25 October, 2021

LitStaff Pick: Characters Who Didn't Get What They Deserved

Draco Malfoy
Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Throughout their six years together at Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy stood as Harry Potter’s greatest schoolyard antagonist. From their first interactions, they and their groups of friends stood at polar opposites of the moral spectrum. Whenever Harry, Ron and Hermoine would risk their lives to save the school, Draco and his gang would do their best to catch them breaking the rules to get them in trouble or to take matters into their own hands. However, during the final night of the wizardly struggle with Voldemort, Harry, in the style of a true Gryffindor, saved Draco twice: once from a raging Fiendfyre (started by Draco’s own friend Goyle) and once again from a life-sucking Dementor. A quick punch in the face from behind the Invisibility Cloak couldn’t make up for all the trouble that the protagonist trio suffered by Draco’s hand. Draco Malfoy lived on in debt to the Boy Who Lived … through danger, curse and the provocations of one scrawny, pale, blond bully with a rich father and a powerful dark lord to back him up.
-Eric Dilmore, guest contributor

3 thoughts on “LitStaff Pick: Characters Who Didn't Get What They Deserved

  1. Jason, good essay, but Moby's a sperm whale, not a killer whale, and if anyone's a bastard, it's that cold soul Ahab. (It's not for nothin' that I bought a Moby Dick sweatshirt to celebrate the whale.) I beg you to reconsider.

  2. Entertaining. I assumed the anti-whale bit about Moby Dick was meant to be parodic. My nomination for character who doesn't get what she deserves (by which I mean I think she's treated quite unfairly by the author/narrative): Mary Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice." The nerdy sister who doesn't have the other sisters' wit or beauty or social acumen, she's openly ridiculed by her family & ends up single & having to care for her tiresome & mismatched parents as they age. Every time I read the book, I pity this character.

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