Tom Felton on his new documentary and being in Gryffindor
As we’ve previously reported on, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) is exploring new territories beyond acting since he has embarked on his first directorial project, a BBC documentary about super fans, under the working title Tom Felton: Meet the Fanatics. In a new interview, he elaborated more on the project and discussed his now infamous Pottermore experience, which resulted in him being Sorted into Gryffindor.
Felton explained more about what his documentary is about:
It’s just kind of a chance for me to have a more in[-]depth look at the world of super fans, and these people [who] have followed franchises – kind of at the root of why ‘Harry Potter’ was so successful. It had such an active fan base. It’s allowed people to be passionate about stuff that maybe they couldn’t be so open with in previous years. It’s kind of a look into that; it’s a road trip journey with me narrating.
Although the documentary is about fans of all kinds, Felton definitely encountered a few Potter fanatics along the way, as he reveals one of the most memorable interviews:
We had a guy in Pittsburgh, who’s, like, the world’s biggest ‘Harry Potter’ fan; he was head-to-toe in ‘Potter’ paraphernalia as I answered the door, which was a bit of an experience.
There will also be a few familiar faces in the documentary:
Yeah, I interviewed Rupert [Grint], Daniel [Radcliffe] and J.K. Rowling, which is a huge honor to have those three talk so openly as they have done. Tom Fletcher as well, [who] many of you know as the lead singer of McFly or McBusted. He’s a huge ‘Harry Potter’ fan. The documentary isn’t really supposed to be about ‘Harry Potter’, but it just so happens the people I’m talking to are related to that.
The documentary is currently in the process of being edited, and hopefully, it will be on our screens soon:
It will be on BBC3; I’m hoping for sometime in April, May. But again, don’t quote me because we’re still cutting it up. And then after that, hopefully later on in the year, it’ll be put up on online. I’m really excited to see what people’s opinion is of it. It was a massive insight for me, going behind the ropes and seeing what people actually do to stand behind a railing at an event. You don’t really think about the three hours it took them to stand there and get the best spot. And there’s a whole bunch of stuff that goes with that.
Felton also opened up about his feelings regarding being placed in Gryffindor:
Devastated. Heartbroken. Yeah, I was really not happy. I was filming the end of the documentary, and they were like, just tap on something on the laptop, so it looks like you’re busy. So I was like, ‘OK’. And they opened up Pottermore, and I thought, ‘you know what, let’s do this.’ In fact, I did try [to] answer the questions to try [to] get Slytherin as the answer. And I think the computer saw through my attempt to try. I saw J.K., actually, the next day and said [that] there must be a glitch in the system. She guarantees me the Sorting Hat is never wrong.
He went on to speculate about what Draco would being doing if he weren’t a wizard:
A thief. Or some sort of shady back-end job. I don’t think he would be ever really good at working. Something definitely illegal.
He also spoke about the new Fantastic Beasts films and his hopes for a cameo:
I know David Yates and David Heyman and Jo [Rowling] are back together, which is kind of the old dream team that did it in the first place. It’s kind of amazing that they’re coming back. I’m trying to weave in a little cameo, background extra role for myself. I can be some crazy bum in the back of the pub or something like that. Yeah, it’s exciting. I know lots of people are eagerly awaiting this. I think that it’s great they’re not treading on the toes of things they’ve done previously, and although it is related, I don’t think there’s going to be anything we’ve seen before. There’s not going to be resurfaced old characters or something like that. Yeah, I’m looking forward to it!
He also revealed his celebrity crushes, one of whom is a former Potter co-star of his, Bellatrix Lestrange herself:
As a kid, it was always Helena Bonham Carter. I just think she’s hot for some reason. More recently? From Gone Girl — Emily Ratajkowski. Or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
To read the full interview, including a quick-fire question round, click here.
Are you looking forward to seeing Meet the Fanatics? Which House do you think Tom should have been Sorted into?