Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by

J. K. Rowling

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Harry’s longtime nemesis, now a Death Eater charged with murdering Dumbledore. Although he’s outwardly cruel, prejudiced, and completely committed to Voldemort’s service, inwardly Draco is confused and reluctant to take on this new and villainous role. Over the course of the novel he seems increasingly sick, paranoid, and vulnerable – Harry even catches him crying to Moaning Myrtle about his fear of Voldemort. It’s clear that he’s only working for Voldemort in order to ensure his family’s standing and safety. Like Harry, Draco has been thrust into adulthood long before he is ready for it. Although Harry feels suspicious of and vengeful towards Draco for much of the novel, this parallel eventually causes him to reevaluate his enemy and understand his actions in terms of their context, rather than in a stark paradigm of good and evil.

Draco Malfoy Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince quotes below are all either spoken by Draco Malfoy or refer to Draco Malfoy. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince published in 2006.
Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Lightning-Struck Tower Quotes

Come over to the right side, Draco, and we can hide you more completely than you can possibly imagine. What is more, I can send members of the Order to your mother tonight to hide her likewise…Come over to the right side, Draco…you are not a killer…”

Related Characters: Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Draco Malfoy, Narcissa Malfoy
Page Number: 592
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Draco Malfoy Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The timeline below shows where the character Draco Malfoy appears in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two: Spinner’s End
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...case after the recent disaster at the Ministry; Bellatrix blames these recent events on Lucius Malfoy, and Narcissa interjects that no one should blame her husband. (full context)
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...he says he can do little to help her Narcissa begins to cry, whimpering that Draco is her only son. Haranguing her sister, Bellatrix says that she should be proud, and... (full context)
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Narcissa is sure that the Dark Lord has chosen Draco for this project in order to punish Lucius. Snape confirms that the Dark Lord is... (full context)
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...and returning her to her seat, Snape says that he might be able to help Draco along the way. Kneeling before him again, Narcissa begs him to make an Unbreakable Vow... (full context)
Chapter Six: Draco’s Detour
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...set off to buy new robes. When the trio enters Madam Malkin’s shop, they find Draco and his mother inside, bickering. As soon as Draco notices them, he calls Hermione a... (full context)
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...to attack him now; then she can join her “loser of a husband” in Azkaban. Draco snarls at him not to insult his mother. Madam Malkin timidly tries to defuse the... (full context)
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As Ginny scolds the twins to mind their own business, the trio glimpses Draco outside, hurrying down the street alone. Harry knows there must be some special and nefarious... (full context)
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Inside, Draco is surveying a large black cabinet and asking Borgin if he can fix a certain... (full context)
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...Hermione slips out from the cloak and strolls into the shop. Lying to Borgin that Draco is her friend, she claims she wants to buy him a birthday present and asks... (full context)
Chapter Seven: The Slug Club
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Harry can’t stop thinking about Malfoy’s excursion to Knockturn Alley, but to his frustration, Ron and Hermione don’t find it as... (full context)
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Suddenly, it occurs to Harry that Draco has replaced Lucius as a Death Eater in Voldemort’s army, but Ron and Hermione dismiss... (full context)
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...Mr. Weasley aside and confesses what he saw in Diagon Alley and his suspicions about Draco. Mr. Weasley seems manifestly unconvinced that Draco is up to anything bad and ushers him... (full context)
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Soon, Ron and Hermione enter the compartment. Ron complains that Draco is sitting with the other Slytherins instead of doing his duty as a prefect. Since... (full context)
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Although Harry looks for Draco along the way, he can’t catch a glimpse. Instead, he notices that many students are... (full context)
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...had been pestering her for information about the Ministry. Seeing someone open the door to Draco’s compartment, Harry whips on his Invisibility Cloak and darts in, as well. Although he thinks... (full context)
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Seemingly angry not to be invited, Draco quizzes Blaise Zabini about Slughorn’s lunch. He’s disgusted that Neville and Ginny, a “blood traitor,”... (full context)
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...moment to leave the carriage, Harry draws his wand. But after the other Slytherins leave, Malfoy steps back into the compartment and jinxes Harry, paralyzing him. He steps on Harry’s nose,... (full context)
