Every great hero needs a great villain. Batman has the Joker. Superman has Lex Luthor. And Harry Potter has Voldemort. But he wasn't the only villain in the young wizard's adventures....yep, you were right. It's Draco Malfoy. If you think about it, the entire world of Harry Potter would have been a better place if he hadn't been around. Hermione wouldn't have had to punch him in the face. He wouldn't have kind of been Voldemort's right hand man. And Hagrid wouldn't have had such a rough time teaching his magical creatures class. Oh, and Buckbeak would have had a better life. Wow, Malfoy, you really suck.
And who didn't love to hate Draco Malfoy? Just look at that smug, punchable face. This Slytherin member was amazing at getting under everyone's skin. If you think about it, he didn't exactly have the greatest home life, so maybe some of it wasn't his fault. But did he have to be just precisely so awful? He really deserved to get turned into a little ferret. Yeah, remember Mad Eye Moody's punishment? Well, it wasn't really Mad Eye, but you get the picture. Even a dangerous Death Eater thought that Malfoy was a terrible kid.
He was awful from the moment we first met him as a young boy. He was spoiled, elitist and always seemed to have sinister motives. Harry had a choice from the start whether or not to befriend him. And we all know what choice he made. Perhaps that's why Malfoy hated him so much - he just wanted to be friends, and he was feeling a little hurt. So he turned into one of the worst kids around. But as we would find out, this was learned behavior.
Like father, like son. Lucius Malfoy was obsessed with status, wealth and power. And he would go to disgusting lengths to attain them. If he was your father, you might wind up with some issues, just as Malfoy did.
The elder Malfoy worked as one of Voldemort's Death Eaters not once, but twice. Worse yet, he forced his son to join him. This relationship is a dark not-so-secret nod to the cyclical nature of children repeating their parents' mistakes.
However, when the time came to murder Hogwarts' headmaster, he couldn't do it. Dumbledore saw into the young wizard. Though he came from a despicable family, he didn't want to be that type of person and didn't have it in him to commit murder.
As a result, Snape stepped in. He was the one to kill Dumbledore. He did it to maintain his facade and also to save Malfoy from the repercussions of not going through with the plan. At this point, you really hate Snape, but later find out he's kind of a hero.
As if you aren't already seeing him in a different light, check this out. There exists a deleted scene from Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows Part II involving Malfoy. It casts him in a much more positive light.
It occurs at the end of the movie during the battle of Hogwarts. He and his family ultimately switch allegiances from Voldemort. But this deleted scene shows Draco doing it earlier and in much more heroic fashion.
He rushes away from the Death Eaters, loudly denouncing them. He also helps Harry in the fight against Voldemort. He does this by running right in front of the Dark Lord and throwing his wand to Harry.
Seeing all this, it's hard not to feel sorry for Malfoy (especially since his best moment was cut from the film). Yeah, he was an a**hole, but there were extenuating circumstances and he made the right decision in the end. It's interesting to think of what this story would look like through his eyes.
As if summoned by a magic wand, J.K. Rowling herself showed up to shed light on this question. Turns out, it would have been a story of a young, spoiled brat making a lot of bad decisions but ultimately learning from their mistakes. Hell, I'd watch that.
It's a shame that scene was cut. It would have been nice to see Draco Malfoy fully redeem all his past deeds. That would have made the ending even happier, as opposed to some gloomy theories floating out there.