DRACO: My father thought he was protecting me. Most of the time. I think you have to make a choice — at a certain point — of the man you want to be. And I tell you that at that time you need a parent or a friend. And if you’ve learnt to hate your parent by then and you have no friends…then you’re all alone. And being alone — that’s so hard. I was alone. And it sent me to a truly dark place. For a long time. Tom Riddle was also a lonely child. You may not understand that, Harry, but I do — and I think Ginny does too.
GINNY: He’s right.
I must admit, I quite like Cursed Child‘s Draco Malfoy. Love has changed him, and he’s turned out to be quite a remarkable father. Not to mention, he’s flexing his Dumbledore-esk word-of-wisdom muscle in this scene.
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone…. ~ Genesis 2:18 NLT
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT
Draco’s advice to Harry is biblically sound. It is not good for Albus Severus to be alone. His friend happens to be the son of his childhood rival. Harry assumes Scorpius is the bad influence in the friendship, but he is sorely mistaken. What’s worse is that without Scorpius and having turned his back on Harry, Albus goes to an even darker place.
When we’re choosing who we want to be, the people around us make all the difference. First, that there are people around us to help us up when we make poor choices. Secondly, that we choose people who have qualities we admire to be around so they can rub off on us.
Find people who make you want to be a better person, and be a great friend to them. We all stumble and fall, which is why we need friends who will lift us up and not push us down further.