Between 9 September 1953 and 8 September 1954 Great Britain
- Malfoy's been giving generously to all sorts of things for years... Gets him in with the right people... then he can ask for favours... delay laws he doesn't want passed... Oh, he's very well connected, Lucius Malfoy...."
- —Lucius' former position in the wizarding community
Lucius Abraxas Malfoy (b. 1953/1954) was a British pure-blood wizard, and son of Abraxas Malfidus Malfoy and Gomeisa Indigitamenta Malfoy (née Nott), twin brother of Cressida Gomeisa Malfoy, older brother of Belladonna McLaughlin (née Malfoy) and Domitius Malfoy, husband of Narcissa Cassiopeia Black, the father of Draco Lucius Malfoy, uncle/adoptive father of Amber Bellatrix Lestrange and the grandfather of Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy. Lucius was educated at Hogwarts, where he was made a prefect in Slytherin House. As an adult, Lucius was an aristocratic wizard and patriarch of the Malfoy family, believing strongly in notions of blood purity and the superiority of pure-blood wizards. He joined the British faction of the Death Eaters, who seemed to shared his views on blood purity, and participated in the First Wizarding War under the command of Lord Voldemort, unaware that he, the Death Eaters he fought alongside and even Lord Voldemort himself were all in fact servants of the Dragon Lord.
After Lord Voldemort's first defeat, Lucius managed to avoid imprisonment by claim that he had been acting under the mentally-enslaving Imperius Curse. He and his family remained members of the social elite, though Lucius continued to demonstrate his prejudice. He attempted to sabotage Arthur Weasley's career by slipping Arthur's daughter an old school diary of Tom Riddle's, opening the Chamber of Secrets in 1992 and unleashing the horror from within the hidden Chamber, and in 1994, he participated in the humiliation of a Muggle family after the Quidditch World Cup.
When Voldemort returned to a fully functional body, Lucius once again served him as a Death Eater, leading the efforts to obtain the prophecy Voldemort sought. In the battle that ensued, the prophecy was destroyed, and Lucius and his comrades were imprisoned in Azkaban in 1996 for life. Although Voldemort broke them out of prison in 1997, he was displeased with Lucius for his failures and treated the Malfoys with much disdain and abuse, apart from Amber, whom he was impressed with and due to her parents, Rodolphus and Bellatrix, being two of his most trusted and loyal followers. Lucius and his family finally rebelled against Voldemort's tyranny and defected before the end of the Battle of Hogwarts, with them all surviving the Second Wizarding War.
Because he and his family defected from the Death Eaters, they were pardoned for their crimes after Voldemort's final defeat and did not serve a stint in Azkaban. He and Narcissa eventually had a grandson, Scorpius Malfoy, after Draco married Astoria Greengrass and later on gained three great-grandchildren, Maddox, Parker and Sebastian Malfoy after Scorpius married Rose Weasley.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early life (1954-1972)
- 1.2 Hogwarts Years (1965-1972)
- 1.3 First Wizarding War(1972-1981)
- 1.4 Between the Wars (1981-1995)
- 1.5 Joining the Board of Governors
- 1.6 Opening of the Chamber of Secrets
- 1.7 The Buckbeak case
- 1.8 Second Wizarding War (1995-1998)
- 1.9 Return of the Dark Lord
- 1.10 Continued connection with the Ministry
- 1.11 Battle of the Department of Mysteries
- 1.12 Imprisonment and fall from grace
- 1.13 Escape from Azkaban
- 1.14 Skirmish at Malfoy Manor
- 1.15 Battle of Hogwarts
- 1.16 Later life (Post 1998)
- 2 Physical appearance
- 3 Personality and traits
- 4 Magical abilities and skills
- 5 Possessions
- 6 Relationships
- 6.1 Family
- 6.2 Parents
- 6.3 Cressida and Belladonna Malfoy
- 6.4 Domitius Malfoy
- 6.5 Wife, Son and Adoptive Daughter
- 6.6 Arthur Weasley
- 6.7 Severus Snape
- 6.8 Bellatrix Lestrange
- 6.9 Dobby
- 6.10 Lord Voldemort
- 6.11 Albus Dumbledore
- 6.12 Harry Potter
- 6.13 Cornelius Fudge
- 6.14 Rubeus Hagrid
- 6.15 Death Eaters
- 7 Behind the scenes
Early life (1954-1972)
Born in 1954 in Great Britain, Lucius Malfoy and his twin sister Cressida Gomeisa Malfoy was born to Abraxas Malfidus Malfoy and Gomeisa Indigitamenta Nott into the Malfoy and Nott Families, both very old, wealthy and gentry wizarding families, both of whom would carry their father and mother's first name as their middle name respectively. Both Abraxas and Gomeisa were Slytherins and part of Tom Riddle (later known as Lord Voldemort)'s Gang, along with Gomeisa's three brothers Graham, Sebastian and Ryan Nott, as well as George, Rodger and Clarence Avery, Lestrange Snr, Rosier Snr, Mulciber Snr, Jock Brown, Jason Garko, Lucius's future parents-in-law Cygnus Black lll and Druella Rosier, Avaron Jugson, Rufinus, Remus and Romulus Lestrange, Marca Zelyonaya, Fulkward Kettlehelm, David Avery, Orion and Walburga Black, Michael Adder, Enoch Wilkes, Calig Rosier, Oberon Lestrange, Niles Avery, Vincent Goyle l, Bowen Nott, Eugene Umbridge, Samira Princetria, Apollyon Pringle, Xavier Vermeil, Byron Macnair, Gordon Mulciber, Laurence Rosier, Orcus Carrow and Madoc Borgin, many of whom would later become some of the first Death Eaters or their allies.
Raised in the lap of luxury at the ancestral home of Malfoy Manor in the county of Wiltshire in England; a magnificent mansion that had been in his family's possession for around a thousand years, Lucius and Cressida were both taught by their parents their family's beliefs of pure-blood supremacy and educated in the fine arts of financial manipulation. Historically rather well-known for their cast-iron belief in wizards’ superiority over Muggles after the International Statute of Secrecy was put in place and espousal of pure-blood values, Lucius adopted the unfeigned contempt for the Muggle world of his elders from a young age and was encouraged to make friends 'of the right sort' when the time came for him to attend school, a sentiment Lucius would later follow to the point where he eventually viewed those who associated themselves with Muggles to be a "disgrace to the name of wizard." Descending from a long line of cold, brutal fathers that produced cold, brutal sons, while it is unknown just how close he was with his parents during his formative years, quite arguably the biggest influence in his young life was that of his father. A proud member of the social elite that commanded great respect in certain circles, Abraxas Malfoy was, in addition to a harshly demanding parent with high expectations and known to have kept a collection of dark magical artifacts harking back to family history, also a man of considerable (and much resented) influence at the Ministry of Magic in London; all things that Lucius would eventually go on to emulate later in life.
Hogwarts Years (1965-1972)
Around 1965 to 1972, at the age of eleven, both Lucius and Cressida would travel to Diagon Alley and acquired their wands from Ollivander's Wand Shop, Lucius would be chosen by Elm wood wand, with a Dragons Heartstring for a core, and, along with his school robes, books and potion objects along with Eagle Owl he purchased at Eeylops Owl Emporium and began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and once there, he honoured his family's tradition of being Sorted into Slytherin House, a place where many other like-minded young idealists was often found. It was during this time that he first met his future wife, a proud member of the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black; one of the most prominent pure-blooded wizarding families in Great Britain, and, like the Malfoys, one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. Lucius' third year also saw the premature retirement of Nobby Leach, the first Muggle-born Minister for Magic to ever hold office, after he fell ill with a mysterious illness. Before long, a number of conspiracy theories were circulating regarding what actually happened to him, and for a time, Lucius' own father fell under suspicion of having had a hand in the shady plot that led Leach to resign, although nothing was ever proven against him.
The scion of an old wizarding family noted for its wealth and influence, Lucius was ultimately a model student that lead by example and became a voice of authority among his peers; and effectively managed to uphold his family's noble name, be a credit to Slytherin House and master the art of keeping up appearances all in one fell swoop when he was named a Prefect in his fifth year, and by being invited to join the out-of-hours dining and social club hosted by their always talent-scouting Potions Master, Horace Slughorn, known as the 'Slug Club'. In 1971. Lucius became the first person apart from Lily Evans to ever extend Severus Snape a hand of friendship; warmly welcoming him into the fold after the latter's sorting into the same house; a gesture that marked the beginning of a lifelong, mutual respect and camaraderie between the two young students that outlasted their respective school careers. Which was not to say, however, that his magical education was by any means an uneventful one.
Lucius's arrival at school coincided with a recent increase in dark magical activity throughout Great Britain; while few knew what lay behind the mounting attacks and sightings, the truth was finally revealed in the form of a Dark wizard of immense power. But whereas Lord Voldemort and 'his' Death Eaters (or rather the British Death Eaters placed under his command) were swiftly becoming a source of widespread fear by a most of his own kind, Lucius, on the other hand, found himself rather agreeing with their views regarding the treatment that the non-magical community deserved. Over the course of his schooling, Lucius also developed a strong dislike for the school's Head of Transfiguration. Not only a shamelessly vocal pro-Muggle activist, Albus Dumbledore was also quickly becoming the biggest symbol and rallying point for opposition to the Dark Forces, thus representing everything that Lucius despised: as such, when Dumbledore succeeded Armando Dippet as headmaster, Lucius saw it as the worst thing ever to have happened to Hogwarts; a sentiment he would carry with him into to adulthood. By this time, Lucius was part of a Gang of Slytherins along with Severus Snape, Evan Rosier, Rupert Wilkes, William Avery, Alexander Avery, Gaspar Avery, Gaston Avery, Michael Snyde, Amycus and Alecto Carrow and their cousin Aidan Carrow, Walden Macnair, Henry and Wulfric Mulciber, Rodolphus Lestrange, Bellatrix, Narcissa, Amaryllis and Regulus Black, Augustus Rookwood, Francis Crabbe, Ian and Randyll Goyle, Barty Crouch Jr, Antonin Dolohov, Marcus Crabbe, Dirk Gibbon, Lloyd Umbridge and Titus and Corban Yaxley, many of whom were aspiring to become Death Eaters.
Along with the rest of his family who held pure-blood supremacy beliefs, Lucius cut off contact with Domitius when he married Morwenna Penhallow, a pure-blood witch who's family were seen as blood traitors for their pro-muggle beliefs, causing him to be disowned from the House of Malfoy. Because of this, Lucius would not meet his nieces, Talitha, Emma, Amara and Lyra, for many years.
First Wizarding War(1972-1981)
- "Malfoy's been giving generously to all sorts of things for years... gets him in with the right people... then he can ask favours... delay laws he doesn't want passed... Oh, he's very well-connected, Lucius Malfoy."
- — Arthur Weasley regarding Lucius' former influence at the Ministry
Lucius graduated Hogwarts around 1972, but being independently wealthy, had no need to seek employment, but instead continued to inhabit the family estate; free at last to enjoy full-time the creature comforts that their ancestral home had provided him throughout his privileged upbringing. At some point, he also became romantically involved with Narcissa Black, a fellow wealthy pure-blood and Slytherin student back at Hogwarts with whom he had a lot in common; not least of all their shared anti-Muggle sentiments, fondness for the lavish and privileged lifestyle that their rich family vaults afforded them. In due time, the uppish couple entered what was seen as a very respectable, pure-blood marriage, and took up residence at Malfoy Manor. In doing so, Lucius also officially assumed both the patriarchy of the Malfoy family, ownership of their House-elf, Dobby, and gained the possession of a prized family heirloom that had been passed down for many generations. This, he began to carrying around with him, both as a status symbol and as a replacement for his original wand. Heir apparent to a long line of wily beneficiaries of political patronage in the magical community, Lucius also wasted little time in carrying on the family tradition of frequenting the headquarters of the Ministry of Magic in London, where he successfully used his family name and fortune to curry favour with a number of high-ranking Ministry officials, and became a very well-connected man.
