All about... Draco Malfoy

After his offer of friendship to Harry Potter is rebuffed, Draco Malfoy becomes our hero’s implacable enemy. We’ve taken a look at their feud, as well as the life, heritage and character of this sinister Slytherin student...

Fact file

5 June 1980
Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy
Hawthorn and unicorn hair. Ten inches precisely.

First mention of Draco

In the back of the shop, a boy with a pale, pointed face was standing on a footstool while a second witch pinned up his long black robes.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Number of mentions of Draco in all seven books


Draco Malfoy’s biggest book moments

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Is happy to be sorted into Slytherin at Hogwarts: the Sorting Hat calls out his house without hesitation
- Chapter 7

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Becomes Slytherin Seeker: his father Lucius buys the entire team new Nimbus Two Thousand and One broomsticks
- Chapter 7

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Ignores Hagrid’s warnings and taunts Buckbeak the Hippogriff, who attacks him. Draco is injured and Buckbeak is later sentenced to death but escapes
- Chapter 6

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Is turned into a ferret by Professor Moody as a punishment for trying to curse Harry behind his back
- Chapter 13

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Becomes a member of Hogwarts Headmistress Professor Umbridge’s Inquisitorial Squad, which gives him the right to take away house points from other students
- Chapter 28

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Brags to other Slytherins about being chosen for a special task by Voldemort
- Chapter 7

Is unable to kill Professor Dumbledore: Professor Snape does the deed instead
- Chapter 27

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Attends a meeting with Voldemort and the Death Eaters, at the end of which Hogwarts teacher Charity Burbage is killed
- Chapter 1

Draco vs Harry

There’s a constant tension between Draco and Harry: we chart some of the biggest flash points in their relationship over the seven books.

Draco vs Harry
Book Draco Harry
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneOffers his friendship to HarryRefuses Draco’s friendship
Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsTaunts Harry about a mid-air twirl he does during a Quidditch matchCatches the Snitch, which is hovering inches above Draco’s left ear
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanCheats at Quidditch by grabbing Harry’s broomstickInfuriates Draco when he is sent a Firebolt broomstick
Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireHands out badges that say ‘Potter Stinks’ during the Triwizard TournamentAccuses Draco’s mother of having an expression ‘like she’s got dung under her nose’
Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixInsults Harry’s mother after losing a Quidditch gamePunches Draco in the stomach
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceTries to use the Cruciatus curse on HarryUses the Sectumsempra curse on Draco
Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsDoesn’t identify Harry to the Death Eaters at Malfoy Manor Rescues Draco from Fiendfyre in the Room of Requirement

Eleven centuries of Malfoys

Draco’s family has a lineage going back to the time of the Norman Invasion: we pick out some of the key genealogical stops along the way.

1066: Armand Malfoy
Came to England with William the Conqueror, who awarded him land in Wiltshire
14th Century: Nicholas Malfoy
Believed to have ‘dispatched many a fractious Muggle tenant under the guise of the Black Death’
16th Century: Lucius Malfoy
May have been an unsuccessful aspirant to the hand of Elizabeth I
18th Century: Septimus Malfoy
Many claimed that Minister for Magic Unctuous Osbert was ‘little more than his puppet’
20th Century: Abraxas Malfoy
Believed to be part of the plot that saw the first Muggle-born Minister, Nobby Leach, leave his position
20th Century: Lucius Malfoy
Death Eater, participant in the first wizarding war and husband of Narcissa, Draco’s mother
21st Century: Draco Malfoy
Family is all-important to Draco, who starts his own with Astoria Greengrass
21st Century: Scorpius Malfoy
Son of Draco and Astoria: he starts at Hogwarts in 2017, with Rose Granger-Weasley and Albus Potter

Crabbe and Goyle

Our pick of some of the best moments involving Draco’s hefty henchmen, Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle.

  • Harry and Ron use Polyjuice Potion to take on the appearance of Crabbe and Goyle
  • Crabbe and Goyle get hit by too many hexes during a fight with Ron, Hermione, Harry, Fred and George
  • Harry throws sludge at Draco, Crabbe and Goyle from under the Invisibility Cloak
  • Crabbe and Goyle turn up to the Yule Ball without dates looking like ‘moss-coloured boulders’
  • Crabbe casts Fiendfyre, much to everyone’s astonishment
  • Crabbe and Goyle use Polyjuice Potion to take on the appearance of little girls and guard the Room of Requirement

Malfoy in his own words

We analyse every comment Draco made to see the split between nice, nasty and neutral.

  • 170 nasty comments (aggressive, dismissive, gloating, insulting, mean, thoughtless or threatening)
  • 18 neutral comments
  • 17 uses of the word ‘Mudblood’
  • 2 nice comments

‘I expect you’d have Father’s vote, sir, if you wanted to apply for the job. I’ll tell Father you’re the best teacher here, sir ...’
- Draco to Snape, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

‘He always spoke very highly of you, sir,’ said Malfoy quickly. ‘Said you were the best potion-maker he’d ever known ...’
- Draco to Slughorn, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Final mention of Draco

Draco Malfoy was standing there with his wife and son, a dark coat buttoned up to his throat... Draco caught sight of Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny staring at him, nodded curtly and turned away again
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows