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"I'm Draco and I'm a klepto."

There was not any mention of Draco stealing anything at all in any four books published. But in the Chamber of Secrets movie, it was clear that Draco was supposed to be the type to take things that he wants (the little box in the Slytherin commons, the page from a random book in Diagon Alley). The situation would have been different had the writers (or the director for all I know) made the character open in stealing, in order to show that "intimidating, tough-guy-ness", which Draco tries to flaunt; Draco in the movie swipes things in secret, letting no one notice. "Crabbe" and "Goyle" were right in front of him when he took the small box, but he whispered to them as though he wanted to keep his intentions hidden. I wonder sometimes if JKR is in on this as some sort of look into what is to come (such as this secret of his will be revealed in the future), or perhaps it was just a tidbit of Draco's POV, since everything is told from Harry's point of view in the books, while in the movies we occasionally switch. Maybe she hinted to them that Draco might be the type to do that, but I don't know what her involvement in the movies was.

I do not know, in addition, how often the following conclusion had been made...

I am willing to bet that, if not the entire reason, a major reason they gave Draco this trait is because of something said in book 2, which was not added into the movie. The excerpt begins after Draco asks if his father will buy him a particular something...

"Ah, the Hand of Glory!" said Mr. Borgin, abandoning Mr, Malfoy's list and scurrying over to Draco. "Insert a candle and it gives only light to the holder! Best friend of thieves and plunderers! Your son has fine taste, sir."

"I hope my son will amount to more than a thief or a plunderer, Borgin," said Mr. Malfoy coldly, and Mr. Borgin said quickly, "No offense meant, sir, no offense meant--"

"Though if his grades don't pick up," said Mr. Malfoy, more coldly still, "that may indeed be all he is fit for--"
(CoS, page 52)

...I am certainly not one to say that Draco was driven, in the movie, to steal by his fathers lack of faith in him; I would suggest that the movie-makers made Draco a thief because of this portion of the book.

Draco chose the Hand of Glory specifically, after the author gave examples of him browsing through other things, but this is the first item that he actually asked for. He is not a stupid boy, I believe he knew what he was asking for, which leaves me thinking that JKR meant to subtly imply that Draco may have had a tendency to take things he shouldn't have, in spite of the fact that he is wealthy. In that section, thievery in relation to Draco was mentioned three times, which makes in noticeable. Hence, it is my thought that the movie-makers picked up on this, also, and decided to put it to interesting use!

He may need to steal to have everything he wants. In book 1, Draco states, in Madame Malkin's, that he would bully his father into smuggling him in his own broom. Later in the book, there is no talk of Draco having his own broom during the flying lessen--he rides the same thing a everyone else! It is only in book 2 that he asks his father for a racing broom (in just the same chapter as the aforesaid excerpt) and he shows up to school with a Nimbus 2001. Seeing as he's waited a whole year to have that broomstick, he is not as "in charge" or privileged as he makes it seem publicly. Even in GoF, Draco still has the Nimbus 2001--a two year old broom! GASP! Draco-fancy-pants-Malfoy with a less flashy broom stick than Harry Potter? It is my theory that Draco steals (if he steals) because he is spoiled, though not spoiled enough to have every little object he desires from daddy dearest.

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That's very interesting...

While I certainly hadn't forgotten about the Hand of Glory, I honestly didn't put the two together with respects to the film.

However, it does put the fact that the HoG features prominently on the Draco promo poster in a new light...

I also wonder if what was in the box was meant to be significant. My first thought when I saw him take it out and shake it like you would a watch - a time turner. No idea why I thought that, but there you go.

A time turner? That is new and interesting! Perhaps you're correct. And perhaps Draco has some secrets of his own of which we will become aware in the future.

