Tom Felton Talks “The Flash”, Compares DC Fans to “Harry Potter” Fans

We learned in July that Tom Felton will be hitting the small screen in the upcoming third season of The Flash. In an interview with Showbiz Junkies during San Diego Comic-Con, Tom talks about how excited he is for his new role as crime scene investigator Julian Dorn and compares fans of DC Comics to Harry Potter fans.

When asked how he got involved in the show, Tom says he was asked to join the cast just a few weeks before he appeared at San Diego Comic-Con.

I marathoned my way through about 35 episodes, fell in love with the show, just felt like something very different, something very new, something completely that I didn’t expect it to be type of show. It has a wonderful feel-good factor, kind of comfort level. I said a metaphor last night, and it’s a terrible one, so excuse me. ‘It’s like the comfort of watching Friends but with the excitement of watching Spider-Man or Batman.’ It was very surreal.

Tom also revealed that his character, Julian, will get along well with fellow detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) but not so well with Barry Allen (Grant Gustin). Describing the latter relationship, he says,

There seems to be more of an instant clash there. Sort of ruffling each other’s feathers. I think because they do a lot of the same sort of work that one of them is trying to outdo the other one. My character has a slight air of superiority, shall we say.

As it turns out, co-stars Jesse and Grant are both Harry Potter fans. And with Tom’s enthusiasm for The Flash, all three were mutually freaking out a bit when they first met.

They were sort of secretly doing this fanboy moment, I think, while I was neck[-]deep in it myself. It was fun but also surreal. I have to sort of keep [cool]. Like, ‘Oh my god, you’re here! You’re talking to Barry Allen!’

When asked how DC fans compare to Harry Potter fans, Tom says that they’re very alike.

So far, remarkably similar. Passionate, enthusiastic, and endlessly excited. Before I had even stepped on set so many people had messaged me about just being excited to see what’s going to happen with the character and the show. It’s nice to see those two fandoms collide, really. If there is such a thing.

And finally, has Tom gotten a chance to see Cursed Child yet?

No. I’m endlessly excited to do so. I’ve heard from various cast members [who] have gone who raved about it.

Season 3 of The Flash premieres on the CW on October 4, 2016.

Catherine Lai

I have been a fan of Harry since 2000, a fan of MuggleNet since 2005, and a MuggleNet team member since 2013. I believe in the power of stories to bring people together, and nothing does that quite like Harry Potter. I’m an annoyingly proud Canadian and live in Toronto.