That was not to say, however, that this was all he aspired to do with his life: Because even though his former teachers had done an adequate job of sheltering their charges from the storm that had only continued to brew in the world beyond Hogwarts Castle in the years that he had resided there, and despite the strong-arm tactics that the Auror Office had been authorised to employ in the effort to suppress it, it was nevertheless the case that the Dark Lord's campaign of violence had just grown ever fiercer. Throughout the entirety of his magical education, Lord Voldemort and his followers had only been gaining in strength, until finally the ongoing conflict culminated in the First Wizarding War. In the motley collection that made up Lord Voldemort's innermost circle of followers, Lucius most certainly fell into the category of 'the ambitious seeking some shared glory': By the time Lucius left Hogwarts, rumours had also began to circulate that the Lord Voldemort, who had indulged in all manner of Dark Magic in an attempt to make himself invincible, had somehow made himself immortal, thus further cementing the idea that he was unstoppable and causing many to join him either in the hopes of gaining a scoop of the power the Dark Lord was gaining or simply to save themselves from death. And, being no less enthralled by their quest for the for the purification of the wizarding race than before, not to mention very much in favour of the idea to rid the world of Muggle-borns and putting pure-bloods in charge, Lucius eventually swore his eternal allegiance to the Dark Lord and, officially joined the ranks of the Death Eaters in earnest.
Although never made privy to the names of every one of his new comrades, they were all still able to tell each other apart when it mattered by the masks they wore to conceal their identities; which were all unique to the individual using them. Not only was he ideally positioned supply his brothers-in-arms with important information directly from the Ministry itself, but nor did he, as an advocate for violence and unafraid to use it himself, shy away from lending an extra wand in actually waging the war either. More than willing to turn his talents to coercion, torture, murder and other atrocities in order to carry out his Master's bidding if called upon to do so, Lucius quickly proved himself a most valuable servant to the Dark Lord. By the height of the war, Lucius had risen ambitiously through the ranks of the Dark Lord's followers and even placed in charge of his fellow Death Eaters, becoming second-in-command to their Master himself; a time Lucius would later go on to call their family's "glory days', with Lucius's authority of the dark organization being equaled only by the authority of the Dark Lord himself and his right-hand witch, Lucius sister-in-law: Bellatrix Lestrange. Despite this, however, Lucius was unaware that the Mark of the Dragon was not a symbol of Voldemort, but rather the mark of The Dragon Lord, the dark sorcerer that was Voldemort's master, Lucius's master and the master of all of the Death Eaters worldswide. An efficient leader and a master at delegation, many successful battles were fought under Lucius' direction, and even though the Aurors had put up a valiant fight, by the time the Dark Lord's ascendancy was almost complete, true resistance to their cause had become concentrated in an underground organisation called the Order of the Phoenix, a group the Death Eaters already had greatly outnumbered and was systematically picking off one by one.
And just when victory seemed to be within reach, and Lucius and his family were at the very cusp of authority and prestige the likes of which his family had never known, Narcissa gave birth to their son and only child, Draco, in 1980. Around the same time, Lucius was entrusted the Dark Lord's old school diary, which he was told had been cleverly bewitched so that whenever smuggled into Hogwarts Castle, it would reopen the legendary Chamber of Secrets and send the monster living inside to finish Salazar Slytherin's "noble work" of cleansing the school of all Muggle-born students, a plan he was supposed to carry out only when he had been told to do so by Voldemort himself. When, however, by then fellow Death Eater and spy for the Dark Lord, Severus Snape, revealed that he had eavesdropped on a job interview between Albus Dumbledore and a prospective Divination Professor by the name of Sybill Trelawney at the Hog's Head Inn and learned of a foretelling of their Master's downfall, Lord Voldemort concluded that Harry Potter were the child who had been prophesied to bring about his destruction and subsequently marked the Potters for death shortly afterwards. Securely hidden by the powerful Fidelius Charm, however, it was only when one of their own friends and Secret Keeper, Peter Pettigrew, joined them out of fear and disclosed their whereabouts that this new enemy could be dealt with.
Upon learning this, the Dark Lord personally left to bring about the destruction of this one, inexplicable threat, only for his Killing Curse to rebound back at himself, obliterating his body instead. Following the apparent demise of what had appeared to be their almighty leader, the Death Eaters were left shocked and distraught. Subsequently, the Order of the Phoenix and the Ministry of Magic were able to round up many of his followers. By no means inclined to risk his own social standing and the reputation of the Malfoy family in a duel with the Aurors, however; prior to his capture, he had already went on a careful campaign of bribery, blackmail, and flattery to win his freedom, meaning that that by the time he was brought in front of the Council of Magical Law to answer charges relating to his activities as a Death Eater, Lucius Malfoy had so many high-placed Ministry officials in his pocket that the official story, namely that he had been acting under the influence of the Imperius Curse, was a little more than a formality. Thus, even though many like Arthur Weasley, the Head of the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office, Alastor Moody, a well-respected Auror who had filled at least half the cells in Azkaban with confirmed Death Eaters after the war and Amelia Bones, celebrated Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, never believed his version of the events, believing Lucius was right in The Dark Lord's Inner Circle, Lucius nevertheless became one of the first to "come back" to the right side and released from custody and was able to avoid the fate of many of his former peers, most of which was sentenced to a lifelong confinement in the wizarding prison of Azkaban
Soon before or after the end of the war, Lucius and Narcissa adopted Narcissa's Death Eater sister Bellatrix and her husband Rodolphus's only child and daughter, Amber Lestrange, who Bellatrix entrusted to her sister before she, her husband and brother-in-law Rabastan Lestrange along with Barty Crouch Jr set out to find their master, which lead to their imprisonment for the torture and permanent madness of Frank and Alice Longbottom. Lucius and Narcissa raised Amber as their own daughter raising her alongside their own son and treating her like their own child, although they did reveal to her of her true parents at her questioning. Lucius was strict with Amber's upbringing and employed the best private tutors for Draco and Amber's early education. He was the one who noticed that his niece Amber was a genius and extraordinarily powerful witch, even when she was a baby. He also put the money that Rodolphus and Bellatrix secretly gave him for their daughter into a vault, which consisted of almost a large amount of their part of the Lestrange, Rosier and Bellatrix’s father, Cygnus Black lll’s part of the Black Family’s separate fortunes, for Amber to use when she was an adult, which had been prepared by the Death Eater couple before their imprisonment for their torture and permanent incapacitation of Alice and Frank Longbottom. The Malfoys did however keep Amber's actual identity a secret from any outside their household, due to if word of Amber got to the ears of the Ministry, Amber may have been taken away and kept under Ministry eyes for her true, hated parentage. Meanwhile, if Death Eaters learnt of Amber's parentage they may have tried to use her to control her infamous parents, should they ever escape. Amber would therefor go under the name of Amber Malfoy, the documents that declared Amber the daughter of the Malfoy's being made by Bellatrix and Rodolphus to insure their only child's safety.
Between the Wars (1981-1995)
- "They were some of the first to come back to our side after You-Know-Who disappeared. Said they'd been bewitched. My dad doesn't believe it. He says Malfoy's father didn't need an excuse to go over to the Dark Side."
- — Ron Weasley talks about Lucius' involvement with Voldemort.
Lucius lived a rather good life with his family. Independently wealthy and therefore without any need to work, he was more than content with a settled life, preoccupying himself with upholding his influence in the Ministry of Magic and maintaining a collection of dark artefacts harking back to family history. Lucius eventually went on to raise his son and adopted daughter in an atmosphere of regret that the Dark Lord had not succeeded in taking command of the wizarding community. Neither Lucius, nor Cressida searched for Voldemort after his sudden disappearance, believing him to have died that night in Godric's Hollow.
Despite his high standing in the ranks of the Dark Forces, his loyalty were primarily towards the cause rather than to the man representing it, as shown by how he still associated with those of his former comrades who, like him, avoided Azkaban, many of which became close friends of the family including his old friends and death eater relations such as Crabbe, Goyle, Avery, Walden Macnair, the Carrow Siblings, his uncle Nott and many more. Indeed, he even remained in touch with Igor Karkaroff, who had won his freedom after capture by cowardly putting numerous of Lucius's old comrades into Azkaban in his place. The most prominent evidence for his initial disinterest in revisiting his past and lack of faithfulness to the Dark Lord himself was how Lucius disregarded rumours of Lord Voldemort's survival as wishful thinking, and instead took interest in potentially allying himself with the very person who had brought about their former Master's downfall—Harry Potter. Many different theories regarding how The-Boy-Who-Lived had survived the Dark Lord's attack were made over the years, the most persistent of them being that the boy himself was a great Dark Wizard. This assumption was one Lucius prescribed to most eagerly, even taking comfort in the thought that he one day might get a second chance of world domination if Harry Potter grew up to become another, and greater, pure-blood champion who he and many other escaped death eaters hoped to gather around as a new master.
As the time of Draco and Amber's magical education grew ever closer, Lucius informed his wife that it was his wish for their son and niece to attend Durmstrang Institute, where Karkaroff now was Headmaster. The school did not allow Muggle-borns to attend, and it was also argued that Durmstrang took a ‘far more sensible line’ about the Dark Arts than Hogwarts, which was still headed by Albus Dumbledore, whom Lucius held in no higher regard after the war than he had during it for the man's advocacy for Muggle rights and other values that went against their own. His wife, on the other hand, did not like the idea of Draco and Amber going to school so far away, thus they decided that he would go to Hogwarts after all.
Joining the Board of Governors
- "Any work of fiction or nonfiction that depicts interbreeding between wizards and Muggles should be banned from the bookshelves of Hogwarts. I do not wish my children to be influenced into sullying the purity of their bloodline by reading stories that promote wizard-Muggle marriage."
- — Malfoy's requesting "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" to be banned from Hogwarts
It was presumably with the hopes of influencing the day-to-day running's and classes of Hogwarts as much as possible and undermine Dumbledore's authority and influence which led him to join the Hogwarts Board of Governors. As a governor, Lucius submitted a demand to the Headmaster to have The Fountain of Fair Fortune banned from the Hogwarts library, as it depicted a love between a witch and a Muggle. Malfoy claimed that he did not want his son and "daughter", Draco and Amber, to be influenced into sullying his pure blood by reading a story that promoted marriage between wizards and Muggles. Dumbledore's refusal to allow the book to be removed was backed by a majority of the other Governors, and Dumbledore wrote back to Malfoy saying that pure-blood families maintained their so-called purity by disowning, banishing, or lying about the Muggles and Muggle-borns in their family trees, and then ask for works that dealt with these truths to be banned. Dumbledore considered it illogical and immoral to remove works dealing with the mixture of wizard blood and Muggle blood for the knowledge of the students. Dumbledore’s response prompted several further letters from Lucius, consisting of “opprobrious remarks” on Dumbledore's sanity, parentage, and hygiene. This also marked the beginning of Malfoy's long campaign to have him removed from the post of Headmaster of Hogwarts.
During the 1985–1986 school year, he arrived at the school for a surprise inspection, which he claimed was on instructions of the board, bringing Draco with him. He questioned several teachers and students, including Jacob's sibling and Ben Copper. Lucius entrusted Jacob's sibling and Merula Snyde to babysit Draco, having specifically requested those two students as Jacob's sibling was said to be the best student in their year and Merula was the scion of two of Lucius' Death Eater comrades and thus considered the "appropriate" kind of person for Draco to socialise with. The decision did not rub off well with any of the three, as the two older students were irritated and disgusted by the younger Malfoy's snobbishness and prejudiced remarks. During the inspection, Lucius' wand went missing. He refused to leave without it and initially blamed the theft on their house-elf Dobby, as the perpetrator knew Lucius kept his wand inside his walking stick, which wasn't common knowledge. Jacob's sibling investigated and discovered that Draco had taken his father's wand, as he was too young to have his own and wanted to perform magic after seeing Merula perform the Jelly-Legs Curse on Jacob's sibling. They successfully convinced Draco to tell them where the wand was, and returned it to Lucius.
