my essay too thicc
Lucius is the adult, and has every right to go “hey, don’t touch anything, seriously”. I honestly wonder about these people in this fandom, if they are so offended by a father merely doing his job to protect his own son. Was Lucius supposed to say nothing and stand there, a complete fool, letting his son get hurt? On this same page, Draco goes on a muttering tangent about Harry Potter, grumbling how “wonderful” he is with his “scar and his broomstick”. Lucius reacts by giving what is described as a “quelling look to his son”, saying beforehand that Draco had told him that “a dozen times already”. A few select packs of fans choose to cite this as “evidence from the novels” to Lucius being verbally abusive, and is “ignoring Draco’s suffering” per say. Shocking, isn’t it?
Now, before I unpack that little interaction, let’s grab a dictionary and look up exactly what the word “abuse” means. There are two definitions of abuse that anti-Lucius fans whirl and point an accusing finger at. The first being, “to treat (a person or animal) with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly.” The second definition is a bit more (to any self respecting Draco Malfoy fan) fitting for this sliver of dialogue: “to speak in an insulting or offensive way to or about (someone).” The first definition is certainly not how Lucius was treating Draco. Nothing in the text implies or explicitly states that Lucius was acting cruelly or violently towards Draco in this moment. Yes, it may be inferred that since Lucius was making Draco be quiet that he could have been acting cruel, but at this point in time this is an act of overcomplicating a single piece of text to gain sympathy for a character that was intended to get very little of it, at least at this time in the second installment of the series. I cannot deny that Draco is a well constructed character (but he does not even hold a candle to my all time favorite, Severus Snape), but Rowling was not planning on writing him as the tragic sort. Back on topic, Lucius was read to be cruel. Parents undoubtedly are going to get sick and tired of the constant bellyaching their children do over mainly trivial subjects. Lucius could have been exaggerating when he said that he had heard this “a dozen times already”. However, this is coming from the same kid who spouts “My father will hear about this!” when he has no real retort in a situation. Of course Draco’s told him this multiple times. Lucius is trying to communicate that he needs a break from hearing all about Harry, like any parent would. Furthermore, a couple sentences later, Lucius emphasizes that it is not ideal for Malfoys to talk down about Harry Potter because he was the only one to survive the Killing Curse from the Dark Lord of all wizards.
Is this all coming together now? I would hope that I was getting my point across in some shape or form. Alas, the obsessive Draco super-fans won’t budge an inch. I could go through each movie and novel in the Harry Potter series, intricately unraveling each snippet of dialogue, every last Lucius-Draco related interaction, right down to the punctuation marks. It would be a grueling process, but similarly to these Draco-fans, I’m defending one of my favorite characters. I love Lucius. He is, yes, a stuck-up, prejudiced, slippery coward. But I love him. I feel like underneath that all, underneath his hatred, his ignorance, and his cowardice, that he is capable of deep affection. However, some aspects of how I view Lucius as a character are not really how Rowling wanted to write him. This brings me to my next point: that is, to avoid getting personal readings or perspectives of characters mixed up with what is actually true canonically speaking. If it has not been gathered already, this far into my little essay, here’s where I am going: canonically in the Harry Potter universe, Lucius Malfoy is not an abusive father. Is he a bad father? That’s how Rowling wrote and intended him to be perceived as, so yes. It is possible to be a poor parent without being abusive to a child. (I’ll touch on this subject soon, psychology is quite fun to discuss!) Is that how I perceive him, personally speaking? No. I see Lucius as someone who’s pompous, traditional, stubborn and hard to like on the outside, but behind closed doors is truly a different wizard; loving, smart, a big softie at times, serious when he need be but funny when he wants to be. I pretty much view Lucius as someone who’s trying to be a regular wizard dad, aside from being a billionaire Death Eater, of sorts. Toss in a good blend cunning and ambition, with a sprinkle of shrewdness. He never truly wanted to hurt anyone, he was afraid of Voldemort and was raised to hate Muggles. But I do not (at least purposely) allow that to blind me as to what is real in his character. I am bias, I sympathize more deeply with Slytherins because I am a Slytherin as well. That is the great thing about how our perceptions of-