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I assure you, my Lord, I have never renounced the old ways. The face I have been obliged to present since your... absence...that is my true mask.
~ Lucius to Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Lucius Malfoy is a major antagonist in the Harry Potter franchise, making his debut as the true main antagonist of Chamber of Secrets. He is a former Death Eater, the son of Abraxas Malfoy, the husband of Narcissa Malfoy, the brother-in-law of Bellatrix Lestrange, the father of Draco Malfoy, the father-in-law of Astoria Malfoy, and the grandfather of Scorpius Malfoy. He is a rival of the good-natured Arthur Weasley, patriarch of the poor Weasley family.

He is portrayed by Jason Isaacs, who was also the voice of Ra's Al Ghul in Batman: Under the Red Hood, Satan in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Colonel William Tavington in The Patriot, Admiral Zhao in Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Grand Inquisitor in Star Wars: Rebels, and Captain Hook in the 2003 Peter Pan film.


Early Life

Lucius Malfoy II was born in 1954 in Wiltshire County, England, to a family of wizards with substantial wealth that lived in luxury within a magnificent mansion for many generations. From a very young age, he was taught that how special he was, firstly as a wizard, secondly as a pure-blood, and thirdly as a Malfoy, whose family name alone commanded respect because of the considerable influence in the Ministry of Magic due to their social standing in the magical community in general. As such, his father Abraxas Malfoy, who was known to possess many of the qualities that have distinguished so many of his ancestors taught his son about the prudence of maintaining an appearance of respectability to preserve their status of prominence among their kind, as well as the importance of retaining the goodwill of the ruling class from which the family could benefit. Taught to take great pride in his heritage, Malfoy was encouraged to mainly associate himself with the pure-blood children of other wealthy families who shared their cast-iron belief in the inherent supriority of blood-purity.

At the start of his first year the major wizarding school up in Scotland, called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Malfoy was sorted (like the majority of his family who went there) into Slytherin due to his resourcefulness with the Dark Arts and ambition for blood purity, eventually becoming a member of Hogwarts Potions professor Horace Slughorn's "Slug Club".  At some point in his third year, his father became suspected to have had a hand in the mysterious illness which had befallen Nobby Leach, the first Muggle-born Minister for Magic to ever hold office. Regardless of whether there was some truth to this claim, Abraxas and his son both enjoyed seeing Leach removed from power, as they regarded him unworthy to lead the wizarding community. In his fifth year, Malfoy was made prefect due to the hard work he put into appearing a model student in the eyes of his teachers, including Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. During this position, he began having contact with younger Slytherins like Severus Snape, who he warmly welcomed into the fold after the latter's sorting, and the two had good rapport and grew to share their extremist ideals.

Following his graduation from Hogwarts, Malfoy quickly began establishing his own network of connections in high places in the Ministry from which he would later be able to gain benefits and favours. But his plans went deeper still as he carried with him high hopes that life had more important things in store for him than the privileged life of a high-born bachelor. Because he liked it when things worked out for him, it was ultimately the desire to further his own ambition, as well as a sense of purpose and self-fulfillment, that eventually had him join fellow Slytherins like Snape within the inner circle of the Death Eaters, an army of supremacistic witches and wizards led by the psychopathic dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who aimed take over the wizarding world and shape it in his supremacist views through his tyrannical rise to power. Voldemort was a difficult taskmaster of limited patience and did not take kindly to failure from his followers, but Malfoy had little difficulty in gaining the Dark Lord’s favour. Due to the high standing of his family, he was ideally positioned to gain insight into the Ministry’s resources and yet-to-be initiated plans aimed to crush the Dark Rebellion, all of which were valuable information he relayed to the Death Eaters. Rewarded by his usefulness and reliability, the noble wizard squire found himself rising rapidly through the ranks, until Voldemort at last bestowed upon him a position of leadership. At some point during this position, he married Narcissa Black, with whom he had a son named Draco in 1980.

