Harry Potter may be "The Boy Who LIved," or "The Chosen One," as well as the one to ultimately beat Voldemort, but there are many heroes in the entire series that helped him along the way.
Of course, we have a lot of credit to give to the Order of the Phoenix, including Dumbledore who loved Harry and tried to guide him as best as he could. The students of Dumbledore's Army should also be mentioned, as they worked their hardest to become incredibly defensive wizards and witches. We also have double agent Severus Snape, who risked his life for Harry all because of his love for Lily.
But what about acknowledging those who might have started off on the wrong side of the tracks, only to make the courageous change to good? In my opinion, that is incredibly commendable and an insanely difficult barrier to cross.
According to Jason Isaacs, who plays the character Lucius Malfoy in the films, he considers "Draco [to be] the hero of the whole saga," as he makes difficult choices, whereas Harry really has no choice and is set in his destiny.
Isaacs makes an excellent point, one that has never really crossed my mind. Being a Slytherin myself, I already know we have so many examples of incredibly brilliant wizards that came from the Slytherin house who were good and solid people. Snape, Slughorn, Regulus, and Draco Malfoy are all incredibly commendable characters.
It is true that Harry almost has no choice in the matter. His destiny was written the same year he was born when Sybill Trelawney made the prophecy about him. Harry has always done the right thing and behaved nobly, because he has to.
Draco, on the other hand, has grown up in a very different situation. Of course Harry had his difficult upbringing and obstacles that he faced, but so did Draco Malfoy in a very different way.
Draco was brought up brainwashed by a narcissistic family who carries generations and generations of abuse, selfishness, and entitlement. He must break these bonds and ideas that have been so harshly engrained in him since he was a child.
Jason Isaacs purposely bullied and behaved coldly towards Draco in his portrayal of Lucius, so as to show how he would have no issue sacrificing his family for status. This helped showcase Draco's decision to make a decision for the greater good even more so heroic.
Isaacs also wanted to exemplify what happens when a person is overly focused on their position in the world. Lucius Malfoy is so obsessed with his status and where he will stand once Voldemort comes back.
At one point, Voldemort even rejects Lucius, snapping his wand in front of the other Death Eaters, as if to "castrate him," in Isaacs' words. Lucius then realizes he has broken his bond with his son and wife, his bond with Harry, and lastly with Voldemort.
"He is a wounded animal slipping down the well, no matter how much he scrabbles."
Draco must counter all of this, and therefore his difficult decision to change to good is even more dramatic and pronounced, especially when you consider where he is coming from. To grow up all your life with one mindset and having to choose the opposite, especially when you know it's the right choice, must have been so torturous and courageous at the same time.
The Harry Potter series has taught us all how to be heroes. Whether it means we have to step up to the plate and do what's right, or defy what you have been raised to believe, especially if you know in your heart that what you were brainwashed into was wrong.
I really look to Harry Potter to teach our future generations what is right and what is wrong, as well as give us the courage to stand up for the greater good. I know it has specifically taught me all of these lessons personally.
[Source: Hero Complex]