Mookie4ever wrote:talan37 wrote:When I said realistic, I meant realistic in terms of a coherent story and a fantasy world that makes sense. 20 years later Draco should be in prison or having been executed, not producing more offspring. He assisted in the torture,kidnap and murder of muggles and wizards, made several murder attempts on prominent wizards.(Harry,Dumbledore, et al). If he had turned, and helped in the end, instead of trying to kill Harry, ron and hermione again then it would have been ok. Voldemort was a "world-ending" threat to normal people(imagine hitler with a bigger army, able to go anywhere in the world in a short period of time and kill anyone at any time)... anyone in his good-graces who didn't turn spy or evidence should be sitting in a cell or dead after hes gone. Love and Sacrifice and the Jesus parallel was fine for me, the story was going that way the whole time, this whole elder wand business was crap.
In previous books they said that people who could show that they were Imperiused were not sent to jail. Draco wasn't under Imperius but they did threaten to kill his parents if he did not do what they told him to do. Under those circumstances passive assistance is the best that could be expected from him - for instance refusing to identify Harry, Ron and Hermione when they were captured and brought to Malfoy mansion. It's a lot better than what Luna's father did. By your logic Luna's father should be executed as well. Even Jack Bauer gets a little cooperative when family members are threatened.
While they had his parents captured Draco also tried to stop Crabbe from killing Harry and Ron in the Room of Requirement, he may have given up his wand to Harry in the struggle at his house (guessing on that one) and he refused to kill Dumbledore. He did fix the cabinets to let the Death Eaters into Hogwarts but that may have been under duress.
If Draco needs defence counsel I'm available - 100 galleons/hour, need a 2,000 galleon retainer.
If anybody should go to jail it should be Lucius and his beotch wife.