We are in the home stretch peeps! Just over half-way done the challenge – WOOT WOOT! How are ya holding up? Probably better than who we are going to be looking at today: The Malfoys (allow time for the boos and hisses).
In all seriousness, I think that the Malfoy family takes a hard knock when it comes to opinions. A lot of people feel all this hatred towards them, and I totally get that, but also, I kind of feel like it might be a little misplaced.
If you look at the head of the family first, Lucius. I truly believe that he is only so horrible because he is scared of Voldemort (yeah I wrote it, you can speak it!) I think this is probably from years of being taught that non-pure bloods aren’t desirable in society. I think they if he had been placed in a family that had a little bit more of a kinder look on non-pure bloods that he would have turned out much different. But I guess you can say that about the majority of the “evil” people in these books. As the books progress, you can see him getting more and more wary of the dark arts and being part of the death eaters – especially after he was placed in Azkaban for his involvement with them. In the last book, you can see his allegiance wavering, he is starting to break. He might not be totally convinced of the good side, but he is getting less swayed by those cookies the dark side is always offering people.
The actor who played Lucius also went to some pretty crazy lengths to exude this horrible attitude that Lucis is supposed to have.
I feel that Narcissa is the same. She was swept up in her family’s expectations of who she needed to be, who she needed to associate with and marry, what she needed to teach her children. It’s this constant cycle of hatred that is passed down from one generation to the next. But in the last two books, we see her starting to break from that cycle as well. In The Half-Blood Prince, she is seen right away seeking Snape’s help to protect her son. She can see how Voldemort is just using her family for his own revenge against Lucius, and she wants to make sure that her family is safe. Even if it means that she defies Voldemort’s word (which, according to her sister Bellatrix, is law). In The Deathly Hallows, she is once more showing her mother love towards Draco and she lies to Voldemort and says that Harry is dead. This is such a risk on her part – Voldemort is said to be the world’s best legiliment (a person who can enter another’s mind). She lies to him – all to save her son.
Which brings us to Draco. I think that, even from a young age, he is breaking from his parent’s teachings before they even realise that they need to as well.
There is a fan theory that Draco is actually the person behind Hermione getting the information to kill the Basilisk in The Chamber of Secrets. This theory is linked to a scene from the movie, where Draco is shown in the bookstore ripping a page out of a book. It states that he knew what was living in the chamber at the school and that this page was the page that had the information on it that Hermione had in her hand when she was petrified. Everyone knows that Hermione would never rip a page out of a book, so her having a ripped page in her hand in the hospital wing makes this connection plausible.
There is also a scene that has been cut from the last movie. When Harry is brought into the courtyard of the school by Hagrid, everyone assuming he is dead. But when he reveals himself to actually be alive, Draco shouts out his name and runs to join his side. This can also be used as evidence of the love between them that I wrote about yesterday.
Or, of course, we call just agree that Draco, like his father, were just exactly who they are supposed to be. That their hatred was something that they thrived on, and given the chance to change (like Narcissa’s sister and Sirius did), they would remain the same slimy men they always were.