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Or perhaps in Slytherin
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.
The Sorting Hat

This Hogwarts House was founded by Salazar Slytherin and exemplifies ambition, cunning and resourcefulness. Its colour is green and silver, its animal is the serpent, its ghost is the Bloody Baron, its Head of House is Horace Slughorn (replaced by Severus Snape between his retirement and return) and it is associated with the element of water. Slytherins have a — not always fair — reputation for being underhanded bigots, and their house has the reputation of producing more dark wizards than any other house.

Notable Slytherins include Tom Marvolo Riddle, Severus Snape, Lucius Malfoy, the Blacks, Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, Horace Slughorn, Leta Lestrange, Albus Severus Potter, Scorpius Malfoy and Merlin.


  • Alpha Bitch: Produces bitchy clique leaders like Gryffindor makes heroes.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted. Despite their reputations, not all Slytherins are bad.
    • JK Rowling realized after Order of the Phoenix that she had yet to create an actual sympathetic Slytherin character. This led to the creation of Professor Slughorn to add more balance, although even he shows some mildly anti-Muggleborn tendencies.
    • Another (comparatively) good Slytherin is Regulus Black, Sirius' brother. Though he was originally a Death Eater, he got the heck out of Dodge once he realized just how evil Voldemort really was and subsequently stole and attempted to destroy one of Voldemort's Horcruxes.
    • A more clear cut case of a good Slytherin would be Andromeda Tonks. Despite being a member of the Noble House of Black and growing up with sisters Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy, she went and married Muggle-born Ted Tonks, causing her to be disowned and burnt off the Black family tree. Fellow White Sheep Sirius notes she was his favorite cousin.
    • The Cursed Child finally provides some unambiguous, purely good Slytherin students with sweetly adorkable Scorpius Malfoy and heroic Albus Potter.
  • Ambition Is Evil: The former Trope Namer. Ambition, as per the Sorting Hat, is the quality that Slytherin supposedly prized among his students alongside purity of blood and cunning. By the time of the series, Slytherin only contains a bunch of pureblood elite Rich Bitch who live on inherited wealth, with very few of them showing genuine ambition.
  • Amoral Attorney: They often do their deeds thinking of themselves and not others.
  • Animal Motifs: Sneaky, sneaky Slytherin is associated with sneaky sneaky snakes.
  • Barbaric Bully: Slytherin bullies tend to prefer beating the shit out of their victims, their Quidditch team is notoriously brutal, and many of past Slytherin, especially the worst generation from the 60s and 70s, go on to become Death Eaters.
  • The Beautiful Elite: When they aren't described as pug-faced and inbred, the Slytherins (usually the leaders) are depicted as gorgeous aristocrats. Averted for the two most prominent Slytherins in the series, Tom Riddle and Severus Snape, who come from poor upbringings which only spur them to be even more ambitious then the spoiled pureblood kids who don't have to study hard to get anywhere.
  • Black Sheep: Salazar Slytherin was this to the other Hogwarts founders, due to his pureblood supremacist views.
  • Black Shirt: A lot of them ended up being Death Eaters.
  • Les Collaborateurs: More Slytherins supported Umbridge than anyone else did — though, like Voldemort's case, Umbridge may simply have focused on recruiting followers from her own house. According to Voldemort, a sizable number of Slytherins joined his army in attacking Hogwarts. The rest left with Slughorn and gathered reinforcements from across Britain in support of Harry. Though we only find this out in an interview with Rowling after Deathly Hallows was published.
  • Combat Pragmatist: How they play Quidditch. They also evacuate before the Battle of Hogwarts to gather reinforcements before coming back to join the fight.
  • Delinquents: Slytherins frequently rely on thuggery and violence to exert influence on other people in Hogwarts.
  • Dirty Coward: If they're not on the side of the bad guys, they sometimes are this.
  • Dumb Muscle: Despite being described as cunning, witty, and ambitious, many Slytherins fit this trope, i.e. Crabbe, Goyle, and just about the entire Slytherin Quidditch team.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Slytherins, especially during Harry's school time, are frequently the children of snooty high society types, Death Eaters, psychos, murderers, and/or all of the above and many of them seem to have inherited their parents' prejudices and then you get the occasional half-blood in the house like Millicent and Tom Riddle—it's like blood in the water.
  • Enforced Cold War: With Gryffindor.
  • Evil Reactionary: Pure-blood supremacist ideas are a core of Slytherin's history, and it has resulted in the decay of the house, in Harry's times, into a cesspool of elitism, bigotry, and general social regression.
  • Fantastic Racism: Many Slytherin characters we are introduced to have serious Pureblood biases.
  • Flanderization:
    • It's likely that Slytherin suffered an internalized version of this as a result of Voldemort's rise to power. The only major Slytherin free of interest in the Dark Arts and Blood Purity is Horace Slughorn, who comes from an earlier generation than Voldemort. Basically, Voldemort's obsession with being the Heir of Slytherin and the fact that he recruited Death Eaters from his own house and then their children after them, essentially cast a large blot on their legacy, making people believe that their extreme aspects were their core ideas.
    • As a Slytherin, Slughorn prizes reaching the maximum potential of your talent and the social impact and benefit it can have on the rest of the world, showing a commitment and interest in the bigger picture that other houses often lack and ironically doing more to encourage mixing of houses and building house unity than even a model of fair play like Professor McGonagall.
  • For the Evulz: What the worst of them lapse into, even if its technically not their credo.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: While they were the first to leave the castle during the Battle of Hogwarts (see below), Slytherins did return to help Hogwartsnote  when everything started going to shit for Voldemort and the Death Eaters. One could even state that this was very in character with some of their house: why risk their lives in a fair fight when they could leave, gather their forces and return and win an unfair one?
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Salazar Slytherin, being the founder of pure-blood supremacist thought which drives most of the major villains.
  • Informed Attribute: The Hat of Slytherin house, we are told, is ambition, but with the exceptions of Snape and Tom Riddle, no one we see in Slytherin displays any genuine ambition. Slytherins likewise are the house of pureblood elites and defenders of "wizarding pride". Slytherins are supposed to be cunning, witty, and ambitious but most of the canon Slytherins are bullies and Dumb Muscle, whose idea of intimidation is openly attacking Gryffindor Quidditch players before a game and banking on their Head of House to bail them out. Then again, with no ambition to put as a hat, they are left with racism or being deceptive, which aren't values for a school to have. Presumably most of them are in there because that's the House they wanted to be put in.
  • Jerkass: Pretty much all of the named ones except Slughorn and possibly Regulus Black.
  • Motive Decay: It’s implied the whole house has undergone this over the centuries, having once produced great wizards such as Merlin that avert Ambition Is Evil by seeking to bring positive change to the wizarding world. Now, the house is almost all snobbish aristocrats pushing traditionist wizarding values of blood purity.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: What few Slytherins aren't complete jerks are this, and can be quite amicable as Slughorn can attest.
  • Neutral No Longer: It's implied that the majority of Slytherin simply didn't pick sides in the war, probably due to their house's enmity with the other three leaving them no safe haven if they sided against Voldemort and the children of his supporters decided to get revenge. But when push came to shove and it was clear that Voldemort was going to take or lose everything, the Slytherins spread out across Britain to gather up just everyone they could find to help fight, and then returned with an army that could win purely through virtue of numbers.
  • Noble Demon: Though the Slytherin house's reputation for cruelty and selfishness is well deserved (and well-earned), to the few people whom they deem worthy of their love (or at the very least, respect) Slytherin are capable of loyalty, bravery, honor, love, kindness, and heroism fierce enough to equal (and sometimes even rival) any Gryffindor.
  • Obviously Evil: Their emblem is a snake, they live in a dungeon, part of their folklore concerns their founder, who only wanted to teach pureblood, leaving a monster to "cleanse" Hogwarts of undesirables, and they are a group that extols underhandedness, self-centered behavior, exclusivity, and at various points in history, outright bigotry. Oh, and it was the training ground for the vast majority of the 20th Century's dark wizards. Working around the house's unpleasant image was an uphill battle, both for the fandom and for Rowling.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The Neutral No Longer / Gondor Calls for Aid. It would be great if we actually got to see that happen instead it's just a vague "Hey look! Reinforcements!" moment and then Word of God confirms in an interview that the Slytherins did it. Probably proving that they were tired of having Malfoy and Voldemort being the ones as attempted Ur-Example and they were not exactly like them.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Another and highly likely reason for so many Slytherins returning to fight for Hogwarts during the final battle, in addition to loyalty to Hogwarts. Self-interest is an acknowledged Slytherin trait, and three Slytherins (Snape, Slughorn, and Black) are crucial to the fight against Voldemort throughout the series. Bottom line, a great many Slytherins probably looked at the situation, did the math, and came to the conclusion that a wizarding world run by Voldermort and his Death Eaters would not be in their best interests.
  • The Usual Adversaries: Most Death Eaters were educated at Hogwarts, and with two known exceptions, every last one of those was a Slytherin.
  • Vicious Cycle: As seem with Harry, the Sorting Hat takes the children’s view into account when sorting. This means Slytherin’s dark reputation has done much to make the house what it is now, with children not sympathetic to the house’s blood purity values terrified of being sorted into it. This has effectively prevented more moderate or kinder children from entering the house, leaving only those already sympathetic to it and adding to the house’s overall reputation. Thankfully, this seems to be changing in recent years.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Slytherins are stereotyped as "evil" wizards, yet the actually evil ones seem to have both an unusual high amount of followers and disproportionately large representation in the wizarding government.

