I love Tom Felton. I do. He is a bigger Harry Potter nerd than I am and as one of those kids who grew up with the books, and then the screen characters, I couldn’t have asked for a better Draco Malfoy. Tom also goes out of his way to keep Draco alive and really his tweets are a gold mine. I love them
However! He did this. And I have to say, Tom, I don’t agree. I actually was a Ron fan from the start, BUT Draco is definitely the top of my favorite Harry Potter Characters List.
Basically I think, and Tom and anyone else, please comment on this. I think Ron and Draco are the same person. Not literally, of course. But. Both of them grow up in this family with strong morals and convictions. They’re just on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Malfoys are the baddies and the Weasleys are the goodies, right? So J.K. Rowling has said he was “raised as a pampered only son, indoctrinated with his parents’ beliefs“. She has stated that there is “a real moral cowardice to Draco“, but that he is not “wholly bad”. Do you know why he’s not wholly bad? Because he is a good person at his core surrounded by pressure to be the pureblood wizard he is and just wants to be loved by his dickhead dad. So how do you get such approval?
That goes the same for Ron. Ron is from an overcrowded family with a certain expectation to be good, to be Gryffindor, etc etc. Can you imagine a bad Weasley? No? That’s because Ron and his family can’t either. So they are both victims of circumstance, both striving to be what their families will approve of.
Now lets talk about these two muffins as people. Is Draco an ass? Absolutely. Does he probably come from a neglectful home where his parents give him things instead of hugs? I could see it. But that’s reaching. He’s an ass. And he comes to school and he wants to be friends with the coolest kid ever, the celebrity. And what happens? The things he’s been striving for, the attitude which gets approval from his father is not a real world skill we want, ickleDracokins. Yay, the goodie wins even when he cant stick up for himself.
Lets talk about how neither of these dickheads applies themselves. Draco spends all his talent, bothering the hell out of Harry. I mean, the Potter Stinks incident was not the only time he displayed how much of a talented wizard he was. The Occlumency. The point is he’s probably brilliant, but got too many things on his mind to really be a good wizard. And Ron. Come on. I’m not going to go there. We know he’s a lazy brat. Who really wasn’t that nice, ever, was he? I mean, I wonder what people outside of the golden trio felt about Ron Weasley. He’s the ginger hot head with a temper!
The last thing.
Draco’s redemption. He can’t kill Dumbledore and he is repulsed. He drops the ball and defies what his parents would have wanted. That’s it. He is finally thinking for himself he knows not only is his father going to be disappointed, but Voldemort might kill all of them, and he makes the choice between what is right and what is easy and he chooses RIGHT!
Now what about Ron’s choice? When he leaves Harry and Hermione when he needs to make the choice between what is right and what is easy? Hm? Okay so maybe Ron comes back, and he realizes his mistake immediately. But he made a decision to go against his parents ideals as well. I don’t think Ron is necessarily bad, but I think he definitely abandoned in a time of need.
So. Back to Tom Felton’s argument. Draco Malfoy is a bad boyfriend. HORSEFEATHERS!
Post War Draco has learned all this. He’s dealing with becoming his own person, sort of separated form his parents a bit. Now this next bit is quoted from a Draco wikia page but it seems legit to me. I agree with it at least: “For the rest of the Second Wizarding War, Draco became disillusioned by the Death Eater lifestyle. He reluctantly participated in Death Eater activities and by the end of the war, remained on the fence. When Harry Potter was captured in his home, Draco showed great hesitation in identifying him before the Death Eaters. It is implied that, as an adult, Draco regretted joining the Death Eaters and lost some of his bigotry, as he has a civil, if not friendly, relationship with old school rivals and evidently raised his son to be a better person than he was” So there it is.
He’s thinking for himself. But more importantly that man. This Draco Malfoy is no longer a boy who wants to get approval from his Father. And now is thinking for himself and becoming a man who probably doesn’t want that life for his own child. Right? And even so. Maybe he becomes exactly like his father, giving Scorpius everything he needs and pushing him to be what he and Astoria’s convictions. But even so, he sure as hell does not believe the things his father believed anymore, if he ever really did.
And Ron? The slacker husband, who gets away with having a bad temper because he knows what familial love is? Do you really think he’s going to work to be a good husband when he left his best friends in a middle of a forest because it got hard? Do we really think he’s going to miraculously get over his temper tantrums? Or start applying himself in life? Poor Hermione probably has to do everything in that relationship.
I think Draco, with a little direction, has the makings to be a good man. And I know J.K. Rowling has said it is unhealthy to love Draco. But, I see great potential in this man, as far as how I have interpreted him. He has drive, and he has motivation to be good. Of course. I severely hope Astoria saw these changes in him before marrying him, otherwise of course, their relationship might not be very healthy. But I definitely believe in Draco Malfoy. I would at least choose Malfoy at the end of the books over Ron.
Challenge me on this! Anyone and everyone! I love talking Harry Potter.
Also have you heard the Draco Malfoy was never a Death Eater but was actually a werewolf theory? It’s great! Read it here.