As Malfoy, 48-year-old actor Jason Isaacs has plumbed his character’s dark heart and chilled millions of moviegoers since he appeared in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” in 2002. So it comes as a surprise — it shouldn’t but it does — to hear the British performer renounce evil.
There is, he says, no such thing. Even arch-villain Lord Voldemort is not so much wicked as misguided.
“No one is ever bad,” said the disconcertingly genial Isaacs, in jeans and a casual shirt looking nothing like the supercilious Lucius. “Voldemort sees the way the world ought to be, in his own eyes, and is trying to make it that way.”
It was Voldemort, quoted by Professor Quirrell, who said there is no good or evil, only power and those too weak to seek it. Or to change movies, it was Anakin Skywalker who said, “From my point of view, the Jedi are evil.”
It is given in our culture that there are no standards from which we can judge things such as good and evil. There is only the clash of different personal perspectives. In such a world, power rather than truth determines what is evil and good.
This is not, of course, the Christian understanding of evil. We know what is good; it is God. Evil is that which is opposed to God or rejects God or violates the will of God. You can ask interesting questions about people who have never been told of God. In the nearly religion-less world of Harry Potter, Lucius Malfoy may have never encountered the gospel, but his actor has no such claim to ignorance.
The Malfoys and Voldemort are evil, whether they call themselves that or not. It is not their perspective that matters here. It is God’s.