Whatever happened to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts nemesis after Harry defeated Voldemort? Where is he now? J. K. Rowling finally revealed Draco Malfoy’s life post-Harry Potter in her 12 Days of Harry Potter Christmas at Pottermore.

Tom Felton at the film premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows in Alice Tully Center, New York City in November 2010.
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In her second to the last installment of her Harry Potter Christmas stories, best-selling author, J. K. Rowling unfolded the life of Slytherin antagonist Draco Malfoy after Harry Potter soundly routed arch-villain Voldemort and drove the Death Eaters away for good.

J. K. Rowling revealed that after the events in the last book, Draco, who was born into a traditional pureblood family from a very old line, finally realized his parents’ ways (and that of all purebloods for that matter) were slowly becoming anachronistic in the present time.

From a pureblood perspective, only witches and wizards born of parents from wholly magical decent were the only ones worth considering as equals. After Harry saved him from the fiendfyre inferno he and his cohorts had set to kill Harry, Draco is said to have seen things in a different light.

Rowling says Draco abandoned this pureblood way of thinking, and when we last saw him in the final book sending his own son off aboard the Hogwarts Express, Draco and his wife, pureblood Astoria Greengrass, had already been raising their son, Scorpius, to believe that Muggles, squibs and other people not of pureblood decent were of equal footing.

“Family gatherings were often fraught with tension,” ABC News reported on Rowling revelations in Pottermore, referring to the times Draco got together with his pureblood parents, Lucius and Narcissa.

“Being raised by either the Malfoys or the Dursleys would be a very damaging experience, and Draco undergoes dreadful trials as a direct result of his family’s misguided principles. However, the Malfoys do have a saving grace: they love each other,” Rowling continues.

In the end, though, can one not feel pity for poor Draco, who is, when all is said and done, a product of his own family’s upbringing? He was merely doing what he thought was the proper thing, and if he was portrayed as a sneering, prejudiced racist, was not that the very same personality traits leached from his father?

For Draco to have changed his line of thinking in the end amounts to a huge paradigm shift in the pureblood way of thinking. There is hope for the Slytherins after all.

Watch the real Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton, as he shares his life after “Harry Potter:”

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