A clever Harry Potter fan realized that Friday is Draco Malfoy’s, and curious as to how old the character would be, she reached out to the books’ author on Twitter. J.K. Rowling clarified that Malfoy turns 35 this year, but she won’t be celebrating with him (and no, not just because he’s a fictional character).
“I’m not invited to the party, mainly because I keep telling girls they’re misguided to fancy him,” she tweeted Friday.
But why would Rowling steer ladies away from Malfoy? Perhaps she wants to keep them from his bad Slytherin attitude. In a December 2014 Pottermore passage, she warned fans with crushes on the villian that Malfoy is a “person of dubious morality.”
“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,” Rowling wrote. “All this has 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.”
Despite that, let’s hope Malfoy’s day is filled with cake, presents, and whatever else Death Eaters do to celebrate birthdays.