J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter,
J.K. Rowling Reveals Draco Malfoy's Back Story in New Pottermore PieceREUTERS

In the latest piece of her "12 Days of Christmas" series, JK Rowling, the "Harry Potter" author reveals great insights about the popular Harry Potter antagonist – Draco Malfoy.

All Potter fans have hated Malfoy throughout the series. The boy, who led an obnoxiously privileged life given his parents' statures at the ministry of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was apparently bought up to "believe he occupied an almost royal position within the wizarding community," Rowling writes.

Rowling also tells fans about the adult life of Draco Malfoy revealing that he marries the younger sister of Astoria Greengrass, a fellow Slytherin. Draco and Astoria have a son Scorpius and Astoria refuses to bring their child up with the same cruel and evil values his parents instilled in him.

"I imagine that Draco grew up to lead a modified version of his father's existence; independently wealthy, without any need to work, Draco inhabits Malfoy Manor with his wife and son," Rowling wrote.

"I pity Draco. Being raised by the Malfoys would be a very damaging experience, and Draco undergoes dreadful trials as a direct result of his family's misguided principles."

"All his life, he had idolized a father who advocated violence and was not afraid to use it himself, and now that his son discovered in himself a distaste for murder, he felt it to be a shameful failing," Rowling added.

Rowling also spilled her personal thought about Draco Malfoy's character. She said she felt "unnerved" that girls loved his "bad boy" image. She said that she attempted to show the world that Malfoy wasn't a brooding, hurting guy with a heart of gold inside, but was just as evil as his character was intended to be.

"Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people. All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers' daydreams, as I told them, rather severely, that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering," she wrote.

"I argued that it was perfectly consistent with Draco's character that he would find it easy to shut down emotion, to compartmentalise, and to deny essential parts of himself... I was attempting to show that the denial of pain and the suppression of inner conflict can only lead to a damaged person," she added.

Rowling also added that she hopes Draco Malfoy brings Scorpius up "to be a much kinder and more tolerant Malfoy than he was in his own youth."

Bonus Facts – JK Rowling chose "Smart", "Spinks" or "Spungen" for Draco's surname before finally settling on Malfoy! Draco 'Spinks' sounds more like a Hufflepuff name, doesn't it?

Also Tom Felton, the actor who portrays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, is ironically the nicest guy among the lot!

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