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HP re-watch, the final chapter...

I was replying to a comment from [personal profile] popkin16, and then I realized, hey, this is exactly what I wanted to post about.

I finally finished my re-watch this week with Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2. Now, since I have been reading so very much HP fanfic in the last few months - and of course, different writers have very different views on who Lucius, Narcissa and Draco are and what is going on in their heads - I found myself paying careful attention to who they were on the screen. I think I got a lot more out of he movies this time than when I first watched.

Draco, for instance... I didn't really see his reluctance the first time round. I had him pegged as this whiny coward, very two dimensional. This time he seemed to have so much more substance to him. He was clearly conflicted, posturing as though he was proud and defiant, but actually regretful and quite terrified. I think I kind of glossed over Harry telling Ron and Hermione that no, Draco was lowering his wand, he wasn't going to kill Dumbledore - that really changed the flavour of all the future appearances of Draco for me. I loved it when Harry confronts Draco, demanding to know why he didn't tell at the Manor when he clearly *knew* it was Harry, and how Draco stumbles over that and that it's actually his friend that goads him on and pushes it into violence. It was painful watching Draco reluctantly cross the courtyard at Hogwarts to his mother and father - he didn't want to, but he didn't feel like he had a choice. I didn't *see* this Draco the first time. I see him now.

And Lucius. I don't think I noticed how disheveled and terrified he looked when Voldemort was in the manor, when Voldy took his wand, when he berated him. For the first time I saw a man who was coming to realize the full depth of his folly, the meaninglessness of wealth and position in the Voldemort hierarchy when it meant his family was at risk. He wasn't any less of an arrogant, bigoted racist, but he grokked the evil in a way he never had previously - mostly, I think, because now he had a son being affected by it.

So. Yeah. So very interesting. I think I could read volumes on the post war Malfoy family coming to terms with everything. Oh wait - I AM!!

In other news, it is Friday and there is beer in my fridge, calling my name. I've got a new one to try, from my favourite Geek Nerd Brewery, Fuggles and Warlock. With a motto like "Keeping Beer Weird", it's hard to go wrong. Today, I'm trying a seasonal wit called The Last Mango. I love their strawberry wit, so I am anticipating this will be nice as well.

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popkin16
May. 27th, 2017 03:19 am (UTC)
I was going to comment with this in response to your comment, but I might as well here, lol. When I originally read your comment, I was at work and thus couldn't respond, and now I can't remember what I was going to say.

But I will say this: I really like the nuances that are added to the Malfoy family. I do think Draco started out a whiny, cowardly bully. But he was forced into an adult situation with no good choices to be had, and I think it would have forced him to grow up. I don't feel much sympathy for Lucius - because his experiences aren't going to change his terrible opinions - but I do love how much the Malfoys love each other.
shaddyr
May. 28th, 2017 03:53 am (UTC)
Agreed - there is no QUESTION that Draco started out as a coward and a bully. That was clearly a result of how he was raised... Lucius as a father? Kid didn't stand a chance of developing anything approaching empathy, bravery or a sense of fair play.

Now I find myself curious... are there any fics out there where Draco is raised by someone other than his parents? Switched at birth? kidnapped?

Also, I don't have sympathy for Lucius - he is not a child. He is fully responsible for his choices and actions. But man, I would really like to know what kind of father Abraxas Malfoy was. Is Lucius just a chip off the old block? Or, did he just go bad somewhere along the line?
popkin16
May. 28th, 2017 06:36 am (UTC)
Edited to fix HTML fail
I don't know how many there are, but I know of at least one fic where Draco was sorted into Gryffindor instead of Slytherin. Then again, I haven't read heavily in the HP fandom since like...2003, so I am absolutely the last person to know if there are any fic where Draco was raised by someone else, whatever the means.

Is Lucius just a chip off the old block? Or, did he just go bad somewhere along the line?
This would be really interesting to know. I would probably go with Lucius being a chip off the old block, personally.

I do like how there's enough unexplained in the HP books that there's a lot of wiggle room for background and world building.

I wonder, have you heard of The Sacrifices Arc? I haven't read it yet because it covers very serious subject matters, but it's over 1 million words long, with absolutely FANTASTIC world building, character growth, etc. My friend reads it once a year. James and Lily Potter live. Harry has a twin who is the Boy Who Lived, and Harry is raised to have pretty much no self-worth, just told over and over to protect his brother. He's sorted into Slytherin, he and Draco become best friends (and later, lovers).

Edited at 2017-05-28 06:36 am (UTC)
snogged
May. 27th, 2017 04:06 pm (UTC)
I love analyzing the Malfoy family. They go through such a transformation over the course of the series.
shaddyr
May. 28th, 2017 03:55 am (UTC)
Yes!

You know, most the fic I read is fairly kind in the portrayal of Cissa. Mostly it is played as if she didn't want to be involved and had no choice because of Lucius. But I don't know for sure that I buy that... not sure if I don't. I would love more discussion about her backstory and what it was like growing up a Black.
retro_rider55
May. 27th, 2017 08:54 pm (UTC)
Haven'the end you in ages; we should grab lunch sometime.
garnigal
May. 29th, 2017 02:21 pm (UTC)
I just re-read the series, and in reading, Draco definitely comes across as a much stronger character. It is clear that his membership in the Death Eaters is a result of manipulation by his father and punished of his parents for their failures. Lucius himself comes across as much more venal - more concerned with his own status and position and being on the winning side - rather than his son. Narcissa on the other hand is much more concerned for her son, and is herself manipulated into a position you feel she doesn't want by not only Lucius and Bellatrix, but also how she was raised and her inability to see beyond doing things the way they'd always been done.

Definitely interesting characters and the re-read has made me want to write Malfoy fanfic!
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