J.K. Rowling Says She's "Unnerved" By Draco Malfoy's Popularity
"Draco has all the glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise him."
Here’s the latest riddle:
Spoiler: The answer and subject of today's moment is none other than Draco Malfoy.
Draco had many surnames before I settled on 'Malfoy'. At various times in the earliest drafts he is Smart, Spinks or Spungen. His Christian name comes from a constellation – the dragon.
Like every other child of Harry Potter's age, Draco heard stories of the Boy Who Lived through his youth.
Draco's feelings for Harry were always based, on a great part, on envy. Though he never sought fame, Harry was unquestionably the most talked-about and admired person at school, and this naturally jarred with a boy who had been brought up to believe that he occupied an almost royal position within the wizarding community.
What was more, Harry was most talented at flying, the one skill at which Malfoy had been confident he would outshine all the other first-years.
Rowling also addresses Draco's popularity, and the many warnings she's given to readers prone to falling for the bad boy:
For all this, Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this particular fictional character (although I do not discount the appeal of Tom Felton, who plays Draco brilliantly in the films, and ironically, is about the nicest person you could meet). Draco has all the glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people. All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers' daydreams as I told them, rather severely, that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice and that no, he and Harry were not destined to end up best friends.
She also concedes that despite his nature, she feels sorry for him.
I pity Draco. Being raised by the Malfoys would be a very damaging experience, and Draco undergoes dreadful trials as a direct result of his family's misguided principles.