Chapter Eight: Snape Victorious
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As they walk out of the Great Hall, Harry tells Ron what he overheard Malfoy say. However, Ron insists that Draco was just showing off for his friends – he... (full context)
Chapter Nine: The Half-Blood Prince
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...them and his potion immediately turns the correct color. Meanwhile, as Slughorn nears his table, Draco tries to get his attention by name-dropping his well-connected grandfather. Harry smirks to see the... (full context)
Chapter Eleven: Hermione’s Helping Hand
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...the Daily Prophet. She’s surprised to read that Mr. Weasley’s office has just searched the Malfoy house on the basis of a “confidential tip-off.” Harry reveals that the “tip” came from... (full context)
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Grumpily, Ron tells Harry to drop his obsession with Draco; when Hermione snaps at him that it’s not their fault Slughorn doesn’t like him, he... (full context)
Chapter Twelve: Silver and Opals
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...He points out to the others that, since the necklace was at Borgin and Burkes, Draco knew about it and could easily have bought it. Ron and Hermione are skeptical, and... (full context)
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...see Dumbledore, but as the professor is away, he’s forced to confide his suspicions about Draco to McGonagall, who asks him what proof he has. When he admits that he didn’t... (full context)
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...it inside the castle. But when Harry points out that such thinking is characteristic of Draco, the others ignore him. (full context)
Chapter Thirteen: The Secret Riddle
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Harry repeats his suspicions about Draco to Dumbledore, but the professor merely says that he will perform a thorough investigation into... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen: Felix Felicis
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When they get to the locker room, Ginny announces that Draco isn’t playing today, having become ill. Harry wonders if he’s faking and feels distracted. As... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen: The Unbreakable Vow
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...that people are still succeeding in bringing in illicit objects. Eagerly, he tells Hermione that Draco might have found a way to ship the necklace to school, but she dismisses the... (full context)
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...never shown much aptitude before. Fortunately, Snape’s attention is distracted by Filch, who has caught Draco trying to crash the party. Although Slughorn genially waves him into the party, Harry notices... (full context)
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...slips away from the party, as well, donning his Invisibility Cloak and following Snape and Draco down the corridor. He hears Snape warning Draco that he can’t afford to make any... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas
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Home at the Burrow for Christmas, Ron still can’t quite believe that Snape was offering Draco help. Their conference is interrupted by the entrance of Fred and George, who tease Ron... (full context)
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...as well as Remus Lupin, who is listening in – about the overheard conference between Draco and Snape. Immediately, Mr. Weasley suggests that Snape was just pretending to help him. Lupin... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen: A Sluggish Memory
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...When he mentions Lupin’s account of Fenrir Greyback, Hermione eagerly points out that they heard Draco using his name to threaten Borgin. Harry sees this as proof that Draco is a... (full context)
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However, when Harry repeats the overheard conversation between Snape and Draco, Dumbledore seems unsurprised and urges Harry to forget about it. He’s even a little testy... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen: Birthday Surprises
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...their first Apparition lessons. As everyone spreads out to practice, Harry positions himself right behind Draco, who is having a heated argument with Crabbe. He hears his nemesis sharply admonish his... (full context)
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As he leaves the Great Hall, Harry sees Draco rushing off ahead. He runs to his dormitory and produces the Marauders’ Map, looking for... (full context)
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...at the watch Ron has received from his parents, too busy scouring the map for Draco, who isn’t visible anywhere in the castle. Ron offers Harry a chocolate from one of... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen: Elf Tails
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...room to think. He hypothesizes that Dumbledore is angry because Snape has failed to investigate Draco’s actions sufficiently. He wonders why Dumbledore told him that his trust in Snape is unshaken;... (full context)
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...once in his life, Harry doesn’t care that much about Quidditch; he’s too busy stalking Draco’s location on the map and wondering what he’s up to when he seems to vanish.... (full context)
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...before she drives them both crazy. On his way down to the pitch he encounters Draco, accompanied by two young girls. Of course, Draco refuses to say where he’s going, but... (full context)
