Twist No One Saw Coming: Harry Potter & Draco Malfoy Might Be Related

Twist No One Saw Coming: Harry Potter & Draco Malfoy Might Be Related
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Shocking family connections raise questions about Harry and Draco's relationship.

Turns out, Harry and Draco, who were not only polar opposites but also sworn enemies during their time at Hogwarts may have more in common than we originally thought - they could, in fact, be related.

There's no denying that the Harry Potter universe features many wizard families with a number of interconnections. So, figuring the family trees out can be a tricky task. But perhaps the most compelling tie of them all is between the Malfoys and the Blacks - more specifically, Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy.

Harry and Draco began their Hogwarts journeys at the same time, and they started off as rivals early on when Draco offended Ron and his family. Despite never becoming close friends, Harry and Draco reconciled by the end of the book series and were more cordial with each other.

Furthermore, they shared some similarities, including their association with Voldemort and family history, which went beyond their families' prominent status in the Wizarding World.

In fact, similarly to the distant cousin relation between Harry Potter and Voldemort, Harry and Draco actually share an ancestor, as shown in the Black family tree. The connection can be traced back to Dorea Black, who wed Charlus Potter, who supposedly was the brother or cousin of Harry’s grandfather.

In turn, Dorea Black was the great-aunt of Sirius, Regulus, Bellatrix, Andromeda, and Narcissa Black, who later became Narcissa Malfoy after marrying Lucius. This means she was Draco's great-great-aunt, and that's where the familial connection between Harry and Draco comes in. To top it all off, Sirius Black was also Harry's godfather and a friend of his parents.

Almost all Wizarding World families are related in some way, and Harry and Draco's lineage provides an excellent illustration of this. Now, the two may not be related by blood, but their history raises questions about how their connection could have affected the story. Would they have been more inclined to sympathize with each other if they knew about the shared ancestry?