*first thought* daaaaaaaaaamn

*second thought* Dude, you put too much thought into things

*third thought* You're damn right. I never actually sat down to analyze these things, but everything you've said makes much sense. *pats you on the back* Good thinkin'! I'm totally impressed with you. :-) I'd go into a detailed post about how truly right you are, but I'm really sleepy and I should be writing TR. *sigh* Anyway. You're really on point with this whole thought. Good eye, m'dear! Good eye. :-)

No, no! I hate thinking! But I do enjoy writing out my silly little theories concerning things that I love (especially HP) when they pop into my mind every so often. Part of the reason I "...put too much thought into things" might be because during my first year of high school I took a course in Arts and Aesthetic. Though it had nothing to do with analysing books specifically, we did anilyse aesthetic qualities (and etc.) in various media forms...consequently, while I cannot stand symbolism, I at least have an appreciation for going a tad further into things.

That class sounds fabulous!! Damn, why didn't my highschool have good classes like that?!? *is totally jealous*

On a totally different note... I like that icon... But did you notice.... It looks like Harry's wearing a Slytherin scarf... *Draco-like smirk* Wonder whose that could be... *wink*

Ah! I had to run far away from normal high school/jr. high (I started there in 8th grade) and attend a Charter Arts Academy to enroll in a class like that. It was great fun.

*snicker* Great call! I think that before I altered the picture, the scarf was Blue and something or other...so maybe he's wearing--who? Terry Boot's scarf? (The only Ravenclaw boy I can think of; and there's not chance I'm joking about him being with *shudder* Cho Chang.) Your Opposites Attract icon, by the way: I love it more each time I look at it!

*grumbles something that definitely sounds like 'lucky bitch'* That's so cool. I went to a plain ol' boring school in Jersey with a shitty arts program. *wishes she went to Hogwarts* (Don't we all...)

And thank GOD! you didn't say it was Cho's. *retching off to the side* What about Roger Davies... He's their Quidditch Captain in 3(I think) and 4. He's the guy Fleur took to the ball. He could be an interesting match... *shrug* I think Terry's more Harry's style... I could keep rambling here, but I'll stop now... *grin*

*puts up the Opposites pic just for you...* Rissa aka giapet made it for me. Is she not the coolest?!? *grins*

You're right! Rodger Davies. Hm, don't know much about him, do we? I have been hoping that JKR includes more information on the Ravenclaws in the coming books.

"Rissa aka xiara made it for me. Is she not the coolest?!?" She seems to be. I shall have to make time to compliment her.

Actually, it's not strictly true that Draco never steals anything. He attempts to steal Neville's Rememberall (although this could be just because he wants to annoy Neville)

I am personally very glad the film-makers added in the idea of Draco being a theif because I think it's actually a fascinating one. Yes, in theory he can have anything he wants (although as you point out, it's quite plain that his father doesn't buy him everything that he wants, when he wants it). But in practise, is he actually getting what he needs while getting what he wants? (if that makes any sense?)

Most kleptos (just to sterotype) steal because they feel starved of love or attention. At home, Draco probably gets plenty of attention. But in school, it's different. He doesn't get nearly so much attention - except from Snape. The only attention he really gets is when he is playing Quidditch and picking fights with Harry. So perhaps he steals in school because he's looking for the attention that he gets so easily at home.

Or it could simply be because he thinks that everything belongs to him anyway and therefore he doesn't have to ask for it or pay for it.

There's so many lovely explinations. It's fun to try and work out what they are.

"Actually, it's not strictly true that Draco never steals anything. He attempts to steal Neville's Rememberall" A very good example. I'll have to scold myself for that one. You're also correct that that incident is iffy, because Draco may have been being a nuisance. If he actually does take things that aren't his, it may not be likely that he'd do it in front of so many others. That however, supports your starved for attention type thesis.

Your comments about him not having much attention at school catch the eye, too. I'd not thought of that, but as you said, there are many possible explanations.

I do hope the makers of the film will continue with their slightly differing version of Draco, so that maybe one day it will be clear as to whether they have specific reasons for the subject.

It's very difficult to tell with Draco what he does because he means and what he does to be annoying. It's something that makes fics even more interesting - you can explore all the different turns and things of Draco's life. Woo!

Actually, until I started typing the comment at you, I hadn't thought of his lack of attention at school either. It just came to me as I typed. And it does explain.

And I agree. That's the good thing about the films. Sometimes there are different things in the films which are really, really interesting. I can't wait to see what happens next. :)

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