    Draco Lucius Malfoy 
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Portrayed by: Tom Felton (films), Alex Price (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first runs on West End and Broadway)

"I'd be careful if I were you, Potter. Unless you're a bit politer, you'll go the same way as your parents. They didn't know what was good for them, either. You hang around with riff-raff like the Weasleys and that Hagrid and it'll rub off on you."

Hogwarts' resident bully, despite being smaller than most other Slytherins. Is the son of an influential and filthy rich man, who used to be a Death Eater. Merely bullies Harry throughout the first few books, occasionally setting off a major plot point. Usually seen hanging around with his cronies, Crabbe and Goyle.

By the sixth book, things have taken a major turn: the newly-resurrected Lord Voldemort demands that Draco assassinate Albus Dumbledore, or die in the process (which is what he's probably hoping for, according to Draco's mother). Draco's mother, in desperation, goes to the Reverse Mole Snape and begs him to forge an Unbreakable Vow so that he would kill Dumbledore if Draco could not. Sure enough, Snape is the one who does the deed.

By the last book, he appears in the Room of Requirement with his cronies to stop Harry, Ron, and Hermione from... whatever it is they're doing (The Trio is finding the last Horcrux, but Draco and company don't know it). One of his cronies turns on him and unleashes a Fiendfyre that ends up incinerating the whole room and killing himself. Harry goes and saves Draco anyhow, which in turn saves his own ass later on. Nineteen years later, Draco is married (but to Astoria Greengrass, not to his marginal school love interest Pansy Parkinson) and has a son, Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy.


