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"He always did well for himself, Lucius. Peacocks."
Yaxley on seeing the resident fauna at Malfoy Manor[src]

An albino peacock is a male peafowl, distinctive for its pure white colour due to total or partial lack of biochromes.

History

Lucius Malfoy kept at least one on the grounds of Malfoy Manor.[1][2] It was on top of the hedge when Severus Snape and Yaxley arrived at the Manor for a Death Eater meeting in July 1997. It rustled the bushes as it strutted, alarming Yaxley, who drew his wand, but put it away once he saw the noise's source.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Several colour varieties of peafowl have been bred, including white.[3] This differs from albinism, which would cause lack of pigmentation not just in the feathers, but in the skin and eyes as well.[3][4] However, in Chapter 23 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the peacock at Malfoy Manor is explicitly referred to as "albino".
  • Many have argued that this peacock was, in fact, Lucius Malfoy's Patronus. It was thought that this proved Lucius was, in point of fact, not a true Death Eater, as Death Eaters cannot produce Patronuses. Despite this, J. K. Rowling confirmed in an interview that this was merely an albino peacock.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Lucius Malfoy can control a pet peacock, although it is blue in colour.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 1 (The Dark Lord Ascending)
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 23 (Malfoy Manor)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "White Peafowl" on the Peafowl Varieties Database
  4. "Albinism" on Wikipedia
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