the father of Scorpius.

He was portrayed by Tom Felton, who also portrayed Peagreen Clock from The Borrowers and Patrick in The Apparition, and also voiced Grey in Sheep & Wolves.


Early life

Draco was born in 1980 as the only child of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy who both believed in pureblood purity. His father, Lucius, had formerly been one of Lord Voldemort's greatest henchmen but was not as loyal to the Dark Lord as Voldemort believed. Lucius did nothing to search for Voldemort following the First Wizarding War, believing his master dead. However, Voldemort was alive, (albeit in a weakened state) knew of Lucius' lack of loyalty and was furious. Meanwhile, Lucius was able to worm his way out of prison by saying he was influenced by the Imperius curse and was redeemed in the Minister's eyes. He used his wealth to influence the Ministry and make laws he thought suited his pureblood views better.

Lucius believed Harry Potter to be an upcoming Dark wizard, like Voldemort, believing this to be the reason Harry defeated Voldemort. For this reason, Lucius told Draco to befriend Harry Potter as soon as they arrived at Hogwarts. Lucius thought a young Dark wizard (which he believed Harry to be) was one thing they should surely have on their side (as former Death Eaters). Lucius had also raised Draco to mourn Harry Potter's victory over Voldemort but not to show this publicly, otherwise, he would ruin Lucius' image. The day of celebration marking the Potter's triumph over He Who Must Not Be Named was seen as a tragic day for the Malfoys, rather than a holiday. Lucius was presumably furious when Draco revealed he had met Harry in Madam Malkin's robe shop. He asked Harry several questions about who he was and asked him about The Wizarding world but started mocking him after he realized Harry didn't know anything about the Wizarding World. He presumably saw this and was upset at Draco for having missed an opportunity and ordered him to act further at charming Harry on his first day at Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Draco Malfoy Year 1.

In 1991, Draco Malfoy attends his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He becomes the enemy of Harry Potter and befriends Crabbe and Goyle. At Hogwarts he is sorted into Slytherin house. The same house in which Voldemort was sorted into decades years ago. He also indirectly led Harry Potter to become Gryffindor's seeker, after he stole Neville Longbottom's Trinket, which caused Harry to catch it right in front of Professor McGonagall. Malfoy then smiles wickedly with Crabbe and Goyle at Harry, when she calls him, thinking he will be expelled. But unknown to them, Professor McGonagall instead brings him to Oliver Wood, the captain of Gryffindor Quidditch team.

He grows suspicious of what Hagrid the gamekeeper is up to and he spies on his house. On one occasion, Draco finds Hagrid hatching an illegal Dragon (Norwegian Ridgeback). Draco eagerly reports this to Professor McGonagall, taunting a sick Ronald Weasley in the hospital wing about the latter's upcoming expulsion. Draco however, is ignored by McGonagall, who derides his claims as fantasy and sentences him, Harry, Hermione and Neville to detention in the Forbidden Forest. There, Draco briefly mocks Harry and Neville before, along with Harry, coming face to face with Lord Voldemort. Draco cowardly flees.

He is later resentful of Dumbledore switching the House Winner to Gryffindor.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Draco Malfoy Year 2.

In his second year at Hogwarts, Draco becomes seeker of the Slytherin Quidditch Team. In the Gryffindor Quidditch Team, Harry Potter is having the same function. In this same year Harry also discovers that Draco Malfoy and his family have a House elf named Dobby who was responsible for preventing Harry and Ron Weasley entering the train by sealing the barrier to it, which indirectly leads Ron to use his father Arthur Weasley's enchanted car to Hogwarts and are nearly expelled by Severus Snape and as well made one of the Bludgers to injure Harry's left arm during the Quidditch match between Slytherin and Gryffindor. Dobby is freed by Harry at the end of the year.

In Draco's second Year, many students are attacked by the basilisk which is freed by Ginny Weasley who is possessed by Voldemort's diary. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger think that Draco Malfoy is the Heir of Slytherin. They use Polyjuice Potion to disguise themselves as Crabbe and Goyle, only to find out that Draco isn't the culprit, However Draco Malfoy say some nasty snide remarks about the behave from the Weasley family, blamed & calling Harry Potter a "Saint" after Dumbledore silenced The Daily Prophet members as he'd expressed, then his horrible predictions about next basilisk's victim in the chamber to Malfoy hopefully truly is Hermonie Granger infront of them. Draco also battles Harry Potter at the Dueling Club and casts a spell which made a snake appear. During this event it is revealed that Harry Potter could speak Parseltongue just like Voldemort.

Harry and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Draco Malfoy Year 3.

During his third year at Hogwarts, Draco provoked Hagrid's pet hippogriff

named Buckbeak. As a result, the animal mauled Draco and Draco's father Lucius went to the Ministry of Magic and told them about this incident. The Ministry decided to kill Buckbeak. But thanks to a Time-Turner, Buckbeak was saved from death by Harry and Hermione.

Before his Fourth Year

In the summer vacation of 1994, Draco went to the Quidditch World Cup with his parents. Later, Death Eaters began to terrorize the campside and they attacked Muggles. It was not clear if Lucius was joining the Death Eaters or not..