Counted among one of the Voldemort’s most trusted servants, Malfoy went above average intelligence and ability, both of which he turned to crimes like coercion, torture and murder. He fought at his master's side in many battles during the First Wizarding War, some of which he took lead in and was presumably involved in the deaths and disappearances of several members of the Order of the Phoenix, around whom opposition to Voldemort had always rallied. When he came to earn the dark wizard's full trust, Malfoy was thus entrusted with a diary Voldemort kept while attending Hogwarts under his true identity (a former Slytherin prefect and heir to Hogwarts founder Salazar Slytherin named Tom Marvolo Riddle) that was said to be among his Horcruxes (artifacts of dark magic that makes their owner immortal), capable of reopening Slytherin's legendary Chamber of Secrets and unleash the monster inside, the Basilisk, to cleanse the school of all Muggle-borns. Unfortunatley, when Snape discovered a prediction concerning Voldemort's destruction at the hands of a child born at the end of July in 1980 to those who defied him three times and lived, Voldemort came to learn of two boys who matched the description, the most probable of which were believed to be Harry Potter, the then-unborn child of James and Lily Potter, both distinguished members of the Order of the Phoenix. Dumbledore eventually learned of the dark wizard marking the Potters for death through Snape, who loved Lily Potter since they were children, and had the family go into hiding and keep their heads low enough for Voldemort, Malfoy and other Death Eaters to fail in locating their whereabouts until their friend and Secret-Keeper Peter Pettigrew betrayed their whereabouts. Thus, with their Fidelius Charm broken, Voldemort went out to rectify the odds that had so unexpectedly been stacked against him, but the eradication of the Potters had not went as smoothly as they had anticipated. Having murdered and simply stepped over the bodies of the parents, the psychopathic wizard prepared to kill the son as vowed only for his Killing Curse to rebound back at himself and obliterate his body, leaving Malfoy and the rest of his army shocked and distraught.

From having been the important and impressive second-in-command of Lord Voldemort's army, Malfoy, though a talented leader and a very proficient wizard in his own right, suddenly found himself trying very hard to regain control of the situation and quickly found himself greatly overwhelmed by the combined strength of the Ministry and the surviving members of the Order as they began rounding up all the Death Eaters scattering into hiding. He was eventually caught himself and put on trial before a full Wizengamot for his involvement in Death Eater activities and support of the Voldemort's reign of terror. However, it was first when his belief in the Dark Lord’s uprising became a threat to him that it became clear to him that the purpose of his allegiance to the Death Eaters had ran its course. While a fierce supporter of the cause for which Voldemort stood, Malfoy held little loyalty for the dark wizard himself. He came to the conclusion that he joined the ranks in hopes of some shared glory, and with his master’s disappearance, he saw there was no glory to be found, and as such, no longer any benefits to remaining loyal to the Death Eaters as a group. When he at last stood before the court, Malfoy pleaded his innocence and claimed he had been acting under the influence of the Imperius Curse, although his main course of action were to rely on his good family name, his excellent reputation in the wizarding world and calling in favours from high-placed Ministry officials to win his freedom. While he was formally found not guilty of all the charges against him and thus slipped his way out from the crowds with some of his former peers, most of which was sentenced to a lifelong confinement in the wizard prison Azkaban, some, such as Arthur Weasley, believed it was a lie. With his name cleared, he took up residence in Malfoy Manor with his wife and son shortly after his father died and passed both the property and a treasured heirloom to him, and from that point on became the new patriarch of the Malfoy family.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Lucius first appeared in Chamber of Secrets, where he is introduced in a book shop in Diagon Alley. While mocking the Weasleys, he slipped Tom Riddle's Diary into the belongings of Ginny Weasley in the hopes that Voldemort would come back to power by draining Ginny's life force and taking back his rightful place as leader of the Death Eaters. This, in turn, leads to the petrification of multiple students at the school by "seeing" the Basilisk that the diary's hidden sentient memory had command over.

