Inspired by these 2 questions: Did Draco Malfoy Demonstrate Any Level of Redemption By the End of the HP Series? and What kind of man did Draco Malfoy become?

In the Epilogue, Draco married Astoria Greengrass and had a son, Scorpius Malfoy. During that scene at the King's Cross Station, Draco greeted Harry and Ginny. I'm convinced that Draco doesn't hate or doesn't have resentment towards Harry. Does Harry know that Draco was redeemed and doesn't want to be a Death Eater anymore?

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    Malfoy didn't really have any option when it came to being a Death Eater or not since the movement was disbanded. It's entirely debatable whether or not he showed any remorse at all. If he did, the only snippet we have of Harry on which to judge his alleged response is the epilogue. Which doesn't contain any insights on Harry's reaction. Basically, I think this question's based on a false premise and is unanswerable. :[ Jun 15, 2017 at 21:43
  • @TheDarkLord You say that, but one of the quotes that came to my mind was from 6, "He despised Malfoy still for his infatuation with the Dark Arts, but now the tiniest drop of pity mingled with his dislike. Where, Harry wondered, was Malfoy now, and what was Voldemort making him do under threat of killing him and his parents?" Obviously that's before the events of the last book, but again in 7 we have the scene where Harry watches Malfoy being forced to torture Rowle. Then, as you say, there's the epilogue, and the fact that they save him twice,
    – Au101
    Jun 15, 2017 at 23:37
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    and the fact that nobody minds them being in the Great Hall after the battle. Obviously there's also The Play Which Must Not Be Named, if you wanna go down that godforsaken road. I actually don't think it's a bad question, but it's hard to answer. All those things are things you could work with, but I can't make an answer out of them myself and I'm not touching the sin of Thorne
    – Au101
    Jun 15, 2017 at 23:39
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    @Au101 What play? There is no play. Yeah, Harry felt sorry for Draco at various points. But the question is asking about redemption. Jun 16, 2017 at 2:15
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    @Au101 Love the pun. The play... you must be referring to Cursed Child? Amusing way to refer to it.
    – Pryftan
    Jun 10, 2018 at 23:10

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Before Voldemort's death

Harry has a vision through Voldemort's eyes of Draco being forced to torture Rowle.

“More, Rowle, or shall we end it and feed you to Nagini? Lord Voldemort is not sure that he will forgive this time. . . . You called me back for this, to tell me that Harry Potter has escaped again? Draco, give Rowle another taste of our displeasure. . . . Do it, or feel my wrath yourself!”

A log fell in the fire: Flames reared, their light darting across a terrified, pointed white face — with a sense of emerging from deep water, Harry drew heaving breaths and opened his eyes.

He was spread-eagled on the cold black marble floor, his nose inches from one of the silver serpent tails that supported the large bathtub. He sat up. Malfoy’s gaunt, petrified face seemed branded on the inside of his eyes. Harry felt sickened by what he had seen, by the use to which Draco was now being put by Voldemort.

*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 9, A Place to Hide

Clearly, Harry is horrified by what Voldemort's doing to Draco. He feels sickened by the use to which Draco was being put by Voldemort. Why would he feel sick? He knew Draco wasn't happy becoming a Death Eater.

After Voldemort's death

The Death Eaters were rounded up and put into Azkaban. Seeing that Harry became an Auror and Draco didn't go to jail for being a temporary Death Eater, we can put two and two together and say that Harry knew Draco was redeemed.

[...] as the morning drew on, that the Imperiused up and down the country had come back to themselves, that Death Eaters were fleeing or else being captured, [...]

*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 36, The Flaw in the Plan

Draco also appears in the Epilogue at King's Cross to send off his son to Hogwarts. He acknowledges Harry, who in turn doesn't go and punch Draco in the face.

  • Who is rowle? What book are you referring to? Jun 21, 2017 at 16:34
  • Both quotes are from Deathly Hallows. Here's Thorfinn Rowle's Wikia page.
    – Voronwé
    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:29
  • What page is that in the deathly Hallows Jun 22, 2017 at 9:35
  • Edited it in my answer, we may have different publishers of the book, but mine is Bloomsbury (New Edition): Page 140 and 609
    – Voronwé
    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:38
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    DavidS, Disagreed. Jun 26, 2017 at 18:19

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