Opening of the Chamber of Secrets
- "Here, girl — take your book — it's the best your father can give you —"
- — Lucius slipping Tom Riddle's diary into Ginny Weasley's school books in Flourish and Blotts
In 1992, during his son's return home from his first year at Hogwarts, Lucius was informed of Harry Potter's refusal of Draco's offer for friendship in favour of his allegiance to the Weasleys through their youngest Ron. Despite his disappointment that the wild hopes of the ex-Death Eaters—that Harry was another, and better, Voldemort—were completely unfounded. He nevertheless discouraged Draco from seeming “less than thrilled” about the Potter boy, since open hostility towards him could prove potentially disadvantageous to their social standing. As Draco spent a lot of his time away from Hogwarts talking badly of Harry and his broomstick skills, which had allowed him into the Gryffindor Quidditch Team.
Over the summer, Arthur Weasley began conducting raids on several wizarding households (mainly the houses of pure-blood supremacist and suspected Death Eaters-involved families) to confiscate Dark or illegally enchanted objects under his recently proposed Muggle Protection Act, much to Lucius's displeasure. Before his home could be raided, Lucius sold several of his more incriminating possessions at Borgin and Burkes and set in motion the old task that Voldemort assigned him which involved reopening the Chamber of Secrets. Although his master fell before the plan came to fruition, Lucius still had Tom Riddle's Diary in his possession. Therefore, he could still make excellent use of it by not only purging Hogwarts of Muggle-borns but also by sabotaging Weasley's reputation, eliminating an incriminating Dark artefact all at once and hopefully even exploiting the forthcoming chaos to have Dumbledore removed from his position at the school. Lucius slipped the diary into Arthur's daughter, Ginny’s schoolbooks after meeting the Weasleys at Flourish and Blotts just before the start of the school term, insulting Arthur using Ginevra Weasley's second-hand First Year Transfiguration book. He and Arthur then had a fight and knocked into a bookshelf, causing heavy books to fall and give Arthur and nasty cut on his lip. Lucius was hit in the eye by an Encyclopedia of Toadstools by the time Rubeus Hagrid separated them, Lucius and Draco then rejoined Amber, who had hung back, concealing what looked like a small smile, before walked away.
Only the Malfoys' house-elf Dobby was aware of the diary's true nature, but Lucius did not believe his servant would be able interfere since house-elves were unable to disobey the commands of their masters. Unbeknownst to him, Dobby took this to his advantage by attempting to warn Harry Potter, who Dobby held a deep respect and admiration for, against returning to Hogwarts.
Early this school year, Lucius bought the whole Slytherin Quidditch team Nimbus 2001 broomsticks, as Draco was made the team's Seeker. He was present at the match where Harry was being chased by a rogue Bludger.
- "Dreadful thing, Dumbledore, but the governors feel it’s time for you to step aside. This is an Order of Suspension — you’ll find all twelve signatures on it. I’m afraid we feel you’re losing your touch. How many attacks have there been now? Two more this afternoon, wasn’t it? At this rate, there’ll be no Muggle-borns left at Hogwarts, and we all know what an awful loss that would be to the school."
- — Lucius announcing Dumbledore's removal from office
Students, animals, and ghosts were systematically petrified by the Basilisk that a possessed Ginny released as the diary's grip on her became gradually stronger. Much to his son's displeasure he would not tell Draco a lot about it because he thought Draco would look suspicious, but he shared how it was opened the first time 50 years ago, a bit before his time during his father's school years, a muggle-born student was killed and the person responsible was expelled and probably sent to Azkaban. In December, Arthur and his associates raided Malfoy Manor in search of Dark artefacts, but Lucius had his own secret chamber under the Manor's drawing-room floor, and they found near-enough nothing. By then, Lucius was Chairman of the Board of Governors. He gave an interview to a spokes wizard of the Daily Prophet on 24 of December about Arthur Weasley when he was fined for enchanting a flying car, calling for Arthur's resignation and Muggle Protection Act to be scrapped because he had proven incompetent in law and was as described in the article “he is clearly unfit to draw up our laws". He sent a copy of the article to Draco via owl, who found it very funny. Lucius used the ensuing terror (as well as threats of cursing their families if they failed to cooperate) to influence the school's Board of Governors to discredit and vote to dismiss Albus Dumbledore as Headmaster for his poor governance of the school. Harry followed to save Ginny and killed the Basilisk with Godric Gryffindor's Sword. He then destroyed the diary with a basilisk fang, which (though he did not know it was a Horcrux at the time) also destroyed the piece of Voldemort's soul inside. Harry proved Ginny's innocence and pointed an accusing finger at the true culprit—Lucius. Lucius challenged the boy to prove his claims, but Dumbledore who had returned to Hogwarts at the request of the governors, stated that would be impossible with the diary beyond repair. However, he warned Lucius not to sell any more of Voldemort's old school things, as Arthur Weasley would likely trace them back to him. Subsequently (and adding insult to injury) Harry in gratitude to Dobby managed to trick Lucius into setting Dobby free. He accomplished this by wrapping the diary in his own old, slimy sock before handing it back to Lucius. Dobby then caught the sock after Lucius carelessly tossed it aside, thus, he was no longer forced into servitude of the Malfoy family.
- "You've lost me my servant, boy!"
- — Lucius attempting to assault Harry Potter
In a fit of rage upon both losing his servant and being tricked by a much younger adversary, Lucius lost his normally controlled and calculating demeanour and tried to attack Harry. However, he was stopped by Dobby, who blasted him down a flight of steps. Lucius had no choice at that moment but to leave. While his role in the opening of the Chamber of Secrets could not be successfully proven, Lucius was ultimately stripped of his title as a Hogwarts school governor for threats against his eleven other colleagues. Despite his sacking, he still maintained strong ties with the Ministry of Magic.
The Buckbeak case
- Hermione Granger: "You'll have to put up a good strong defence, Hagrid. I'm sure you can prove Buckbeak is safe."
- Rubeus Hagrid: "Won't make no diff'rence! Them Disposal devils, they're all in Lucius Malfoy's pocket! Scared o' him! An' if I lose the case, Buckbeak —"
- — Discussion of Buckbeak's hearing before the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures
During the 1993-1994 school year, Lucius’s son Draco was attacked by the hippogriff named Buckbeak after he provoked it during a Care of Magical Creatures class. Lucius took the case to the Ministry of Magic's Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures and insisted that the hippogriff be put to death. Buckbeak’s owner, gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid, desperately tried to defend him, with the assistance of Hermione Granger, arguing that Buckbeak had been provoked by Draco and had attacked in self-defence after Draco had called him stupid. Despite his actions, Malfoy still won the case and Buckbeak was sentenced to death. However, before the Ministry executioner, Lucius’s old Death Eater friend, Walden Macnair could carry out the execution, Buckbeak was saved by Harry and Hermione (with the help of Hermione's Time-Turner), and subsequently came to be owned by Sirius Black.
In 1994, Lucius attended the Quidditch World Cup with his family, sitting in the luxury box of Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge, who had personally invited the Malfoys after making a very generous contribution to St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. Though he was disgusted that Arthur Weasley was there in the Top Box with his children along with Harry and Hermione, Lucius and Arthur restrained themselves due to being in Fudge's presence. In the aftermath of the cup, Malfoy and some other former Death Eaters, were involved in the torture and humiliation of the Muggle site manager of the stadium Mr Robert and his family, though was not known at that time to the public and officials. He fled when the Dark Mark was launched into the sky by Barty Crouch Jr in his fury at the free Death Eaters for never attempting to find his master, disapparating before the Ministry could unmask him or any of his fellows. The cause of this riot may have been, as Mr Weasley supposed, that "they (the Death Eaters) had a few drinks tonight and couldn't resist reminding us all that lots of them are still at large. A nice little reunion for them".
Second Wizarding War (1995-1998)
Return of the Dark Lord
- Lucius Malfoy: "My Lord, I was constantly on the alert. Had there been any sign from you, any whisper of your whereabouts, I would have been at your side immediately, nothing could have prevented me -"
- Lord Voldemort: "And yet you ran from my Mark, when a faithful Death Eater sent it into the sky last summer? Yes, I know all about that, Lucius.... You have disappointed me.... I expect more faithful service in the future."
- Lucius Malfoy: "Of course, my Lord, of course.... You are merciful, thank you..."
- — Lord Voldemort berating Lucius for his disloyalty
When Lord Voldemort rose again in the summer of 1995 and used the , Malfoy returned to him on his summons along with most of the other non-imprisoned or deceased death eaters, claiming that he had done everything he could all along to find Voldemort and help him rise again after Voldemort viciously greeted Malfoy, along with Francis Crabbe, Gaspar Avery, Walden Macnair and Gren Goyle. Voldemort believed that his "slippery friend" had not truly renounced his old ways, but mildly doubted his loyalty because Malfoy had fled the Dark Mark at the World Cup. Malfoy later witnessed Harry Potter being put under the Cruciatus Curse by Voldemort. When Harry made to escape, he stood by, as Voldemort had ordered the Death Eaters not to do anything.
Even though Harry witnessed Malfoy's declaration of loyalty to Voldemort, almost nobody in the Ministry believed him as Lucius had been cleared and the Malfoy Family was a very old, pure-blood family who had made donations to excellent causes and Malfoy continued maintaining strong ties to very high places in the Ministry, most prominently in the form of financial support, as has been in the past. Thus, Malfoy continued maintaining strong ties to very high places when he made it back to the Ministry and encouraged Fudge to discredit Harry and Dumbledore for their claims about Voldemort's return, which the paranoid minister and a majority of the Ministry found ludicrous.
Continued connection with the Ministry
While contributing to the Ministry of Magic's smear campaign of discretion throughout the summer of Draco's fifth year, Malfoy made shady dealings with Fudge from which he provided the entire Ministry hierarchy with a mountain of gold. Among which was when Harry arrived for his own disciplinary hearing (for performing a Patronus Charm in a Muggle suburb to save his own life and the life of his Muggle cousin Dudley Dursley from two attacking Dementors) and saw the prominent wizard talking with the Minister outside the old courtrooms of the Department of Mysteries, possibly convincing Fudge not to clear the boy's name. Many members of the reinstated Order of the Phoenix were shaken by the thought that the reason of Fudge's denial that Voldemort could have returned was due to a possible Imperius Curse placed upon him by Malfoy himself, but Dumbledore convinced them otherwise that the stubborn minister was acting on his own free will despite it giving them little comfort.
Malfoy’s frequent excursions to meet with Fudge were also used as excuses to place the Imperius Curse on Ministry officials such as the Unspeakable Broderick Bode and Order of the Phoenix member Sturgis Podmore on Voldemort's orders. These curses were placed in a bid to obtain Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy, which tied Harry Potter and the Dark Lord's destiny together and had led to The Potter's Deaths, Lord Voldemort's First Fall To Power and Harry's Lightning Scar. However, these attempts were short-lived, as Bode failed to obtain the prophecy, therefore causing Voldemort to have Walden Macnair to murder Bode by mailing a Devil's Snare into the hospital disguised as a Christmas present for the Unspeakable to be strangled by, whereas Podmore was arrested and spent nine months in Azkaban for supposedly attempting to break through the Department of Mysteries door leading into the Hall itself.
Malfoy continued to play along with Ministry regime, giving his support of the formation of Educational Decree Number Twenty-Three, which is to create the post of Hogwarts High Inquisitor for Dolores Jane Umbridge for Fudge's senior undersecretary Dolores Umbridge to inspect the teachers' performance. During an interview about this post, he used this to discredit Dumbledore, under the pretence of caring for the future of the school and feared Dumbledore’s “eccentric decisions”. Sometime during January Lucius's sister-and-brothers-in-law: Bellatrix, Rodolphus and Rabastan escaped Azkaban along with Antonin Dolohov, Augustus Rookwood, Cassius Grey, Travers, Mulciber, Mr and Mrs Snyde and Andreiko Igorobravitch, reuniting Amber with her true mother and father, although, because they were on the run, Bellatrix and Rodolphus kept Amber under the Malfoys' care.
Battle of the Department of Mysteries
- Lucius: "Potter, your race is run. Now hand me the prophecy like a good boy...."
- Harry Potter: "Let — let the others go, and I'll give it to you!"
- Lucius: "You are not in a position to bargain, Potter. You see, there are ten of us and only one of you ... or hasn't Dumbledore ever taught you how to count?"
