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Saturday, November 05, 2005

More on Draco Malfoy

A couple of months ago, I posted my take on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In that post, I compared a choice made by Draco Malfoy to the choice made by Saruman, when Gandalf confronted him in his tower, after the fall of Sauron. (Which episode was, most unfortunately, left out of the Peter Jackson movie.)

This comparison hasn't sat well with one of my readers, who sees Malfoy as, at least in part, a victim of circumstances, and she has given me evidence, from J. K. Rowling's own mouth, that Draco isn't as totally despicable as I portrayed him. I guess I was looking for somebody totally and completely bad in the Potter series, and wasn't sure that Snape would fill that role, so fixed on Malfoy.

The evidence is in the second part of a long interview with Rowling, toward the bottom. Here's the most relevant part: "Harry is correct in believing that Draco would not have killed Dumbledore . . ."

Thanks, daughter!

1 comment:

Don't Call Me Jon said...

I'm pretty sure that the confrontation between Sauron and Gandalf that you are speaking of was cut out of the theatre version, but was kept in the extended edition. Gandalf breaks Saurons staff and banishes him from the Order of Wizards. It's been a while since I've seen it (and only once), but I'm pretty sure it's there. - Jon Brady