One of the most intriguing and complex characters in the “Harry Potter” universe is, at least in my opinion, Draco Malfoy.
J. K. Rowling portrayed Draco as a fearsome and evil little boy during the first five books, and I believe all of us disliked him as much as Harry did. He was just a “twitchy little ferret”, right? Personally, I despised him for his rudeness, for his prejudices against Muggle-borns and especially for his cowardice.
In the sixth book, when Draco is assigned the task of killing Albus Dumbledore by Lord Voldemort, he makes a deadly and effective plan to do exactly so. But he started to get stressed because of the difficulty of the mission and the consequences of failure. And then, surprisingly enough (I can say that I was completely shocked while reading), we read that Draco visited Myrtle regularly, even openly crying in front of her! To add to that, when Dumbledore is wandless and Draco is on the verge of casting Avada Kedavra, he falters. He just could not gather enough courage to say that spell. I believe this shows a hint of goodness in him and that if the Death Eaters did not enter the Astronomy Tower during that very moment, Dumbledore could have succeeded in convincing him that “Good always triumphs”.
After reading Half-Blood Prince, I seriously started to question all of my hatred towards him. I only realised my vision about the character had completely changed once reading Deathly Hallows.
During the last book of the series, I honestly started to see some good in Draco, even though he still fought along side with the Death Eaters in the Battle of Hogwarts. I guess I actually started to consider him one of my favourite characters when in the Epilogue he gives that curt nod to Ron, Ginny, Harry and Hermione. It had to mean something, right? Well, even if it didn’t mean much to most people, it definetly made me analize his past, and I got to the conclusion that he never had supporting parents, he never knew true love, he always thought the best way to shield himself from the cruelty of the world was by acting the way he acted. He never truly was a “two-faced bastard”, like Ron called him, he was just a scared boy that made all of the wrong choices.
And, as Deathly Hallows:Part 1 is about to be released, I just can’t wait to, hopefully, see that hint of goodness I saw while reading the book.