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Narcissa Malfoy Character Analysis: Dark Witch & Caring Mother

Narcissa Malfoy Character Analysis: Dark Witch & Caring Mother

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Narcissa Malfoy is a pure-blood witch from the Black family who later married Lucius Malfoy. She is the mother of Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter’s arch-nemesis at Hogwarts. While her husband was an active Death Eater, Narcissa preferred to stay on the side-lines. But she was willing to do anything to protect her son Draco.

About Narcissa Malfoy

Born1955
Blood StatusPure-Blood
OccupationDark Witch
PatronusUnknown
HouseSlytherin
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignCancer (speculative)

Narcissa’s Early Life

Narcissa was the youngest daughter of Cygnus and Druella Black. Her older sisters were Bellatrix and Andromeda Black, and they could not have been more different. Bellatrix was a beautiful and charismatic dark witch who believed in blood purity and was one of Lord Voldemort’s most loyal Death Eaters. Andromeda was disowned by the Black family for marrying the Muggle-born wizard Ted Tonks.

The Black Sisters

Narcissa was educated at Hogwarts and was a member of Slytherin house, like most members of the Black family (Sirius Black was a notable exception). She met her future husband Lucius Malfoy while at school. After they married, Narcissa lived with her husband in Malfoy Manor, a luxury estate in Wiltshire.

During the First Wizarding War, both Lucius and Bellatrix were Death Eaters. But Narcissa, while she seems to have passively accepted the Death Eater philosophy, never officially joined their ranks. She seemed more focussed on growing her family, giving birth to her son Draco in June 1980.

Bellatrix and her husband were sent to Azkaban following the downfall of Lord Voldemort. Lucius Malfoy was able to avoid imprisonment by claiming that he had been under the Imperius Curse. The fact that Narcissa was not a Death Eater may have helped his case.

After the fall of Lord Voldemort, the couple were able to focus on raising their son. However, they did teach their son the importance of blood purity, the superiority of wizards, and probably various other Death Eater philosophies.

Narcissa the Mother

When Draco was old enough for school, Lucius Malfoy wanted to send him to Durmstrang academy, where the dark arts were promoted. However, Narcissa wanted her son to attend Hogwarts so that he would be closer to home. She was devoted to her son while he was away at school, sending him treats by owl on an almost daily basis.

Narcissa always kept a close eye on her son when they were out in Diagon Alley, and it was suspicious to see Draco alone without his overprotective mother hovering nearby. While she was protective, she also seemed unable to control her son’s behavior.

For example, when Draco made a scene in Madam Malkin’s in Diagon Alley, calling Hermione a Mudblood. Rather than admonishing her son for his language, she simply said that they would buy their robes elsewhere and left.

While Dobby was known to have been treated badly when he was the Malfoy’s house-elf, this may have been more on Lucius’ part. When the Black house-elf, Kreacher, was able to leave the Black family home thanks to some poor choice of words from Sirius, he went directly to his old mistress. He affectionately called her Cissy, the same nickname that Bellatrix used for her sister.

As a result of this, Narcissa was able to pass on important information about Harry Potter that would allow Lord Voldemort to lure him to the Department of Mysteries.

Narcissa and the Unbreakable Vow

While Narcissa seemed happy to let her husband bring her son into his world of dark arts and Death Eaters, when Lucius was exposed as a Death Eater in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and sent to Azkaban, Narcissa had to take matters into her own hands.

Following Lucius’ disgrace, Lord Voldemort adopted Draco into the Death Eaters in his place. He charged Draco with sneaking a group of Death Eaters into Hogwarts school, and leading them on a mission to kill Albus Dumbledore. It seems very likely that Voldemort expected that Draco would fail and be killed, and that giving him this seemingly impossible task was a way of punishing Lucius Malfoy and his family for its failures.

Desperate to protect her son, Narcissa went to the only person who she thought could help her, Severus Snape. Her sister Bellatrix realized what she was up to and told her not to go since the Dark Lord had forbidden her to speak to anyone about Draco’s task. But Narcissa would not be dissuaded, so Bellatrix accompanied her.

When they met Snape, he also admonished Narcissa since the Dark Lord had told her not to speak but admitted that he already knew of Draco’s mission. Narcissa asked him to agree to help Draco and keep him safe if he could. Snape agreed.