- — Lucius making threats during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries
After the failure of his previous attempts to obtain the prophecy, Voldemort successfully attempted to lure Harry to the Hall of Prophecies by planting a vision of his godfather,Sirius Black, being tortured in his mind. Malfoy—along with his sister-in-law Bellatrix, her husband Rodolphus and her brother-in-law Rabastan Lestrange, along with his fellow Death Eaters Augustus Rookwood, Antonin Dolohov, Nott Snr, Mulciber Jr, Jugson, Crabbe Snr, Avery Jr, Walden Macnair and Travers—was involved in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, when they were sent to pry the prophecy from Harry's hands.
After Harry (who, along with Voldemort and the Keeper of the Hall of Prophecies, was the only person capable of removing the prophecy involving himself and the Dark Lord) removed the prophecy-holding orb from its shelf, the Death Eaters revealed their presence, surrounding Harry and the five of his student friends, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood who accompanied him and Lucius, masked and hooded, told Harry in a drawling voice to hand it over to him, holding out his hand, palm up. Answered by Harry's questioning where his godfather was, a question that prompted laughter from several of the Death Eaters, including Bellatrix, who stated that the Dark Lord always knew, which Lucius echoed softly before once again demanding the prophecy. As the six students stir, Harry orders them not to anything, to Bellatrix's incredulous delight, although Lucius informed her of Harry's "great weakness for heroics", a weakness the Death Eaters' master understood about him. After Harry once again questions the status of Sirius, Malfoy reveals to him that he had witnessed a false vision, telling The-Boy-Who-Lived that he should have learnt the difference between life and reality and threatening his and his companions lives, although, when Harry offers them the chance, neither Lucius nor any of his fellows struck, knowing that a sudden attack would risk the prophecy being smashed. Tired of reasoning, Bellatrix attempts to summon the prophecy to her, nearly smashing the orb, to Lucius's fury. Harry then attempted to buy time by fully mocking Voldemort in front of his Death Eaters, which infuriated Bellatrix to the point where she fired a Stunning Spell at Harry, only for Lucius to deflected into a nearby shelf, shattering two prophecies, releasing wraiths who recited the prophecies which will forever remain unheard, deafened by Lucius and his sister-in-laws shouts. Harry still refused to hand over the prophecy, so Lucius then began to taunt him, informing him that the prophecy held the answer to his scar, why Voldemort wishes to kill him, and the cause of the Second Wizarding War. Lucius's words cause Harry realises that the orb in his hand is the reason for his orphaning and was the reason the Death Eaters had been sending Imperiused people to attempt to retrieve the prophecy, which, when he states it aloud prompts a congratulations from Lucius as he tells Harry that the Dark knew he was not unintelligent, only to be interrupted when, on Harry's signal, the six D.A. members all used the Reductor Curse to smash the shelves of prophecies, distracting the Death Eaters so that they could flee as the would-be-ambushers dissolve into chaos attempting to capture the six. Lucius eventually reasserts his control over the group and reassembles them, ordering the Death Eaters to leave an injured Nott behind, stating that his injuries would be considered nothing by Voldemort compared to the loss of the particular prophecy which Voldemort sought and called Jugson, who had temporarily separated from the other Death Eaters back to the group. After separating all but Andreiko Igorobravitch (who he ordered to remain within the Hall in case the teenagers attempted to regroup there) and Augustus Rookwood (who he left partnerless) into groups of two, during which he paired himself with Wulfric Mulciber, Lucius sends the pairs in various directions. It is unknown if he and Mulciber encountered any of the children during the chase.
The Death Eaters (bar an incapacitated Nott and Crabbe), eventually confront the D.A. in the Brain Chamber before pursuing Harry into the Death Chamber and surrounding him, holding each of Harry's companions at wand point as Lucius Malfoy, pulling of his mask, demands the prophecy in exchange for his friends, tauntingly asking Harry if Dumbledore hadn't taught him how to count when Harry attempts to bargain his friends safety in return for the prophecy, only to be destructed when Neville attempts to run to Harry's aid, only to be captured too. Upon identifying Neville as the son of his sister-in-law's Auror victims, Lucius sneers that Neville's grandmother would likely not be too shocked by Neville's death due to his belief that Augusta was used to losing family to the Death Eaters' cause. However, before Bellatrix can torture Neville, Order members Sirius, Lupin, Moody, Donovar, Tonks, and Kingsley burst into the room, beginning the Battle of the Death Chamber. During the Battle, Lucius would duel with Harry Potter and Sirius Black, alongside Antonin Dolohov, while his fellow death eaters would duel Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore Army members alike. Harry eventually takes down Dolohov and Sirius quickly disarms and sends Lucius flying into the moat-like pit around the Veil. Lucius was then knocked unconscious by a Stunning Spell cast by Nymphadora Tonks, incapacitating him for the battle and revealing where Lucius's true loyalties lay.
Imprisonment and fall from grace
- "Wow... look at that... he's not here now! So why not have a go? They might be able to find you a double cell in Azkaban with your loser of a husband!"
- — Harry Potter calls out Lucius' wife Narcissa in Madam Malkin's shop
Lucius' mission to retrieve the prophecy ultimately failed when Neville Longbottom, under the influence of a Step-Dance Curse from Antonin Dolohov, accidentally broke the prophecy. Lucius was seen by a myriad of Ministry officials called by Albus Dumbledore to the scene; now with irrefutable evidence pointing to his identity as a Death Eater, Lucius was promptly sent to Azkaban prison, as was the rest of the Death Eater squad, with the sole exception being Bellatrix Lestrange, who escaped with Voldemort. After the events in the Department of Mysteries, Voldemort mainly blamed Lucius for the failure, as Lucius was the commander of Voldemort's small task force.
Lucius Malfoy's failure at the Department of Mysteries combined with accidentally destroying part of Voldemort's soul with the diary of Tom Riddle resulted in his loss of any standing with the Dark Lord. Some believed that he was safer in Azkaban than being free, Dumbledore even stating the Lucius was "probably glad to be in Azkaban for the moment" as he was temporarily safely away from his master's rage. Lucius and his comrades were sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban.
Escape from Azkaban
- Lord Voldemort: "No volunteers? Let’s see ... Lucius, I see no reason for you to have a wand any more."
- Lucius Malfoy: "My Lord?"
- Lord Voldemort: "Your wand, Lucius. I require your wand."
- — Voldemort stripping Lucius of his wand
In the summer of 1997, nearly a year after being imprisoned, Lucius and all the other incarcerated Death Eaters escaped Azkaban prison with the help of Voldemort, who never bothered to get him out after all that time. It was mentioned that Lucius might have been secretly glad to have been incarcerated in Azkaban, as he was away from Voldemort and his terrible wrath. Voldemort was convinced to do so by Draco Malfoy's success in the plot to assassinate Albus Dumbledore. In actuality this was a further attempt to punish Lucius, as Voldemort really didn't think that Draco would succeed in this mission and would thereby dispose of Draco and possibly the other Malfoys as well.
However because Draco didn't kill Dumbledore himself, the Malfoys (save Amber) were no longer held in high regard by the Dark Lord, who commandeered their home as his base of operations, and his favour fell on Bellatrix Lestrange, Lucius' sister-in-law and Voldemort's right-hand witch, and Severus Snape, Lucius's former protégé, since he killed Dumbledore. Voldemort openly mocked the family at a Death Eater meeting in the summer of 1997, taking Lucius' wand and deriding their relation to werewolf Remus Lupin through Narcissa's family line and through her Lucius's niece Nymphadora Tonks, the daughter of Narcissa's older sister Andromeda Tonks (née Black). In short, Lucius had become reduced to nothing more than a servant in his own household.
Skirmish at Malfoy Manor
- Lucius: "Well, Draco? Is it? Is it Harry Potter?"
- Draco Malfoy: "I can't — I can't be sure."
- Lucius: "But look at him carefully, look! Come closer! Draco, if we are the ones who hand Potter over to the Dark Lord, everything will be forgiv—"
- — The Malfoy family attempting to identify Harry Potter
The Malfoys were desperate for a chance to be forgiven, and thus were excited when a group of Snatchers led by Fenrir Greyback brought Harry Potter and his friends to the Manor in the spring of 1998. Lucius pressed his reluctant and fearful son to identify Harry, and identified Ron Weasley as one of Arthur Weasley's sons. However, Draco denied knowing who Harry was.
He then argued with his sister-in-law about who would be the one to call Voldemort with their Dark Marks, but they held off when Bellatrix noticed Gryffindor's Sword, which she had believed to be in her and her husband's Gringotts vault, among many of their valuable possessions. Subsequently, Bellatrix tortured Hermione Granger for information about the sword with the Cruciatus Curse while the others were taken to the cellar downstairs.
After Hermione lied about the sword being a copy and Griphook went along with her story, Bellatrix signalled Voldemort, but Dobby, the Malfoys' former house-elf, came to the rescue of the prisoners. Harry and Ron ran back upstairs, and the former stunned Lucius and Greyback. After their escape, the Malfoys and Bellatrix were severely punished by Voldemort and all the formers were confined to the manor, however it would also result it Dobby's death thanks to Bellatrix, throwing a knife at Harry Potter in a attempt to murder Harry, which Dobby threw himself in front of to prevent Harry's death.
Battle of Hogwarts
- Lucius: "My Lord... please... my children..."
- Voldemort: "If your son and niece are dead, Lucius, it is not my fault. They did not come and join me, like most of the Slytherins..."
- — Lucius begging Voldemort to let him find Draco and Amber
By the time of the Battle of Hogwarts, Lucius showed that he was more concerned with his son and step-daughter's safety than Voldemort's cause, begging to be permitted to find them when the fighting began and attempting to convince his master that it would be far more sensible to end the battle and enter Hogwarts itself in order to prevent The-Boy-Who-Lived from being killed by anyone other than himself, as the ceasefire would along him too to enter the castle and find his children, though his master saw through this immediately and sent Lucius to fetch Snape from the fray. Narcissa lied directly to Voldemort for Harry's sake when he informed her that Draco and Amber was still alive, and she and Lucius ran through the crowd, "not even attempting to fight, screaming for their children."
Lucius was present in for Harry Potter's final defeat of Lord Voldemort. Following Voldemort's defeat, Lucius, Narcissa, and Draco sat in the Great Hall during the celebrations, looking unsure that they belonged there, with Lucius placed a comforting hand on Amber as she mourned her mother's death.
Later life (Post 1998)
Lucius and Draco's crimes were forgiven due to their abandonment of Voldemort and his cause, and Narcissa's lie to the Dark Lord that saved Harry Potter's life in the Forbidden Forest in the Battle of Hogwarts. None of them served time in Azkaban due to the evidence he provided against fellow Death Eaters and his help to ensure the capture of many of Voldemort's followers who had fled into hiding. Furthermore, because of the Malfoys pardon, with most of the most deadly Death Eaters dead or imprisoned and because of how Amber was fully innocent of her parent's crimes, Lucius's adopted daughter, Amber, was able to safely live a life with her true surname, a fact that was very much thanks to new Minister of Magic; Kingsley Shacklebolt and Lucius's former enemy, Harry Potter, who both agreed everyone should be given a chance and not be judged by their parents actions, although Amber still embraced the Malfoys as part of her family.
Lucius would eventually gain a grandson, Scorpius Malfoy, after Draco married Astoria Greengrass. Because of Astoria's change of view regarding blood purity after the war, along with the fact the while Astoria's second aunt and uncle Waldorf Minos Greengrass and Queenie Rionach Selwyn had been death eater's during the second war and Waldorf had taken part in the last year of the first war and had escaped incarceration, Astoria's parents, Florian Dominicus Greengrass and Adorabelle Eurydice Nott, had remain neutral during the first war, but had been fiercely loyal allies of the Order of the Phoenix during the Second War, aiding and supplying them with food, shelter, gold, influence and (in Florian's case) information from within the Department of Magical Transportation and (in Adorabelle's case, information within the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures) along with Florian's younger brothers Cyrus Eduardus Greengrass (who worked in the Department of International Magical Cooperation) and Samuel Abraham Greengrass (who worked in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement), both of whom also supplied information to the order in the Second War. Lucius and Narcissa found her to be a somewhat disappointing daughter-in-law despite her pure-blood heritage. According to Draco, Lucius was frequently telling Astoria that he wanted grandchildren to continue on the family line, despite Draco telling her otherwise. Lucius still enjoyed collecting Dark artefacts, particulary ones that no one else had. Theodore Nott worked for him and they created a prototype for a new Time-Turner, having decided the ones created by the Ministry were unsuitable and, having been destroyed, unavailable. The prototype was hindered by the five minute rule, but they then found a way to create another Time-Turner which would enable Lucius to travel back in time years, as he had hoped. However, he never used it which led Draco to believe that he actually preferred a world without Voldemort. The Time-Turner he created was kept by Draco, and used to save Scorpius and his friend who were trapped in the past.
