• It means "Never tickle a sleeping dragon". The name Draco or Drago means dragon. Rowlings plays around with many of the names of people and things in the books. Malfoys is reminiscent of the French "mal foi" bad faith.
  • The four words are actually the school's motto = "Never tickle a sleeping dragon". It sort of means don't do something foolish. Draco is the Latin word for dragon. Draco's (Malfoy) name also means Dragon. This is probably to show a person with strong character. This is considered suitable since "Mal foi" in French is "bad faith". To further signify the Malfoy's participation with the Dark Lord, Draco's father's name is Lucius, inspired from Lucifer, the name of the fallen angel who is sometimes now referred to as the Devil.

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