Things You Didn't Know About The Malfoy Family
The villainous, arrogant Malfoy family in the Harry Potter series has a shady ancestral history that stretches back much further than what's presented in J.K. Rowling's books and the films based on her series. Rowling, in interviews and online writings published after the books came out, as well as plays based on the books, has shared additional facts about Draco Malfoy's history and that of his parents, Lucius and Narcissa.
Becoming aware of these Malfoy details will open your eyes to what this family was up to centuries ago, and why they are so obsessed with wealth, power, and "pure-blood" status. Some of the facts will surprise you if you've only seen the movies or read the books.
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Malfoys Don't Marry Their Cousins Like Other Pure-Blood FanaticsPhoto: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros.
Although the Malfoys are fanatics for pure-blood supremacy, they don't resort to marrying their own relatives, which the Gaunt family and others have done because so few pure-blood families remain to marry into.
The Malfoys have avoided inbreeding because they believe that children born of such unions can "become enfeebled or unstable."
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The Malfoys Initially Opposed The Statute Of SecrecyPhoto: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros.
The Statute of Secrecy, passed in 1692, forced wizards to distance themselves from Muggles to avoid persecution by non-wizards. The Malfoys were at first adamantly against this law, because they liked mixing with Muggle aristocracy and didn't want to give up the wealth and favors they earned from these relationships.
When power shifted to the Ministry of Magic, however, the Malfoys did an about-face. They shifted their attempts at currying favor instead to Ministry members.
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The Malfoys Have Heavily Influenced Minister For Magic Elections, But No Family Member Has Held That RolePhoto: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros.
Due to the Malfoys' wealth, they've had the necessary financial influence to steer election campaigns. Still, no Malfoy has ever held the top job at the Ministry of Magic.
That hasn't stopped the family from financing its preferred Minister for Magic hopefuls, and they have allegedly hexed wizards running against their endorsed candidates.
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One Source Of The Malfoys' Riches Was Muggle MoneyPhoto: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros.
Despite the current hatred of Muggles by the more recent generation of Malfoys, the family's wealth was possible in part because of their ancestors' use of Muggle money. The earlier Malfoys successfully dabbled in Muggle currency and assets to become rich, and that wealth was handed down through the generations.
The Malfoys also acquired a great deal of property in Wiltshire by annexing their Muggle neighbors' lands.
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There Are Half-Bloods In The FamilyPhoto: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros.
The Malfoys make it appear as if they come from a line of pure-bloods, but half-bloods have been part of their family as well. Apparently, before the Statute of Secrecy was enacted in 1692, the Malfoys amassed a good part of their fortune via relationships with wealthy non-wizards, acquiring Muggle money, property, artwork, and other assets.
After the Statute of Secrecy became law, however, Muggles were shunned and were no longer viewed as a potential source of power. So the Malfoys denied any relationships, including marital ones, with Muggles, and after that no longer married Muggles or Muggle-born wizards.
This means their claim of being part of the Sacred Twenty-Eight isn't true because they're not a fully pure-blood family.
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Nicholas Malfoy Took The Lives Of Muggles And Claimed They Had Perished From The Black DeathPhoto: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros.
Nicholas Malfoy, who lived during the 14th century, was a noted hater of Muggles. He killed many of his Muggle tenants but made it appear as if they had perished due to the Black Death.
The Wizards' Council didn't prosecute Nicholas, however, and he never paid for his misdeeds.