13 Things You Didn't Know About the Malfoy Family

Or are you an expert on one of the most famous families of Slytherin?

Mallory OBrien
Created by Mallory OBrien
On Mar 29, 2017

Malfoy Manor is in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire is a county in southwest England, about two hours west of London.


The "Malfoy" name means 'bad faith' and comes from old French.

J.K. Rowling went through other surnames, including Smart, Spinks and Spungeon.


The Malfoy family was not always such a Muggle-hating group.

They were merely elitists. Before the Statute of Secrecy, their only prejudice was against the poor in general.


Draco had a deeper reason for wanting to befriend Harry early on.

There was a rumor Harry was a dark wizard (and that's how he had survived as a young child), which the Malfoys were very interested in.


Draco's wife was named Astoria Greengrass.

While she came from a good family, she was looked down on by the Malfoys because she was infinitely more tolerant.


There are rumors a Malfoy ancestor once vied for the hand of Elizabeth I.

And that her following distaste for marriage was due to a curse put on her from the disgruntled magic suitor.


The Malfoys truly are one of the richest wizarding families.

Some of this may have been due to early dealings in Muggle money as well before the Statute of Secrecy.


Draco's name comes from a dragon constellation but his wand does not contain dragon heartstring.

His father's, however, does. Draco's wand contains unicorn hair.


The patriarch came to England with William the Conqueror.

He then helped the ruler with magic-like abilities, starting the Malfoy family name onto the path of power and wealth.


Draco was extremely talented in Occlumency and was able to block out Snape and others.

There is evidence his mother was talented in this way as well, which is how she was able to lie to Voldemort about Harry.


Draco never discovers that he was the owner of the Elder Wand.

Rowling says it probably saved his life, because if Voldemort had learned this, he would have been disposed of.


The Malfoy family isn't kidding about their line being pure.

Since the Statute of Secrecy, no Malfoy family member has married a Muggle or a Muggle-born.


Lucius has two very strong talents: dueling and potions.

The dueling ability is evident in both the films and the movies, but the other skill is never demonstrated.