Wait, what do you mean nobody’s doing Draco Malfoy yet? You said it’s Fictional Boyfriends Month, right? And nobody chose Draco? Hand me that conch . . .
FIVE SIX SEVEN REASONS WHY DRACO MALFOY WOULD MAKE A GREAT FICTIONAL BOYFRIEND
(NO, I’M NOT KIDDING.)
(YOUR MOM’S KIDDING.)
(HEAR ME OUT, HUFFLEPUFFS.)
Alternate title: Just because my name means “Awful Person Bad Faith” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t kiss me.
Before I begin my Defense of Draco, I’d like to make clear that we’re talking about post-Hallows Draco here. Because we’re not perverts. And because, frankly, nobody at Hogwarts made good boyfriend material during the war. (Ask poor Ginny Weasley; just when you think you’re finally getting somewhere with a guy, he sneaks off to sacrifice himself in the Forbidden Forest.) (Or he goes camping for 400 pages.) (Or he just has a . . . thing. NBD, Ginny. Call ya later.)
Draco, more than most young wizards – more even than Neville – needed some time to find himself after the war. There’s no finding yourself when Voldemort is camped out in your dining room. (There’s not even dinner.) Which makes it all the more remarkable that Draco shows such great fictional boyfriend potential . . .
1. Draco Malfoy is a family man.
Draco enjoys spending time with his parents. He seems like he’ll probably want blond kids of his own someday. Whenever he hears something cool, he’s all, “Wait ‘til my father hears about this!” (This is a good thing.) (You know who didn’t complain about those strong Malfoy family ties? Harry Potter. When they were saving his life.)
2. Draco Malfoy has pretty hair.
3. And a lot of nice suits.
4. Draco Malfoy is the only person who intentionally visits Moaning Myrtle.
“He’s sensitive, people bully him, too, and he feels lonely and hasn’t got anybody to talk to, and he’s not afraid to show his feelings and cry!”
5. Draco Malfoy will not betray you to the Dark Lord, even when he knows it’s you.
6. Draco Malfoy is obviously into Hermione Granger, which bodes well for bookish, Muggle-born know-it-alls everywhere.
7. Draco Malfoy is incapable of real evil.
Seriously. Most of the time, when you fall in love with someone, you’re never really sure what they’re capable of. (Will they betray you to the Nazis when you’re trying to escape with your family into the Alps? WHO KNOWS.)
WE KNOW WHAT DRACO IS CAPABLE OF.
AND IT DOESN’T INCLUDE GREAT EVIL.
Even with his family’s lives on the line – even when his own life hangs in the balance – Draco Malfoy cannot bring himself to kill Albus Dumbledore. He can’t manage a Crucio against Harry. He practically donates his wand to the good fight.
If Dumbledore is willing to give Draco a second chance, so am I.
DISCLAIMER: THE AUTHOR IN NO WAY ADVOCATES TRYING TO ‘FIX’ DEATHEATERS. FORM RELATIONSHIPS WITH DREAMY DEATHEATERS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Rainbow Rowell is the author of Attachments, Eleanor & Park (February 2013) and Fangirl (September 2013). She is happily married to a man who never took the Dark Mark. But she would have married him, even if he had.
Do you have a favorite bad boy character who would be your fictional boyfriend?
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