Lucius had a pale, pointed face, with pale blond hair and cold grey eyes. He often carried a walking stick with a snake head that contained his wand. After spending a year in the wizarding prison of Azkaban, possibly suffering the horrors of the Dementors' presence, his looks suffered greatly because of it, his skin taking on a yellowish and waxy look, and his eyes sunken and shadowed. His voice was also quite hoarse. Later that year, after having been a victim of the Dark Lord's wrath upon Harry Potter's escape from the Manor, Lucius' looks took a turn for the worse, as he seemed ragged, and he carried traces of his punishment, meaning he might have looked beaten and bruised. It is likely that his looks might have improved upon the fall of his former Master once he returned to everyday life. As a Death Eater, he bore the Dark Mark on his left inner forearm; this had faded to a mere scar upon Voldemort's death. His son Draco resembled him strongly. It was stated that his grandson, Scorpius Malfoy, resembled Draco, meaning that Lucius and his grandson also share a deep resemblance.
Personality and traits
- "Good lord Arthur. What did you did you have to sell to get seats in the Top Box? Surely your house wouldn't have fetched this much?"
- — Lucius displaying contempt
Due to being the embodiment of wealth and influence in the wizarding world, Lucius Malfoy took great pride in his aristocratic stature by viewing himself as being biologically superior to Muggles and Muggle-borns, although his views on half-bloods were likely more tempered as many half-bloods appears on the Malfoy family tree. He was also an very shrewd, opportunistic social climber who was good at controlling others, but behind his veneer of respectability, he treated people cruelly. He callously utilised eleven-year old Ginevra Weasley in an attempt to both discredit her father in the Ministry, and remove Albus Dumbledore from his position as Headmaster of Hogwarts. This attempt would have resulted in her death if Harry Potter had not intervened.
Lucius could be intelligent and manipulative when he needed to be. Gaining respect and the good will of high-ranking individuals, through his fortune and family name. He even had influence with Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge. Lucius' constant donations to important establishments were little more than bribing Fudge for classified information, delaying laws, and receiving undeserved rewards and recognitions.
While putting much effort into maintaining an appearance of respectability, Lucius's slick demeanour did little to hide his self-serving nature. He had no qualms about appealing to whichever side would be more beneficial to his social advancement. He was never unconditionally loyal because he didn't want to be put in a negative light with people on either end. During the Quidditch World Cup, he anonymously participated in the lowly torturing of Muggles but fled when the Dark Mark was cast in the sky. In fact, rather than going to find Lord Voldemort when he lost all his powers in the first place, he instead pretended to have seen the error of his ways and tried to ingratiate himself to the Ministry of Magic. He claimed that he was always alert for Voldemort's return but when Voldemort pointed out that he had fled from the Dark Mark, Lucius was instantly silenced. Despite this he did attempt to go through with Voldemort's plan of using his old school diary to open the Chamber of Secrets, not realising that the diary contained a piece of his master's soul (although Lucius was more focused on ridding himself of an incriminating piece of dark magic when the Ministry was conducting searches).
However, in spite of his ruthless and prejudiced nature, one of Lucius's more redeeming traits was that he was very loving and devoted towards his family, especially caring greatly for his wife, son and adoptive daughter. He and Narcissa were indulgent and protective of their only child and later, their adoptive child as well, though Lucius also demonstrated that he had expectations for his son and daughter, in one instance berating Draco for being beaten academically by Hermione Granger. In the end, along with Narcissa, he demonstrated that his family was more important to him than serving Voldemort, especially after Voldemort lost both the respect and trust he once had for the Malfoys. Lucius' love for Draco, Amber and Narcissa also allowed him to overcome his more self-serving side as he charged straight into the thick of battle during the siege on Hogwarts in an attempt to find Draco and Amber, eventually locating them after Voldemort was finally defeated and the battle came to an end and comforting a grieving Amber after the Battle ended. During his school years, Lucius was also friendly to his fellow Slytherins, warmly welcoming Severus Snape into the fold after the latter's sorting into the same house and continuing this friendship long past his school years.
Despite his love for his son, Lucius became disappointed in Draco for losing his value in pure-blood supremacy after the Second Wizarding War,and for marrying Astoria Greengrass, who underwent similar changes to Draco's and who’s family (though neutral during the First War) had joined and funded the Order of the Phoenix against the Death Eaters during the Second Wizarding War after remembering the horrors of the first war. Father and son had an argument for Draco's willingness to let the Malfoy bloodline end with him to preserve Astoria's frail body, showing Lucius maintains his believe in pure-blood supremacy over the well-being of a human being, and that the mistreatment he received from the Second Wizarding War did little to change his opportunistic and bigoted personality. He even employed Theodore Nott to create a "true" Time-Turner, a dangerous device that would give him the potential to go back in time to avert Voldemort's demise. Despite never using it, it shows Lucius remains inclined to the dark side, as was seen by his creating and keeping such a dangerous and illegal device, and passing it on to his son.
Magical abilities and skills
- "It’s time you learned the difference between life and dreams, Potter. Now give me the prophecy, or we start using wands."
- — Lucius's fondness for martial magic
Being one of Voldemort's inner circle and, up until the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, one of his most trusted and valued allies, Lucius was obviously a very powerful and experienced wizard.
- Love: Despite his cold and ruthless nature, Lucius was one of the only Death Eaters in Voldemort's inner circle who was capable of feeling genuine love. Lucius cared deeply about his family, especially Narcissa and Draco. In the end, his love for his family drove him to abandon Voldemort and search for Draco, especially after Voldemort refused his offer to stop the battle in order for him to search for Draco while Voldemort searched for Harry Potter. His abandonment of Voldemort led to him avoiding another sentence in Azkaban along with his family.
- Dark Arts: As a high-ranking Death Eater, Lucius was highly familiar and skilled with all kinds of dark magic and with the casting of dark charms, being an accomplished Dark Wizard. He was able to recognise the effects of such unfriendly spells on sight. When Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger were captured by Snatchers and brought to Malfoy Manor, for example, Lucius was able to quickly identify the cause of the former's appearance as the result of a Stinging Jinx, even though his comrades present could not. The extent of his power and skill as a Dark Wizard was shown by how he was able to successfully perform the Unforgivable Curses, which required tremendous skill and genuine malice, as shown by his proficiency at the Imperius Curse, successfully placing Sturgis Podmore and Broderick Bode under control, which allowed him to carry out his master's orders. He was also known to enjoy the torturing of Muggles with dark magic, along with his fellow Death Eaters. Furthermore, Lucius owned an impressive collection of numerous dark magical artefacts and cursed objects in his home, many of which he likely purchased from Borgin and Burkes, being a frequent customer there, and was also able to understand them thoroughly and interact with them. Indeed, even Voldemort trusted him to take care of his diary, one of his Horcruxes, speaking for his confidence in Lucius' ability to manage dark objects, although his neglect and misuse of this item ultimately led to its destruction, much to his master's fury. He also used dark charms (such as the jinx Levicorpus) when he lead fellow Death Eaters in torturing Muggles at the riot at the World Cup.
- Duelling: Lucius was a highly skilled duellist, though not as aggressive as some of his fellow Death Eaters, instead favouring a more elegant, refined technique when he engaged an adversary, and generally demonstrating great form in his duelling style. A veteran of the First Wizarding War, Lucius fought the enemies of the Dark Lord during his former master's first rise to power and, as his most senior lieutenant at the time, led fractions of the dark forces into battle. Having held his own against trained Aurors and members of the Order of the Phoenix alike during the historical conflict, Lucius survived the war and were ultimately able to evade capture until after Voldemort's fall from power. An impressive feat, given the fact that he and the rest of his allies were up against the likes of Alastor Moody, who filled half the cells in Azkaban with those Lucius fought alongside with and how the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement of the day, Bartemius Crouch, authorised the Auror Office to kill rather than capture, and Lucius consequently proved capable of emerging from combat situations that were no-holds-barred as well as fending off people who simply sought to arrest or capture him. In spite of not having seen action for about thirteen years, Lucius had maintained his skill at martial magic; successfully fought the Ministry officials that tried to apprehend him and his comrades during the Riot at the Quidditch World Cup, although he, like them, fled when the Dark Mark was sent skywards by one of their fellows. He was also notably the only Death Eater (apart from Severus Snape) who had enough confidence in his own abilities to stand up to Bellatrix Lestrange. During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Lucius showed proficient reflexes in deflecting Harry Potter's Stunning Spell with relative ease, contrasting at least two of his comrades who broke their ranks to avoid the ones from his friends. Shortly afterwards, he blocked another such spell from Nymphadora Tonks, one of the Aurors in the Order of the Phoenix that had arrived to rescue the students that he and the other dark wizards present were targeting. In the same battle, he also stood his ground against Remus Lupin, until the arrival of Albus Dumbledore saw him rounded up with his peers.
- Potions: Lucius was skilled in the brewing of potions. While in school at Hogwarts, Lucius was noted by Horace Slughorn to be proficient in potions and his talent in potion-making even earned him a place among Slughorn's elite Slug Club. Furthermore, Lucius owned a rather impressive repertoire of various poisons, showing he likely had knowledge of such substances.
- Nonverbal magic: Lucius was capable of casting offensive spells while duelling non-verbally, showing a great amount of skill in this field, given the high level of difficulty required in the casting of non-verbal spells, a further testament to his skills as a powerful wizard.
- Apparition: Like most accomplished adult wizards, Lucius was capable of apparating at will. After the Return of the Dark Lord, he Apparated to the Little Hangleton Graveyard to witness the rebirth of his master, along with many other Death Eaters.
- Intellectual giftedness: Lucius was a rather astute and wily man, having been a model student during his time as a student and even made a Prefect at his fifth year, a position bestowed upon academic high-achievers that had proven themselves capable, both in class and out. As an adult, his political acumen was such that it enabled him to effectively influence matters of state; being persuasive enough in conversation to win the respect of high-ranking bureaucrats such as Dolores Umbridge, and the goodwill of various politicians, whom he was able to convince to make changes that favoured Lucius' own agenda over that of other important people. Indeed, throughout the First Wizarding War and during the early stages of the Second, Lucius was able to effectively balance his roles as both among the most prominent and politically influential individuals at the Ministry of Magic, and the Dark Lord's second-in-command, while also possessing the foresight to prepare a contingency plan on the off-chance that he fell under suspicion of being involved with the Dark Lord by ensuring that he was owed favours by people in high places and could call in to collect them when necessary. After the war, Lucius retained his influence at the Ministry, even becoming a close advisor of the Minister for Magic of the time, Cornelius Fudge.
