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Small epiphany here. fiendling just posted a pic in… 
28th-Oct-2004 12:13 pm
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Small epiphany here.

fiendling just posted a pic in fiendart

http://www.livejournal.com/community/fiendart/2845.html

that made me wonder what Harry's life would have been like had he been given to the Malfoys to raise. And I just realised that the Malfoys are the Wizard equivalent of the Dursleys! They hate Muggles with as much passion as the Durselys hate Wizards, they indulge their only son to ludicrous degrees, and I'm sure they are just as obsessed with appearances. (Wealth, posessions, what will the neighbours think and all that.)

Quite honestly, I think Harry would have been treated just as dreadfully by the Malfoys, even to the point of being relegated to a cupboard. The favouritism of one child over the other would definately have happened, and the SHAME of having to look after/bring up the Boy Who Lived... They'd never live it down, would they? They'd be desperate to hide him from all their Death Eater buddies.

Someone should write a fanfic about this!

:~)
Comments 
28th-Oct-2004 01:09 am (UTC)
Honestly, I think the case can be made either way. You can say what you've said above, or you can take the tack that Lucius is politically-minded enough to have realised that it was much to his advantage to make use of a child powerful enough in some way to off the Dark Lord, and to attempt to turn Harry toward his own ends.

We'll never know, and I think a believable fic can be written either way. Since I like the Malfoys, I wouldn't write it the same way you would.
28th-Oct-2004 03:31 pm (UTC)
I think that could be written believably, as well. Maybe Lucius would be so caught up in trying to bring Harry up as an extremely powerful wizard for his own advantage that in turn Draco would be neglected, and a deep hatred (on Draco's part) could spring from that. I think this would be a brilliant fic to read.
28th-Oct-2004 07:18 pm (UTC)
Er, well, I wouldn't write it that way. I like the idea of them not actually having to be enemies, if we're going AU. But then...I actually like the Malfoys, and see no reason, whatsoever, to assume that their home life is unpleasant in any way.

Narcissa is a strong woman, and Draco is respectful but not deprived, and I'd like to give Jason Isaacs a spanking for playing up to the abused!Draco fanciers--I don't see it in canon.
28th-Oct-2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
Everyone has different ideas; that was just one of the ways I think it would be interesting to see it written.

I don't see abused!Draco in canon, really, either. But I'd rather spank Alan Rickman... not cause he did anything wrong...just for fun, really. *g*
28th-Oct-2004 01:31 am (UTC)
Someone should write a fanfic about this!

Someone should.

What an epiphany! I'd never quite thought of it like that, but given what you've just said, I can't believe that I didn't see it earlier myself. Wow.
28th-Oct-2004 01:33 am (UTC)
OMG - your icon totally rules! I was just about to click out of here when I thought I saw Harry blink. I did, I did! *lol* Cool. Totally.
28th-Oct-2004 09:53 am (UTC)
Hey, Kate! Fern showed your illo for her story on her LJ. It's beautiful, as always. :-)
29th-Oct-2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Shelley! Thanks for the Halloween card too!! I keep telling myself I'm gonna do a Halloween pic but I'm running out of time aren't I? Doh! Busy cooking gingerbread for our Halloween party tomorrow - making a castle!
So now the house smells like Xmas! LOL!
28th-Oct-2004 04:17 pm (UTC)
ooo intresting thought, I agree with what you've written but am also intrested in what would have happened if he had been brought up the same as Draco, if they'd tried to 'turn him to the dark side' as it were. I think it would have been pretty hard for them to do so considering his past. Would Draco be any different? More sympathetic perhaps - or less (if it's possible lol). I agree with what you say that they would have treated him just as badly as the Dursleys had. In fact i think they probably would have killed him

Love the icon btw
29th-Oct-2004 08:17 am (UTC)
Someone should write a fanfic about this!

Someone did. ;D

Finding Harry (a WIP):
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1612757/1/

The fic takes a totally different slant though than what you propose - Harry is a favored, even loved child. It's an interesting fic, if only for the nature vs. nurture argument. Draco is still very Malfoyish (snobby, elitist), but it's tempered by Harry's goodness (which I wonder about - is that Malfoy arrogance really inbred then? Harry wouldn't be influenced at all?):

Lucius’s mind spun.  This boy had defeated the Dark Lord?  Lucius looked at him, bawling at the top of his lungs, draped across his dead mother’s body, and an idea came to him.  If the boy could defeat the most powerful Dark Wizard ever, surely he would be even more powerful when he grew up.  And if Lucius were to raise him…
29th-Oct-2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
Ooo! Thanks for the link! :~)
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