How Wizards Do Money: Draco Malfoy

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Draco knows that people with as much money as the Malfoy family generally don’t think about it too much; instead, they hire people to think about their money for them.

But Draco does a lot of thinking.

The Malfoy family fortune is not properly his, in that if he truly wanted to take the majority of the funds and rebuild Hogwarts—which was on his mind, a decade ago—he would have to go through nests of executors and conclaves of relatives.

And Hogwarts got rebuilt anyway.

He was able to give Hogwarts a respectable but nominal amount, smaller than he wanted, and his name’s on a brick in the garden. In memory of all of those who were lost.

Scorpius says there’s owl dung on his brick now, although Draco knows that Hogwarts takes better care of itself than that. Scorpius isn’t doing well in school, not like Draco had hoped. He watches his son act out the emotions that Draco himself keeps tightly held inside.

Draco thinks sometimes about leaving; going to France, or Antarctica. He thinks about setting aside galleons from the portion of the endowment that comes to his family every month, but he can’t rightfully take money that should belong to Astoria and Scorpius as well. He watches his Hogwarts peers become professional Quidditch players and Ministry officials and professors, and he receives an allowance from a family executor every month, as if he were still a child.

Sometimes the emotions come out, harsh and sharp and smart and cruel. Draco tries always to stay as neutral as possible, to stand still and let things happen, to raise his son and care for his wife and keep the Malfoy family moving into the next generation and let the rest of the world sort itself out as it will, because Hogwarts will get rebuilt with or without his donation, the Leaky Cauldron will change management yet again, Ginny Potter will become a Quidditch star and then retire, all of these bits of life will happen without him.

And the Malfoy family—and its fortune—will persevere.

Previously: Ron Weasley

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5 Comments / Post A Comment

annecara (#1,914)

Did you just make me feel sorry for Draco Malfoy?

…yes, you did. Wow.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

@annecara I’ve always felt a little bad for Draco (ok not ALWAYS). He grew up in a household that promoted the evils of Voldemort, but he is a bit of a wimp at heart. Seriously where would he be without henchmen? Draco just always struck me as pulled in a lot of different directions without a really strong sense of self.

HelloTheFuture (#5,275)

@RiffRandell Yep, that’s exactly what I thought re: Draco, especially as the series progressed.

palamedes (#7,548)

I have a friend from long ago who’s family owns a lot of commercial property up and down the west coast of North and Central America. He assisted his father on handling the family wealth that resulted from that, as well as the basic day-to-day situation with the properties, and when his father passed away, he continued the work solo.

Doing all that not only made it well near impossible for him to have a career, it also made it hard for him to enjoy life itself. He couldn’t own, for a good while, any vehicle other than the beat up Oldsmobile Omega he had because doing otherwise would mean taking a slice of his share from the family fortune to upgrade to something a bit less humbling, and the family discussion over this relatively insignificant expense would go on for hours (a fair-sized group of people benefit from this set of assets), so he just gave it up as an issue for a good long time.

He lives a little better now, but I wouldn’t trade my relatively humble financial situation by comparison for his. I wouldn’t want the battles he has to resolve every day, even with the accompanying wealth.

NoName (#3,509)

@palamedes That sounds awful

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