12 little-known secrets about Draco Malfoy even die-hard 'Harry Potter' fans may not know

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy. Warner bros
Draco Malfoy is common in the Harry Potter franchise, but we don't learn much about him.
His family has always been powerful and his ancestors even have ties to British royalty.
The young wizard is proficient in Occlumency and his wand says a lot about him.
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Voldemort may have been the main villain in the "Harry Potter" franchise, but Draco Malfoy was Harry's archenemy.
Before using her platform to spread transphobic messages, the series' controversial writer JK Rowling was known for using Twitter, interviews, and the official Wizarding World website to spread the "Harry Potter" canon of the seven books to expand beyond.
With that information and the original series in mind, here are some facts about Draco Malfoy that even the greatest "Harry Potter" fans may not know.
Draco's wand says a lot about his inner feelings
As Ollivander says on the series, "the wand chooses the wizard" and there seems to be a deeper meaning behind Draco's hawthorn wand.
According to a 2015 Rowling essay published on Pottermore (now Wizarding World), hawthorn wands are "most at home" with a witch or wizard who is in conflict or in a moment of turmoil.
The unicorn hair core of Draco's wand is also the "hardest" to turn to the dark arts, according to Rowling, which may explain why he couldn't bring himself to kill Dumbledore at his greatest moment of inner turmoil.
He's very good at Occlumency
Draco was better at turning off his emotions. Warner bros.
Occlumency is the practice of defending your mind from anyone who uses Legilimony to pervade it for information.
Harry wasn't particularly good at fending off Voldemort's Legilimony attacks, but according to Wizarding World, Draco had a knack for that ability.
Unlike Harry, Draco found it "easy to suppress emotions, to divide oneself up and to deny essential parts of oneself" - all helpful skills for Occlumency.
The Malfoy family has ties to British royalty
With all the money and influence of the Malfoy family, it's no surprise they have some pretty strong connections. According to a 2015 feature by Pottermore, one of those connections is the British monarchy.
Draco's ancestor Armand Malfoy performed "shady (and almost certainly magical) services" to King William I in exchange for the family's first property in England.
The first Lucius Malfoy (who came before Draco's father) also offered his hand to Queen Elizabeth I, and there are even rumors that the Malfoys bewitched the Queen after she refused him.
The name Malfoy tells us a lot about the family
The Malfoys run away at the end of the series. Warner bros.
The Malfoy family are known to be powerful and devious with disregard for others, and the last name practically tells the reader that to expect this of them.
According to Wizarding World, Malfoy comes from the old French words "mal" ("bad" or "evil") and "foi" ("belief" or "trust").
Even Voldemort's trust in the Malfoys ends in bad faith because at the first sign of trouble they run away and go into hiding.
But the name wasn't the author's first choice for the family
In 2015, Rowling released a list of the first 40 names she found for the series, some that made it and others that were cut or changed.
The first two last names she could think of for Draco were Spungen and Spinks, but both were crossed out when she chose Malfoy.
The Malfoys' mental instability could be the result of their pure-blood ideals
The Malfoys believe in pure-blood supremacy, and according to Rowling, this contributed to some of the mental instability in the later generations of the family.
Their commitment to marrying purebloods left them with an ever smaller gene pool to choose from, making the Malfoys, along with the Gaunts and Lestranges, "weakened and unstable".
This may be why some of the characters we encounter on the series, like Bellatrix Lestrange and Draco, sometimes seem mentally unbalanced.
Draco married Astoria Greengrass and had one child
Draco's family is briefly introduced in the epilogue. Warner bros.
The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows epilogue flashes 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts.
In that scene and in other interviews, Rowling shared details about Draco's future, including the fact that he married Astoria Greengrass. They had a blond son named Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy.
His marriage was a disappointment for his parents
The Malfoy family believed Muggles were inferior to wizards, which is why they worked so hard to maintain their pureblood status.
But even though both were pureblood themselves, Draco and Astoria refused to raise Scorpius to hate muggles, which was a point of contention between Draco and his family.
According to Wizarding World, "family gatherings were often fraught with tension".
Draco almost didn't go to Hogwarts
In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" Draco brags that his father Lucius originally wanted to send him to Durmstrang because the European School doesn't allow Muggleborns.
He also says that they give students a better education in the dark arts.
But his mother Narcissa disagreed. She didn't want her son that far from home, so they sent him to Hogwarts.
Tom Felton and Ralph Fiennes improvised a large scene between Draco and Voldemort
Tom Felton played Draco Malfoy. Warner bros.
At the height of "Deathly Hallows," Voldemort invites students and faculty to join his side during the Battle of Hogwarts.
Predictably, the response to his offer has not been very warm. In fact, the only person who comes to him at the urging of his own parents is Draco.
This leads to a very uncomfortable hug between Draco (played by Tom Felton) and Voldemort (played by Ralph Fiennes).
Felton said via CheatSheet during a 2011 Dragon Con panel that the interaction was improvised. Of the 20+ takes in the scene, Fiennes only hugged the actor once, but that ended in the last film.
His birthday is June 5, 1980
According to a 2015 tweet from Rowling, Draco's birthday is June 5, 1980.
This explains why he was in Slughorn's class with Harry (whose birthday is July 31) on the day of the appearance test in "Half-Blood Prince".
The test took place on April 21st and only wizards as early as 17 years of age could obtain their Apparation license.
Draco is likely related to Harry Potter
Draco and Harry's family trees are apparently intertwined. Warner bros.
The British wizarding world is not that big, so many families are related.
According to the Black family tree, which is referenced several times throughout the series, Draco's great-great-aunt Dorea Black married Charlus Potter, who was most likely a relative of Harry's grandfather.
The Malfoys are one of the oldest pure-blood families in the wizarding world, so Draco also has family ties to Bellatrix Lestrange, Sirius Black, Nymphadora Tonks, and even the Weasleys.
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