Draco Malfoy Character Traits

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I’ve pieced together what I believe to be some of the most fascinating, surprising and unfamiliar facts about the Slytherin student and I would proudly LOVE to share them with you today within this Draco Malfoy character traits article!

Draco is that classic character we all love to hate, and I personally think Tom Felton did an incredible job in giving us that ‘bad guy’ feel on-screen with the Draco character even though Draco’s ‘on-screen’ time throughout the whole saga was a mere 31 minutes! 

That is incredible, it just shows you how memorable Draco is if that is the case!

I do hope to provoke thoughts and questions from yourself the reader with the content of the article so please do leave a comment at the foot of the article, I like to engage with readers as much as possible and I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can.

OK, with the above out of the way, let’s get into this!

Draco And His Family’s Beliefs!

Draco was born into the wealthy ‘Malfoy’ family on the fifth of June 1980. Draco was classed as a ‘pure blood’ wizard, meaning both his parents were of wizard blood, ie, both having magical abilities. 

Many wealthy families like the Malfoys consider blood ‘purity’ a determination of how worthy a person is of studying magic!

What a ridiculous statement that is, but like the real world, the magical world also has its issues!

Lucius Malfoy, Draco’s father, takes his view even further and does not even associate with non-magic people, or ‘muggles’ as they are known.

He, for some reason, thinks wizards that are not ‘purebloods’ are lesser people, which is another absurd belief and not one that is shared by other good, honest and trustworthy magical families in existence such as the Weasleys for example.

So already you can get an idea for the sort of snoberish views the Malfoy’s are accustomed to.

Draco himself was raised to share this notion that only pure-blood wizards are the ‘elite’ of society. Draco, like his arch-enemy, Harry Potter started at Hogwarts school for witchcraft and wizardry in 1991.

Like his father, he was sorted into the house of Slytherin.

Draco’s Appearance In The Movies

Being of slim build with white-blond hair, Draco was instantly recognisable throughout the corridors of Hogwarts, and this was further enforced by his constant ‘moody’ facial expression, followed of course, by his well-spoken and sarcastic tone. 

Draco looked after himself physically throughout school, but what became very apparent towards the end of the Harry Potter story was that Draco, under immense pressure after becoming a Lord Voldemort ‘death eater’, was discovering that what he first thought he wanted, was not what he wanted at all, far from it in fact!

He became full of resentment towards everything that his parents stood for in their ‘secret’ belief that Voldemort should return to power and conquer the magical world with his unforgiving reign of terror!

The stress from these pressures to follow suit showed heavily from Draco’s sunken and dark eyes to his extremely tired, lethargic and pale appearance! Mind you, if you were asked to execute the most powerful wizard ever in Albus Dumbledore, I think you’d feel the pressure also!

As time went on Draco developed in a paranoid and frightened disciple of the dark lord like many before him, instead of the dark arts warrior image that was sold to Draco he’d infact turned a slave of lord Voldemort.

It was, in the end, lucky for Draco, that Harry was able to destroy Voldemort and restore faith in the magical domain.

Let’s now dive a little deeper into Draco’s background and uncover more secrets this AMAZING character has to offer!

Draco’s Upbringing – A Spoiled Wizard!

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Due to the wealth of the Malfoys, Draco was often spoilt and was always given the very best of everything he received. As a child, he would only integrate with other children of pure-blood families in keeping with the family’s long history of prejudice tendencies towards muggles.

Draco already knew Theodore Nott and Vincent Crabbe prior to the first schooling day at Hogwarts and this was because Lucius knew the parents, again from his interaction with other pure-blood wizarding families and connections at the Ministry of Magic.

The disdain towards the non-magical population was so etched into Lucius’s soul that he had wanted Draco to avoid Hogwarts altogether and would have preferred that his son attend the Drumstrang Institute!

Drumstrang was a wizarding school, somewhere in northern Europe that focussed on teaching the ‘dark arts’, but it was more around the fact that the school had a strict policy on not accepting muggles that gave Lucius the idea. 

This may have well been where Draco would’ve ended up if Lucius’s wife didn’t step in and object to the proposal. She wasn’t keen on Draco being so far away from home and insisted that Draco be sent to Hogwarts instead.

I wonder how different Draco would have been if he enrolled at the institute? What Do YOU Think? Comment Below guys!

Draco’s Early Days At Hogwarts!

I want to talk about the early days at Hogwarts and how Draco’s relationships panned out and what Draco is actually like as a person beneath that bitter facade so please stay with me Potter fans!

