There was always something about Draco Malfoy that did not sit right with all fans, and J.K. Rowling has now revealed the sad truth about his character. This is part of her 12 Days of Christmas for Harry Potter fans at her website Pottermore. She has released a new story every day revolving around various characters and sharing details about regrets and character creations.
The author has never really given up on the Harry Potter universe, despite the novel series being complete for a number of years. While she is currently working on a screen play for three new movies, which will be set before the seven-book series, she has continually shared snippets and short stories on her fan website. It was created specifically for those who loved the books so much that they wanted to continue to be part of the world.
Since December 12, Rowling has shared short stories each day. The last one will be released tomorrow at 1pm GMT. The Draco Malfoy story was released yesterday on the site.
One comment she made is that she was “disturbed” at the fact that people swooned over Hogwarts’ bad boy. He was a troubled young man, raised with an allegiance to the Dark Lord. He was always set to be Harry Potter’s enemy, but that never stopped fans loving his character. Maybe there was an element of him being saved at some point.
During the recent reveal of the sad truth about Draco Malfoy, Rowling explained that his upbringing was surrounded in regret. The Dark Lord had failed to take over the “wizarding community” but that Harry Potter could be a better version of Voldermort. There was the chance that Malfoy and Potter could be friends, but that all changed when the boy wizard made it clear he did not want to be part of Slytherin. It was clear that he was not the next Dark Lord, and that fuelled some of the hate Draco had.
Rowling continued her piece with some of the gaps filled between the schooling years and the point at the platform at the end of the final novel. While fans learned that Draco married Astoria Greengass, it is only recently that they found out that family gatherings were not happy. Astoria refused to accept that “Muggles were scum” and would not raise her grandson in that way.
At the end, the author admitted that she is “unnerved” at how girls swoon over the character. There is a common issue of some fans falling for the bad boy, possibly in the hope that he is redeemable. However, it seems like Draco may not have been all that redeemable after all. Rowling pointed out in her recent snippet that he did not have a “heart of gold” concealed under the sneering.
There are still two more excerpts coming as part of the 12 Days of Christmas. So far, they have been entertaining and fulfilling for many fans. Yesterdays is the best for many as Rowling finally revealed the sad truth about Draco Malfoy.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham
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