Bellatrix was not convinced by Snape’s promise to “try”, so he agreed to make the Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa. He promised to help Draco in any way that he could, do everything in his power to keep the boy safe, and complete the task himself if Draco proved unable.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) Directed by David Yates Shown from left: Jason Isaacs, Helen McCrory, Tom Felton

Narcissa and Malfoy Manor

When Lord Voldemort came out into the open following his take over of the Ministry of Magic, he decided to use Malfoy Manor as his headquarters. He also released Lucius Malfoy from Azkaban in recognition of Draco’s contribution to the Death Eaters.

Lucius Malfoy had to wear his shame but clearly wanted to re-establish himself within the Death Eaters. Meanwhile, Draco was traumatized by the things that he had done over the previous year and was clearly uncomfortable among the Death Eaters. Bellatrix was ecstatic that her sister was playing host to her beloved Dark Lord.

Meanwhile, Narcissa stayed under the radar. She did her best to ensure that her family did nothing to displease Lord Voldemort, and generally tried to avoid his attention. But she does not seem to have had a problem with things such as prisoners being held in her basement.

When the Snatchers caught Harry, Ron, and Hermione and brought them to Malfoy Manor, she treated them with disdain but allowed them to enter her home. She called on Draco to identify the group, even though she must have recognized Hermione herself (Harry had been disfigured to hide his identity).

Narcissa was present in the following skirmish in which the trio escaped, and while she no doubt raised her wand to protect herself and her family, she nevertheless stayed in the background.

Narcissa and the Battle of Hogwarts

Since Harry took Draco’s wand during the escape from Malfoy Manor, Narcissa gave him her own wand to use. She then acquired other wands for herself and her husband Lucius. Lord Voldemort had previously taken Lucius’ wand to use, and it had been destroyed.

While it is unclear whether she actively participated in the fighting, she was present in the Forbidden Forest when Harry Potter turned himself over to Lord Voldemort, and the Dark Lord attempted to murder him with the Killing Curse for a second time.

Since Lord Voldemort had unwittingly made Harry a Horcrux when he first attacked him as a child, and because he was using the Elder Wand that was loyal to Harry, his curse did not have the expected effect. While Harry was incapacitated, Lord Voldemort also lost consciousness for a short period. Consequently, he had to send someone to check if Harry was actually dead. He sent Narcissa.

Narcissa Changes Sides

She quickly realized that Harry was still alive. But she was less concerned about the Dark Lord’s plans and more concerned about the wellbeing of her son, who was inside Hogwarts school. Narcissa covertly asked Harry if her son was still alive. When he confirmed that Draco was alive, she decided to let Harry continue to play dead.

She knew that the fastest way to be reunited with her son would be for Lord Voldemort’s conquering army to descend on the castle. She also knew that more fighting would put her son at risk.

When they descended on the castle, Narcissa quickly found her son, and kept both Draco and Lucius close. Rather than leave, Narcissa seemed to realize that Harry’s survival meant that Lord Voldemort could not win, so she kept her family with her and made a show of changing sides, even when she witnessed the death of her own sister Bellatrix.

The family stayed in the Great Hall after the death of Lord Voldemort, clearly uncomfortable, but not leaving. This was probably Narcissa’s idea, to show that they had changed sides and to ensure that the family would not be punished. Her plan worked, none of the Malfoys went to Azkaban following the Second Wizarding War.

Narcissa Later Life

Despite her actions at the end of the Second Wizarding War, Narcissa does not seem to have abandoned her pure-blood beliefs. She was unhappy when her son Draco decided to marry Astoria Greengrass. While she was a pure-blood witch, she openly supported muggle rights.

Lucius Malfoy objected to the match on this basis. Narcissa may have been more concerned about the blood curse that was on Astoria. It meant that her life would be short and that bearing children would be a risk. She probably wanted to avoid this heartbreak for her son.

Nevertheless, when she became the grandmother of Scorpius Malfoy, she probably doted on her grandson as she had her own son.

Narcissa Malfoy Personality Type & Traits

Narcissa Malfoy is very much a product of her environment. She believes in pure-blood superiority and the utility of the Dark Arts but is not fanatical about either in the same way as her husband and sister. She accepts these things as fact but does not actively fight for them.

What she is willing to fight for is her family. She was always a doting mother to Draco, even spoiling him, but at the end of the Second Wizarding War she was willing to take great risks to keep him safe and close.

Narcissa Malfoy Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Narcissa was born in 1955, but her birthdate and zodiac signs are unknown. Her personality suggests that she may be a Cancer. People born under this sign tend to want to stay connected to their roots and are likely to buy into family ideals that they are taught as a child. But they also love fiercely and protect the ones they care about with all their might.