  • Academic Athlete: Draco is the Seeker of the Slytherin team and also usually one of the students getting high grades. He scores high enough in his exams to qualify for the very exclusive NEWT Potions class in the sixth book.
    • It should be noted, however, that a fair amount of this comes from Draco's family's money and connections. He bought his way onto the team by having his father purchase new Nimbus Two Thousand and One broomsticks for the entire Slytherin team, after which he notably never won a single match against Harry. Snape's preferential treatment of Draco as a result of Snape's friendship with Lucius also meant that Draco never had to struggle in Potions the way other students did.
    • This is also downplayed by Half-Blood Prince where his mission to kill Dumbledore for the Death Eaters causes his school life to suffer. He feigns sickness to get out of playing Quidditch and Professor McGonagall mentions that she put Draco in detention at least once due to failing to turn in his homework multiple times.
  • Always Someone Better: Heavily implied throughout the books, confirmed by Word of God on Pottermore that this partially fuels his antagonism towards Harry. He's jealous of the constant attention and admiration Harry receives, resents Harry's superior broomstick flying skills and is miffed that Dumbledore favors Harry as much as he does.
  • Animal Motifs: Draco has been associated with ferrets after being magically turned into one in Book 4.
  • Anti-Villain: By the final two books, he's become more or less forced into fighting on Voldemort's side. Before then, he was still a jerk, just not actively trying to destroy the wizarding world to save his own skin.
  • The Atoner: Post-Second Wizarding War. Word of God says Malfoy raised his son to be a better person than he was.
  • Babies Ever After: Has a son with Astoria Greengrass.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He's actively antagonist to the Trio from the moment he meets them, insulting them and mocking them at every turn. But for all of his tough talk, he can't back it up. Draco is genuinely talented; he's just not as talented as he thinks he is. Plus, he's a coward. Come Half-Blood Prince, when he joins the Death Eaters, you can't help but feel sorry for the guy when he realizes just how hopelessly out of his league he is.
  • Blue Blood: Actual blood purity aside, he's descended from two of the more well-known wizarding families in Britain. He was born into the old money of the Malfoy family, but he is also a Black on his mother's side (although the glory and numbers of said house have largely faded in the last generation or two).
  • Break the Haughty:
    • During the first 5 books, he never passes an opportunity to insult and demean Harry and/or his friends. But in book 6, his arrogant behavior starts to get less and less prominent to the point he is even crying because of his failure to execute Voldemort's orders.
    • He also becomes noticeably less boastful about his role as part of the Death Eaters. He gleefully hinted at this in the beginning of Half-Blood Prince but by Deathly Hallows his sheer terror in Voldemort's presence during the meeting at Malfoy manor makes it clear that he had no idea what he was getting himself into, and he's far more concerned about trying to save his family's own skin than uphold ideals of blood purity.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: A lot of things he does - in Half-Blood Prince in particular - imply that he's actually an extremely skilled young wizard that simply finds it easier to coast on his family's money and connections.
  • Broken Pedestal: He comes to have this for his both his parents (his father especially), especially for his teachings of Slytherin greatness and glorification of Voldemort. He and his wife, take it upon themselves to ensure that his son isn't raised with any of his family's nonsense much to his parents' distaste. Draco came to regret his entire upbringing, much like Dudley, spent on hating Dumbledore and Harry, the same people who saved him despite mutual distaste.
  • The Bully: He is very savvy about finding Berserk Buttons of hot-headed Gryffindors and pressing it to get a rise of out his opponents.
  • Bullying a Dragon: A hippogriff, specifically. Even after being told that hippogriffs are proud animals that don't take kindly to insults, Malfoy calls Buckbeak a "great, ugly brute" and is promptly attacked.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the film series, Draco's role gets greatly reduced, and a lot of the scenes kept (Hermione slugging him, getting transformed by Moody) are of him being made to look like a fool.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Wait 'til my father hears about this!" A Beam Me Up, Scotty! as far as the books go, but he does say variations of this three times in the films. (And there's a fourth time when it's said by Cormac McLaggen instead.)
  • Cerebus Syndrome: His Butt-Monkey status in the films serves to make his descent into true villainy and madness even more jarring in the Sixth Book and the film. Everyone, except Harry, find it hard to accept that Draco is a Not-So-Harmless Villain.
  • Character Development: By his adulthood, Draco has stopped with instigating fights with the trio, even being on civil terms. He also is raising his son to not be a prejudiced brat like he was.
  • Class Representative: He's elected as a Slytherin prefect by Book 5, as his father was before him. Almost predictably, he abuses his powers his first year. The following year, he shirks his Prefect duties among others because he's busy sort of trying to assassinate the Hogwarts headmaster.
  • Deconstruction: On Pottermore, J. K. Rowling noted that Draco eventually became a Take That! on the "sexy bad boy in the fans' eyes" cliche that he named. She realized that Draco had a "dark glamour" of the Troubled, but Cute variety, that made people idealize or downplay his real flaws. In the end, even when Draco ultimately turns out to be not as bad as others thought, the book doesn't present it as a full Heel–Face Turn so much as a bully facing up to the real consequences of his actions and cowardice. Draco spends the rest of his life living in regret of the phony Death Eater ideas that he was raised on but becoming in the end, simply, a better version of his parents.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Inverted. He's pushed as Harry's number one Quidditch rival, but in their head-to-head matches between Books 2 and 3, doesn't manage a single victory against him. Makes sense, seeing as Draco got on the team not because of his skill, but because his father bought the entire team fancy new broomsticks.
  • Dirty Coward: He talks a big game, but only if his father, Snape, or Crabbe and Goyle are around to back him up. If not, expect him to run away. In later books, this is played for drama as Draco starts to realize how hopelessly out of his league he is, going along with Voldemort only for the sake of saving his own ass.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He keeps bullying Harry and his friends just because Harry didn't accept his offer of friendship (even after Draco insults Ron in the process).
  • The Dragon: Draco is this to his family and to Slytherin's worst.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Draco's first direct appearance paints him as an unlikable bigot, talking smack about Muggles and Hagrid in Harry's presence. Draco later goes on and attempts to befriend Harry, but Harry will have none of it, as Draco was condescending towards Ron (someone Harry quickly made friends with), and the fact that Draco reminded Harry of Dudley.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Really didn't appreciate Harry making a rude comment about his mother. It's also implied that his motivation for going to the extremes he did toward the end of the series were less because of his belief in Voldemort's ideals and more because he was afraid of what Voldemort would do to his parents if he failed.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Near the start of the sixth book, Draco threatens a shop owner by name dropping Fenrir Greyback, a werewolf known for attacking children. However, when Fenrir makes it into Hogwarts at the end of the book, Draco looks disgusted and makes it clear he had no hand in Fenrir coming.
    • Also has enough standards to not marry Pansy Parkinson and choose someone better.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Realizes this thanks to Dumbledore at the climax of the 6th book. By the 7th book, it is fairly clear that he does not want anything to do with the Death Eaters anymore, and only remains on Voldemort's side out of fear of what will happen now if he runs for it.
  • For the Evulz: Malfoy's preferred method of bullying. His actions might not benefit him, but they do make others suffer, and that's enough. Particularly noticeable in Prisoner of Azkaban where he plays up his injury from Buckbeak in order to get Hagrid sacked, and again in Order Of The Phoenix when he taunts Harry into attacking him, resulting in Harry being thrown off the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric — Arrogant, rude, and can be downright cruel.
  • Good Parents: To his only child/son, Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy. Draco made extra sure that Scorpius didn't become like he was as a child. And he succeeded.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Word of God on Pottermore confirms that this is part of the basis for his feelings towards Harry. He is jealous of the attention and admiration Harry receives from other students and resents that Harry is better than him at flying on a broomstick. Colin Creevey even calls him out on this in Chamber of Secrets.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He makes one in the final battle, though it's somewhat out of necessity. In the end, he raises his own son to be a better person than he was.
  • Hidden Depths: He shows a great deal of patience, holding information back until it suits him to use it. When he learned Harry Potter had an invisibility cloak, he feigned ignorance and sat on the information for three years before putting it to use, leaving Harry Petrified on the train when he tried to spy on him. Later, when Harry was taken prisoner to Malfoy Manor, Draco concealed his recognition of Harry. Justified when Snape comments that Draco has been learning Occlumency from Bellatrix.
  • Hypocrite: Has no problem insulting the parents of Harry, Neville, or the Weasley's (keep in mind that Harry's parents are dead and Neville's are permanently driven insane), but the minute anyone insults his mother or father he begins firing curses.
  • I Am Your Opponent: He declares this to Harry when he is made the Slytherin Seeker. This blows up in his face as he loses every time they play each other.
  • Implied Love Interest: With Pansy. Although it's never outright stated they're dating, she's shown to be extremely fond of him and they go to the Yule Ball together in the fourth book. They become prefects together in Book Five, and there's a chapter in Book Six that shows Draco resting his head on Pansy's lap on the train. However, this ultimately goes nowhere, since he marries Astoria Greengrass instead of her.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: By the end of the 6th book, Harry actually feels a bit of sympathy for Malfoy. Harry and the gang even save Malfoy in Deathly Hallows quite a few times. Ron says it best: "That's the second time we've saved your life tonight, you two-faced bastard!"
