My Grandfather Will Hear About This: Tom Felton Watches “Sorcerer’s Stone” on Instagram Live

Tom Felton has been reminiscing with fans by watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in separate, small segments on Instagram Live since December. And we are loving it. It is a wonderful trip down memory lane as Felton stares at the screen with extreme fondness, much like the look an owner has for a brand-new puppy. Felton can be seen becoming emotional in many parts, explaining his first-hand experience on set. In one livestream, Felton explained that he hadn’t seen the film since the premiere.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen this — I’ve never seen this footage, since the premiere. I have no idea what’s going on; it’s fantastic. I’m watching it for the first time, really.

Felton got excited to see his young costars on-screen, and when the students meet Hagrid just getting off the Hogwarts Express, he said that this was his first time meeting a lot of the cast members. He even had some cheeky choice words for his character, Draco Malfoy.

There I am in the background, the little cocky s***.

He apologized for “ruining the magic” by pointing out during the reveal of Hogwarts that the castle was in Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, or that the candles in the Great Hall were hung by fishing wire.

Felton emotionally remarked that the entrance into the Great Hall was genuine reactions from the cast since it was the first time many had seen the set. And he was excited to see his grandfather’s first appearance in the film, where he can be seen sitting at the staff table.



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Felton’s grandfather can also be seen again in the Great Hall during Halloween and sitting next to Lee Jordan at the Quidditch game. Felton loved the side-by-side shots of both of them.

That’s my gramps! Oh my days. It actually goes my gramps, then me.

Side note: Felton’s grandfather, Nigel Anstey, is actually a well-known geophysicist who has received honors for his work!

Felton got emotional again seeing Alan Rickman perform his iconic role as Severus Snape on-screen during the students’ first Potions class.

God, he’s good.

As an animal lover himself, Felton used this as an opportunity to fundraise for Best Friends Animal Society, raising over $3,000 in just one viewing.

In 2018, Felton had originally told People that he had no plan to rewatch the films until a “sacred day” with his children. We’re sure glad he’s sharing this experience with fans. Will he watch all eight movies with us? It’s too soon to tell.


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Jillian Loveday

I grew alongside Harry since I was 12 years old. It is such a treat to be a part of the best book club any Harry Potter fan could ask for. I graduated in 2016 with a Creative Writing degree and since then I have been doing freelance writing on the side. Outside of the literary world, I love the outdoors, hiking, and binge-watching Parks and Rec for the billionth time.