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

During Draco's fourth Year at Hogwarts, The Triwizard Tournament was held and students of different schools came to Hogwarts. Harry was a champion despite being too young. During the same year, Draco was turned into a ferret by Mad-Eye Moody who was actually Barty Crouch Jr. in disguise when attempting to curse Harry when he turned his back. Mad-Eye Moody's impostor bounced Draco around the room as punishment. Although, Professor McGonagall changed Draco back to normal.

Later in the same year, Draco went to the Yule Ball with fellow Slytherin Student Pansy Parkinson.

He and Lucius also had a bet on how long Harry would last in the Triwizard Tournament. Whereas Draco didn't think that he would last ten minutes Lucius thought he wouldn't last five. But Harry survived, so in the end they both lost.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

During his fifth year at Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy became a prefect together with Pansy Parkinson. He wrote the song "Weasley is our King", which mocked Ron's abilities as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. Due to this song, Harry Potter and Ron's twin brothers, Fred and George, were banned from the Gryffindor Quidditch Team by Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Dolores Umbridge.

Later that year, Draco joined the Inquisitorial Squad which was started by Umbridge. He caught Harry during at D.A. meeting an was rewarded by Umbridge with House Points for Slytherin. Later, he captured Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom when Harry was trying to use Floo Powder to talk to his godfather Sirius Black, who was killed by his cousin/Draco's aunt Bellatrix Lestrange at the end of the year.

Draco's father was sent to Azkaban at the end of the year, which made Draco unfairly blame and despise Harry even more.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Draco gets off the Hogwarts Express.

When Draco, now on the brink of Death Eater transformation, starts at his Sixth Year at Hogwarts, he is chosen by Voldemort to complete a mission that he gave to him. That mission is to kill Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts, since he is the biggest threat to the Dark Lord (as the most-powerful wizard in the wizarding world).

Draco's mother Narcissa Malfoy thinks that Draco can't do it alone and together with her sister Bellatrix, she visits Severus Snape, head of Slytherin. Snape makes the Unbreakable Vow, by which he promises to kill Dumbledore if Draco doesn't succeed. While on the Hogwarts Express he immobilizes Harry Potter and breaks his nose as revenge for imprisoning his father causing Harry to hate Draco even more, increasing Hermione's and Ron's hatred on Draco and Slughorn to deduce his Slytherin House 50 points and he is then rescued by Luna Lovegood who also reported what Draco has done to Harry to Ron, Hermoine, Ginny and Prof. Slughorn. Draco attempted to kill Dumbledore by giving a cursed necklace, and a poisoned whiskey, in which both of them failed. As the months went by, Draco started to feel the effects of being a Death Eater. When Harry Potter told Draco that he knew that he was the one who tried to give Dumbledore the Cursed Necklace, Draco attacks Potter. Potter responded with a Sectumsempra, which cuts open Draco, as if being slashed by a sword, nearly killing him. Snape manages to reach Draco and heals most of his wounds. At the end of the year, Snape has to kill Dumbledore because Draco couldn't do it. But Draco had disarmed Dumbledore, which unintentionally made Draco the new master of The Elder Wand.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Draco Malfoy's promotional picture for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

Draco gets disarmed by Harry Potter during the skirmish at Malfoy Manor, losing his wand in the process. Despite being a full fledged Death Eater, Malfoy despises the lifestyle and is greatly demoralized. At the end of his seventh year at Hogwarts, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley & Hermione Granger return to Hogwarts during their Horcrux search. Draco attacks them in the Room of Requirement. During this battle, Crabbe puts a fire spell and the room burns down.

Draco tries to escape the Room of Requirement.

Draco and Goyle end up getting rescued by Harry, Ron and Hermione, but Crabbe dies in the fire. When Harry Potter was declared dead by Voldemort, he then asks any student of Hogwarts to join him, which would result in their lives being spared. Draco was the only one who decided to join Voldemort's side. However, when Harry awakens from his "death", Draco and his entire family retreated from the battle of Hogwarts. After the battle, Draco and his family were seen in the great hall, not knowing how to fit in as everyone else celebrated the victory over Voldemort.

Epilogue (19 Years Later)

Draco Malfoy 19 years later.

Around 19 years later, Draco, along with the rest of his family, managed to escape Azkaban. It was revealed that Draco married Astoria Greengrass and had a son named Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy. In 2017, while Malfoy was sending his son to Hogwarts, he greets Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione. It's unknown how Harry and Draco's relationship changed. It's implied that their relationship has gotten better over time, but they still don't consider themselves as good friends.