  • Irony: Spends most of the second book callously joking about the prospect of his muggle-born classmates being killed by the Basilisk. When he winds up in a tough spot himself, the only one willing to offer him a shoulder to cry on is said monster's first victim, the type of person he'd have mercilessly harassed a few books ago (and markedly not his previously preferred piece of arm candy, Pansy Parkinson). Apparently, kindness doesn't look as weak and silly when it's directed at you.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he clearly has it out for Hagrid for racist and classist reasons, the fact remains that nearly every criticism he has of Hagrid's teaching methods is completely valid, and the trio will even begrudgingly admit as much from time to time. Most notable among these are his stupefied shock that Hagrid thought it was a good idea to assign them a living textbook with the mind and teeth of a violent predator beast, and his repeated complaints about the illegally hybridized jet-propelled giant scorpions that Hagrid makes them take care of in their fourth year.
  • Jerk Jock: Becomes a Seeker in Book 2, which only serves to feed his already huge ego of himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He does have a few Jerkass Woobie moments in the later books, but despite that, is still an unrepentant Upper-Class Twit Dirty Coward school bully, even when the war against Voldemort begins raging. When the chips are down, Malfoy runs to hide behind someone else, whether it be his two burly cronies or his father. The only time Draco shows any sort of respect to Harry Potter at all is when Harry saves Draco's life three times in the final book, and even then, it's a Grudging "Thank You". Hasn't stopped the fans, though.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • For all the crap he pulled during Harry's school years, he gets no retribution. A good example is when he insulted Harry's dead mother and did not get any punishment for this, while Harry received a ban from Quidditch for punching him. Though, one could argue that being given a suicide mission from Voldemort himself with his parents' lives also on the line is enough punishment for him.
    • More seriously he used Unforgivable Curses more than once, including putting Katie Bell under the Imperius Curse and attempting to use the Cruciatus Curse on Harry. Even when it's established that he was behind putting the Imperius Curse on Katie Bell in particular he never faces reprecussions for using curses that warrant a lifetime sentence in Azkaban.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like his dad, Lucius, Draco is arrogant, a pureblood supremacist, and uses his connections and riches to bully others into doing what he wants. Word of God says he goes out of his way to avert this trope in his own son and succeeds.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: More than once in Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Morality Pet: His parents genuinely love their son.
  • Moral Myopia: He sometimes insults Ron's mother, but can't stand to hear someone insult his.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His whole family has this going for them.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In the first five books, he was The Bully, but not even a pawn in the central conflict of Harry versus Voldemort. In the sixth book, however, Harry will get serious trouble because of him, and it turns out that he is trying to assassinate Dumbledore, and nearly kills two others in the process.
  • Odd Friendship: With Moaning Myrtle, the ghost of a muggle-born.
  • Old Money: The Malfoys, being the series' most visible Blue Bloods, have also been fabulously rich for generations and have connections in the highest echelons of government, business, and high society.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When he refuses to abandon the incapacitated Goyle in the burning Room of Requirement, even though the latter just intended to screw him over in hopes of gaining Voldemort's favor.
    • Earlier, he didn't tell Bellatrix that it was indeed Harry they had caught.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He's the first character to use the word "mudblood", which is basically the Harry Potter equivalent of the N-word.
  • Princely Young Man: The Spoiled Brat type. He throws around his wealth and background like they're spells.
  • Privileged Rival: Harry starts the series as an outsider to the wizard world, and resists the temptation to spend his trust fund on anything but school supplies. Malfoy, by contrast, grew up in a rich, well-connected pureblood family and loves to brag about it.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Rowling notes that Malfoy is a natural Occlumens, since a major part of Occlumency is the ability to suppress your emotions.
  • Relative Button: Go ahead, talk shit about Lucius in front of his face and see how long you last.
  • The Resenter: Draco wants to hang out with the famous Harry Potter at the start, but gets rejected because he takes about five seconds to prove he's a haughty, mean little twit. He spends most of the rest of the series tormenting Harry over all the unwanted fame and attention he's getting and failing to match him in things like Quidditch. Way to spend your energy on someone you supposedly don't care about.
  • The Rival: To Harry, either in Quidditch or in other school activities. Well, not so much Quidditch, since Malfoy loses every time they play, but he styles himself as such.
  • Rival Turned Evil: Deconstructed. He tries to become this by joining the Death Eaters to avenge his father's incarceration following Voldemort's exposure, but it very quickly becomes too much for him. By the final book, it's clear he's only doing it because he absolutely has no alternative.
  • Sanity Slippage: Starting from Half-Blood Prince, he slowly but surely descends into unhinged territory. He's a shivering mess and only shakes more when given out commands by his superiors. You can tell this even extends to his parents, though they hold it a little better than him. He does recover after the end of Deathly Hallows.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He frequently relies on his family's wealth to get his way. It was even commented on in-universe when Draco got on the Slytherin Qudditch team not because of skill, but because his father bought the whole team new broomsticks.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Frequently uses his father's high status to get what he wants.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the Deathly Hallows film version, he and his parents abandon the battle.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • To Ron. They both come from old pure-blood families, but Malfoy looks down on Muggle-borns and considers them inferior, while Ron is just as accepting of Muggle-borns and half-bloods as his father.
    • To Harry. Both have high status in the wizarding world (albeit for different reasons), but Malfoy exploits his riches and his family name to put himself on a pedestal while Harry remains a generous Humble Hero.
  • Sixth Ranger: In The Cursed Child, he spends a significant chunk of his screentime helping Harry and Co. deal with the mess that Albus and Scorpius have accidentally caused.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: During the first five books, Draco thinks rather highly of himself despite the fact that whenever he does have a confrontation with Harry, he loses. By the time of Half Blood Prince, Draco is made into a Death Eater, and he quickly realizes he's in way over his head.
  • Smug Snake: He believed himself superior to most people because of his family’s pure-blood lineage as well as great wealth and social standing.
  • Spanner in the Works: A lucky break on his part completely derailed the long-term plans of both Dumbledore and Voldemort. Specifically, Voldemort figured he'd become the owner of the elder wand by killing Snape who had killed Dumbledore, thinking murder is the only way for ownership to pass, and Dumbledore planned to have ownership of the wand die with him when Snape killed him, as that was prearranged between the two. However, Malfoy disarmed Dumbledore against his will, meaning ownership of the wand passed to Malfoy unbeknownst to everyone. And then Harry later disarmed Malfoy, claiming ownership of his wand as well as the Elder Wand secretly. So Harry was ultimately able to defeat Voldemort because the Elder Wand refused to kill its owner.
  • Spoiled Brat: Pretty much all of his negative qualities stem from his upbringing, where he coasted through life on his family's money, power, and prestige.
  • Starter Villain: Acts as a foil to Harry and serves as his main adversary most of the time, since Voldemort isn't always around. It's even lampshaded sarcastically by Harry right after Voldemort comes back into the open.
  • Stellar Name: He is related to the Black family through his mother, which has a tradition of naming its members after astronomical objects. As such, he is named after the Draco constellation. He also named his son Scorpius, continuing the trend.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With his father and his son.
  • Teacher's Pet: Of Snape, to the point where Malfoy gets used to preferential treatment from him. Harry bitterly notes several times instances where Malfoy's behavior is brushed off by Snape, whereas if anyone else did it they would get detention. Averted in Half-Blood Prince where Snape becomes a Broken Pedestal to Malfoy.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Despite all his negative qualities, Draco is incapable of actually killing someone. He can't do it, even if it's a direct order from Lord Voldemort, with his parents' lives in the balance. After his Heel–Face Turn, he can't even bring himself to leave Crabbe (Goyle in the film) to die from a misused Fiendfyre spell, endangering his own life to try and rescue the clod.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the sixth book, when he breaks Harry's nose and tries to use the Cruciatus Curse on him. Of course, this is before he gets in over his head and discovers the hard way that Evil Is Not a Toy.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • Surprisingly. He becomes more grudgingly civil to Harry as grown-ups, even though they're not friends until the end of Cursed Child.
    • Also, Draco took a level in maturity with regards to his son, Scorpius. He made sure that he didn't become another Draco.
  • Torture Technician: The role Voldemort gives him. Harry pities Malfoy because of this but then again he probably forgot that the Cruciatus Curse really works when used as an act of sadism. It could have been that Malfoy was simply afraid to fail Voldemort instead. Heck, he even tried to cast it on Harry in HBP. Meaning Malfoy was probably comfortable doing it, but was terrified of Voldemort.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Green apples, in the films.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: More so in the film adaptations. Draco obviously worships his father and is constantly trying to live up to his considerable reputation.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Described as having white-blond hair, and he's definitely not a good person before his atonement.

    Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle 
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Portrayed by: Jamie Waylett (Crabbe), Joshua Herdman (Goyle)

"Honestly, Goyle, if you were any slower, you'd be going backwards!"
Draco

Draco's friends/underlings/bodyguards. They are nowhere near intelligent, and are both very large and brutish. They follow Draco everywhere, and when Draco joins the Death Eaters, they follow suit.


  • Alliterative Name: Gregory Goyle.
  • Asshole Victim: Crabbe, who crosses the Moral Event Horizon by trying to kill Hermione, eliminating any sympathy the reader might have when he gets his shortly after.
  • Big Eater: Crabbe is mentioned to be one of the last to finish eating at feasts, and leaves the Great Hall with more sweets to eat.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the films, Crabbe winds up on the receiving end of most humiliations regarding Slytherins, such as getting his pants pulled down by Harry in Prisoner of Azkaban, getting ferret!Malfoy shoved in his pants in Goblet of Fire, and getting Shot in the Ass by one of the Weasley's fireworks in Order of the Phoenix.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: By the end of the final book Crabbe has become adept at dark magic and is evil enough to try and kill the trio.
  • Death by Adaptation: Due to Jamie Waylett's trouble with the law, Crabbe was written out of the last two films and Goyle was killed off instead.
  • Disney Villain Death: In Deathly Hallows Part 2'', Goyle is killed when a chair he’s climbing comes loose, causing him to fall into the Fiendfyre.
  • Dumb Muscle: Basically their entire characterizations. For example, Snape mentions in Half-Blood Prince that they failed their Defense Against the Dark Arts OWLs.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Crabbe is willing to kill Hermione, whereas Malfoy will not kill. (Though it could be debated that he probably would if he wasn't a coward. Fear of Voldemort and a risk of failing could have played a factor.)
  • Fingore: In the book version of Sorcerer's Stone, Goyle is bitten on his finger by Scabbers when they and Malfoy try to steal Harry and Ron's sweets on the train.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Goyle becomes a better person by the end of the seventh book.
  • Hidden Depths: A villainous version of the trope: while the two are so stupid Malfoy once wonders if Goyle can read, they are both adept at casting dark spells, including Fiendfyre and the Unforgivable Curses.
    • In the films Crabbe seems to enjoy singing the Hogwarts song, much to Draco's annoyance.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Crabbe tries to kill the trio with Fiendfyre in the last book, but loses control of the spell and ends up being immolated himself.
  • Karmic Death: Crabbe suffers one, killing himself with Fiendfyre.
  • Not So Above It All: Crabbe in the films is portrayed as giving in to his emotions, especially when everyone else around is doing it, for example clapping at Hagrid's return from Azkaban, singing the Hogwarts song or dancing with Viktor Krum. Draco usually motions for him to stop and Crabbe looks disappointed.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While not skilled or smart by any means, Crabbe (Goyle in the film) reveals himself to be considerably more ruthless than previously thought in the Battle of Hogwarts, where he is able to cast Killing Curses and Fiendfyre without hesitation.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: When we finally hear them speak in the last book, Harry's narration noted that their voices are far softer than he expected.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Due to Jamie Waylett's trouble with the law, Crabbe was written out of the last two films and Goyle was killed off instead.
  • The Starscream: In the last book, Crabbe openly defies Draco's orders and mocks him, realising that he and his father have fallen out of favour with Voldemort and attempts to get directly into the Dark Lord's good graces by killing Harry.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Crabbe casting Fiendfyre, a jinx so deadly and unpredictable that even Hermione was afraid to try it. For most of the series, they were portrayed as too stupid to think without Malfoy. In the second book, they choose to eat cakes left in a random location without showing the slightest suspicion. The film makes it even more jarring when the cakes in question are floating in midair.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Vincent Crabbe in Deathly Hallows goes from a quiet thug to an arrogant fool who eagerly uses Dark Magic in order to torture eleven year olds and kill his classmates. In the film, since Crabbe is not present, Goyle is the one who becomes evil.
  • Torture Technician: Said to have become quite adept at the Cruciatus Curse under the Carrows' tutelage in Deathly Hallows.
  • The Voiceless: They don't have a single line of dialogue for the whole first six books. Crabbe's Not-So-Harmless Villain moment in Deathly Hallows is all the more shocking by the fact that he actually gets to talk. Although it is clear that the Trio has heard them speak before, as Harry goes out of his way to correct Ron's speaking voice to sound more like Goyle's during the Polyjuice scene in Chamber of Secrets. Also, in the book, where they do get the voices of Crabbe and Goyle after their transformation, Harry/Goyle's voice is described as being a low rasp, while Ron/Crabbe's voice is described as being a deep grunt.

    Pansy Parkinson 
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Portrayed by: Genevieve Gaunt, Lauren Shotton, and Scarlett Byrne

"Ooh, sticking up for Longbottom. Never thought you'd like fat little crybabies, Parvati."

