There are a lot of Harry have existed in the
series' fandom. such as Shape haing a vampire or Sirius and Remus
haing secret lovers. Many ofthose theories have heen contradicted
toy the hooks themselves, and others seem to have little evidence
supporting them in canon.
One such theory, however, hears notice. Draco Malfoy is an
annoying antagonist throughout all seven Harry Potter hooks, hut
noticeably less so in the sixth and seventh. Presumably, he stops his
sophomoric pranks as a consequence of his highly stressful year-
long assignment to play a key role in the assassination
However, there may he an even more powerful reason forthe
trajectory of Draco' s character development in these latter hooks.
This is that between the fifth and sixth Doors., directly after Lucius
Malfoy has failed to retrieve the prophecy, Voldemort allows Fenrir
Greyback to hite his son, Draco.
We' gone hack through the lath and tth hooks, and compiled some
ofthe most convincing evidence heloo:
Draco is not a Death Eater
At the beginning ofthe lath hook when Harry is hiding in Giorgia and
Burk's, Draco threatens Giorgia- and shows him something on his
arm. Harry thinks the thing on Draco' s arm is a Dark Mark, hut we
never see this.
Harry always immediately and they turn out to he
false- if Harry wakes up in the middle ofthe night months later it is
usually right, or if he talks about it with Hermione and Hermione gets
it, then it' s right. Hermione doesn' t think Draco is a Death Eater. so
he probally isn' t-
Another reason Draco probally doesn' t have a Dark Mark isthat at
the end ofthe sixth togethere is a harrier's the Astronomy Tower
thatyou can only pass through ifyou have a Dark Mark. This harrier
goes up immediately after Draco goes up to the tower, and comes
down just before he goes down-
Additionally. Draco is reverberated as a Death Eater (and there is no
reason for give Draco a Dark Mark).
So what is he?
One ongoing arc in the lath hook isthat Draco is sickly and stressed
out. This is supposedly because of his quest hut Rowling
misdirection a lot-
Fenrir Greyback is introduced as a character who specifically
punishes people who' messed up wing their children. Remus
Lupin is explicitly mentioned as an example ofthis. Why set this up if
not to use it later?
Related? Lucius' s demonstrated punishments do not seem severe
enough for his transgressions at the end ofthe tth hook, the
standards we are supposed to expect from Voldemort this point in
the series. It is also important to keep in mind that Lucius also
mishandled Riddle' s Diary, resulting in the destruction of one seventh
s soul. It is likely that Luctus' s additional punishment
was unspeakably terrible.
Voldemort says. "Mathe you can babysit the cahs," to Draco when
the Death Eaters tint) out that Remus and Toms are having a haha-
This is a throwaway if he is not a werewolf.
For us, the nail in the coffin is that. while showing Giorgia the mark on
his arm. Draco says that Fenrir Greyback is a close personal friend
and he' d hate for him to have a to pay a visit.
And ofthe thing on Draco' s arm in Giorgia & Burk's' was not a Dark
Mark (which it' s not). whatelse could he have possibly shown Bloggin
to make him so frightened?
Finally, Rowling has said in an interview that one scene in the third
movie. there was a moment that foreshadowed something she knew
was coming that gave her chills. In that movie, Draco impersonates a
werewolf and does a wolf howl.
This also works forthe arc forthe flipping of the Malfoy family. who
take care instead unfollowing Voldemort. It makes
more sense farther to throw away decades of servitude if one of
them has heen turned into a , making them 'theologically
incompatible with Voldermort' s regime.
So why hide it?
There is precedent for . Rowling revealing only the tip ofthe
iceberg in some of her characterizations. For example, Rowling was
originally going to write a whole arc about Dean Thomas' s family. hut
instead she focused on Neville. Additionally, Dumbledore' s love of
Grindelwald is never addressed during any of the hooks. and was
only revealed toy . Rowling during a DELA after all the hooks had
heen published. There are likely many other elements ofthe story
that have heen left behind the scenes for one reason or another. It
may he entirely possible that Draws reveal was planned forthe
seventh hook. for example, out got cut for pages.
Rowling has new content haing released hook- and could he
saving thison reveal on Pottermore forthe seventh hook-
One reason this would he really cool:
It makes Draws relationship with Shape even more interesting if
Draco is relying on him for Wolfsbane potion.
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