Draco Malfoy fans, JK Rowling feels 'unnerved' by your crush on the Harry Potter bad boy

The author has published a new post about the evil character on Pottermore

JK Rowling has admitted to feeling “unnerved” by Harry Potter fans who fancy evil character Draco Malfoy.

The British novelist published an essay on her Pottermore fan site, describing Harry’s Hogwarts schoolmate as an “archetypal bully of dubious morality”.

“I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who feel for this particular fictional character (although I do not discount the appeal of Tom Felton, who plays Draco brilliantly in the films and, ironically, is about the nicest person you could meet),” she wrote.

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films

Rowling added that girls should heed those common warnings – bad boys can’t be changed, and least of all by you. “Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people,” she continued.

“All of this has left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers’ daydreams as I told them, rather severely, that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice and that no, he and Harry were not destined to end up best friends.”


Rowling has been revealing new content on Pottermore this month as part of a 12-day Christmas countdown.

In order to access the Draco post, fans must solve the following riddle: “Death Eaters gather on the Astronomy Tower, keen to rid Dumbledore of his life and power. But which student masterminded this plot with precision, in order to fulfil the Dark Lord’s terrible mission?”

On guessing that Draco is the villain, Pottermore users are then shown the scene in which Professor Snape uses the Avada Kadavra spell to kill the Hogwarts headmaster as Harry watched from underneath the invisibility cloak.

Rowling is careful to emphasise that she does not hate Draco but pities him for the “damaging experience” of being raised by the Malfoys.