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...Ron that Harry was almost late for the match. Harry confesses that he ran into Draco and almost followed him, and Ron scolds Harry for neglecting his duty as Quidditch captain... (full context)
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...Dobby’s delight and Kreacher’s great disgust, Harry informs them that he’d like them to follow Draco and report on his actions. Kreacher is incensed that he has to spy on a... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One: The Unknowable Room
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...disapproves of house-elf labor; indeed, she’s incensed that, because Harry casually told them to follow Draco around the clock, they haven’t slept in a week. Kreacher praises Draco’s bearing and “nobility,”... (full context)
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...to bed, Hermione reminds Harry that his job is to get Slughorn’s memory, not track Draco. Still, he lies awake all night wondering why Draco is using the Room of Requirement.... (full context)
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...paces outside of it, thinking determinedly that he needs to see what it becomes for Draco. However, no matter how many formulations of this request he tries, no door reveals itself... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two: After the Burial
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...the Apparition test; Slughorn tells them to brew him something “amusing.” While looking across at Draco, who seems pale and sick, Harry thumbs through his book and decides to make an... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four: Sectumsempra
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One day, Harry is walking to dinner alone, checking the Marauder’s Map for Draco’s location. With a start, he sees that Draco is in the sixth floor boy’s bathroom,... (full context)
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Enraged, Draco draws his wand and the two begin fighting. Harry slips on the floor and Draco... (full context)
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...with such spells. As she and Harry are arguing furiously, Ginny interrupts, pointing out that Draco was about to use an Unforgivable Curse and everyone should be glad Harry could defend... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five: The Seer Overheard
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Deducing that Draco is celebrating something inside the Room of Requirement, Harry persuades Trelawney to come with him... (full context)
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...out that he’s a very good liar and that he’s probably up to something with Draco right now. Harry becomes more and more angry but Dumbledore cuts off his outburst, saying... (full context)
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...his Invisibility Cloak; while he’s there he tells Ron and Hermione about Trelawney’s encounter with Draco, asking them to keep track of his whereabouts. He gives them the Marauder’s Map and... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Lightning-Struck Tower
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...the chance to defend himself. The professor seems unfazed to find himself unarmed and facing Draco. (full context)
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Full of bravado, Draco informs Dumbledore that he’s smuggled Death Eaters into the school right under his nose. He... (full context)
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Conversationally, Dumbledore asks how Draco managed to smuggle in the Death Eaters. Draco says that he fixed the Vanishing Cabinet... (full context)
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Dumbledore asks how he managed to get the necklace to Katie, and Draco reveals that he has used the Imperius Curse on Madam Rosmerta. Dumbledore realizes aloud that... (full context)
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Crisply, Dumbledore says he wants to discuss Draco’s “options,” since he doesn’t believe the boy actually wants to kill him. Draco shouts that... (full context)
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Seemingly wavering, Draco almost drops his wand, but suddenly several Death Eaters storm onto the ramparts. They chortle... (full context)
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...the top of the stairs. The Death Eaters turn to him, wanting him to energize Draco. Meanwhile Dumbledore speaks Snape’s name in a soft tone, seeming to be begging for something.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight: Flight of the Prince
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Harry can’t believe his eyes. He sees Snape grab Draco and lead him down the stairs before realizing that he can now move again. He... (full context)
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...by two Death Eaters, Harry runs toward the entrance of the castle behind Snape and Draco. The doors have been blasted open and students are milling about in fright and confusion.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine: Phoenix Lament
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...Vanishing Cabinet to enter the castle. Ron and Ginny admit that, although they were tracking Draco on the map, he managed to get past them, even using some of Fred and... (full context)
Chapter Thirty: The White Tomb
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...the Great Hall, joined by Rufus Scrimgeour. Looking at the Slytherin table, Harry wonders where Draco is now – he can still remember his fear and hesitancy on the Astronomy tower,... (full context)