Things You Didn't Know About Lucius Malfoy

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Lucius Malfoy is a popular character from the Harry Potter series even with his affiliation to Voldemort and the Death Eaters. Lucius is the father of Harry's school rival, Draco, and regularly antagonizes the protagonist throughout the series. As one of the most prominent Death Eaters in Voldemort's faction, fans have generally been interested in more details about Lucius's backstory along with other points of interest about the character.

To this end, it's worth learning things about Lucius that were hidden within the series' chronology, and some of these facts might even change the way the character is perceived by fans.


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    Lucius's Hatred For Dumbledore Arose After The Headmaster Didn't Remove A Fairytale From The Hogwarts Library

    Lucius's Hatred For Dumbledore Arose After The Headmaster Didn't Remove A Fairytale From The Hogwarts Library
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    There's little doubt that Lucius was a petty man, considering he insulted Hagrid for living in a hut and degraded the Weasleys for being poor. But Lucius's most petty act by far might be the fact that he held a grudge with Albus Dumbledore over a fairytale.

    Draco mentions Lucius's contempt for Albus in Chamber of Secrets and this was birthed from Albus's refusal to have the story The Fountain of Fair Fortune removed from the Hogwarts library. Lucius was angered that the tale featured a love story between the witch Amata and the Muggle Sir Luckless, and saw it as a way for the school to teach children that relations between non-magical people and wizardkind were acceptable.

    Albus didn't relent to Lucius's pressure and managed to gain the favor of the Board of Governors, who outvoted Lucius on the matter. Lucius then developed his resentment toward Albus and vowed to gain revenge; his ousting of Albus as Headmaster in Chamber of Secrets was because of this reason.

     

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    Lucius Despised Arthur Weasley Because Of The Muggle Protection Act

    Lucius Despised Arthur Weasley Because Of The Muggle Protection Act
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    Lucius's prime rival is Arthur Weasley and the two men try numerous times to one-up each other. Lucius never liked Arthur because the Weasleys were purebloods who were friendly with Muggles but the real reason for their animosity was due to the Muggle Protection Act.

    It was a law that was drawn by Arthur that the Ministry passed, forcing Lucius to dispose of the dark objects in his possession. Lucius saw Arthur as a hindrance to his love for dark magic and made it his mission to discredit his rival; the entire arc about opening the Chamber of Secrets was because Lucius wanted to get back at Arthur for the Muggle Protection Act.

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    Draco Copied Lucius's Exact Mannerisms Because He Was Taught To Do So

    Draco Copied Lucius's Exact Mannerisms Because He Was Taught To Do So
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    Fans need not speculate how Lucius was as a child and teenager because Draco was an exact copy of his father's attitude. Draco had no siblings and thus took after his father in every way; he considered Lucius to be the idol representation of a wizard, so copied all of Lucius' traits.

    Lucius encouraged Draco to adopt his mannerisms, so much so that Draco recruited Vincent Crabbe as his lackey much like Crabbe Sr. was Lucius' crony before the children even started attending Hogwarts. Lucius impressed upon Draco that being a Death Eater was an honor and that Voldemort's teachings were supposed to be right.

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    Lucius Cashed In On Favors With Influential Ministry Wizards To Exonerate Himself From His Crimes During The First Wizarding War

    Lucius Cashed In On Favors With Influential Ministry Wizards To Exonerate Himself From His Crimes During The First Wizarding War
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    Characters like Hagrid and Arthur Weasley claim that Lucius Malfoy pretended he was under the influence of the Imperius Curse when he acted under Voldemort's orders during the First Wizarding War. While many Death Eaters managed to wiggle out of facing justice using the Imperius Curse excuse, Lucius made good on the favors he'd given to people in influential positions.

    Lucius used his wealth to provide favors to people in the Ministry and then cashed in on them when it was his turn to face trial. Members of the Wizengamot and other high-ranking Ministry officials were essentially in Lucius's pocket, which meant he easily got out of legal matters despite evidence pointing toward him as a willing supporter of Voldemort.

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    Lucius Was Under House Arrest By Voldemort After His Release From Azkaban

    Lucius Was Under House Arrest By Voldemort After His Release From Azkaban
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    Many fans wonder what role Lucius had to play after Voldemort freed him from Azkaban because he wasn't seen doing much of anything. The truth is that Lucius was little more than a prisoner and servant to the Dark Lord and wasn't allowed to leave the manor, not even after Death Eaters took over the Ministry and freely roamed the Wizarding World.

    The only reason Voldemort kept Lucius alive was so that he could have fun mocking his former subordinate; Voldemort was living in Malfoy Manor during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lucius actually preferred to be in Azkaban rather than in his own home since there were no Dementors in the prison when he was incarcerated there and the fact that Voldemort belittled him at every turn when he occupied his house.

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    Lucius Snitched On The Death Eaters To Avoid Going To Azkaban After The Second Wizarding War

    Lucius Snitched On The Death Eaters To Avoid Going To Azkaban After The Second Wizarding War
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    Contrary to popular belief, Narcissa's lie to Voldemort about Harry being alive during the Battle of Hogwarts wasn't the main factor that allowed the Malfoys freedom after the Dark Lord's fall. In actuality, Lucius bargained for the family's exoneration after the Ministry was purged of the Death Eaters' influence and helped catch many of Voldemort's followers.

    A majority of Death Eaters had fled to hiding locations after witnessing Harry's survival in the Battle of Hogwarts, and Lucius knew where they were. Lucius provided evidence against his former allies to the Ministry to have them all captured in exchange for a pardon for him and his family for their direct role in assisting Voldemort.

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