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Why Draco Malfoy Isn't As Much Of A Villain As You Think He Is

Updated April 30, 2019 4.2k votes 465 voters 12.2k views14 items

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Although most Harry Potter fans find Draco Malfoy to be an arrogant, selfish, and hateful villain, there are Draco apologists who feel otherwise and have found positive points to his character. A growing number of Harry Potter fan theories online point out an alternative view concerning Draco’s personality and intentions.

Should Draco join the long list of Harry Potter characters fans have learned to love? Once you take into account Draco's family history, early exposure to heinous acts, and even the impact of his dad on his life choices, you may realize fans may have mislabeled him all along.

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    He Hesitates When Identifying The Gryffindors In Malfoy Manor

    Snatchers capture Harry, Hermione, and Ron while they are hiding from Voldemort. Fenrir Greyback leads the group of hunters and promptly takes Harry and company to Malfoy Manor. However, due to Harry’s disguised, bloated face, no one can identify him. They call Draco to take a look at the trio and confirm their identity, but he expresses hesitance, concluding it “could” be them.

    After the invasion of Hogwarts, Draco experiences extreme pressure to resume his duties under Voldemort. Thanks to the success of Draco’s plan, Voldemort frees his father from Azkaban. However, Lucius’s release only adds to Draco’s stress since his father continually reminds him of the need for their family to redeem themselves to Voldemort. Additionally, his duties become increasingly difficult as he must interrogate Thorfinn Rowle himself. Draco is visibly sickened by the tasks and is no longer happy with his position. His mounting regrets about joining such a despicable group lead to his hesitance when identifying his classmates.

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    He Fails At Completing Voldemort’s Mission

    In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Draco successfully sets Voldemort's crew loose on the unsuspecting residents of Hogwarts. The entire campus becomes embroiled in combat as they try to stop the invaders. Draco continues with Voldemort’s plans and manages to subdue and corner Dumbledore, only he doesn’t finish the job. Instead, Snape steps in and takes out Dumbledore, putting an end to the Hogwarts headmaster.

    Although Draco seems to be in full control during the fight, he questions whether to take out Dumbledore. A notorious braggart, Draco finds himself unable to back up his claims. Even as he is bragging to Dumbledore about the details of his plan and how he managed to complete his efforts right under everyone’s noses, he cannot bring himself to take the headmaster’s life. When faced with the prospect of committing such a heinous act, Draco simply cannot do it.

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    He’s Exposed To Some Horrible Acts

    Throughout the books, Draco always brags about how great he is and how he was chosen for specific tasks by Voldemort. He often looks down on others while boasting about the superiority of his family. Coming from a very prideful clan, it is no surprise he takes on the task of eliminating Dumbledore with confidence. Kids talk big all the time, but that doesn't mean they're ready for real adult problems. 

    Despite being involved in very mature affairs, Draco is still a child. During his time with Voldemort, he witnesses others within the group getting hurt themselves. Outside his team, he's present for the slaying of Muggle Studies Professor Charity Burbage (he promptly passes out when it happens). He is far too young to have seen such atrocities, and yet, even as a boy, he is expected to do similarly horrible things. The stress and added pressures of the situation take a physical toll on Draco, leaving him in a sickly state. Even Harry grows sympathetic toward Draco when he sees the young Malfoy forced to hurt Thorfinn Rowle. 

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    He Has To Become The Head Of The House To Save His Family

    Draco takes pride in the accomplishments of his father and his family’s well-respected reputation. He brags throughout the books about how great his father is to anyone who will listen. In the aftermath of his father’s failure, Draco steps up to take his father’s place with minimal hesitation. While he may appear confident in this moment, he really doesn't have any other choice. 

    Being an only child, Draco has no siblings who can make such a sacrifice. His mother seems lost without her husband by her side and looks to her young son to lead the family. Draco chooses to not only become the head of the family but to take on the pressures of restoring his family’s sullied reputation. He shows an admirable level of maturity for stepping up to such a huge task, proving his love for his family is more profound than some fans realize. He’s not just a selfish bully, he takes care of his own.

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