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Malfoys in the Vatican – Dark Magic and Papacy

November 23, 2010

One of the most hated characters of the Harry Potter series is Draco Malfoy. The Malfoys are all evil, except perhaps Narcissa Malfoy, who is just concerned about the safety of her son. They are pure-blooded rich wizarding family. Lucius Malfoy is a Death Eater who had supported Voldemort before the Killing Curse had rebounded on him at the Godric’s Hollow. By the sixth book Draco Malfoy also becomes the Death Eater. Draco means snake in Latin; a good name, considering Voldemort’s emblem is a snake.

More intriguing is the name of Lucius Malfoy. Lucius has been the name of three popes.

Pope Saint Lucius I was Pope from June 25, 253 to March 5, 254. A.D.[1] Not much is known about him, except that he is included in the list of martyrs. He was allegedly killed by the pagan Romans as he held his office before the conversion of Constantine.

Pope Lucius II, whose real name was Gherardo Caccianemici dal Orso, was pope from March 9, 1144, until his death on February 15, 1145 A.D. His reign was very stormy and a revolutionary brigade was organized during that period. He died while fighting for power and territory against the Roman Senate and the patrician Giordano Pierleoni.[2]

“Having failed to get military assistance from the German king Conrad III (113-1152), the first member of the new Staufen dynasty, Pope Lucius II (1144-1145) tried to suppress the commune by force in February 1145, attacking the Capitoline with papal guards. He was hit on the head by a rock and died of his injuries, the only pope to fall in battle.”[3]

Pope Lucius III (ca. 1100 – November 25, 1185), born in Ubaldo, was pope from September 1, 1181 to his death. He held a synod in November 1184 A.D. at Verona, which condemned the Cathars, Paterines, Waldensians and Arnoldists as heretics and declared that anyone found supporting them or their beliefs, will also be branded a heretic. Although he did not institute the Inquisition he laid seeds for their persecution. Not only did he punish non-Christians but everyone who differed from him and the official position of Papacy even a little bit.

“In the early 1170s a merchant of Lyon, Peter Waldo, began taking literally the Gospel injunction to give away his property and lead a life of apostolic poverty (as St. Francis of Assisi would also do in 1209). He acquired a growing following of pious laypeople keen to lead lives on scriptural principles and received papal approval from Alexander III in 1179. This, however, was conditional upon him and his supporters not preaching without prior approval of their diocesan bishops. When this command was flouted, they were condemned as heretics by Lucius III in 1184 and again by the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. In 1211 at Strasbourg, eighty of them were convicted of heresy by an Episcopal inquisition and burned.”[4]

What Lucius III aimed to gain by these burnings was a complete unconditional obedience to the authority of Pope and the Church of the Christ. What Lucius Malfoy aims to achieve in the wizarding world, is to help establish a reign where everyone obeys the Dark Lord completely.

All these popes lived and died for what they believed as true and pure Christianity and worked for weeding out the impurities of the ‘true religion’. Especially Lucius III wanted to burn out all the impure heretics and let live only the true believers in his reign.

It is more than just interesting that Lucius Malfoy is also obsessed with pure blood and hates all the half-bloods and Muggle-borns. He is in league with the Dark Lord, the evil wizard Voldemort, whose mission is to rid the wizarding world of all the impurities of half-bloods and Muggle-borns. What if the God of the Bible and the Dark Lord of Lucius Malfoy are also similar characters?


[1] Collins, Roger. Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy. New York: Basic Books. 2009. p. 26.

[2] Duffy, Eamon. Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes. New Haven: Yale University Press. 2006. p. 108.

[3] Collins, Roger. Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy. New York: Basic Books. 2009. p. 234.

[4] Ibid. p. 253-254.

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