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Head-canon and fugue (variations on TMI) – Lucius Malfoy - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
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Head-canon and fugue (variations on TMI) – Lucius Malfoy
 
  1. He was not, actually, really terribly rich, even before the poor decisions and the Tom Riddle thingummy.
  2. Or powerful.
  3. He was in fact a complete parvenu.
  4. And it simply drove him spare, not that he ever admitted knowing the fact – or indeed admitted the fact.
  5. This was a, perhaps the, primary motivation for all the evil he did.
  6. And for the load of utter balls he told Draco as a boy about the glories of the Malfoy name.
  7. And for the damned peacocks, and poses, and pomp, and peacocking about. It’s also why he kept up the feud with the Weasleys, in an effort to claim a spurious place and position and precedence and antiquity.
  8. He was by nature a toady and a tuft-hunter.
  9. Everything else was a front for his substantial (and substantially valid) insecurities.
  10. He married up. Well up.
  11. Sadly, that’s something else he tried to maintain he’d not done.
  12. Had he listened to Narcissa, and let her take the lead (as his nature in fact should have dictated: the man’s a born sheep in wolf’s clothing), they’d not have been in this mess.
  13. He never could accept or admit that.
  14. It was the promise of power, place, and preferment – not principle – that lured him, particularly as a Young Man in a Hurry, into the Dark Arts.
  15. It was a fortiori the promise of power, place, and preferment – not principle – that lured him, particularly as a Young Man in a Hurry, to follow Tom Riddle.
  16. That, and the fact that following a Dark Lord put paid to those nasty whispers about how he wasn’t quite out of the top drawer; Not a Black, After All; Bought His Furniture; and All That.
  17. Had he realised he was following the Muggle patterns of Dzerzhinsky, Mosley, von Schirach, and von Neurath, he couldn’t have borne the knowledge.
  18. He was always on the make.
  19. The best one can say for him is that he was devoted to promoting his family as well as himself.
  20. So long – to turn the praise to damnation – as they did as he demanded and filled the roles he’d crafted for them.
  21. Most fatally, his idea of who were his family was too limited (‘And who is my neighbour?’: Luke, chapter ten, beginning at the twenty-ninth verse).
  22. After the War, insofar as he escaped punishment, he knew – and hated that he knew – he owed it to Potter.
  23. He’d resented James Potter, and Sirius Black: they were what he pretended and aspired to be (he was a parvenu, after all), and they made no secret that they knew him to be a poseur, an oik, and a poon.
  24. He was never easy ’round Snape, either, patronise him though Lucius did: he suspected Snape knew, and was amused to know, that Lucius was not quite quite.
  25. And was playing a long game with the knowledge: Lucius spent much of his life waiting for the other shoe to drop, really. One could pity him, did he not deserve to sweat and cower.
  26. He resented – and feared – Harry Potter, after the war, far more than he had feared and resented Sirius and James; and walked very warily about him.
  27. After all, surely even Potter, Old Gryffindor though he was, had some long, exquisitely subtle plan to use and humiliate and own Lucius: else why should he have saved Lucius’ family and palliated Lucius’ punishment? The wicked flee when no man pursueth.
  28. Harry found that hilarious, and, if he didn’t quite trade on it or toy with the bugger, could not resist a malign pleasure in it.
  29. Harry didn’t find it half so useful as Draco did.
  30. Or half so amusing and useful as Narcissa did. She never forgave him.
  31. Neither Narcissa nor Draco failed to remind Lucius, hourly, subtly, and without overt reference, that he’d mucked everything up, and they ran things now.
  32. It was a worse punishment than Azkaban should have been.
  33. He was considerably the better of it, also, to his dying day (to which moment he never quite ceased looking over his shoulder, nervously – as the bugger deserved to do).
 


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sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: October 24th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Nailed him.

He so didn't deserve to be played by Jason Isaacs.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 24th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks, duck.

I know we agree on him. Wh makes me vy happy and reassured.
vaysh From: vaysh Date: October 24th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to think more whether this captures my headcanon Lucius, but #10. So much. And a deep-rooted insecurity about his status and power in the wizarding world does indeed explain much of Lucius' foolishness.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 24th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

I await yr own views w avidity.

And he really must be a bit insecure.

Of COURSE he married up. He married a Black.
mayfly_78 From: mayfly_78 Date: October 24th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Quite spot on.

Only...

he must have had some redeeming qualities for Narcissa to have married him.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 24th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mummy insisted.

And he wasn't boring to look at. Or in bed....
mayfly_78 From: mayfly_78 Date: October 24th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mummy insisted.

Well, if he was good in bed...

(And shall I guess that she also had thought she'd be able to easily handle him?)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 24th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Lucius, malleable and easily led? You might very well think that.

Narcissa couldn't possibly comment.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: October 24th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mummy insisted.

And she was very young, and I dare say desperate for her own establishment.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 24th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

As who shd not be?

At home w the Blacks? Sirius wasn't the first to do a runner.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: October 24th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: As who shd not be?

Yes; I don't imagine home life with the Blacks was a lot of fun. Narcissa just found a way to get out that didn't involve beginning a family feud (unlike Andromeda).
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 25th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

And didn't involve writing pipe tunes...

... that all sounded like Hielan Laddie or Bonnie Dundee (my memory finally unstuck).
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: October 25th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, of course

I'm now wondering why I couldn't remember that!
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 24th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm rejoiced to have been of service.

But these are after all only my maunderings; others shall no doubt disagree.
germankitty From: germankitty Date: October 24th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Neither Narcissa nor Draco failed to remind Lucius, hourly, subtly, and without overt reference, that he’d mucked everything up, and they ran things now.
It was a worse punishment than Azkaban should have been."


Oh yeah. *malicious grin* And well-deserved, too!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 24th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

It really is deserved.

Thankee, lass.
tiferet From: tiferet Date: October 24th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your Lucius is so not my Lucius. But I think he is Rowling's, FWIW, and I find him sad and believable.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 24th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, head-canon, you know.

Of the two, I'd rather he were yrs than hers, in a way.
tiferet From: tiferet Date: October 24th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well, head-canon, you know.

Mine would be more pleasant to sublet brainspace to, for sure!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 25th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Speaking of just deserts.

'Sorry, Lucius, but the Ministry have taken your land in reparations. You'll be subletting a flat from a Muggle.'
tiferet From: tiferet Date: October 25th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Speaking of just deserts.

I needed a laugh today-thanks!
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 25th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Come, come.

Why leave the man when one can make his life a lasting misery in punishment? (As you say, she IS a Black....)

And, Yes, to yr other points.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: October 25th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Come, come.

Although Lucius' other major problem was of course his delusion of competence; he mistook being able to buy his way out of a paper bag for being able to manage his way out of same...
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: October 25th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Come, come.

My theory is that Blaise Zabini's mother, her very dear friend, taught her how to brew an herbal tea to calm Lucius' mind. Calmed him all the way down, it did; with her coloring, Narcissa made a fetching widow...
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