Pottermore Christmas Day 11 Gives Us the Hugely Anticipated Draco Malfoy Backstory, So Run to Your Computers!

Finally! J.K. Rowling took the opportunity of Pottermore Christmas Day 11 to give us patient fans the backstory of our favorite villainous Hogwarts student: Draco Malfoy. It was rumored to be coming, but it still thrilled readers, so excuse us while we jump up and down. The riddle was a simple one, but we can all forgive Rowling because as we were reading, we saw what the answer was going to be and got too excited to care.

Here's the riddle, so you can get all giddy along with me:

Say it along with me: Draco Malfoy! Draco Malfoy!

Finally, we are transported as fast as our fingers can type to the top of that astronomy tower where (book spoilers!) Dumbledore is seen falling (tears), and just as easily as we all solved the riddle, if readers hover their cursor over Draco himself, we can unlock his secret back story. And there is a lot. (!!!) Merry Christmas, indeed.

Draco grew up hearing stories about Harry Potter, aka the Boy Who Lived, and he believed the theory along with his father that Harry survived because he was the new great Dark wizard. So Draco tried to befriend Harry immediately when he arrived at Hogwarts, but it was Harry's refusal to respond to Draco's friendly overtures, out of allegiance to Ron Weasley, that turned Draco against him. Then Draco started to realize that Harry was not going to be the next Voldemort, and his enemy was solidified.

But as Draco aged, Rowling writes, he grew more tolerant. He married the younger sister of a fellow Slytherin, Astoria Greengrass, who went through the same conversion from pure-blood ideals to a more open-minded worldview. Rowling writes:

And in a super-interesting explanation of his name, Rowling reveals why she settled on "Malfoy":

This is Rowling's lengthiest Pottermore Christmas writing yet, by far, and as all Harry Potter-lovers know, villain or not, Draco Malfoy deserves it.

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