Draco, are you AWARE you're a WOLF?
Bad (okay, terrible) puns aside, what we are aware of is that Harry Potter fan theories are a dime a dozen. From downright dastardly attempts to slander Professor McGonagall (no!), to relatively sane claims that Gringots loaned Willy Wonka cash to open a chocolate factory, these theories tend to be rather tenuous at best. However, we have just stumbled upon one theory that might just have a little bite.
Throughout all seven Harry Potter books (and movies) Draco Malfoy is Harry's slimy Sytherin school nemesis. However, the absence of his irritating and interfering ways are notable in the sixth and seventh books. Never usually one to forgo the opportunity to crush Harry publicly, he misses a Quidditch match against Gryffindor, and though normally a gifted student, he neglects to hand in his Transfiguration homework two days in a row. Tut tut, Malfoy.
Presumably, he's having a rest from childish pranks and studying to partake in the assassination of Albus Dumbledore. Or, perhaps there's another, deeper, darker reason. Could Draco be a werewolf? Lets break it down...
1. Draco is not a Death Eater
When Harry is hiding in Borgin & Burkes at the beginning of the sixth book, Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, he witnesses Draco threatening Borgin and revealing something on his forearm which causes a terrified response. Harry assumes Draco has shown the Dark Mark, but we never see this. Also, we know Harry habitually gets carried away with theories that have a tendency to be incorrect.
Harry always immediately assumes things and they turn out to be false. If Harry wakes up in the middle of the night months later it is usually right, or if he talks about it with Hermione and Hermione gets it, then it’s right. Hermione doesn’t think Draco is a Death Eater, so he probably isn’t.
Another reason Draco is probably not a Dark Mark is that:
at the end of the sixth book there is a barrier to the Astronomy Tower that you can only pass through if you have a Dark Mark. This barrier goes up immediately after Draco goes up to the tower, and comes down just before he goes down.
And additionally, he is never treated as a Death Eater, nor is there much reason for him to be given a Dark Mark by Voldemort.
So then, if Draco does not have the Dark Mark on his arm, what could he have possibly shown to Borgin in Borgin & Burkes' to elicit such fear?
2. Fenrir Greyback & Lucius' Punishments
Fenrir Greyback was the werewolf who bit Remis Lupin, infecting him with the curse. He became notorious for his savagery and preference for attacking children.
Whilst Harry was hiding in Borgin & Burkes, he overheard Draco mentioning Greyback to Borgin.
For us, the nail in the coffin is that, while showing Borgin the mark on his arm, Draco says that Fenrir Greyback is a close personal friend and he’d hate for him to have a to pay a visit.
“You know Fenrir Greyback? He’s a family friend. He’ll be dropping in from time to time to make sure you’re giving the problem your full attention”
As Greyback is famous for eating children, why would the Malfoy's have him as a close family friend? Could this possibly link into Voldemort's anger towards Lucius Malfoy for his transgressions towards the end of the fifth book?
So, are already made aware of Greyback's capabilities through Lupin:
“Fenrir Greyback is, perhaps, the most savage werewolf alive today. He regards it as his mission in life to bite and to contaminate as many people as possible; he wants to create enough werewolves to overcome the wizards” (page 334). I find it very interesting that this is mentioned on the same page that Voldemort “promised him [Greyback] prey in return for his services.”
Could Draco be a “promised” prey?
This is not so far a stretch as we already know that Voldemort is angry with Lucius Malfoy. Narcissa, Draco’s mother, believes that Draco’s assignment to kill Dumbledore is “vengeance for Lucius’s mistake” (page 33). Lucius not only failed at getting the prophecy when it smashed in the Department of Mysteries, but he also carelessly mishandled one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes (the diary) for his own ends. What if Voldemort commanded Greyback to bite Draco as punishment for Lucius’s mistakes? If this is true, then the mission alone was not enough to appease the Dark Lord’s lust for vengeance. Something more was required. (This, by the way, parallels Lupin’s own unfortunate situation: It was Lupin’s father who offended Greyback, and the werewolf in turn bit his son.)
It would also help to explain why the Malfoy's take their own path rather than following Voldemort, if Draco was actually a werewolf he would be half-blood and therefore no longer compatible with Voldemort's pure-blood regime.
4. Voldemorts Remarks & Snape's Role
When Voldemort discovers that Remus and Tonks are pregnant, he says to Draco, “Maybe you can babysit the cubs." Perhaps a throwaway comment, perhaps not.
It makes sense that Draco is a werewolf. It explains why he was sick for much of the school year. It explains why he was afraid of Greyback. It explains why Snape at Slughorn’s Christmas party was looking at Draco as though both angry and…was it possible?…a little afraid? (page 321). It explains why Draco was crying in front of Moaning Myrtle. It explains why the movie scene in Prisoner of Azkaban where Draco howls like a werewolf in Snape’s Defense against the Dark Arts lesson is so significant (J.K. Rowling said in the PoA DVD interview that she got goose bumps when she saw certain scenes because they actually foreshadow events in the final two novels).
Watch the howl scene for yourself:
Also, could it be that Snape and Draco are so close because Draco is relying on him for Wolfsbane potion?
5. It's in the Text
The wolf howl in the scene above may not be the only case of foreshadowing. There are references in the text which link Draco's appearance to that of Lupin's.
Draco's stressed and sickly appearance is a continuous theme in the sixth book which is supposedly due to his quest, but what if it was down to something more sinister?
On page 321, Harry’s observation of Draco is interesting:
"Harry stared at Malfoy. It was not the sucking-up that intrigued him; he had watched Malfoy do that to Snape for a long time. It was the fact that Malfoy did, after all, look a little ill. This was the first time he had seen Malfoy close up for ages; he now saw that Malfoy had dark shadows under his eyes and a distinctly grayish tinge to his skin."
Compare this to the description of Remus Lupin in Prisoner of Azkaban on page 185:
"Professor Lupin was back at work. It certainly looked as though he had been ill. His old robes were hanging more loosely on him and there were dark shadows beneath his eyes…"
So, if this theory is true, why would J.K. Rowling leave it out?
There is precedent for J.K. Rowling revealing only the tip of the iceberg in some of her characterizations. For example, Rowling was originally going to write a whole arc about Dean Thomas’s family, but instead she focused on Neville. Additionally, Dumbledore’s love of Grindelwald is never addressed during any of the books, and was only revealed by J.K. Rowling during a Q&A after all the books had been published. There are likely many other elements of the story that have been left behind the scenes for one reason or another. It may be entirely possible that Draco’s reveal was planned for the seventh book, for example, but got cut for pages.
Rowling has new content being released by book, and could be saving this to reveal on Pottermore for the seventh book.
What do you think? Could Draco be a werewolf?