Narcissa appeared to have a fairly affectionate and close relationship with her older sister Bellatrix. The two fondly called each other by their nicknames of “Cissy” and “Bella”. — Bellatrix & Narcissa
Before I attempt to answer this question with the millions of jumbled up thoughts banging around in my head, I feel that it’s necessary to point out that I nearly fainted with excitement and anticipation when I saw this message. I take character analysis and Draco Malfoy super seriously, okay. Alright, with that out of the way, I’ll attempt to collect my thoughts in as concise a post as I can manage. Please note that for the purpose of this being spontaneously done and conscientious of space (lol somewhat), consider this a rough draft of my analysis on Draco Malfoy’s character.
First and foremost, I find it pertinent to mention that I wholeheartedly consider Draco Malfoy to be a dynamic character. For those who may be a bit uneasy with the English language or just have no idea what the hell I mean, a dynamic character is one who changes throughout the course of a story. For Draco—quite obviously—this change didn’t turn into an impulse decision, and it certainly wasn’t something that changed the entire course of his character. Time and time again, I find people in my day-to-day life who consider Draco one of the main villains of the entire franchise; if not him alone, then—at the very least—the entire Malfoy family. And while I agree that Draco is definitely an anti-being within the realm of the Harry Potter universe, I wouldn’t consider him a “villain.” To me, a villain is Lord Voldemort. A villain is Bellatrix Lestrange. Draco, though, gives off the vibe of an anti-hero. To help understand what I mean, I’d like to address the shift in Draco Malfoy’s character throughout the series.
- Years One-Five: Draco’s pretty much a brat. At this stage, he’s fairly harmless; just little more than a schoolyard bully with hopes of befriending Harry Potter to please his father. His spoiled, pretentious attitude exudes a lifestyle of privilege and wealth that plays very prominently into his character. All-in-all, there’s not much to comment on as far as Draco’s first (or first few) years at Hogwarts go; I always felt as though the first book or two was really dedicated to Rowling establishing Draco’s privilege and aristocratic background. And then his fourth and fifth years come. Here, Draco’s family begins to play a more important role in the series (at least by my standards). The fourth book has Draco eluding to his father’s role in the Death Eaters, and the fifth book reveals as much (I won’t discuss Lucius much, though; I’m not trying to write a book or anything, after all). For me, personally, what really begins to spark Draco’s character growth is at the end of his fifth year at Hogwarts; he’s clearly beyond pissed that Harry has more or less “outed” his father, and the summer following that is undoubtedly hell for him. Very little is known about Draco’s summer just before sixth year, but from inference and timelines, we can assume that this was when he took the Dark Mark; this was when he found out what his challenge would be the following school year. This was, more or less, the entire series of events that sparked Draco’s internal change and the growth of his character setting itself in motion.
- Year Six: So, without further ado, I bring out the big guns. Year Six—or, as I like to call it—the Draco Malfoy Book. Half-Blood Prince seems to show the greatest shift Draco’s character has seen thus far within the series. He was always portrayed as a brat with more bark than bite, but there’s a side of Draco witnessed by Harry over the course of this school year that stands out so starkly from his younger, more overtly arrogant years. Draco Malfoy becomes more introverted, less inclined to make childish and inane comments whenever he receives a chance, is visibly more stressed, has appeared to isolate himself. It’s in his increasing state of bitterness; in the way he ignores Quidditch, the greatest chance he had to one-up Harry (something the old Draco never would have passed on), and in the way he seems to fold in on himself. It was in the way he began neglecting his prefect duties, which was a title he had loved abusing the year before, and how forgetful he became with his schoolwork. Had anyone paid close enough attention, I think most people would have noticed such a stark contrast in Draco’s character. To think that Harry was the only person to visibly take note of the fact that he seemed anxious and weary is remarkable. In some ways, reading Draco’s huge transformation in this book made me think he was suffering from depression issues. As it was never fully discussed, however, I cannot make any absolute statements; merely pick up on what I noticed myself. And then, at the conclusion of the book, when it’s made clear that Draco’s terrified out of his mind about his task and doesn’t have it in him to kill Dumbledore, we see a side of Draco’s humanity that has been shielded and guarded for so many years. He shut down so much of his emotions that only a tragedy like this was able to wake him up. His inability to murder Dumbledore paired with his breakdown with Moaning Myrtle mark two important visualizations of Draco Malfoy’s vulnerability. And I love that Rowling shows us them.
