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No one asked for your opinion, you filthy little Mudblood!
~ Draco's most famous line.

Draco Lucius Malfoy (simply known as Draco Malfoy) is the secondary 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 under Lord Voldemort.

He is the son of Lucius Malfoy and his wife Narcissa, 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.

Personality

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.

Appearance

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.

Quotes

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

Trivia

  • 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.

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