Character Analysis: Draco Malfoy

Irfan Ali Sehorewala

J.K. Rowling has written many powerful characters in the Harry-Potter Series. Be it Dumbledore, Voldemort, Snape, Arthur Weasely, kingsley shacklebolt, Mcgonaggal, Mad-eye- Moody…..the list is never ending.

In the leagues of big names, Draco Malfoy remains a most under-rated character in the books.

The only child of Wealthy Death Eater Lucius Malfoy and pure blood Narcissa Black, is way too haughty, arrogant and carries a snobby attitude throughout the first 5 books in the series. Perhaps disdain for mudbloods and blood-traitors is ingrained in his veins when he took his first breath in Malfoy Manor.

Beside Voldemort and Snape, Draco plays the role of antagonist for the trio throughout the series.

Things change around for Draco when his father loses the prophecy to the bunch of underage wizards, and is sent for Azkaban. Voldemort commands Draco to kill Dumbledore as a compensation for Lucius folly.

Draco may play pranks on harry, Chide Hermione, curse Weaselys, but Draco cannot kill a person and Voldemort and Dumbledore both know that. Voldemort Expected Draco to die in the unachievable task, while Dumbledore protected him at every step despite when he nearly kills Katie Bell and Ron.

Draco cannot dare stupefy, let alone kill wand less Dubledore in his office and the duo begins chat about the events that took place in the night. Dumbledore, wounded yet sober. Draco, armed yet shaken.

Its when Dumbledore says,“It is my mercy, and not yours, that matters now. Come over to the right side Draco, you are not a killer”

Here the reader develops a soft corner for Draco. His father, still locked with dementors, his mother alone in the manor with all the death eaters and Voldemort.

In the opening of seventh book Draco is visibly shaken and dread Voldemort like never before. When a professor of muggle studies is killed and fed to Nagini, Draco is frightened. Lucius is openly mocked when his wand is stripped from him. Malfoys feel ridiculed and of no value in their own house.

It begins to dawn upon Draco that whatever bullshit that had been fed to him regarding pure-bloods and the Voldemort era ,power, prestige is completely irrelevant, vague and lack honor.

Readers are surprised when Draco refuses to identify the trio when they are bought at Malfoy manor by the Snatchers. Why does draco do that? Probably because he starts supporting harry instead of Voldy, and to keep Voldy off from him as much as possible OR he does not want to see anymore deaths in front of his eyes.

Last time Draco encounters the trio in the room of requirement where harry was about to destroy a horcrux (Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw). While Draco confronts verbally, enraged crabbe starts jinxing killing curses and in the mess accidentally provokes fiendfyre. While the trio escapes the room on the broom, harry volunteers to save Malfoy.

We can conclude that Draco was victim of his circumstances. In the end he chose the different way from his father. He did not become a death eater and did not do bidding for his master.

His choices, his aggression, his frustration, his fear and yet his care for his parents makes him one of the most compelling character in the magical world of J.K Rowling.

Credits to Tom Felton for brilliantly portraying Draco on-screen.

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