Draco Malfoy

Draco Malfoy

    Harry Potter Series
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew up… as the only child of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy. Draco’s parents are cruel, snobbish people who take immense pride in their status as a pure-blooded wizarding family. They’re very wealthy, and spoil Draco while teaching him to look down upon those of lesser status.

Living… at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in the Slytherin dormitory. The moment the Sorting Hat touched his head, it placed Draco in Slytherin, a house known to have turned out more Dark witches and wizards than any other.  

Profession… student. Draco attends classes with the other first-year students, but isn’t particularly concerned with his schoolwork. His preferred occupation is tormenting those he deems beneath him, like Gryffindor House members Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Ever since Harry denied Draco’s offer of friendship when they first met, Draco has loathed him.

Interests… bullying others, Quidditch, and tattling to his father. Draco spends all his time with his two oafish cronies, Crabbe and Goyle; he uses their large size to his advantage, and hides behind their strength. Draco’s biggest rival is Harry, and the two argue and duel on many occasions. Draco also uses his family’s power and wealth as a shield and always threatens those who upset him with, “My father will hear about this!” Draco’s only other hobby is Quidditch, though he isn’t as talented at flying as he lets on.

Relationship Status… single, probably because he thinks he is too good for any girl. He spends a lot of time with fellow Slytherin Pansy Parkinson, who is just as rotten and unpleasant as Draco.

Challenge… making Harry’s life miserable whenever possible. It’s no secret that Draco is jealous of all the attention that Harry gets, though he would never admit it. In Draco’s mind, Harry – the legendary Boy-Who-Lived who survived You Know Who’s attack as an infant – is undeserving of his fame, especially since he isn’t a Pureblood. (Harry’s mother, Lily, was born to non-magical Muggles.) Draco spends each day delivering low blows about everything from Harry’s dead parents to Ron’s mother’s weight to Hermione’s Muggle parents, trying to get a rise out of them.

Personality… cruel and power-hungry, but ultimately cowardly. Draco may put up a front of being a fearless bully, but he would be nothing without his friends and family to back him up. He is mean to everyone, even Crabbe and Goyle, whom he chides for being dumb. Draco is spoiled and rude, and shows no remorse for all the wrong he’s done. Maybe he’ll gain some compassion as he grows older, but the early signs aren’t good.


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