It may have been years since J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series came to a tragic and satisfying end, but fans continue to debate and discuss the beloved book and movie series on a daily basis – especially when it comes to aspects of the series that they disagree with.
When it comes to the long list of topics that the Harry Potter fandom finds itself arguing over, Draco Malfoy’s character arc is almost certainly near the top. Introduced in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone as a privileged, arrogant and mean daddy’s boy, Draco Malfoy was given one of the most complex and interesting character arcs that the Harry Potter series has to offer. Over the course of the seven Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling added more depth to Draco as a character, going to a great deal of effort to present Draco as a three-dimensional, conflicted and complex character. With that said, the author stopped short of completely redeeming Draco, which is something that continues to infuriate members of the Harry Potter fandom to this day.
To properly answer this question, we’ve got to ask whether we can ever truly forgive someone as hateful and vile as Draco Malfoy? While there were undoubtedly moments that forced us to question whether Draco was the villain that we originally believed him to be, is it enough to make us forget the many moments in which he proved himself to be an arrogant, prejudiced and hateful person? After much discussion with other fans and all of the people here at The Blog That Must Not Be Named, we have come to the conclusion that, at least in our opinion, Draco Malfoy received the end he truly deserved.
As said beautifully by Sirius Black in Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. This is an idea that J.K. Rowling played with a lot in the later Harry Potter books, as she attempted to add depth to characters that were long believed to be beyond redemption. While Draco Malfoy showed immense growth throughout the series, suggesting that he could potentially break away from his family and their harmful beliefs, it can be said with absolute certainty that at no point in the series did he ever show the potential to be a hero. It would have been a disservice to the story and to Draco as a character to have him suddenly “switch sides” and find redemption, as he had not evolved enough as a character to make that decision.
While we can certainly understand the desire to see Draco find redemption, and we believe that the epilogue suggests that the character eventually discovered the right path, his overall arc in the series is one of the most beautiful and touching, because he is very much just at the beginning of his journey. Redemption isn’t something that can be achieved overnight or in one single moment, it’s something that you must work everyday to achieve – and it would have been a shame to see Draco redeemed so easily for the many shocking and vile things he did throughout the Harry Potter series. It seems much more fitting to have Draco work for the rest of his life to let go of his prejudices and make-up for his mistakes.
What do you think, should Draco Malfoy have been redeemed in the Harry Potter series? Let us know in the comment section below this post!