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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 2 / Warner Bros.

    Draco Malfoy's wife, Astoria, perished before their son Scorpius started his third year at Hogwarts. In the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Part 2, Draco explains what happened to her:

    We were capable of having children, but Astoria was frail. A blood malediction, a serious one. An ancestor was cursed... it showed up in her. You know how these things can resurface after generations... 

    They did have a child, but the pregnancy "weakened Astoria considerably."

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    Malfoys Don't Marry Their Cousins Like Other Pure-Blood Fanatics

    Photo: 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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    Armand Malfoy Acquired Land From King William I

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

    Armand Malfoy, the first ancestor known in the Malfoy family, was part of William the Conquerer's Norman army and likely used his magical abilities to help William seize land.

    In return, William gave Armand land that would later be the site for Malfoy Manor, which the family continued to occupy for 10 centuries.

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    One Source Of The Malfoys' Riches Was Muggle Money

    Photo: 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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