Tom Felton's portrayal of Draco Malfoy has been well received by Harry Potter fans, but some of those who haven't read the books mistakenly think movie Malfoy is a misunderstood character and deserves more empathy. The Draco Malfoy of the books is a different case; the source material sheds light on his true nature. The majority of his actions are antagonistic, and Malfoy goes out of his way to threaten Harry's life at Hogwarts.
Author J.K. Rowling herself noted on the website Pottermore (now Wizarding World):
Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this particular fictional character (although I do not discount the appeal of Tom Felton, who plays Draco brilliantly in the films and, ironically, is about the nicest person you could meet)... All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers’ daydreams as I told them, rather severely, that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice...
Also, some facts about Malfoy's magical abilities and backstory are different, or expanded upon, in the books, and fans who learn more of these details might see him as a different personality altogether.
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