- Acting skills: Lucius was a capable actor, having been able to successfully pretend to be on the side of the Ministry of Magic during the First Wizarding War while he was actually the Dark Lord's second-in-command, and, even after being captured, managed to convince most of the Ministry that he had been an unwilling pawn and helped the Death Eaters against his will. He was also able to successfully pretend that he had no idea at all who was behind the Chamber of Secrets attacks while it was actually he who caused it and even when confronted by Dumbledore over this fact, Lucius was able to keep his emotion in check to avoid a confrontation with Dumbledore he most certainly knew he would not win. In the beginning of Second Wizarding War, Lucius was once again able to act as apparent ally to the Ministry while once more serving the Dark Lord, carrying out several acts of covert coercion in an attempt to steal the Prophecy of the Chosen One without being noticed and was only exposed upon his capture in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
- Leadership skills: Lucius was a talented leader even in his younger years, as shown by how he was able to successfully keep his fellow Slytherins in check as a Prefect. Throughout the majority of the First Wizarding War and in the beginning of the second, Lucius's leadership skills made him the Dark Lord's second-in-command. During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Lucius displayed his leadership by remaining calm and focused on the mission even when faced with the unexpected situation when Harry Potter and his friends made a run for it and split up to confuse them, which he swiftly handled by quickly pairing up the Death Eaters under his command so that they would be pursuing all the teenagers at the same time, leading to the Death Eaters rather quick capture of them all, and then leading them against the Order of the Phoenix, where they even got the upper hand until the arrival of Dumbledore; which led to the swift defeat of him and his allies. In addition to being unaffected by the mockeries of his cause and insults to the Dark Lord, he showed that if the objective was sufficiently important, he would not hesitate in leaving fallen comrades behind, focusing instead on seeing Lord Voldemort's orders through to the very end.
- Wand: Lucius owned a wand of Elm wood with shed dragon heartstrings for a core, which he kept in his walking stick. This wand was passed down through generations in the Malfoy family.
- Second Wand: Lucius owned a second wand that he used during the Battle of Hogwarts to replace the one that was destroyed.
- Enchanted Cane: Lucius owned a walking stick that was enchanted with the shield charm to protect him from spells. His wand was hidden within the stick for sneak attacks, so he could block and cast spells at the same time. The cane was also ornamented with a snake head at the top. This ornamentation was broken off by Voldemort in the Meeting at Malfoy Manor, when Voldemort forced Lucius to give him his wand, under the assumption that another's wand but not his own can kill Harry Potter.
- Malfoy Manor: Lucius Malfoy is the current head of the Malfoy Family Manor located in Wiltshire, England and is the owner of all its properties.
- Poisons: In 1992 he was seen by Harry Potter selling dark poisons at Borgin and Burkes because the ministry was conducting raids on private homes.
- Tom Riddle's Diary: When he became a Death Eater, Lord Voldemort trusted Lucius with a Horcrux. However, Lucius attempted to use it in a way to discredit his enemies, the Weasley family, by slipping it into the luggage of Ginevra Weasley. This culminated in a turn of events where the diary was destroyed by Harry Potter in the Chamber of Secrets.
- Malfoy Family Dogs: Lucius owned a pair of Scottish Deerhounds, which he kept at Malfoy Manor. The pair acted were both family pets and were often seen with Lucius during several of his interviews with The Daily Prophet.
- Albino Peacock: Lucius owned at least one pure white peacock which he kept within his Manor's yard. It was noted by a sneering Corban Yaxley to be one of the extravagant additions to his manor Lucius indulged himself in.
- Perfect Badge: During his time at Hogwarts, Lucius was appointed to the position of Prefect and was noted to be wearing the badge signifying this during Snape's sorting. It is unknown if he still own it.
- Dobby (formerly): Along with Manor Manor, Lucius also inherited the Malfoy's family's house-elf, Dobby. However, unlike his in-laws the Blacks House-elf, Kreacher, who was treated with kindness by many of his owners, the Malfoys treated Dobby cruelly and like vermin, often punishing him for no reason, and therefore did not garner any loyalty from the elf. Dobby was eventually freed from the Malfoys ownership by Harry Potter in gratitude for the help Dobby had given him.
- Time-Turner: As an avid collector of powerful artefacts, Lucius had Theodore Nott create a new Time-Turner which was not restricted by the safety boundary of five hours as was created by the Ministry, nor by the boundary of the five-minute restriction created by Nott's prototype. The improved Time-Turner gleamed gold and could travel back to any time for a long duration. Lucius passed it down to Draco. Lucius and Draco kept it secret as the Ministry would have sent them to Azkaban for having such a dangerous artefact. Lucius never actually used it, and Draco believed his father actually preferred the world without Voldemort.
Although not much is known about Lucius's parents, it is known that they were both pure-blood. His father, Abraxas, died of a case of Dragon Pox, when he was very old. He was also a friend of Horace Slughorn. It is unknown when Lucius' mother, Gomeisa, died, but it is possible that she was not alive during the Second Wizarding War.
Cressida and Belladonna Malfoy
Lucius seemed to have had a fairly close and affectionate relationship with his twin sister Cressida, whom he called "Cressy." The pair attended school together and later joined the Dark Lord. Both siblings chose to not to find their master after his downfall but were subsequently forgiven upon his rebirth and reinstated to their original rank.
Lucius and Cressida occasionally clashed over the former's protectiveness towards his son; She argued that Lucius should be proud that his son was a Death Eater, while Lucius consistently demonstrated that the safety of his son and wife were his first priorities. At some point, Cressida trained Draco in Duelling to aid him in his new career. Cressida would eventually be the only Malfoy not to defect from the Dark Lord's camp during the Battle of Hogwarts, fighting for He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named throughout the entire Battle of Hogwarts before abandoning the battlefield after seeing her master fall. However, due to Cressida repenting for her crimes and volunteering to spend a spell in Azkaban for up to 10 years in exchange for her family's pardoning. Knowing that this was truly a selfless act via Legilimency, the Wizengamot gave Cressida only three months in Azkaban in exchange for allowing herself to be monitored for the next few years.
Little is known of Lucius's relationship with his younger sister, Belladonna, though it was presumably a good one, as, unlike Lucius's other younger sibling, Domitius, Belladonna followed her family's belief and marriage into the "respectable" pure-blooded House of McLaughlin (although, unlike Lucius, she still retained some contact with their disowned brother Domitius, sending him a vase for Christmas). Unlike her father, son, daughters, sons-in-law, nephew and older brother and sister, Belladonna and her husband, Darius McLaughlin, simply gave their wholeheartedly support to Lord Voldemort's cause instead of fully joining the Dark Lord's ranks. Like Lucius, Belladonna and Darius were pardoned for their son, Rheinallt's heroic actions during the Battle of Hogwarts and retained contact with their Malfoy relatives.
- "Domitius's brother and sister are still here because they both made lovely, respectable marriages to pure-blood families with proper pure-blood beliefs, but Domitius married a member of a blood-traitor family, Morwenna Penhallow, so -"
- —The difference between Domitius and his siblings that led to Domitius's disownment
Little is known of Lucius's relationship with his younger brother Domitius, though it is known that though Lucius and Domitius were raised to believe the same pure-blood superiority, Domitius never agreed with them and believe that the bloods can mix although he never voiced her opinion to anyone. This belief increased especially after Domitius began his education at Hogwarts and met various skilled Muggle-borns. After graduating, Domitius fell in love with and married Morwenna Penhallow, who's family, though Pure-blooded, were considered by many pure-blood fanatics to have "intolerable" pro-Muggle views and were therefore considered Blood-traitors, causing Lucius to disown Domitius, Morwenna and later their four daughters, Talitha, Emma, Lyra and Amara, from the Malfoy Family and refuse to see them or consider them family, likely meaning the two Malfoy brothers did not have a good relationship.
Their relationship would be torn even further during the First Wizarding War, as while Domitius and his wife joined the Order of the Phoenix, Lucius and Cressida became Death Eaters. It is unknown if Domitius and Lucius even met in combat during the First Wizarding War, nor if they ever met after Voldemort fell during Lucius's frequent excursions to the Ministry of Magic, where Domitius worked as an important official, although, it they did meet, they most likely would have been formal to each other due to Lucius not wanting to damage his family's reputation. It is unknown how they now feel about each other since Lord Voldemort's final defeat and death, as, while Draco gained a close friendship with his disowned cousins and uncle, having abandoned his pure-blood beliefs, Lucius still strongly valued pure-blood supremacy.
Wife, Son and Adoptive Daughter
- Bellatrix: "That was not my fault! The Dark Lord, has, in the past, entrusted me with his most precious — if Lucius hadn't —"
- Narcissa: "Don't you dare - don't you dare blame my husband!"
- — Narcissa defends Lucius for failing to get the prophecy
Lucius and his wife, Narcissa, appeared to have a close and affectionate relationship. They both enjoyed being members of the social elite of the wizarding world and spoiling their only child, Draco and, later, their adoptive daughter Amber. Lucius acquiesced to his wife's wishes when she wanted their son and "daughter" to attend Hogwarts, rather than Durmstrang. Narcissa was very upset when her husband was briefly imprisoned in Azkaban and became highly defensive when others mentioned it. In 1997, when Lord Voldemort took over Malfoy Manor and demanded that Lucius give him his wand, he looked to Narcissa, and only when she touched his wrist, which gestured him to be calm, then he turned it over.
- Lucius: "I hope my son will amount to more than a thief or a plunderer, Borgin... Though if his school marks don't pick up to the height of his sister, that may indeed be all he is fit for —"
- Draco: "It's not my fault. The teachers all have favourites, that Hermione Granger —"
- Lucius: "I would have thought you'd be ashamed that a girl of no wizard family beat you in every exam."
- — Lucius and Draco in Borgin and Burkes
While both Lucius and Narcissa spoiled their son and niece, Lucius was the more demanding parent. Regardless, he spoiled Draco and Amber with everything from unlimited freedom to money, and personally purchased Draco broomsticks for the entire Slytherin Quidditch team when Draco was made Seeker and made sure the servants of Malfoy Manor to call Amber “Princess Lestrange” because he saw her as the true heir to the Lestrange Family. He was also openly critical of Draco's school marks being lower than those of Hermione Granger, a Muggle-born witch, reproving Draco for his lack of effort to show her up and often compared his son's marks to the top marks Amber had gained. Draco looked up to his father, often boasting about his influence and emulating him. He was furious with Harry Potter after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, blaming him for getting Lucius incarcerated.
Draco was terrified that his parents and "sister" would be punished for his failure to assassinate Albus Dumbledore on Lord Voldemort's orders, and appeared to be close to accepting Dumbledore's offer to keep them safe before Severus Snape interceded and killed the Headmaster. Lucius also cared far more about Draco and Amber than about his life as a Death Eater, as he was begging Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts to allow him to go search for Draco and Amber. Once it resumed, neither Lucius nor Narcissa fought at all, but instead went desperately searching for their son and adopted child. After the battle ended, Lucius comforted Amber as she mourned her mother's death, squeezing his adopted daughter's shoulder comfortingly.
In 2006, Lucius had a grandson, Scorpius through Draco and his wife, Astoria Greengrass. Lucius didn't think highly of Astoria, as she raised their grandson Scorpius with a more tolerant view on Muggles and as her family had been fervent Harry Potter supporters during the Second Wizarding War. It is unknown what kind of relationship Lucius and Scorpius had, given Astoria's nurturing. Scorpius also resembled Lucius physically, as he resembled Draco, too. However, Lucius' relationship with Draco seemed to have been slightly more strained since Astoria's marriage into the family, as Draco made it clear he was willing to let the Malfoy bloodline end with him in order to preserve the health of his wife's frail body, to which Lucius protested.
- Lucius: "Dear me, what’s the use of being a disgrace to the name of wizard if they don’t even pay you well for it?"
- Arthur: "We have a very different idea of what disgraces the name of wizard, Malfoy,"
- Lucius: "Clearly. The company you keep, Weasley ... and I thought your family could sink no lower."
- — Lucius and Arthur Weasley arguing in Flourish and Blotts
Lucius and Arthur Weasley despised each other, often exchanging insults when they met, and even getting into a fistfight on at least one occasion. Lucius disdained the Weasley family for its poverty and so-called blood traitor status; while the Malfoys prized their pure-blood heritage, the Weasleys accepted Muggles and Muggle-borns. He and Arthur apparently clashed multiple times over this at the Ministry of Magic. When Arthur proposed the Muggle Protection Act in 1992, Lucius was furious to the point of trying to sabotage Arthur by placing an old diary of Tom Marvolo Riddle's on Arthur's eleven-year-old daughter, Ginny, endangering her life as well as those of Muggle-born Hogwarts students, as this led to the opening of the Chamber of Secrets. Also, Arthur never believed Lucius' claim that he had been under the Imperius Curse during the First Wizarding War, thereby indicating that their enmity likely dates back to their younger years.