Something I find very interesting about Draco and Harry’s first meeting at Hogwarts is how initially, Draco wanted to become friends with Harry but was there more than meets the eye to this?

Lucius was somehow under the impression that Harry was in fact a dark wizard! Possibly from being killed by Voldemort first time round? Maybe this is what spurred Lucius’ opinions of young Harry? A dark wizard? Surely NOT!

Harry Potter, on the other hand, being the kind-natured young boy he was, didn’t pick up on anything nice about Draco upon meeting him at Hogwarts, particularly after Draco was blatantly rude towards Ron Weasley and Harry had already met Ron and thought he was great. 

Harry picked up on an attitude very similar to that of Dudley Dursley back in Surrey, and this was another reason, he had no interest in making friends with Draco.

Harry’s initial thoughts that the magical world where witches and wizards lived in perfect harmony got a rude awakening with his introduction to the Malfoys. Money and power can send people on the wrong pathway in the secret magical society just as they can in the muggle world, unfortunately.

I do wonder if maybe Draco thought that by impressing Harry, he’d be able to report back to his father with some inside information on Harry’s agenda at Hogwarts? 

Was Harry Potter really the ‘model’ student, or was he really a dark wizard in disguise?. 

I also wonder what Lucius ‘plans would have been should Harry and Draco become friends? What do YOU think about this? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this? Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy – BEST FRIENDS!

What is Draco Malfoy REALLY Like?

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You could say that being over spoiled turned Draco into who he was. But having materialistic parents doesn’t always shape someone’s personality. 

Much of Draco’s attitude towards others, in that they were ‘inferior’ came as a direct result of his parents pushing these ideas onto him.

Although Draco doesn’t regret this for a moment in his younger years and this is evident from the tormenting of Ron Weasley for his family being poor to the prejudice taunts of Hermione Granger for having muggle parents, there’s no end to Draco’s arrogant, abrupt and rude personality!

As with Dudley Dursley, Harry has had his fair share of bullying and he wasn’t going to take it from Draco although he openly admitted the even Dudley wasn’t as awful as Draco Malfoy.

Draco As A Wizard!

Considering Draco is cowardly and sometimes a bit of a ‘wimp’, to put it mildly, Draco is a very skilled wizard. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we notice Draco has solidified some quite advanced magic by using the ‘Serpensortia’ curse for example against Harry in their duel, which is, of course, the creation of our friend Severus Snape!

Another of Draco’s learnings of interest is that he was taught the art of ‘occlumency’ by his aunt Bellatrix Lestrange! 

One of the main reasons Draco was proficient with occlumency was because he was able to bottle up and hide his emotions very well and this is key for a practitioner when looking to master the art. Voldemort was skilled in this area as well as Severus Snape, amongst other death eaters too.

Draco Malfoy As A Death Eater!

Draco desperately wanted to be a death eater. His lust for power and cause began to consume him and he was very keen to be given his first mission as a loyal servant to ‘you know who’.

In Draco’s sixth year at the school for witchcraft and wizardry, Voldemort gave Draco the honour he longed for. He was marked with the ‘death mark’ on his left forearm to signify his allegiance to Lord Voldemort. Draco initially basked in the glory and was found to be very eager to carry out his first deed for his master.

The task he was assigned was to assassinate the great Albus Dumbledore. It wasn’t long though before Draco was finding that becoming a murdered wasn’t as easy as he thought it might be.

After a couple of half-hearted attempts by the newly designated death eater he began to feel the huge pressure that this new responsibility had put him under, this, in turn, had an impact on his whole life not to mention his physical appearance as we already discussed earlier in the article.

I personally feel that Draco now worried that he wouldn’t be able to fulfil the mission of executing Dumbledore, began to fear for not only his life but his parent’s wellbeing as well, after all, Voldemort thought nothing of killing his death eaters if they weren’t up to scratch!

Draco’s demeanour completely changed, he was becoming distant from his friends Crabbe and Goyle, his school grades were dropping, he had even lost interest in mocking Harry. 

It was clear that his mind was elsewhere and let’s not forget, even though he is not the nicest person known to man, Draco is human and in the end, he just couldn’t do it, he could not bring himself to kill Albus Dumbledore not matter how hard he tried.

If we look at what happened throughout the remainder of what would later be coined as the ‘second wizarding war’, the glory of the death eater lifestyle had lost its glamour for Draco and far from being eager to get involved and ‘serve’ the dark lord, Draco was now reluctant to participate in any of it.

Another display of Draco’s uninterest in the dark lord’s rise to power was when the audience witnesses in, the Deathly Hallows, the hesitation he displays at confirming the three prisoners caught and delivered to Malfoy Manor by snatchers were actually Harry, Ron and Hermione!