Lucius' own plan was to use Ginny's "trance" given by the diary's power to open the Chamber of Secrets and get the headmaster Albus Dumbledore kicked out of the school by the Ministry's command, since the Chamber's opening and the presence of the Basilisk and petrifications would make it clear that Dumbledore was incompetent. In the end, after the Basilisk is killed by Harry, the diary's magic power is destroyed by Harry using a Basilisk tooth and (with Ginny, Ron Weasley and the amnesic Gilderoy Lockhart) escaping from the Chamber with Fawkes the Phoenix, Lucius came to Dumbledore and brought his House Elf Dobby with him, revealing that the Malfoy family are the masters of Dobby. Harry had discovered that Lucius had slipped the diary into Ginny's cauldron back in Diagon Alley, but gets the response "Why don't you...prove it?". He had no proof to this, but through the loophole that Dobby can be freed if his master is given clothes and the fact that he had given Dobby the useless diary while Harry's own sock was in its pages, Dobby had been freed. Lucius, furious at Harry, tried to murder him right there on the spot only to be shot at by Dobby's own magic. He promises Harry that he will meet his parents in hell and leaves angrily, ready to plot a way to get back at Harry. After this he was stripped from the Hogwarts School of Governors.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

He is unseen in the third installment, but he has a plot influence. Here, after Draco is attacked by gamekeeper of Hogwarts Rubeus Hagrid's hippogriff Buckbeak, Lucius found that this animal is easy to angry. Despite that Draco had been insulting Buckbeak and was attacked for it, Lucius convinced the Ministry of Magic to execute Buckbeak at sundown so he doesn't endanger anyone else. However, through the use of a Time Turner (a time-traveling device), Harry and Hermione Granger save Buckbeak from the execution party.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Lucius appears at the beginning of Goblet of Fire when he attends the Quidditch World Cup with Draco and Narcissa. He seemed disgusted that Arthur and his family got to be at the top of the stadium to watch due to their poorness and is angry even more so when he finds out that Harry is accompanying them to the Cup. Later when the game was over, he had got some Death Eater friends together and tortured the Muggle site manager of the World Cup stadium. He even rubbed their faces to the Weasley's that they sit in the worse seats ever, he and Draco sit in the Ministry's box.When the Death Eaters attacked the stadium's surrounding campsite and left the "Dark Mark" in the sky, Lucius was already gone. Near the end, when Voldemort was resurrected, we see that the Dark Lord was angry at his minions for failing to find him during the World Cup campsite attack. It reveals that the fathers of Draco's friends Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle were Death Eaters, and even Lucius was a Death Eater. After Voldemort's battle with Harry, Lucius went away back to the Ministry and try to convince the Ministry that Harry's claims about the Return of the Dark Lord were ludicrous. 

Order of the Phoenix

Malfoy was rather pleased to see that Voldemort had returned to full health. Lucius is seen in Order of the Phoenix as one of the Death Eaters who were sent to retrieve a special prophecy that was about Voldemort and Harry Potter. He leads the group that consists of himself, Bellatrix Lestrange, Antonin Dolohov and a few other unnamed Death Eaters. After unsuccessfully retrieving the prophecy and the fact that prophecies can only be used by those actually IN them, it meant that he couldn't use it. He is seen fighting members of the Order of the Phoenix in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and is stunned by Sirius Black, who is killed moments later by Bellatrix. He is sent to Azkaban at the aftermath of the battle.

Deathly Hallows

He escapes from Azkaban in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in which he lends his house, Malfoy Manor to the Dark Lord as his headquarters and is regarded as a disgraced Death Eater. At the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor, Hary, Ron and Hermione were captured by Bellatrix and taken to Malfoy Manor, but they escape and battle the Death Eaters. Dobby, looking to repay Harry for freeing him from the Malfoy's control 5 years ago, Apparates the heroes and the captured Luna Lovegood away, but not before getting wounded by Bellatrix's knife throw, which does end up killing him.

Lucius Malfoy & Draco Malfoy

Lucius with his son Draco in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 1.

When Voldemort and the Death-Eaters came to Hogwarts for the final battle, Lucius came along too along with his wife.
Lucius Malfoy in the Battle

Lucius in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Because Lucius' wife, Narcissa, lied to Lord Voldemort about Harry Potter being dead and it helped Harry to defeat him, the Malfoy family could use this to get a pardon.



  • Lucius is the true main antagonist of Chamber of Secrets because he initiated the plot by smuggling Tom Riddle's Diary into Hogwarts, causing the events of the film to unfold. Therefore, Dobby had told Harry that it was "a plot to make most terrible things happen."
  • Lucius is rather racist (much like Cornelius Fudge) in that he treats half-bloods like scum, often calling them "Mudbloods".

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