Things You Wouldn't Know About Draco Malfoy If You've Only Seen The 'Harry Potter' Movies

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Vote up the surprising Draco facts that didn't make it to the big screen.

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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    Malfoy Becomes Moaning Myrtle's Friend And Is Much Nicer To Her Than Harry And Ron Are

    Malfoy Becomes Moaning Myrtle's Friend And Is Much Nicer To Her Than Harry And Ron Are
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures

    It's unclear if Malfoy ever knew that Moaning Myrtle was the ghost of a Muggle-born witch, but he begins a friendship with her in Half-Blood Prince. Myrtle, who is hurt after Ron makes fun of her and Harry doesn't defend her, takes a shining toward Malfoy when he visits her bathroom to find solitude.

    Myrtle even begins to fall for him because he treats her like a regular person. Malfoy also confides in Myrtle about his fear of potentially failing at his mission, which makes Myrtle a true confidante. 

    After the duel between Malfoy and Harry in the bathroom, when Harry uses the bloody Sectumsempra spell, it's Myrtle who screams for help to aid Malfoy because she assumes Harry has killed him.

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    Malfoy Becomes One Of The Most Powerful Occlumens Because Of Bellatrix

    Malfoy Becomes One Of The Most Powerful Occlumens Because Of Bellatrix
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Malfoy is inducted into the Death Eaters prior to the events of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, at a point when his aunt, Bellatrix Lestrange, is distrustful of Severus Snape.

    Bellatrix encourages Malfoy to protect his thoughts from Snape and teaches her nephew how to use Occlumency. Snape, whose own Occlumency skills are powerful enough to block Voldemort's Legilimency, is unable to access Malfoy's thoughts.

    Snape realizes Bellatrix has trained Malfoy in Occlumency and remarks how powerful the latter is if he can withstand his Legilimency. 

    Malfoy's Occlumency is also notable for the fact that he manages to conceal his thoughts from exceptional wizards like Albus Dumbledore and Horace Slughorn, because no one in the school learns of his attempts to eliminate Dumbledore.

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    Malfoy Is The Smartest Slytherin Student In His Year

    Malfoy Is The Smartest Slytherin Student In His Year
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Malfoy in the movies is portrayed as something of a nitwit until the sixth film, but he's brighter in the source material. Although Malfoy doesn't reach the lofty standards set by Hermione Granger, he's more skilled than you might think.

    The majority of Slytherin students are depicted as unintelligent brutes, including Crabbe and Goyle, but Malfoy is an exception. Tellingly, Malfoy is one of only a handful of Slytherin students to make it to the N.E.W.T. Potions class when other students fail. 

    He also passes Transfiguration, Charms, and Defense Against the Dark Arts with "Exceeds Expectations" at the O.W.L. level. Malfoy is weaker than Harry and Ron in Defense Against the Dark Arts, but he doesn't have the advantage of the Dumbledore's Army lessons the other two did. 

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    Malfoy Recognizes Sirius's Dog Form And Threatens Harry With This Knowledge

    Malfoy Recognizes Sirius's Dog Form And Threatens Harry With This Knowledge
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Peter Pettigrew informs Lucius Malfoy about Sirius Black's status as an Animagus, which renders Sirius's dog form a useless disguise because Voldemort's followers will recognize him.

    When Sirius accompanies Harry to the train station in his Animagus form in Order of the Phoenix, Draco spots the dog and confronts Harry inside the train.

    Draco, suggesting that his father has told him about Sirius's Animagus form, tells Harry, "I'll be dogging your footsteps in case you step out of line." His taunt unsettles Harry, who then tries to avoid Draco at school because he might learn more about Sirius.

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    Malfoy Gets Punched By Ron For Trying To Play Both Sides During The Battle Of Hogwarts

    Malfoy Gets Punched By Ron For Trying To Play Both Sides During The Battle Of Hogwarts
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Malfoy is inherently a coward who looks to stick with the side in the most dominant position. During the Battle of Hogwarts, he constantly switches allegiances for his own benefit. At one point, he drops, then reasserts his loyalties to Voldemort's followers in a short span.

    Malfoy's plan to snatch Harry and hand him over to Voldemort in the Room of Requirement doesn't work, and Harry tries to rescue him when the place burns because of Crabbe's Fiendfyre curse. Malfoy abandons the Death Eaters here, but returns to Voldemort's faction a few minutes later when one of the Death Eaters comes close to slaying him for his treachery. 

    Ron sees through Malfoy's slimy nature and proceeds to punch him out in anger, which remains Malfoy's last involvement in the conflict until Voldemort's downfall.

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    Malfoy Forces Crabbe And Goyle To Take Polyjuice Potion And Guard The Room Of Requirement

    Malfoy Forces Crabbe And Goyle To Take Polyjuice Potion And Guard The Room Of Requirement
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Malfoy realizes he will be busted if anyone sees him exiting the Room of Requirement while he's repairing the Vanishing Cabinet there, so he enlists the aid of lookouts. He makes Crabbe and Goyle take on the form of girls to stand outside in the hall and alert him should someone pass by.

    Harry notices what he assumes to be first-year female students in the area until he deduces they must be Crabbe and Goyle. Despite Harry's correct assumption, Malfoy is smart enough not to exit the room after Harry scares Crabbe and Goyle off, which ensures that he doesn't get caught in his plan.

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