Jason Isaacs on Lucius’s Future After the Battle of Hogwarts
SYFY WIRE recently spoke to Lucius Malfoy actor Jason Isaacs about the star-studded Audible adaptation of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, where he provided some insight into what his cowardly character got up to after the Battle of Hogwarts.
Isaacs, who portrayed the cunning Malfoy character in the Harry Potter films, gave his theory on what eventually would have happened to his character after his involvement with the Dark Lord had come to an end:
I was pretty sure of what had happened to him. I don’t know if anybody else needs to agree because that’s the fun of it, isn’t it? I think he was broken in Azkaban completely, and he was broken even by having to go there because the dream that he had held out for a long time of being Voldemort’s right-hand man and being celebrated as having kept the flame alive. [That notion] was shattered pretty quickly when Voldemort came back.
Isaacs also mentioned how you’d see his character mostly drinking in the final films and how humiliated his character felt when Voldemort took his wand at the table of Malfoy Manor.
On[-]screen, you can see he’s always slightly stubbly and red-eyed and drinking whenever he can. I always thought he drank too much. And then, in the final battle at Hogwarts, it became clear to him, particularly when Narcissa and Draco ran off, that there was no place for him in either future. Voldemort was not gonna have him by his side. He’d already [taken] my wand at the table in Malfoy Manor, which is public humiliation, almost castration.
Of course, when his high-ranking position among the Death Eaters was squashed, his natural instinct was to protect his family. But was this enough for his character to find redemption after Voldemort fell at the Battle of Hogwarts? Isaacs certainly doesn’t think so, with him mentioning that nothing good was awaiting his character.
Were the Death Eaters to triumph, there’s nothing good waiting for him. And of course, if the Death Eaters lose, there’s nothing good waiting for him. That’s why that last shot of him is him just stuck in the doorway there with his wife and son disappearing in the distance and Voldemort disappearing into Hogwarts. [Lucius is] thinking, ‘What the hell do I do?’
Isaacs concluded the topic by revealing how he thinks society would have shunned Lucius and how, frankly, he deserves it.
I think what would’ve happened afterwards is that he would become a shell of himself. His money would protect him because money always protects people, and I think he would’ve lost — if he ever had any — the respect of his wife and his son. Society would shun him, and he would cower inside his mansion and drink himself into an early grave. And frankly, deserve it.
Besides giving an insight as to where Lucius Malfoy would have ended up after the Battle of Hogwarts, Isaacs has recently opened up and revealed how playing the part of Lucius has made him feel less embarrassed to be an actor.
Issacs first appeared in the Harry Potter films in 2002 when he appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Since Harry Potter, Isaacs has starred in popular films Fury and Hotel Mumbai as well as TV series Star Trek: Discovery and Star Wars: Rebels. You can also catch him in the upcoming new Scooby-Doo film, Scoob!, where he’s voicing the character of Dick Dastardly.
Do you have any thoughts or theories on what happened to Lucius Malfoy after the Battle of Hogwarts?