Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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Draco Malfoy Character Analysis

Harry's nemesis at school. Malfoy is a wealthy boy in Slytherin, from a prominent Wizarding family. Though he's always been power-hungry and cruel, this year he has the added benefit of being a prefect, which gives him the power to take House points from people he doesn't like. Though Malfoy certainly knows that Voldemort is back—his father, Lucius Malfoy, is a prominent Death Eater—he plays into Professor Umbridge's insistence that Voldemort isn't back and does everything he can to curry favor with her. When Umbridge forms an “Inquisitorial Squad” made up of students, Malfoy happily joins and abuses his power as a prefect even more. He's enraged with Harry at the end of the school year, as Harry's exploits at the Ministry land Malfoy’s father in Azkaban.
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Draco Malfoy Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Draco Malfoy appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Ten
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An hour later, Ron and Hermione join Harry. They say that Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson are the Slytherin prefects. Ernie MacMillan and Hannah Abbot are prefects from... (full context)
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...Luna snappily takes the magazine back—her father is the editor, she says. Minutes later, Draco Malfoy opens the door to the compartment to taunt Harry. He promises to "dog" Harry, but... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...pick a bowtruckle, he tries to ask Grubbly-Plank about Hagrid. She refuses to answer, and Malfoy smirks that Hagrid might be injured by something "too large" for him. Harry wonders what... (full context)
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Hermione assures Harry that Dumbledore would've said something if Hagrid was in trouble. Malfoy makes more mean comments about Hagrid and Harry follows Ron and Hermione to Herbology in... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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...Dumbledore is a supportive boss. Umbridge asks students about injuries in the class, and when Malfoy mentions that he was attacked by a hippogriff, Harry points out that Malfoy didn't follow... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...to talk to them without that being intercepted. Down in the dungeons at Potions class, Malfoy boasts that Umbridge already gave the Slytherin Quidditch team permission to practice. He insults Mr.... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...horror as Ron lets the Slytherins score three times. Seeing the Snitch, Harry dives, hits Malfoy's hand out of the way, and grabs the Snitch. A Bludger hits Harry in the... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...half of a cow carcass, and then leads them into the trees. He snaps at Malfoy when Malfoy suggests that whatever creatures they're looking for aren't safe. He then throws the... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...will live to old age. Both Cho and Seamus thank Harry and praise him, while Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle stay quiet—Harry named their fathers as Death Eaters, but they can't say... (full context)
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...his long, white fingers. He interrogates a man named Rookwood about why Bode fought Lucius Malfoy's Imperius Curse and couldn't take "it." Harry sends Rookwood away and then looks at himself... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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...Umbridge found about the D.A. and sends everyone running. Harry races for a bathroom, but Malfoy hits him with a Trip Jinx. Umbridge comes around the corner, looking delighted. She walks... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...two Aurors, and Umbridge. Harry learns from Ernie that Dumbledore's office sealed itself against Umbridge. Malfoy interrupts and says that since he's part of the Inquisitorial Squad—a group of students who... (full context)
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...lies to Snape that he's been practicing, but before Snape can break into Harry's mind, Malfoy knocks and tells Snape that they found Montague and need help. As Harry prepares to... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...begin acting strangely. Ernie interrogates people about how many hours per day they study, while Malfoy insists that those students with connections at the Ministry will be favored by the examiners.... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Two
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Suddenly Umbridge drags Harry's head back through the flames until he's back in her office. Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle enter, holding Ron, Ginny, Luna, and Neville. Umbridge insists that Harry was... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Eight
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...around people or not. As he enters the entrance hall, he sees Crabbe, Goyle, and Malfoy. Malfoy threatens Harry, since Harry put Lucius in Azkaban, and Harry pulls out his wand.... (full context)
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On the train the next day, Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle try to curse Harry, but most of the D.A. comes to Harry's... (full context)