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Old August 14th, 2007, 4:09 pm
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Re: Narcissa Malfoy: Character Analysis

Originally Posted by Fleur du mal View Post
to add a bit of food to the discussion

I know, it's a lot, and here's even more

and finally...

So - I know, I know, it is terribly much. I don't quite know what to make of it myself, but it is a fact that JKR only derived from her own naming pattern in Narcissa's case because she had this name in her head right from the beginning. You know anyone who's called Narcissa except the one in the book? Exactly. She must have got that specific name for a reason.

I think the quotes don't relate to Narcissa only, but to the entire Malfoy family. Don't some of the points remind you of Draco? However... I thought that in a way, HBP and DH do illustrate Narcissa's 'journey' in some ways, from the utterly self-centred (and the 'self' in her case is the group-narcissistic kind, thus including her family, IMO) to a somewhat lesser egocentrical being, more capable to interact with others, as her successful 'collaboration' (if you can call it like that) with Harry shows.

Where did Narcissa start? I think we should come back here to a remark that Quirrel made in PS, I think he wasn't the only one hearing that from Voldemort. 'There is no good and evil, there is only power (and those too weak to seek it).' That's a sentence one can subscribe to, and it is rather convenient to believe it, too. If there's no good and evil, but only the ever-lasting struggle for power, you either go for that power, or you perish - it justifies everything you do as long as you do it for yourself.

We hear from JKR that Narcissa, though never a Death Eater herself, sympathised with Lucius' ideas, and Lucius is the epitome of a power-hungry opportunist, and incidentally also one who's rather good in achieving it - until Voldemort's comeback, that is. So we can say, there was a time when Voldemort had her loyalties. But that runs out in the moment when he starts acting against her family (I don't mean Draco's assignment, but the moment at the latest when Lucius was punished for losing the diary).

When she goes to Snape - what must have been going on in her mind? She cares for mothing and nobody there, as she says herself, only for Draco. She draws Snape into a situation where he shouldn't be - Voldemort would consider his behaviour as treachery, too, if he knew it, and if Dumbledore wasn't dying anyway... But this isn't the mment to discuss Snape, all that is significant is that she means to instrumentalise him in order to save her son (and boy, she's got my full sympathy there).
And why should she care for Snape, or Bella, or Voldemort in the first place? They all disqualified themselves in her point of view - V. because he sends her child on that impossible mission, B. because she supports V. in that idea, and S. - he's V.'s 'most trusted follower', too. These people are breaking into her world and try to take away her greatest treasure, her child. They've cost her a husband already. And Narcissa in a way seperates from them; by cursing Bella, by 'betraying' Voldemort, by using Snape for her own plan.

When Narcissa finally 'meets' Harry - what is she presented with? Yes, that kid has humiliated her son, has cursed him, has even accidentally got him killed, almost. But what she knows about him, too, is how he saves people thoroughly unconnected to himself (Griphook), spares them (Stan Shunpike), and how he is REALLY good in standing up to/escaping from Voldemort. Voldemort is the opponent Narcissa can never overcome herself, but Harry at least has a theoretical chance (and seeing him survive Avada Kedavra again might have dispelled the last doubts on the subject). With Voldemort in power, Narcissa and her loved ones don't have a chance to survive on the long run, and she knows it. So if there is anything she can do to prevent that, she's bound to act on that impulse, even if that means helping someone she's considered as her personal enemy for a long time, in the 'the enemy(Harry) of my enemy(Voldemort) is my friend' kind of sense.

Pooo *wipes forehead* I know, that was long. Sorry. I'd just be interested what others think about this.

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