- Year Seven: Since the main focus of this book has Draco M.I.A., there’s really three important things I want to say about this book. First and foremost, that he didn’t outwardly identify Harry when the Trio was brought to his Manor…even when it would have been glaringly easy for him to. Secondly, he and his family didn’t run away from the Battle of Hogwarts. They stayed…together. No matter what David Yates had to say on the matter. Thirdly, the epilogue features Draco glancing at Harry in a way that is seemingly devoid of hatred and malice; it seems to be a look of understanding. And to me…it implies that, over the years, Draco’s prejudice and elitist ways of the world have warped and softened. Maybe they aren’t gone forever; perhaps he still prays his son will marry a respectable Pureblood. But regardless, it’s enough for me to go off of; it’s enough for me to find hope that Draco’s character reached a full circle.
Plain and simply, Draco Malfoy is a bigot. Consuming whatever prejudiced ideals were instilled into him as a child, his ingrained sense of injustice and Pureblood prejudice formed who he was as a child. It was his experiences with the war and the task that was designed for him to fail that helped shape and mold his character into the more dynamic substance I claim him to be. Do I think that Draco Malfoy is a “good” character? No, I don’t. Do I think that he has a heart of gold and started walking around handing out anti-Pureblood fliers after the war? No, definitely not. Do I think that he’s a complex character with a dozen layers whose later character arc is forgotten by those who swear on hating him? Absolutely. He’s not the hero of any story—not even his own. And I think that’s one of the reasons why he’s so fascinating to me; because, no matter where he looks, he’ll never be a Gryffindor. He’ll never have the heart of a lion and the courage to protect anyone aside from himself and his parents. He’s not the stuff made of legends, and he’s not the hero you read in bedtime stories to your kids and grandkids. He’s an anti-hero who has a sour set of morals and an irritating personality…but he’s also a character that expands and breathes life into the pages of the stories he’s inserted himself into. And I think that’s pretty damn cool.
Draco Malfoy is not a nice character. But he’s a wonderful one to watch grow and transform.
Wow, so a big sorry and hello to everyone! I’d like to formally apologize for being inactive on this blog as of late; there’s been so much going on in my life that this blog got placed on the backburner fora handful of weeks. But trust me: my love for the Malfoys has hardly waned since I was here last, and I fully intend to start back up with regular posting.
Hope you’re all doing well, and hopefully we get to see some more of our favorite pale-faced Slytherins on the dash more often again! And, as always, if you create fan art of some sort that’s centric to the Malfoys and would like to be featured, drop me an inbox over here at malfoymanored!
It is often said of the Malfoy family that you will never find one at the scene of the crime, though their fingerprints might be all over the guilty wand.
I will die swearing Lucius Malfoy owns at least one pink shirt.
Today, we mark the birthday of someone very near and dear to my heart; someone who, as strange as it sounds, has helped me through so many personal and emotional issues over the years…simply by allowing me to place myself into his world, his family, and through the friends and stories I’ve made and created through him.
Draco Malfoy is a one of a kind fictional character for me; I think that, in our lives, we all have that one character who feels like home. We esteem them, we raise them up, we analyze and tease them…we read about them and feel a certain sense of warm nostalgia. For me, that is—and I suspect always will be—Draco Malfoy. Though beyond flawed, prejudiced, and an all-around jack ass, this pale-haired Slytherin has sparked so much creativity across dozens of domains. From fan art to fanfiction to playlists and thoroughly-detailed analyses of his character, fans of the Harry Potter series have been able to use his character as a platform for so much creative expression.
You either love or hate Draco…there is rarely an in-between with a character as bold and brash as he is. He’s a paint splatter across an otherwise clean canvas; he’s an ink smudge on a crisp piece of parchment. He’s so bold and defined and dynamic; he’s traditional and rude and entitled.
He is my favorite fictional character, and today…I wish him a happy thirty-fourth birthday.
THE MAGIC BEGINS: A character you’d like to see more of on your dashboard → Narcissa Malfoy”If you attack my son again, I shall ensure that it is the last thing you ever do.”
I feel like Lucius Malfoy’s the type of guy to gracefully dab at his mouth with a cloth napkin after eating out Narcissa
The Magic Begins: 9/30 - A character you feel the need to defend: The Malfoy Family
I promised I’d bring Fan Showcase Friday back, and here it is! There will be a few changes, however; instead of choosing a new artist every single Friday—as I once did—I’ll be spotlighting an artist every month. Due to the fact that there are several different platforms for artistic expression and creation, I want to clarify that this can be just about anything! Digital art, traditional art, graphic making, music, writing, so on and so forth.
All we ask are the following:
- The artist you suggest (whether it’s yourself or someone else) post a lot of Malfoy-centric pieces. At Malfoy Manored, we like to spotlight artists who feature at least one of the Malfoys in multiple pieces of art.
- If you’re suggesting someone else for Fan Showcase Friday and personally know them, just make sure they know about it! Some people may feel uncomfortable having their art showcased.
The link above will take you to a page that outlines what criteria you need to meet/fill out!