- "Lucius always spoke highly of you."
- — Dolores Umbridge to Severus Snape of Lucius's respect of him
Lucius was the first person in Hogwarts who offered kindness to Severus Snape and later took him as a protege during their Hogwarts days, welcoming him into Slytherin House when Severus was sorted there and Lucius was a prefect, and as part of a group of future Death Eaters. It is also possible that Lucius protected him from bullies, such as James Potter and Sirius Black, as the latter seem to despise him. Lucius continued to think and speak highly of Severus later in life, speaking highly of him in front of people like Dolores Umbridge, and Severus seemed to favour Draco and Amber as students in his Potions class (although, in truth, Amber needed no favouring), leading Sirius Black to once acidly comment that Severus was Lucius' lapdog. The fact that Narcissa Malfoy went to Severus for help when Lucius was in Azkaban and Draco had been given a dangerous mission by Voldemort demonstrated the trust and respect the Malfoys had for Severus. Severus, on his part, was the only Death Eater who continued to treat Lucius kindly after his fall from favour and was the one who convinced Voldemort to free him from Azkaban. It is unknown how Lucius reacted when he learnt of Snape's death and his true loyalties to Dumbledore, though it is possible that he was saddened by the death of his old friend and may have been sympathetic due to his own disillusionment from the Death Eaters.
- "I TOLD YOU, NO! If you smash it — !"
- — Lucius's anger at Bellatrix during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries
Lucius did not seem to have very much respect for Bellatrix Lestrange, his sister-in-law, as the rest of the Death Eaters did. Bellatrix was a fanatically loyal Death Eater, who also fought for Lord Voldemort in the First and the Second Wizarding War. Lucius was antagonistic with Bellatrix due to usurping his place within the Death Eater ranks despite the fact she had been imprisoned in Azkaban for fourteen years, unlike Lucius. Their differences in loyalty in the Dark Lord also fuelled their antagonism for each other. Despite this, Bellatrix, though this was more out of her trust of her sister, Narcissa, entrusted Lucius and Narcissa with her daughter's safety soon after the First Wizarding War.
When Bellatrix wanted to kill Harry Potter during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Lucius restrained her. After the battle, Bellatrix told Narcissa that it was Lucius' fault that she couldn't give Voldemort the Prophecy. When Draco was made a Death Eater, she trained Draco herself In 1997, Bellatrix stayed with Lucius at his house, as she wanted to come closer to Voldemort, who was also staying there. Bellatrix and Lucius also fought together during the skirmish at Malfoy Manor, where they argued about who would call Voldemort when they caught Harry Potter. During the Battle of Hogwarts, Bellatrix was eventually killed by Molly Weasley, and, though Lucius' reaction to her death is unknown, although he was seen comforting Amber after the battle and her mother's demise.
- Lucius: "Come Dobby, I said come."
- Dobby: "Master has given Dobby a sock. Master gave it to Dobby."
- Lucius: "What's that? What did you say?"
- Dobby: "Got a sock. Master threw it, and Dobby caught it, and Dobby — Dobby is free'"
- — Lucius unknowingly liberating Dobby of his servitude
Dobby was Lucius' house-elf. Lucius treated Dobby with cruelty and abuse and was very sadistic with him. Dobby feared Lucius, but did everything Lucius ordered him. In 1993, Harry Potter freed Dobby by making Lucius give him a sock. Lucius became very angry and attempted to kill Harry. The last time Lucius saw Dobby was in 1998, when Dobby came to Malfoy Manor to rescue Harry Potter and his friends. Dobby was eventually killed by Bellatrix Lestrange, and it is unknown how Lucius reacted when he learned about his death.
- Voldemort: "I have given you your liberty, Lucius, is that not enough for you? But I have noticed that you and your family seem less than happy of late… What is it about my presence in your home that displeases you, Lucius?"
- Lucius: "Nothing – nothing, my Lord!"
- Voldemort: "Such lies, Lucius."
- — Voldemort and Lucius in Malfoy Manor in 1997
Lucius was one of Lord Voldemort's most trusted and high-ranking Death Eaters, serving him in both the First and Second Wizarding Wars. Voldemort gave his diary Horcrux to Lucius to retain. Upon his rebirth in 1995, Voldemort questioned Lucius' loyalty, since he had never tried to find the Dark Lord after his fall in 1981. Voldemort accepted Lucius' explanations and exultations of devotion, and entrusted Lucius with the task of obtaining a prophecy concerning him and Harry Potter. Along with Lucius selfishly throwing away the diary Horcrux, his failure in retrieving the Prophecy and subsequent imprisonment in Azkaban made him and his family lose any favour in Voldemort's eyes, and the Dark Lord may have given Lucius' son a nearly impossible task to punish Lucius.
Although he broke Lucius out of Azkaban in 1997, along with many other Death Eaters, Voldemort treated him with disdain, taking over his home and his wand, and mocking the Malfoys for their relation to a werewolf through Narcissa's niece. Lucius was desperate to regain the man he saw as his master's favour, but the opportunity for this that came with the capture of Harry Potter in the spring of 1998 ended in disaster; Harry and his friends escaped, and the Malfoys were severely punished. By the Battle of Hogwarts, Lucius abandoned his loyalty to Voldemort to protect his family, and was pardoned for his crimes due to his last-minute defection.
Draco mentioned many years later that Lucius never wanted to use the "true" Time-Turner to save Voldemort, as he probably preferred a world without him, suggesting that even Lucius despised the Dark Lord in the end, particularly due to the ill treatment Voldemort has given to the Malfoy family at their later half of their Death Eater services.
- "Father’s always said old Dumbledore’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to this place. "
- — Draco Malfoy discusses his father's derisive opinion of Albus Dumbledore
Lucius Malfoy had a strong dislike of Albus Dumbledore. This is due to two reasons – Dumbledore believed in Muggle rights which contradicted Malfoy's pure blood supremacist beliefs. In addition, Lucius was a Death Eater, so he believed that Lord Voldemort was a much more powerful wizard than Dumbledore. Lucius always believed that Dumbledore becoming Headmaster was the worst thing that happened to Hogwarts. It is likely that Dumbledore was the Headmaster when Lucius was a student.
In 1992, Lucius Malfoy was indirectly responsible for the second opening of the Chamber of Secrets. This was an attempt to discredit Arthur Weasley but Lucius also wanted to include Dumbledore by using the excuse of blaming him for doing nothing to stop the Chamber's opening. Lucius abused his position as a Hogwarts Governor and threatened the other Governors to vote for Dumbledore's suspension after several attacks on Hogwarts students. However, when Ginny Weasley was taken into the Chamber to lure Harry Potter, the other Governors decided to face Malfoy and Dumbledore was reinstated. Lucius was furious that Dumbledore dared to return to Hogwarts to help Harry successfully save Ginny, but Dumbledore was aware that Lucius had threatened the other Governors. Consequently, Lucius was sacked as a Hogwarts Governor.
In the following years, Lucius continued to dislike Dumbledore and cause trouble for him. When Voldemort was resurrected in 1995, Lucius returned to his service. As the Ministry was refusing to believe Dumbledore about Voldemort's return, they started a smear campaign to discredit him. Lucius contributed to this smear campaign by describing Dumbledore as "eccentric" for his past choice of teachers including the werewolf Remus Lupin, half-giant Rubeus Hagrid and ex-Auror Alastor Moody. Later that year, Lucius participated in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and fought against the Order of the Phoenix. However, he was arrested and sent to Azkaban. Dumbledore believed that Lucius would feel "safe" in Azkaban because Voldemort was furious at Lucius' failure in the Department of Mysteries, and offered to protect Lucius along with Narcissa when Draco threatened to murder the headmaster. It is unknown how Lucius reacted when he learned of Dumbledore's death.
- "You’ll meet the same sticky end as your parents one of these days, Harry Potter. They were meddlesome fools, too."
- — Lucius coldly threatening Harry Potter
Lucius was the father of Draco Malfoy, Harry's school bully. After Lucius's master first fell, Lucius, like many other disloyal Death Eaters, saw the Boy-Who-Lived as a possible future rallying point for him and his Death Eater fellows. During their first years at Hogwarts, Lucius discouraged their rivalry, feeling it wouldn't reflect well on them to be on poor terms with such a famous person. When Lucius first met Harry in Flourish and Blotts in 1992, he pretended to be polite to him.
After Harry succeeded in killing the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, he confronted Lucius about his suspicions on how Ginny obtained the diary at the beginning of the year and then tricked him into freeing his own servant Dobby. Lucius was furious and from that point on, treated him with cool contempt.
Lucius was a little bit more tactful around Harry than other Death Eaters (such as Bellatrix Lestrange) depending on the circumstances. However, Lucius did not openly declare himself against him until after Lord Voldemort took control of the Ministry.
During the Battle of Hogwarts, the Malfoy family switched sides, meaning they were forgiven for their crimes. Draco, while he did not necessarily become "friends" with Harry, ultimately made peace with him. It is likely that Lucius did the same, or at least decided to simply leave Harry and his friends and family alone.
- Lucius Malfoy: "Shall we go up to your office, then, Minister?"
- Cornelius Fudge: "Certainly, this way Lucius"
- — Lucius' sycophantic relationship with Fudge
Cornelius Fudge was easily and strongly swayed by money and power. As a result, he favoured people like Lucius Malfoy. Malfoy influenced and likely bribed Cornelius Fudge many times during the latter's tenure as Minister for Magic, in return receiving favours such as delays in laws and given classified information. In the summer of 1994, Fudge invited Malfoy to occupy the top box with him at the Quidditch World Cup final, thanks to his "generous" donations to St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.
In 1995, Lucius returned to Voldemort, but Fudge denied Voldemort's rebirth and insisted that Malfoy has switched sides, and the wealthy Malfoy continues to work with the Ministry. They met after Harry Potter's disciplinary hearing and went upstairs to Fudge's office, where Harry suspected Lucius gave gold to Fudge. Malfoy's frequent visits to Fudge also may have given him opportunity to put Ministry workers (such as Broderick Bode and Sturgis Podmore) under the Imperius Curse to attempt to steal a prophecy concerning Harry and Voldemort.
After the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Fudge was forced to believe that Voldemort had indeed returned, and all the Death Eaters who took part on the battle (with the exception of Bellatrix Lestrange) were sentenced to Azkaban, among them was Lucius. After being imprisoned, Lucius lost his job and influence at the Ministry; Fudge, having been blind to Lucius' true intentions until it was too late, also lost his career and popularity as well.
- Rubeus Hagrid: "What're you doin' here? Get outta my house!"
- Lucius Malfoy: "My dear man, please believe me, I have no pleasure at all in being inside your — er — d’you call this a house?"
Rubeus Hagrid was not on good terms with the Malfoy family (bar Amber, who at least appreciated his lessons to some extent and Tiatha and her father, who were disowned). He was disgusted with their pure blood supremacy, their bullying of Muggle-borns and blood traitors, their allegiance to Lord Voldemort and their disrespect to Albus Dumbledore, whom Hagrid was fiercely loyal to. In turn, the Malfoys disliked Hagrid, referring to him as an "oaf".
In particular, Hagrid disliked Lucius. In 1992, Hagrid had to separate Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy from fighting in Flourish and Blotts. During the 1992–1993 school year, the Chamber of Secrets was opened. Lucius was indirectly responsible for the Chamber's opening. However, Hagrid was blamed because he had been framed by Tom Riddle for the Chamber's first opening fifty years before. As a result, Hagrid was arrested as a precautionary measure by Cornelius Fudge. Lucius was present at Hagrid's arrest, although Hagrid reacted angrily to his presence and ordered him to get out of his house. Lucius mocked Hagrid by wondering how he called his small hut a "house". Lucius was only present at Hagrid's arrest because he had to inform Dumbledore that he and the other governors had voted on his suspension. Hagrid saw through Lucius and shouted at him accusing him of threatening the other governors. Lucius' response was to mock Hagrid's temper and advising him not to shout at Azkaban guards like that. This instance proved that Hagrid did not trust Lucius. Lucius described Dumbledore's decision to employ Hagrid as a teacher as "eccentric".
