Draco Malfoy is 35-years-odious-old today, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling confirmed on Twitter. Draco was never evil on the level of He Who Must Not Be Named, but he was a Slytherin snob and bully who made Harry's life miserable, and his family was nothing but bad news throughout the series. But the actor who played Draco in the movies, Tom Felton, is a handsome dude, and (partly) because of that, Draco has developed his own gushing fan base. That's what J.K. is referring to in this birthday tweet: Haha. Good for her, though. She's right to push fans to hold people (even fake people) to a higher standard than "hot." As she told The Leaky Cauldron a while back:

...People have been waxing lyrical [in letters] about Draco Malfoy, and I think that's the only time when it stopped amusing me and started almost worrying me. I'm trying to clearly distinguish between Tom Felton, who is a good looking young boy, and Draco, who, whatever he looks like, is not a nice man. It's a romantic, but unhealthy, and unfortunately all too common delusion [of girls] that they are going to change someone. And that persists through many women's lives, till their death bed, and it is uncomfortable and unhealthy and it actually worried me a little bit, to see young girls swearing undying devotion to this really imperfect character, because there must be an element in there, that "I'd be the one who [changes him]." I mean, I understand the psychology of it, but it is pretty unhealthy. So, a couple of times I have written back, possibly quite sharply, saying [Laughter], "You want to rethink your priorities here."

Yes. The queen has spoken truth this day. She's the one who gave birth to Draco -- and all the characters -- so it has to be strange for her to see the various fan reactions, positive and negative. But anyway, happy birthday, Draco! Try to behave ... or we'll send Hermione after you.

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