Why was this…….?

Draco Beyond Hogwarts

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When it comes to Draco Malfoy, you could say ‘better late than never’ because once he had grown into an adult, Draco, it’s safe to say, is a completely different person!

I think Draco would be feeling a massive sense of relief from being free of death eaters, but I also think he must have been riddled with guilt by his actions and wanted to change his life for the better.

For this, Draco gets my utmost respect and he even went as far as to lose those pure-blood beliefs! WOW! What a MASSIVE change to Draco we all know and, hate!

The horror of what he and his parents were subjected to had a real impact on Draco and all the long family traditions went out of the window. Draco would only now do what was right for him regardless of what his parents said! 

An example of this is when he decides to Marry outside of the ‘sacred twenty-eight’ group of elite families! 

Draco would eventually marry fellow Hogwarts student Astoria Greengrass, they understood each other as Astoria had also been prey to the huge prejudice values of certain wizard family’s too and they seemed to share an immediate connection.

Astoria, who was born to a blood curse and knew she would never reach an elderly age, was very keen for a child so that Draco would have company and a new focus on life, after her death. She gave birth to their son Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy and raised him in a manner that promoted equality within wizards. A completely different outlook than Draco was brainwashed with!

Astoria and Draco were proud of the fact they were not preaching hate to their son as they had both been taught when they were children. Draco’s parents took particularly dislike to Astoria’s parenting methods and family get-togethers would always be very awkward due to the division in blood belief.

The New Generation of Wizards at Hogwarts!

I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite scenes from the whole franchise is when we see Harry and Draco at King’s Cross station sending their sons off to Hogwarts for the first time! It is such a magical moment and an absolute joy to watch!

What I love the most is the nod from Draco to Harry. Although they were FAR from friends I take this nod as maybe a mark of respect from Draco to Harry. What do YOU think here?

It is somewhat ironic though that Draco and Harry’s sons would go onto become friends at Hogwarts.

As always, the first ‘chat’ happened on the beautiful Hogwarts express as Draco sat by himself in a compartment on the infamous train. It was then that Albus Potter, Harry and Ginny’s son and Rose Granger-Weasley, Ron and Hermione’s daughter entered the compartment, joining Scorpius. 

Given the history between the parents of these three aspiring wizards, there was naturally some tension, Scorpius did his best to ease the awkwardness by offering round the sweets that were given to him prior to boarding.

Rose had been warned by her father Ron not get too ‘close’ to Scorpius and decided to leave and sit elsewhere on the train, while Albus opted to take up the offer of sweets and it would be at this moment, that would kick-start their on-going friendship!

To add further to the irony, on the arrival at Hogwarts, you can imagine how embarrassed Albus was (and tormented) when the sorting hat placed Albus into Slytherin, WOW I didn’t see that coming, did you? A potter, in Slytherin!

Draco Malfoy Character Traits – Final Thoughts

Wow, what a read, I really enjoyed looking into Draco and bringing together, what I think are some key facts about what seems to be everyone’s favourite Hogwarts bad boy!

The thing about Draco is that when we are first introduced to him all the back in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone we are given a very irritating, spoilt brat to put in bluntly and this annoyance continues until Draco gets his wish of becoming a servant to the dark lord and finds out it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be!

From that moment we see a different side to Draco, one with fears, one that is able to feel for others and someone who certainly now has a taste for what is right and morally wrong (unlike his parents)

So I am unusre how you feel about Draco at the end of the storyline? Perhaps you just loved him all along? Either way, let’s hear it!

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4 thoughts on “Draco Malfoy Character Traits”

  1. God I love Draco! Though he doesn’t really show much quality to respect in Harry Potter, his story is something I can totally relate to you. He was brought up trying to carefully follow his parents’ achievements and expectations but after a certain realisation, he went and chose his own path, away from what his family had in mind. 

    I’m not trying to say I’m anything like that but you get what i mean 😀

  2. I really enjoyed your description of this character as one that you’ll “love to hate” that is a great way of presenting a character that is well known but not so well-liked. I have seen this saga a couple times now and I have never really have this character so much attention because again, he is someone that people are always hating on and is portrayed to be someone with no good intentions. It’s nice seeing complimentary facts about his life and personal traits and see him from a different perspective. 

    • Thanks Stephanie – Yep, he does get a very hard time, but in the end.. Draco did what was right for him, marrying the woman he wanted, and raising his child in a much more respectful way! In my opinion!

      Thanks so much for your comment!



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