Lucius Malfoy: I Understand the Muggle-hate and Racism in the Potterverse

British Jewish actor Jason Isaacs, who plays Voldemort's trusted henchman, says his character 'espouses the language of racism and eugenics.'

Jason Isaacs, the British Jewish actor who plays the evil Lucius Malfoy, key henchman to evil overlord Voldemort and father of Harry Potter's arch-nemesis Draco Malfoy, told the Jewish Journal on Friday that his character "espouses the language of racism and eugenics."

Lucius Malfoy shares much of the Nazi ideology; he is obsessed with blood purity and fiercely opposes marriage between non-magic Muggles and witches and wizards.

Lucius Malfoy
Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy (Courtesy of Warner Brothers)

“It’s not like I don’t understand racism, fear, bigotry and ignorance,” Isaacs said, adding that “being Jewish, I think, has brought me a more nuanced perspective on it than most.”

Isaacs' character even looks Aryan, with his long blonde locks and cruel blue eyes, though the actor told the journal that wasn't the original plan.

“Lucius wasn’t blond when I first turned up; sketches showed him with short, salt-and-pepper hair and a pinstriped suit,” Isaacs told the Jewish Journal, “but I thought, if I’m going to play a wizard once in my life, then let me dress up with all the toys in the dressing-up box. And if I was going to play a racist, I should look the part.”