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Draco Malfoy’s 15 Best Quotes In Harry Potter

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The Harry Potter series is full of vibrant and compelling characters, but none are as beloved as the ones who author J.K. Rowling calls “the big seven.” This group includes the Golden Trio (Harry, Ron, and Hermione), the Silver Trio (Ginny, Luna, and Neville), and the polarizing Draco Malfoy.

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Arrogant and cunning, Draco Malfoy spent most of Harry Potter bullying others before giving himself over to Voldemort’s cause and changing completely in the process. While many dislike him for his cruel and petty taunting, there’s no denying that Harry’s rival is as quick-witted as they come. Draco Malfoy’s quotes are some of the best in the saga.

Updated by Lauren Turner on August 24, 2022: Harry Potter is a mega-popular franchise that will be relevant for years to come. New fans and longtime fans alike will be curious to know what Draco Malfoy’s best quotes are, so we’ve revamped this list with even more information.

15/15 “The Dementors Send Their Love, Potter!”

Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Aside from introducing Harry’s godfather and setting Harry Potter’s main plot in motion, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban also gave fans the Dementors. They were hooded, eyeless creatures who fed on people’s emotions and guarded the wizarding prison. Harry was particularly susceptible to their magic, which made him hear his mother’s voice and faint.

Always ready to make fun of Harry, Draco Malfoy and his gang of Slytherins immediately began mocking the Boy Who Lived by putting their hoods up and pretending to be Dementors at every opportunity they got. Eventually, Harry learned to cast a Patronus and accidentally used it on a disguised Malfoy, who gave up on his taunts thereon.

14/15 “Honestly, Goyle, If You Were Any Slower, You’d Be Going Backwards”

Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets

Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter.

Since Draco’s first year at Hogwarts, he surrounded himself with two of the meanest Slytherins in his year, Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle. Despite hanging out with them often, Draco always considered them his inferiors and regularly remarked on their dullness. Malfoy gave some of his best quotes when he thought no one could hear.

In Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Harry took Polyjuice Potion and transformed into Goyle. He had a conversation with Draco about Azkaban, which made the latter momentarily suspicious. After a moment, Draco simply attributed Harry’s lapse to Goyle’s slow disposition and moved on without noticing that anything was amiss with his supposed friend.

13/15 “My Father And I Have A Bet You See. I Don’t Think You’re Gonna Last Ten Minutes In This Tournament. He Disagrees — He Thinks You Won’t Last Five”

Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire

Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, and Gregory Goyle in Harry Potter.

When Harry became the unexpected, fourth Triwizard Tournament champion, Draco had the perfect excuse to launch a school-wide hate campaign against his biggest rival. Aside from taunting Harry, Draco also began sporting a “POTTER STINKS” badge that proved to be popular with all houses. Gryffindor students, on the other hand, had loyally stuck by Harry’s side.

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On one memorable occasion, Draco confronted Harry and said that he and his father had placed a bet on Harry’s performance in the competition. Draco then pulled his wand out to attack Harry. Moody, who had been passing by, happened to witness this and Transfigured Malfoy into a ferret. This made the Slytherin boy the laughingstock of the school for the very first time.

12/15 “No One Asked Your Opinion, You Filthy Little Mudblood!”

Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets

Draco Malfoy calls Hermione a mudblood in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Born into one of the oldest and so-called “purest” wizarding families in Britain, Draco Malfoy grew up with a superiority complex that often got him into trouble with the Golden Trio. While he absolutely despised Harry and often made fun of Ron, Draco targeted Hermione the most, frequently insulting her for being Muggle-born.

The first time Draco called Hermione a “mudblood” was during The Chamber of Secrets. She suggested that Draco’s father had bought him a place in the Slytherin Quidditch team rather than allow him to get in on his own talent. The slur caused an uproar and introduced fans to one of the most important conflicts in Harry Potter.

11/15 “Red Hair And A Hand-Me-Down Robe? You Must Be A Weasley”

Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone

Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter.

Draco Malfoy reveled in his pureblood status and never missed a moment to flaunt his wealth as a symbol of power. He particularly enjoyed using this fact against Ron, who belonged to a large, working-class family.

When Draco and Ron first met on the Hogwarts Express, Draco couldn’t help but call attention to Ron’s fiery ginger hair and pre-owned clothes, quickly identifying him as a Weasley. He would continue taunting Ron for the Weasleys’ lack of wealth throughout their school years, only stopping after the Second Wizarding War.

10/15 “You’ll Soon Find Out That Some Wizarding Families Are Better Than Others, Potter. You Don’t Wanna Go Making Friends With The Wrong Sort. I Can Help You There”

Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone

Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter.

Influenced by his father’s social-climbing tactics, Draco Malfoy first approached Harry with friendship in mind. He offered to show Harry the ways of the Wizarding World. Because Harry refused, Draco rethought his strategy and regarded Harry as his bitter rival.

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Draco and Harry’s antagonism would slowly transform from petty remarks to outright bullying and bitter enmity once Draco joined the Death Eaters. Despite their tense school years, the two left their shared hatred in the past once their sons, Scorpius and Albus, became best friends.

9/15 “Longbottom, If Brains Were Gold, You’d Be Poorer Than Weasley, And That’s Saying Something”

Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone

Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter.

Shy and insecure, Neville Longbottom was often on the receiving end of mockery, pranks, and bullying during his time at Hogwarts. His nervous demeanor made him an easy target for mean-spirited people like Draco and Snape, who never hesitated to call him useless and dumb.

After approaching Neville and Ron during a Quidditch match in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, Draco proceeded to mock the two for their intelligence and poverty, respectively. While Neville attempted to defend himself, he didn’t gain self-confidence until he joined Dumbledore’s Army and then led them in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.