In 1993, Lucius' son, Draco, was injured by Hagrid's Hippogriff Buckbeak. Lucius was furious and complained to the Ministry of Magic. At Buckbeak's trial, Lucius was the witness for the prosecution. Hagrid desperately tried to defend Buckbeak but he lost due to Lucius' influence at the Ministry. Buckbeak was sentenced to death but was saved by Harry and Hermione.
- "Leave Nott, leave him, I say, the Dark Lord will not care for Nott’s injuries as much as losing that prophecy — Jugson, come back here, we need to organise! We’ll split into pairs and search, and don’t forget, be gentle with Potter until we’ve got the prophecy, you can kill the others if necessary — Bellatrix, Rodolphus, you take the left, Crabbe, Rabastan, go right — Jugson, Dolohov, the door straight ahead — Macnair and Avery, through here — Rookwood, over there — Mulciber, come with me!"
- — Lucius commanding his fellow Death Eaters during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries
As a high ranking Death Eater, Lucius was occasionally given leadership over his fellows by Voldemort. When given commands, the other Death Eaters usually follow them without question or signs of resentment and Lucius also knew the identities of a good number of his fellows. Once Lucius and his family lost favour with Voldemort many of the other Death Eaters largely lost any respect they had towards Lucius, even loudly jeering at him when Voldemort mentioned their relation by marriage to werewolf Remus Lupin (through Lucius's niece Nymphadora Tonks).
Peter Pettigrew worked alongside Lucius in keeping prisoners in the Malfoy Manor. They also stood next to each other in the Death Eater circle following Voldemort's rebirth. Lucius and Peter's Hogwarts years would've overlapped. The relationship between the two is unknown beyond this, as Pettigrew participated in the bullying of Lucius's friend, Severus during their school years.
Barty Crouch Jnr was a highly loyal Death Eater who had a strong dislike towards Lucius for never attempting to search for Voldemort after he disappeared. While disguised as Alastor Moody, Barty enjoyed intimidating Lucius's son.
Corban Yaxley seemed familiar with Lucius and his wealthy and extravagant lifestyle, though he expressed this in a snide manner.
Igor Karkaroff was a friend and comrade of Lucius's during the First Wizarding War. Lucius considered sending his son to Durmstrang due to Karkaroff's headmastership and the fact that Durmstrang doesn't allow muggle-born wizards and witches to attend.
Lucius appeared to be friendly with Francis Crabbe, Goyle and his material uncle, Sebastian Nott, as their sons were familiar with each other prior to arriving at Hogwarts. Nott visited the Malfoy Manor on at least one occasion to discuss unknown things with Lucius. Despite this, Lucius didn't hesitate to leave an injured Nott behind during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, knowing that Voldemort would be much angrier at losing the prophecy. Like Lucius, Francis and Sebastian both defected from the Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts and was forgiven after the war ended.
Lucius shared at least some of his Hogwarts years with Avery, Mulciber, Evan Rosier, Wilkes, and Rodolphus Lestrange. He and Rodolphus were brother-in-laws through their marriages with Naricissa and Bellatrix respectively. Though it is unknown how the two feel about each other, Rodolphus and Bellatrix trusted Lucius and Narcissa enough to entrust them with the care of their beloved daughter, Amber. Avery, like Lucius, escaped imprisonment from Azkaban by pleading ignorance under the Imperius Curse and made no attempt to find Voldemort. They appear to have retained contact with each other, as Avery's daughter, Clotilda, was familiar with Draco and his gang. Later on, Avery begged his master to forgive him and the rest of the Death Eaters present after Lord Voldemort's rebirth, Lucius included and would later obey Lucius's orders during the Battle of the Ministry of Magic. Wulfric Mulciber was a fellow Death Eater during the First Wizarding War, but, unlike Lucius, Mulciber was imprisoned in Azkaban after Lord Voldemort first fell, so it is unknown how them feel about each other, though Lucius chose Mulciber as his partner during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. Evan Rosier and Wilkes both died during the First Wizarding War, and Mulciber later perished in the Battle of Hogwarts, though it is unknown how Lucius reacted to the news of their deaths.
Alecto and Amycus Carrow were also mentioned to be part of the Death Eater-aspiring Slytherin gang and they too never attempted to find Lord Voldemort after his first fall. It is unknown how Lucius feels about them, nor if they retained contact with each other after Voldemort fell. Augustus Rookwood was also a member of this gang, but, unlike Lucius or the Carrows, he was imprisoned in Azkaban after the First Wizarding War and because of this was considered to be far more loyal to the Dark Lord than Lucius. Rookwood was also the only member of the Death Eater group under Lucius's command during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries not to be assigned a partner after Lucius divided up the group, possibly meaning Lucius had enough faith in his skills, combined with his knowledge of the Department to believe he did not need a partner.
Lucius was also schoolmates with Dirk Gibbon and both would go on to become Death Eaters. Unlike Lucius, however, Dirk was incarcerated in Azkaban after the First Wizarding War and was considered by Death Eaters like Bellatrix to be far more trustworthy and faithful to Voldemort than Lucius, though it is unknown how Lucius reacted to the news of Gibbon's death.
Lucius, while in favour of Wizarding Supremacy and pro-Pure-blood beliefs did seem to have genuine compassion and standards as he seemed to oppose the brutality of Andreiko Igorobravitch, a fellow Death Eater, even being secretly disgusted with the heinous action of his fellow Death Eater. Andreiko, in return, disliked Lucius for his faithlessness to their master and not even attempting to find him.
Lucius appeared to be friendly with Walden Macnair, and neither attempted to find the Dark Lord after his first downfall, as Macnair was described by Rubeus Hagrid as being an old friend of Lucius. Macnair and Malfoy both attended their master's rebirth party and later fought together in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
Lucius appeared to be on good terms with Antonin Dolohov, dueling Sirius Black and Harry Potter with him during the Death Eater's Raid on the Ministry of Magic Headquarters.
He appeared to know Jugson by name, although any further relationship between them is unknown, though Jugson was apparently fine with obeying his orders during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
Through Narcissa, he is also the first cousin-by-marriage of Regulus Black, a fellow Death Eater and a member of a fellow wealthy pure-blood fanatic family. Though it is highly unlikely Lucius knew of Regulus's defection, it is unconfirmed how he reacted when he heard of Regulus's demise.
Lucius was disdainful towards werewolf Fenrir Greyback when he brought Harry Potter and his friends to the Malfoy Manor. Greyback was likewise resentful of the Malfoy's cold reception and argued with Lucius over who would receive credit for capturing Harry. Despite this, Lucius appears to have retained contact with Fenrir after the First Wizarding War, as Draco claimed Greyback was "an old family friend".
Behind the scenes
- In the films, Malfoy is played by Jason Isaacs. To prepare for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and to get a sense of how nasty Lucius should be, Isaacs went back and watched Tom Felton's performance in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Brett Underwood appears as young Lucius Malfoy in a Slug Club photograph in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Lucius pushed Harry's hair back over his head to view his scar, which does not happen in the novel.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Lucius, during his encounter with Arthur Weasley, curtly says to the latter "See you at work", implying that Lucius himself may actually work in the Ministry and thus act as Arthur's coworker. However, this does not seem to be the case in the books, as Draco mentions in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that "he's always popping in and out of the Ministry", thereby implying he does not actually work there.
- However, the line in the film could also imply that Lucius has visited the Ministry enough times that he and Arthur caught glimpses of each other.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Lucius accidentally smashes the prophecy in the Department of Mysteries, rather than Neville Longbottom.
- Despite not having an appearance in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as an adult, Jason Isaacs cameos in a photograph in the Daily Prophet, and Tony Coburn plays him in a Slug Club photo.
- In the novels, Lucius is not stated to have long hair. However, Jason Issacs requested long hair so that people could tell the difference between Lucius and Draco.
- It is interesting to note that like his wife, Lucius Malfoy (perhaps subtly) tried to stop Voldemort from killing Harry. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Lucius prompted Voldemort to tell the Death Eaters his backstory on how he returned to power after Voldemort stated that Harry was his guest of honour, which could have been the moment where Voldemort initially intended to duel and kill Harry. This, along with the courtesy and care towards Harry in the Department of Mysteries in the next book could establish that Lucius, as a father, does not like the thought of witnessing, let alone bring about, the murder of someone Draco's age, despite him being a sworn enemy.
- Lucius scolded Draco for badmouthing Harry, and reminds him that it was not prudent for him for doing so since the wizarding community regarded Harry as the hero who has vanquished Voldemort.
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when Bellatrix Lestrange attempted to summon Voldemort after the capture of Harry Potter, Lucius tried to stop her and argued that Harry has been summoned in his house, so it was him who should summon Voldemort instead.
- Also, in the films, Lucius' wand is concealed within a snake-handeled walking stick that he almost always carries with him. The walking stick may have magical abilities of its own, as Lucius is seen wielding it during a duel in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries until Harry Disarms him of it, to which Sirius Black comments "nice one".
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, after Harry caused him to inadvertently set Dobby free, Lucius Malfoy was about to cast a curse at Harry, but was stopped by Dobby. In the film adaptation, it sounded as though he was about to cast the Killing Curse, because it sounded as though he said, "Avada-", the entire curse was not heard because he was cut off by Dobby. The attempted use of this curse was the result of an improvisation on Isaacs' part, as the script did not specify which curse he was supposed to use, so he used the first spell that came to his mind.
- It is worth noting that the Killing Curse's incantation (Avada Kedavra) had not yet been introduced in the Chamber of Secrets novel. However, the film version was released after the publication of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (where the incantation was first introduced), which may be the reason why Isaacs could utter the spell.
- Similarly, his dialogue to Harry where he sardonically states that they should hope that Harry Potter is still around to save the day, and Harry's response, was an improvisation by Jason Isaacs and Daniel Radcliffe, respectively, and was not in the original script. It was ad-libbed because Jason Isaacs felt it was completely out-of-character for Lucius Malfoy to simply let Dumbledore have the last word.
- In the two last films, Part 1 and Part 2 of Deathly Hallows, Lucius appears to be unshaved, having been put under pressure and stress by Lord Voldemort, not to mention being in Azkaban for a year or so, where he would have been living in poor state. As a result, he appears thinner and has bags under his eyes.
- In addition, Lucius did have a replacement wand in the 7th film, but was dispatched by Harry before he could use it.
- Lucius Malfoy is ranked Number 12 on the Forbes Fictional 15 list of the richest people in the world.
- A variety of Elder Futhark runes are depicted on Lucius's Azkaban placard. The easily identified ones are: Othila, which means "estate, heritage, possession" and corresponds to the Latin letter "o"; Ansuz (albeit rotated slightly), meaning "one of the Æsir (gods)" and corresponds to the Latin letter "a"; Uruz, meaning "wild ox" or "water"; and Mannaz, meaning "man". It is unknown if these serve any purpose (other than for identification, like the numbers and letters), though they may be a reference to different parts of his character. For example, Othila, which could represent his abundance of material possessions & wealth, as well as his emphasis on blood purity ("heritage").
- According to Lucius's actor, Jason Isaacs, in the Maximum Movie Mode of Deathly Hallows Part 2, he believed after the battle, Lucius felt isolated from not only from everyone but his family as well.
- In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Lucius was not able to perform a Killing Curse. Instead, he was able to release a peacock from his inventory. (It's strange because he was able to kill in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4.) This is because of the game's design, where the Killing Curse at Death Eaters and the inventory takes the same slot. It is likely that Lucius was "disarmed" from this ability because there were a lot of playable Death Eaters in the game who could perform a Killing Curse.
- The filmmakers had planned for Lucius to appear at the execution of Buckbeak in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and be outraged when Buckbeak escaped; however, Jason Issacs was unavailable for filming at the time.
- Recently, New Zealand biologist Tom Saunders named a new species of wasp after Lucius (Lusius malfoyi).
- According to Saunders, "People see wasps as villains, as the 'bad guys.' But the truth is that the vast majority of wasp species are either neutral or beneficial, from a human standpoint. Just as Lucius Malfoy is pardoned after separating from Voldemort's allies, I'm asking people to pardon wasps in order to restore their reputation as interesting, important creatures."