Pansy Parkinson is a Slytherin in Harry's year, described as arrogant and always insulting anyone she pleases to. She is Draco Malfoy's girlfriend for most of the series, and is in many ways the female version of Draco. But just before the battle of Hogwarts, she suggests the Hogwarts students betray Harry Potter to Voldemort, so she is the first student to be evacuated.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Does not have a pug face (see below) in the films.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Pansy seemed to be quite fond of Draco Malfoy.
  • Alliterative Name: Both her first and last name start with "P".
  • Alpha Bitch: Word of God states that Pansy is an amalgamation of every girl who's ever teased her in school. It certainly shows.
  • Animal Motifs: Is said to have a face like a pug.
  • Dirty Coward: When Voldemort delivers an ultimatum to Hogwarts in Book 7 to either surrender Harry or face a massive siege, she's more than ready to turn him in.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She proves this of the faculty student body of Hogwarts. When Voldemort offers to spare the school in return for Harry, she is the only student who jumps at the offer. One could be forgiven for being tempted, considering what they were up against, but not even the youngest, meanest or most cowardly characters support her plan.
  • Evil Counterpart: Pansy seems to be considered Hermione's "show", as Malfoy is Harry's "show". Ultimately, Pansy is Hermione's Arch-Enemy and not Harry's. Harry and Pansy never really even interact with each other, though she does hurl taunts at him.
  • Evil Is Dumb: Hermione claims her to be thick as a troll. This may not be entirely accurate though.
  • Floral Theme Naming: A pansy is a type of violet.
  • Girl Posse: She has one, though the other members are never named.
  • Hate Sink: She is unmistakably rude, insulting, prejudiced and cruel. Many Slytherins share these traits in the earlier books, but she is never given any redeeming qualities or depth and remains a gossip and a bully to the end. Taken to the extreme before the Battle of Hogwarts, where she is notably the only student to suggest taking up Voldemort's offer to turn Harry over to the Death Eaters. Even Malfoy stops associating with her at some point after graduation.
  • Informed Deformity: We are constantly told that she has a pug face and is not very pleasing to look at in general. However Rita Skeeter describes her as pretty in her article about her. We are never really given an unbiased opinion of her looks in the books, however Draco (who is known to be a snob) seems to find her attractive. All three of the actresses who portray her in the films are very pretty.
  • Informed Flaw: We are told by Hermione that Pansy isn't particularly smart, however she was never stated to do poorly in class and was even appointed Slytherin prefect. It should be noted that Hermione strongly dislikes her so this description may not be entirely accurate.
  • Lap Pillow: Draco rests his head on her lap on the train in The Half-Blood Prince.
  • Malicious Slander: She feeds Rita Skeeter's phony love triangle and suggests Hermione's been drugging Harry and Krum with love potions. After all the hate mail (some of it cursed) this leads to, Hermione is rather satisfied whenever Pansy gets in trouble.
  • The Quisling: Is the only student to suggest that Hogwarts should turn Harry over to Voldemort.
  • Rich Bitch: It's never confirmed how wealthy her family is, but she certainly acts like she belongs in this category.
  • The Rival: To Hermione. The two seem to have a similar (though less intense) relationship that Harry and Draco have.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Pansy was often ship teased with Draco and they even went to the Yule Ball together. However, he ended up marrying Astoria Greengrass.
  • Ship Tease: With Draco, who she seems to have a crush on. It doesn't go anywhere.
  • Troll: Doesn't bother hiding the fact that she loves to shittalk about others out of malice.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: When played by Scarlett Byrne - also plays into Adaptational Attractiveness due to the fact that Scarlett (and Genevieve or Lauren for that matter) are actually quite lovely in Real Life.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happens to her after the conclusion of the Battle of Hogwarts is never elaborated on, other than that her friendship with Draco supposedly ended at some point after graduating from Hogwarts.
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    Blaise Zabini 
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Portrayed by: Louis Cordice

"Yeah, Zabini, because you're so talented...at posing..."
Ginny

Blaise Zabini is a Slytherin student in Harry's year and an associate of Draco Malfoy. He's left unseen for the first five books, but finally gets a physical description and role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Although he doesn't take part in bullying like his peers, he shares their same prejudiced views.


  • Ascended Extra: Since Crabbe's actor was fired before the filming of the final movie, Blaise's character becomes his replacement in the Terrible Trio. However, rather than condemning Blaise to a fiery death, screenwriter Steve Kloves conferred Crabbe's actions and demise onto Goyle instead, so Blaise gets away alive as Goyle did in the book.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The most aristocratic of Malfoy's group. While Malfoy can be prone to sniveling, and Crabbe and Goyle are just Dumb Muscle, Blaise has the looks, the snobbery, and the withdrawn temperament to fit the Slytherin ideal.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Actually subverted, in an uncharacteristic move for Rowling. After his Early-Bird Cameo in Stone (see below), Blaise was shelved until Prince, whereupon he was given a very rich, detailed introduction aboard the train as a friend but no lackey to Malfoy. The seasoned HP reader knows to expect from that kind of intro that Rowling's got something important lined up for the character, but not in this case: Blaise makes no particular contribution to the plot, and all but disappears from the series halfway through Prince. In retrospect, it's clear that the only reason Rowling pulled Blaise out of the woodwork was that she wanted a Slytherin in the Slug Club (and she'd rejected the obvious choice, Malfoy, since it was to be a point of sympathy for Slughorn that he treated Malfoy with pleasant indifference). Alas, filling a narrative niche is not the same thing as adding to the plot, and Blaise never quite donned the holster and joined Rowling's stable of Chekhov's Gunmen.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Blaise is mentioned as the last new Hogwarts student to be sorted in 1991.
  • Fantastic Racism: He seems to believe in pure-blood supremacy. Though it should be noted that he also views a lot of fellow pure-blood supremacists with distain.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Rarely seems to hang out with Malfoy's Gang. The one time he's shown with them he and Draco spend most of their conversation snarking at each other and Goyle reacts with violence when Blaise accidentally falls on him.
  • Jerkass: To everyone, even Draco to an extent.
  • Jerk Jock: He's seen as one of the Chasers in the sixth film. This is never mentioned in the books, but only two of the Chasers are identified making it possible that he's the third.
  • Narcissist: He's handsome and he knows it.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Until Half-Blood Prince was released. Even after, he's still arguably the most frequent target of this.
  • Pretty Boy: Takes after his famously beautiful mother. What's interesting is that fandom had already pegged him as this even before they knew what he actually looked like.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Is renamed to Bella in the Dutch translation of Philosopher's Stone. After Half-Blood Prince revealed Blaise' gender, the Dutch translation of said book corrected this, by changing the name to the masculine Benno.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Insults everyone, prompting Ginny to insult him back with "You're so talented... at posing."
  • Smug Snake: Seems to be his main personality trait. He even displays little respect for Malfoy, a rare move for a Slytherin of his year.
  • Suddenly Ethnicity: Fanon had its own descriptions of him before finding out he was black.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Described as tall, dark-skinned and attractive, taking after his famously beautiful mother.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He doesn't speak much in the books, but scoffs, sneers or taunts in most of his appearances. Unlike his housemates, however, his snark isn't just limited to other houses, muggles and the muggle-born, as he also seems to hold pureblood elitists and Death Eaters in low esteem.
  • Token Minority: Only Slytherin of color mentioned.
  • The Unseen: For the first 5 books. This led to an interesting case of Fanon considering both his personality and gender. He was later described as being a tall, handsome black boy in the sixth book.