Draco Malfoy is the typical spoiled child and bully; he is narcissistic, arrogant, and rude. Draco obviously believed himself above everyone else and his parents continuously spoiling their child did not help this. Despite this, Draco is seen as one of the more troubled and redeemable of the Harry Potter villains. After his father, Lucius Malfoy, failed Lord Voldemort, he responded by giving Draco the task of murdering Albus Dumbledore and if he failed, he and his parents will be killed which shows how Draco cares about his family more than anything else. Eventually, the pressure of the task began to get to him, and the stress began to crush the poor boy to the point that when Dumbledore was finally at his mercy, he could not do it and came close to the brink of tears. During his first few years at Hogwarts, Draco had quite the belligerent side, always trying to pick a fight with his rival Harry Potter and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, frequently using biting and opprobrious remarks, and reminding the two of Ron's family being poor and Hermione's blood heritage. Draco's arrogance also fanned out by his lack of respect towards the teachers; he took no effort hiding his contempt towards Dumbledore, claiming that he "was the worst thing that had ever happened to Hogwarts" and describes the Gameskeeper, Rubeus Hagrid as "a stupid oaf". However, despite Draco's overwhelming egomania, he at least appeared to be on good terms with Crabbe and Goyle, two other students of Slytherin house.

During his sixth year, Draco had begun to despise Hogwarts itself and actually took entertainment in the idea of being a Death Eater, that is until the months passed and the stress mounted on him altogether. He revealed his more intellectual and clever side during this year too. For instance, he was able to notice Harry Potter when he had used the Invisibility Cloak to sneak into the Slytherin carriage. He was also able to sneak Death Eaters into Hogwarts after plotting it all year. Draco was a social bigot just like his father, using highly derogatory terms, such as "Mudbloods" to describe Muggle-born witches and wizards, such as Hermione Granger and actually takes away points from Gryffindor house simply because one was half-blood. He also describes the Weasley family as blood-traitors for siding with Muggles.

It is heavily implied that Draco's parents, or specifically, his father, was careless and neglectful towards him, and as such, responded by once again spoiling Malfoy. Draco's overall resentment towards Harry Potter was mostly jealousy as Harry being described as "the Chosen One" outshined him. Despite his bigoted ways, 17 years later, Draco is a happily married man with a child and his wife, Astoria Greengrass, who didn't believe that pure-bloods were better than normal Muggle-born and ordinary witches or wizards which imaginably caused tension between her and Lucius and Narcissa; however, Draco may actually believe his wife's words, showing that he has matured greatly since his youth. He was also seen pleasantly nodding to Harry Potter when he was sending his son to Hogwarts which shows he was capable of smoothing over a frictional relationship. The creator of Draco, J.K. Rowling herself, commented that he has shut down all compassion, and that's why he became the way he is, but despite this, she felt sorry for Draco instead of despising him.


Draco Malfoy is a tall and slender boy with sleek platinum blond hair, pale skin, cold grey eyes, and sharp features. Upon joining the Death Eaters, Voldemort burned the Dark Mark into Draco's left forearm, which faded away following Voldemort's death.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)

So, it's true what they say on the train. Harry Potter has come to Hogwarts.
~ Draco Malfoy

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)

Oh, look, Potter, you got yourself a girlfriend!
~ Draco upon Ginny defending Harry
No one asked your opinion, you filthy little Mudblood!
~ Draco to Harry Potter
You'd never know the Weasleys were Pure-Bloods the way they behave. They're an embarrassment to the wizarding world. All of them.
~ Draco Malfoy
Good one, Goyle. You're absolutely right. Saint Potter. And they actually think that he's the heir of Slytherin?
Father always said that Dumbledore was the worst thing that ever happened to this place.
But my father did say this: It's been 50 years since the Chamber was opened. He wouldn't tell me who opened it. Only that they were expelled. The last time the Chamber of Secrets was opened, a Mudblood died. So it's only a matter of time before one of them is killed this time. As for me... l hope it's Granger.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban (film)

Potter! Is is true that you fainted? You actually fainted?
~ Draco Malfoy to Harry after he was haunted by a Dementor on the train to Hogwarts
Dementor, Dementor!
~ Draco making fun of Harry's fear of Dementors
Ah! Come to see the show?"
~ Draco taunting the trio over Buckbeak's trial

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)

Why so tense, Potter? My father and I have a bet, you see. I don't think you're gonna last ten minutes in this tournament. He disagrees. He thinks you won't last five
~ Draco after Harry somehow entered in the Triwizard Tournament
My father will hear about this!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)

I don't want your help! Don't you understand? I have to do this! I have to kill you... or he's gonna kill me!
~ Draco Malfoy to Albus Dumbledore



  • Malfoy appears as the final boss in the GBA adaptation of Prisoner of Azkaban. Most players did not like this choice, stating it offered little to no challenge.
  • He is an antagonist throughout all of the seven Harry Potter books and the eight film adaptations. He was unable to go through with his mission to kill Dumbledore, allowing Severus Snape to kill Dumbledore instead and keep his promise to the Headmaster.
  • WatchMojo.com listed Draco Malfoy as #4 on their Top 10 "Most Evil Harry Potter Characters" list.

See also


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Order of the Phoenix
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Hogwarts Staff
Albus Dumbledore | Minerva McGonagall | Severus Snape | Filius Flitwick | Pomona Sprout | Horace Slughorn | Remus Lupin | Rubeus Hagrid | Sybill Trelawney | Firenze | Rolanda Hooch | Neville Longbottom | Poppy Pomfrey | Peeves | Dobby

Circle of Khanna
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Other Wizards & Witches
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