Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter shippers probably already knew this footage of an alternate ending for Deathly Hallows existed given that David Yates verified that he indeed shot this scene to Snitch Sneeker in November of 2011. Not much gets past Potterheads, especially in these modern times where everything finds its way to the internet. As did this unused scene of the battle in Hogwarts between Harry and Voldemort with Draco stepping in to aid Harry during the fight.
The video footage isn’t great folks, but you get the gist. Draco breaks away from the Death Eaters and tosses Harry his wand. Further complicating just how to figure out Draco’s loyalties. Of course, we all know that Draco was mostly a frightened, bullied boy who never really got a chance to take sides, since his family had already chosen for him, and then when he showed any doubt; pretty much put themselves in the line of fire which meant they would die if Draco didn’t toe the line. It’s not hard to figure out destiny screwed Draco Malfoy over as well as making him a spineless git.
“There was also a moment where Tom… we had this scene. In this scene where Tom throws Harry a wand, which is a big deal – a hugely different ending,” Yates told Snitch Seeker. “It’s not a different ending, it’s a different moment. And we thought, ‘Oh my god, is that too much of a turnaround for Malfoy?’ So Malfoy suddenly becomes a good guy – so that’s what Steve [Kloves, screenwriter] wrote.”
Yates describes the scene as “uplifting” and wanted to include it in the final cut, but producers David Heyman and David Barron voted against it. “They didn’t feel it was most effective for the character.”
Personally, I must agree with Heyman and Barron. Draco’s conflicted persona was good for the story because he never actively got a choice. Sometimes that’s how life is. Some people just don’t get the chance to fight back for the sake of saving others and although, it’s a lovely ideal, Draco was too scared to ever take a stand. Which is one of the saddest storylines of all I think, but an important example for readers to see and know that they would not like to be like that when it comes down to doing the right thing.
While I’m pondering these thoughts, what do you think? Don’t you think J. K. Rowling probably agrees too; since she has never been Draco Malfoy’s biggest fan?
After all she said this about him on Pottermore:
Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this particular fictional character (although I do not discount the appeal of Tom Felton, who plays Draco brilliantly in the films, and ironically, is about the nicest person you could meet). Draco has all the glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people. All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers’ daydreams as I told them, rather severely, that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice and that no, he and Harry were not destined to end up best friends.
While we all hang onto every little bit of Harry Potter fandom we can, obviously… since this footage and story made its rounds in 2011 and now has popped back up in news feeds; don’t forget we’re getting a whole new world to examine in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films.