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I don't quite understand where the disliking came from?

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Were you perhaps reading a different book than the rest of us? –  Richard Jul 27 at 19:27
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I haven't read the books I'm purely asking the questions the movies don't give the answers to! Which I already know is a lot before you start preaching @Richard –  liam tomkins Jul 27 at 19:31
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Frankly, I think that question can/should be asked about many works of fiction in other franchises. The plot device of creating "conflict" by having characters start a life-lasting vendetta based on seemingly insignificant disagreements often leaves viewers to wonder how said characters can possibly get along in everyday life at all. –  O. R. Mapper Jul 27 at 23:09
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@O.R.Mapper Draco is a hateful, arrogant, supremacist bigot. You call that "insignificant disagreement"? –  Cephalopod Jul 28 at 8:02
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@Richard: Draco didn't murder anyone. That was kind of his redemption. Personally, I blame the parents. –  Martin McCallion Jul 28 at 12:00

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It's pretty obvious right from the start that Draco displays many of the same traits as Harry's cousin Dudley. In their first encounter he shows that he is selfish and spoiled. On top of that he insults Harry's newfound friend Hagrid and shows a contempt for muggles:

‘That’s Hagrid,’ said Harry, pleased to know something the boy didn’t. ‘He works at Hogwarts.’ ‘Oh,’ said the boy, ‘I’ve heard of him. He’s a sort of servant, isn’t he?’ ‘He’s the gamekeeper,’ said Harry. He was liking the boy less and less every second. ‘Yes, exactly. I heard he’s a sort of savage – lives in a hut in the school grounds and every now and then he gets drunk, tries to do magic and ends up setting fire to his bed.’

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‘My father’s next door buying my books and mother’s up the street looking at wands,’ said the boy. He had a bored, drawling voice. ‘Then I’m going to drag them off to look at racing brooms. I don’t see why first-years can’t have their own. I think I’ll bully father into getting me one and I’ll smuggle it in somehow.’

Harry was strongly reminded of Dudley.

When they later meet on the train he insults Harry's new friend Ron, openly displays arrogance towards other wizard families and he has two thuggish looking "bodyguards" on either side of him:

‘You’ll soon find out some wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don’t want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there.’

He held out his hand to shake Harry’s, but Harry didn’t take it.

‘I think I can tell who the wrong sort are for myself, thanks,’ he said coolly.

Within seconds they're nose-to-nose getting ready to fight.

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Thanks @Richard you always seem to come in handy –  liam tomkins Jul 27 at 19:41

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