Tom Felton Announces Memoir, “Beyond the Wand”
In an exciting announcement, Tom Felton revealed today that he has a memoir coming out this fall. The book is titled Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard.
The memoir will cover his experiences playing the role of Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter, including dealing with being thrust into the spotlight at a young age and creating lasting relationships with fellow cast members. The synopsis says, “Speaking with great candor and his signature humor, Tom shares his experience growing up as part of the wizarding world while also trying to navigate the [M]uggle world. He tells stories from his early days in the business like his first acting gig where he was mistaken for fellow blonde child actor Macaulay Culkin and his Harry Potter audition where, in a very Draco-like move, he fudged how well he knew the books the series was based on (not at all).”
— Tom Felton (@TomFelton) May 26, 2022
A couple of brief excerpts also give us a sneak peek at what we can expect:
At lunchtime, we would congregate in the canteen, which was always a fun moment. There was no separation of roles. An electrician would be queuing for his lunch next to a witch and a goblin, then a cameraman, a carpenter and Hagrid.
They called for a break, and Gambon magicked up a cigarette from out of his beard. He and I were often to be found outside the stage door, having ‘a breath of fresh air’, as we referred to it. There would be painters and plasterers and chippies and sparks, and among them all would be me and Dumbledore having a crafty cigarette.
Tom teased the announcement on social media yesterday with a carefully worded post. It didn’t take long for fans to figure out that the capitalized letters formed an anagram of the book’s title.
special announcement tomorrow! hoNestlY, i’ve Been holDing onto this One for a while but i’m Excited to finally share it!
The last few months Have been like no othEr.
And i want to thank you for your never-enDing support. i wouldN’t be able to do What i love without you. pic.twitter.com/kXUYPfiiVk
— Tom Felton (@TomFelton) May 25, 2022
He joins the growing list of Harry Potter cast members who have become published authors. Bonnie Wright’s guide to sustainable living, Go Gently, was released last month. Evanna Lynch’s eating-disorder memoir, The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting, was published last fall. And Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) has been busy in the publishing world, with a novel (Sunset), a play (Sunrise), and a book of illustrations (Love Sick).
Beyond the Wand is set to be published in hardcover and digitally on October 13 in the United Kingdom and October 18 in the United States. Ebury Spotlight is publishing it in the UK, with an anticipated page count of 308, while Grand Central Publishing will be the US publisher, with a planned page count of 272.
There will also be a simultaneously published audiobook version read by Tom, published by Penguin Random House Audio in the UK and Hachette Audio in the US.
Waterstones is also offering a signed edition, which you can preorder here. Or you can preorder your copy from Amazon or Bookshop at the links below.