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Things You Didn't Know About The Malfoy Family

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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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  • Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros.

    The Lucius Malfoy seen in the Harry Potter series was named after another Lucius from a previous generation. The first Lucius didn't seem to mind marrying a Muggle - especially one with significant influence. Though later generations denied it, the first Lucius tried to court Queen Elizabeth I, but was rejected.

    As part of his contempt for Elizabeth, the first Lucius allegedly left a jinx on her that resulted in her never marrying.

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  • 2. There Are Half-Bloods In The Family

    Photo: 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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  • 3. Draco Malfoy's Parents Were Against His Marriage To Astoria

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros.

    As an adult, Draco Malfoy turned over a new leaf and didn't care as much about blood purity. Although he still married a pure-blood witch named Astoria Greengrass, she was hardly the type his parents preferred.

    Astoria didn't respect pure-blood fanaticism and refused to call Muggles "scum," which Draco's parents didn't approve of. 

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  • Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros.

    Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy escaped being sent to Azkaban after Voldemort's defeat in part due to Narcissa's lie in the forest about Harry being dead when he was actually still alive.

    J.K. Rowling said in a 2007 online Bloomsbury.com chat:

    The Malfoys weaseled their way out of trouble (again) due to the fact that they colluded (albeit out of self-interest) with Harry at the end of the battle.

    Also, Lucius Malfoy "evaded prison by providing evidence against fellow Death Eaters." 

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