8/15 “This Class Is Ridiculous…”

Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban introduced one of the best professors Hogwarts had seen in years, Remus Lupin. While most students enjoyed his classes, which were full of dark creatures and useful information, the Slytherin students hated the shabby and humble Lupin.

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Draco and his gang, in particular, seemed to find Lupin’s teachings a waste of their time. When the Defense Against The Dark Arts professor introduced Boggarts and taught the incantation to get rid of them, Draco responded by calling the class “ridiculous.”

7/15 “You’re Gonna Regret This! You And Your Bloody Chicken!”

Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter.

Draco had never really shown Hagrid the respect he deserved since he arrived at Hogwarts, but things took a turn for the worse when Hagrid became Draco’s Care of Magical Creatures teacher. For his first lesson, Hagrid decided to introduce his new class to Buckbeak the hippogriff, unaware that it would turn into a disaster.

Arrogantly, Draco ignored Hagrid’s warnings and insulted the creature, who retaliated by leaving a deep scratch on his arm. As Hagrid picked Draco up and left for the hospital wing, Draco made sure to let everyone know that Hagrid and “his bloody chicken” would get what they deserved.

6/15 “I Don’t Need Your Help! Don’t You Understand? I Have To Do This! I Have To Kill You, Or He’s Gonna Kill Me!”

Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince

Draco Malfoy attempting to kill Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Draco is assigned the horrible task of killing Albus Dumbledore. Raised in a wealthy, bigoted, and powerful family, Draco was incredibly proud of his heritage for the majority of his schooldays.

As a result, Draco took the Dark Mark and accepted his assignment because the Malfoys’ lives were threatened. Many Harry Potter fans talk about the trials endured by the titular main character, but a 16-year-old boy being put in this impossible situation is incredibly unfair. Draco never asked for the life he lived, but he was duty-bound to protect the only family he’d ever known.

5/15 “You’d Better Hurry Up, They’ll Be Waiting For ‘The Chosen Captain’ — ‘The Boy Who Scored’ — Whatever They Call You These Days”

Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince

Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter.

Draco Malfoy spent a lot of his adolescence simultaneously bullying Harry Potter and envying him. While Draco can be creative with his insults, some of Malfoy’s quotes are just a bit half-hearted. In The Half-Blood Prince, Draco’s mental energy is spent on fulfilling his task to the Dark Lord, rather than coming up with clever ways to torment Harry.

However, even when preoccupied, Draco never misses a chance to lash out at Harry. Harry hates the titles he’s been given, so when Draco uses those titles against him to tease him about Quidditch, it’s undeniably a bit humorous. Draco put the bare minimum of effort into this jab.

4/15 “Why Are You Wearing Glasses? Reading? I Didn’t Know You Could Read”

Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets

Draco Malfoy looking at Harry disguised as Goyle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

In The Chamber of Secrets, the Golden Trio brews Polyjuice Potion to question Draco and see what he knows about the Chamber. Harry and Ron physically turn into Draco’s lackeys, Crabbe and Goyle. Draco keeps Crabbe and Goyle around to feel powerful. While they may not be close friends, Draco likely feels he can speak freely to the duo because they’re considered dim-witted.

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After the transformation, Harry forgets to take off his glasses, and Draco doesn’t miss a beat. Draco questions his “friend” about the new accessory and is visibly suspicious. This Draco Malfoy quote is especially precious because it was an ad-lib by actor Tom Felton.

3/15 “Training For The Ballet, Potter?”

Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets

Draco Malfoy asking Harry if he is training for the ballet during a Quidditch game in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

In The Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry is one of the youngest players to join Gryffindor’s Quidditch team. To celebrate his new status as a team member, Professor McGonagall buys Harry a professional broomstick, a Nimbus 2000. Draco, ever the envious bully, complains to his father about this development.

In The Chamber of Secrets, it’s revealed that Draco is Slytherin’s newest Seeker, and his father had bought each team member the newest luxury racing broom, the Nimbus 2001. During Harry and Draco’s first match against each other, Harry is chased by a seemingly rogue Bludger. Throughout the match, Draco spends more time making fun of Harry than he spends looking for the Golden Snitch. Draco Malfoy’s quote is especially snarky as the Snitch is flitting around his head, which he doesn’t notice until Harry soars after it.

2/15 “Okay. Then I Get Fang!”

Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone

Draco Malfoy scared during detention in the Forbidden Forest in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

In The Sorcerer’s Stone, Draco follows the Golden Trio on a nighttime visit to Hagrid’s hut. There, he sees Hagrid hatch a Norwegian Ridgeback, whom he names Norbert. Draco gleefully reports Harry, Ron, and Hermione to Professor McGonagall, pleased to have something over their heads.

However, when McGonagall doles out detention, Draco is shocked to hear that he will be joining the Golden Trio in their punishment. McGonagall smartly remarks that Draco was out after hours, and therefore was also breaking the rules. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Draco join Hagrid in the Forbidden Forest for detention. When Hagrid announces that they need to split up to search for the injured unicorn, Draco boldly declares that Hagrid’s large hunting dog, Fang, will be joining him and Harry during their search. Draco is visibly disappointed when Hagrid warns him that Fang is “a coward.”

1/15 “My Father Will Hear About This!”

Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire

Draco and Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter.

Throughout Harry Potter, it was made quite clear that Draco loved his father, looked up to him, and frequently sought his approval. He admired Lucius’ power within magical society, the Ministry of Magic, and even the Death Eaters. As such, Draco frequently mentioned his father whenever he lost an argument or was humiliated.

While the exact line has only appeared once in The Goblet of Fire, similar Draco Malfoy quotes have happened throughout most of the books and the movies, making it his most iconic and recognizable phrase. Over the years, it has become synonymous with the character and remains one of the most quotable lines in Harry Potter.

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