JK Rowling explains why she won't be attending Draco Malfoy's birthday party

Character turned 35 yesterday

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JK Rowling has reminded readers yesterday was Draco Malfoy’s 35th birthday – but added she won’t be invited to his birthday party.

Writing on Twitter, the author said she wouldn’t be attending Mr Malfoy’s birthday – in addition to the small detail that he’s a fictional character – because she tells girls they are “misguided to fancy him.”

It’s an old topic for Rowling. In 2005 she told fan magazine The Leaky Cauldron that she thought it was an “unhealthy” delusion of Draco’s fans to like him.

“It’s a romantic, but unhealthy, and unfortunately all too common delusion,” she said of girls who liked the character of Draco, continuing that many of the girls thought “that they are going to change someone.”

She continued: “And that persists through many women's lives, till their death bed, and it is uncomfortable and unhealthy and it actually worried me a little bit, to see young girls swearing undying devotion to this really imperfect character”.

 

Draco spends much of the Harry Potter novels bullying Harry and his friends, before ending up joining the Death Eaters and serving Voldemort. He ends up married with a child.

JK Rowling described the character in 1999 as “a snob, he's a bigot and he is a bully”.

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