    Theodore Nott 

A Slytherin boy who wants nothing to do with Draco Malfoy.


  • Fantastic Racism: Along with most of the Slytherins, of course, but as far as Nott goes, he's more than likely related - perhaps a direct descendant - of a man named Cantankerus Nott, who is credited with anonymously publishing the Pure-Blood Directory, listing the British wizarding families who were still "truly pure-blood" by his time. In other words, Cantankerus Nott literally wrote the book on pure-blood supremacism. He was shown at least once making fun of Hermione's blood-status along with Draco.
  • I See Them, Too: During a Care of Magical Creatures lesson in his fifth year, he was one of only three students present who could see Thestrals, suggesting that he may have witnessed his mother's death firsthand. He found the creatures rather distasteful as he watched one eating, judging by his face.
  • Missing Mom: Is dead according to JK Rowling.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Not as much as Blaise, but he is actually quite popular in Fanfiction.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, he is arrested for possession of an illegal Time-Turner... a Time-Turner which is used by Albus, Scorpius and Delphini to go back in time and change the past.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never hear about him in the final book. He presumably remained at Hogwarts where he likely was treated better than most others as he was a pure-blood and the son of a Death Eater. Whether or not he participated in the final battle is unknown as well.

    Millicent Bulstrode 
Portrayed by: Helen Stuart

Another bullying Slytherin, not part of Draco's gang per se but apparently quite intimidating in her own right.


    Marcus Flint 
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Portrayed by: Jamie Yeates

"Take that side!"

Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team when Harry arrives at Hogwarts (he's a Chaser).


  • British Teeth: And how. Pretty much a caricature of the stereotype. This character description from the books even made it onto the first two films where he made his onscreen appearance, with actor Jamie Yeates wearing false teeth over his real teeth.
  • Dumb Muscle: Described as troll-like.
  • Held Back in School: The reason why he's in school during what would be his eighth year. In some copies though, his age is changed to be the same as that of Oliver Wood and Percy Weasley.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what becomes of him after the events of the Second Wizarding War, and what his involvement in it was (if any).
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: He's still at Hogwarts in the third book even though he should have left at the end of the second. When asked about this, JKR said that he'd had to repeat his last year. This was later changed so he was only a fifth year in the first book.

    Pike 
Portrayed by: Bronson Webb

A Slytherin student in the films and minor member of Malfoy’s gang.


  • Not His Sled: Webb's character was theorized for years to be Theodore Nott, another Slytherin character in Harry’s year before Word of God revealed that they were different characters. One distinction between the two is that while Nott wasn’t a part of Malfoy’s gang, Pike is.
  • O.C. Stand-in: For Goyle in the third film, due to Josh Herdman injuring his arm around the time when the third film was made. For instance, Pike takes Goyle’s place in the Shrieking Shack scene when Malfoy bullies Ron and Hermione.
  • One-Shot Character: Created exclusively for the third film.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: When invisible Harry grabs him by the scarf and spins him around.
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    Flora and Hestia Carrow 
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Portrayed by: Amber and Ruby Evans

These girls only appear in the films. They are young Slytherin girls who are members of the Slug Club, and are seen at Horace's party. In the final film, they and the other Slytherins are evacuated to the dungeons.


  • Canon Foreigner: These twins were created for the films and aren't referenced in the books.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The appearance of the twins was supposed to tie into Draco Malfoy traveling between the Vanishing Cabinet in Hogwarts and the one in Borgin and Burkes, but this connection was not highlighted in the final cut of the film.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The dresses they wear at the Christmas party are Slytherin green.
  • Creepy Twins: No insight is given into their personality. They're creepy primarily for no other reason being identical, pale, and not saying a word in any of their appearances.
  • Fantastic Racism: While unknown if they harbor these traits, they like many other notable or incidental Slytherin students are related to Death Eaters, in this case the brother-sister Carrow pair.
  • Theme Twin Naming: The twins are named for the Roman goddess of flowers and the Greek goddess of the hearth, and their actresses are both named for gems.

    Albus Severus Potter 
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Portrayed by: Arthur Bowen (films), Sam Clemmett (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first runs on West End and Broadway)

"Hogwarts isn't actually that pleasant a place when you don't fit in."

The middle son of Harry Potter and Ginny Potter (née Weasley) and the best friend of Scorpius Malfoy. Singled out for his fame and magical ineptitude, Harry finds it hard to relate to his son's plight and the young Slytherin seeks to compensate for some of Harry's worst mistakes.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Like his father, Al's eye color changed from green to blue in the movie adaptations.
  • Ascended Extra: Albus is the protagonist of the eighth story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The only Potter to be sorted into Slytherin, and is introverted and insecure compared to his confident siblings and cousins.
  • Birds of a Feather: The basis for his and Scorpius's friendship: both are the gossiped-about children of famous fathers, both feel determined to break free of the past's legacy, and both have a well-intentioned troublemaking streak.
  • Black Sheep: Albus alone is sorted into Slytherin, and it takes its toll.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Seems to have inherited Harry's impulse to try to save people.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: In many ways, an inverse of his father. Harry grew up unaware of the wizarding world, was sorted into Gryffindor, was popular (most of the time) and a talented wizard with great skill on a broom. Albus, by contrast, grew up in the wizarding world with two famous parents, is sorted into Slytherin, and is a bullied Inept Mage who's rubbish on a broom.
  • Cool Pet: In the movie franchise, Al owns a ferret.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Al is named in honour of two past headmasters; Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly when Scorpius is involved:
    Albus: How to distract Scorpius from difficult emotional issues. Take him to a library.
    Albus: I’m not sure being fearless is going to be good for your health.
  • Emo Teen: Albus's situation isn't great, but his brooding and self-pity take it over the top. Scorpius and Harry - both of whom had a tougher time growing up - eventually call him out on this.
  • Failure Hero: Albus is terrible at magic and most of his attempts to do good end up furthering Big Bad's plan. Tellingly, the climax of Act IV has Albus take a backseat while Harry and his friends fight the Big Bad.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Albus is mentioned in the epilogue as the only one of Harry and Ginny's three children to have inherited the green eyes.
  • Famous Ancestor: The "Chosen One" is his father, and his mother is a war hero and renowned Quidditch player.
  • Hate at First Sight: Subverted. Everyone (in and out of universe) expects him to loathe Scorpius on sight, which Rose even invokes. Instead, they become the best of friends instantly.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: With Scorpius. Scorpius is Albus's only real friend, and they help each other overcome grief, evil and death throughout The Cursed Child. They share several moments of intimacy and romantic moments, most notably when they meet on the moving staircases.
  • In-Series Nickname: His family calls him "Al" though he prefers Albus.
  • Messy Hair: Just like dear old dad. But averted in the movies, where his hair's actually neater than even movie!Harry and this trope plays straight for James.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Much of Albus's turmoil comes from feeling this way, believing that his siblings are much more like his heroic parents, while he's the odd one out.
  • Not So Different: Realises he's more similar to his Dad than he thought, namely both of them are insecure, constantly struggled growing up and have a heroic trouble-making streak.
  • Only Friend: Mutually with Scorpius, as most Hogwarts student are suspicious of Harry Potter's son being sorted into Slytherin. (Ironically if not for his friendship with the Death Eater's son, he'd probably be on friendlier terms with his extended family and other Gryffindors, but Albus makes it clear he won't give Scorpius up for anyone).
    Albus: "I've - I've got a friend, Scorpius, and I know you don't like him but he's all I need."
  • Odd Name Out: Being the only one of Harry's kids not named after the former's more normally-named parents probably doesn't help his Middle Child Syndrome much.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He and Scorpius attempts to undo Harry's mistake end up strengthening the Big Bad.
  • Retgone: In the world where Voldemort rules the world, he was not born due to Harry dying in 1998.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: A carbon copy of his father.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's fiercely devoted and defensive of Scorpius despite the longstanding enmity between the Potters and Malfoys, and suspicions that Scorpius is Voldemort's son.
  • You're Not My Father: Albus comes to resent Harry over the course of his first years at Hogwarts and eventually comes to think Harry wishes he wasn't born. They mend their relationship by the end.

    Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy 
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Portrayed by: Bertie Gilbert (films), Anthony Boyle (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first runs on West End and Broadway)

"This is mayhem to the nth degree. Which is great, thumbs-up great, it's just- I have got to say- I don't mind admitting- I am a tiny bit- just a tiny bit scared."

The son and only child of Draco Malfoy and Astoria Malfoy (née Greengrass). His isolated upbringing left him socially awkward and his only friend at Hogwarts is Albus Potter, who sucks Scorpius into a dangerous adventure. Rumours say he is Voldemort's child. The rumours are total and complete utter bollocks.


  • Adorkable: Scorpius is nerdy, bookish, and more than a little awkward, with a dry sense of humour.
    (to Rose) "I meant it as a nice thing, you smell like a mixture of fresh flowers and fresh– bread."
  • All of the Other Reindeer: According to Word of God, he's a little maltreated due to his family's past (and his name).invoked
  • Badass Bookworm: Heavy on the "bookworm." About as capable as a teenage wizard can be expected to be in a magical fight, but with a love of knowledge second only to Hermione's.
    "My geekness is a-quivering."
  • Birds of a Feather: With Albus, both are the gossiped-about children of famous fathers, both feel determined to break free of the past's legacy, and both have a well-intentioned troublemaking streak.
  • Deadpan Snarker: So very much, probably even moreso than Albus.
    Albus: You were right, Scorpius. This train is magical.
    Scorpius: At this precise moment in time, I take no pleasure in being right.

    Scorpius: Okay, now we're on the roof of a train, it's fast, it's scary, this has been great, I feel like I've learnt a lot about me, something about you . . .
  • Deuteragonist: Scorpius appears almost as much as Albus and gets a significant amount of solo attention in Act III.
  • Friend Versus Lover: Scorpius resents Delphi once he realises Albus is attracted to her.
  • The Heart: Of the Malfoy clan, as his kindness and compassion stand out amidst a traditionally cruel and ruthless family. He also acts as the moodier Albus's conscience and moral compass a lot of the time.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: With Albus. Albus is Scorpius's only real friend, and they help each other overcome grief, evil and death throughout The Cursed Child. They share several moments of intimacy and romantic moments, most notably when they meet on the moving staircases.
  • Identical Grandson: Heavily resembles Draco, who himself resembled Lucius.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Come Act III, a few unsavory characters start calling him "The Scorpion King," which confuses and upsets Scorpius.
  • The Lancer: To Albus. Unusual for Lancers, Scorpius is meek, kind and rule-abiding, while Albus is the moodier, rebellious part of the duo.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Defied by Draco. Despite their almost carbon copy looks, eleven-year-old Scorpius is nothing like his father was as a child, and Draco actively went to lengths to ensure his son doesn't become a second Draco, the same way he was during his time at Hogwarts.
  • Missing Mom: By Scene Four of Act One, his mother has died of her illness.
  • Morality Pet: Heavily implied to become this to his father. Having a son made Draco determined to make sure Scorpius wasn't raised like he was.
  • Nice Guy: Sweet, forgiving and relentlessly upbeat despite his rather painful life so far.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He and Albus attempts to undo Harry's mistake end up strengthening the Big Bad Augurey.
  • Only Friend: With Albus, as he's ostracized by the rest of the school for his family's Death Eater ties.
  • Only Sane Man: Strongly feels this way while Albus embraces convoluted schemes.
    "Okay, whatever was holding your brain together seems to have snapped."
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Shy, geeky and prone to babbling when he's nervous which doesn't help him win over other students. (Within a minute of meeting Albus and Rose he manages to stumble over his own name and burst into song). He gains more confidence thanks to his friendship with Albus and the events of the play.
  • The Smart Guy: Scorpius is quite studious, and is able to recall minor details regarding the mechanics of magical objects from love potions to Time Turners.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Rumours say that Scorpius is Voldemort's child. Given that Scorpius is described as resembling Draco as much as Albus resembles Harry - which is basically identically - it's clear that, despite the rumours, the only person Astoria has conceived a child with is the man she married - Draco.
  • Theme Naming: Continues his grandmother's family tradition of naming children after stars and constellations.
  • True Companions: When he and Albus find themselves potentially with no way out, he pulls a Samwise-worthy line:
    Scorpius: Still, if I had to choose a companion to be at the return of eternal darkness with, I'd choose you.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Scorpius is much more confident and less fearful after fending for himself in Act III.
  • Unfortunate Name: Scorpius. On the flipside, however, his middle name is Hyperion.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Defied by the Malfoys themselves.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Albus, following his hare-brained plans and even resetting the timeline - where he had a much easier and more comfortable life - to get Albus back.
  • Villainous Legacy: Rumors abound that Scorpius is actually the son of Voldemort. It's a bunch of baloney, given that Scorpius looks identical to Draco.
  • White Sheep: He's a very sweet, heroic Malfoy compared to his nastier father and grandfather.
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