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Draco Malfoy is the son and only child of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy and is currently attending Hogwarts. He is a rival of Harry Potter, actively trying to undermine him in any way he can. Draco has white-blonde hair and a pale, pointed face. He owns an eagle owl who makes almost daily deliveries of sweets from home. Draco, after his father made a generous donation of Nimbus 2001 brooms to the team, has become the Slytherin Quidditch Seeker (CS
Draco met Harry Potter for the first time at Madam Malkin's robe shop in Diagon Alley on July 31, 1991. Draco confided to Harry that he was planning on bullying his parents into buying him things he wanted, which reminded Harry strongly of his cousin Dudley. When Draco saw Hagrid through the window of the shop, Draco spoke disparagingly of him:
"I've heard of him. He's a sort of servant, isn't he?...I heard he's a sort of savage--lives in a hut on the school grounds and every now and then he gets drunk, tries to do magic, and ends up setting fire to his bed." (SS5)
This attitude about other people put Harry off considerably. Those comments were followed by another intolerant speech about witches or wizards born of Muggle families:
"I really don't think they should let the other sort in, do you? They're just not the same, they've never been brought up to know our ways. Some of them have never even heard of Hogwarts until they get the letter, imagine. I think they should keep it in the old wizarding families." (SS5)
Aboard the Hogwarts Express, once he'd heard who Harry was, Draco introduced himself to Harry and suggested that Harry would be better served being friends with Draco than with Ron Weasley, whose family he obviously despised:
"My father told me all the Weasleys have red hair, freckles, and more children than they can afford...You'll soon find out some wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don't want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there." (SS6)
He then held out his hand to shake Harry's, but Harry didn't take it, instead responding, "I think I can tell who the wrong sort are for myself, thanks." These two events set the stage for a rivalry between the two boys which continues through every school year.
Draco is seldom seen without his two friends, Crabbe and Goyle, who are much larger than he and function as bodyguards. Their relationship is not a friendship between equals. Draco is clearly the leader and he seems to look down on the other boys as being ignorant and slow (which is true). They serve his purposes, however, and they give Draco a sounding board for his virulent speeches against Potter, Hermione Granger, and the Weasleys. He also employs them to do his dirty work on occasion.
Draco is constantly frustrated by the attention given to Harry. His father has cautioned Draco that it is not prudent to seem to be an enemy of Potter, who everyone in the wizarding world considers to be a hero, but Draco finds it impossible to be friendly with Harry. But Hermione Granger outperforms Draco in lessons and Harry outflies him in Quidditch. The teachers seem to give Potter a lot of leeway when it comes to rule-breaking. To top it all off, Harry is a celebrity whose picture appears in the Daily Prophet and who is treated in a familar, friendly way by the Minister of Magic himself (at least he was, until the summer of 1995).
Draco is something of a whiner, or at least he is not above using a relatively minor injury to his own advantage. When a hippogriff slashed his arm in the fall of 1993, Draco used this as an excuse to skip a week's worth of lessons, to force other students to do his work for him, and to avoid having to play a tough Quidditch match in unfavorable weather. He is also not above using offensive or hurtful language to others, including the term "mudblood" which is highly offensive.
It is difficult to determine Draco's relationship with his parents. He is certainly spoiled, judging by the way he bullied Lucius, his father, into buying him a racing broom and by the large amounts of sweets and other gifts he receives from home on an almost daily basis. His mother does care about him, enough anyway to nix the idea of his traveling far away to attend Durmstrang instead of Hogwarts. At the Quidditch World Cup, Draco was treated to a seat in the Top Box by his parents. His father is a Death Eater, and apparently high up in Voldemort's ranks, and he councils and cautions his son in how to appear respectable in Hogwarts society but also how to advance the cause against Dumbledore, Voldemort's greatest enemy. Lucius sends Draco press clippings which could prove useful in embarrassing or harrassing Potter or the Weasleys. Lucius advised Draco, when the Chamber of Secrets had been opened in 1992-3, to keep a low profile and let the Heir of Slytherin get on with it.
His hair is white-blonde and his eyes are cold gray, like his father's. He has a pale, pointed face. He is a good student, although he wishes that Hogwarts actually taught how to perform Dark Magic, not just defend against it. He is a very capable Quidditch Seeker.