Tom Felton Reflects Back on Landing Part as Draco Malfoy for Harry Potter Films


May 29, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Actor Tom Felton has given a new interview to the Press Association where he reflects back on landing the part of Draco Malfoy for the Harry Potter films. He said that he originally wanted to play the part of the boy who lived, but ended up with the part of his nemisis.

“I went for Harry for about five times and then Ron for a couple
more and ended up dying my hair blond for Draco. I had my hair dyed
brown, ginger and then blond and finally they got it right. “I
know Chris Columbus (director) was very keen I think to use me in the
film but didn’t quite know where to place me so to speak, so I am glad
he found a place. I don’t know what he saw in me as an 11-year-old, I
can’t see how I could be evil, but I am very glad he gave me the part
of Draco definitely.”

With Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince due out shortly in theaters July 15, Tom also gave some thoughts on the last movie, as filming for the final installment in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is well underway: “It’s a sad thought and an exciting one at the same time – I think
we’re all a little bit anxious about it being the last one but at the
same time very excited to see what’s going to come for all of us.”

added: “I have endless memories. To pick out one is an endless task,
but collectively the seven years have been a huge, huge experience for
me and a great learning experience and I’ve met some great friends and
it’s been too good to be true.”

67 Responses to Tom Felton Reflects Back on Landing Part as Draco Malfoy for Harry Potter Films

Avatar Imagemoony-heart-tonks says: ohhh.. haha.. tom's cool even if he's not the boy hu lived.. hehe..:D he's perfect as draco anyway.:DAvatar Imageginnyrose says: after reading is twitters i found a new foundness for him Avatar Imagecleber says: talented as he is he sure could have been harry or ron, but it's good he ended up as draco. it's hard to think of anyone else than daniel and rupert as harry and ron Avatar ImageR-for-H says: Tom would have been great at anyone one of them... Yes I go love his tweets too!Avatar Imagebudgie says: I'm glad he has such a positive view, and glad he has a broad range of interests besides acting.Avatar ImageJustSuperMione says: Arrr... Tom REALLY did go for EVERYTHING..! I couldn't imagine him as Ron - that seems WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!! I'm looking forward to see what happens next for all the actors... SqueelAvatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: he is the BEST Draco Malfoy EVER :DAvatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: I have to say he is my favorite Slytherin besides Snape. A really good article. If they do the HBP correctly, he will be able to show more of his "acting chops". He was seen very little in the OOTP.Avatar Imagecryospear says: I think Tom plays an excellent Draco. I don't know if I could picture him as any other character though. :-)Avatar Imageplacebowiz says: cool beansAvatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: They really did end up casting all the children perfectly. Tom is really the perfect person for Draco!!Avatar ImagegaylebathanHP says: aawwee.. thats so sweet :( nice one tom! :D huhuhu... HP is about to come to and end in the movies and books! but not in our hearts! :)) *tears* LOL!Avatar ImageWoodette says: Tom is so perfect as Draco...Chris Columbus got it rightAvatar Imagevicky granger says: He's great as Draco, though. Somehow, I've also developped a fondness for Tom Felton =)Avatar Imagebadger666 says: He's a great Draco. Can't really imagine him as anyone else now.Avatar Imagetreacletartftw says: Tom is amazing as Draco! He makes me love him more and more with each movie. =]Avatar ImageLooie says: Yay for Tom! He is an awesome Draco! :DAvatar ImageHP_Flower says: I couldn't picture him as Harry or Ron.... I'm glad they chose him as Draco.Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: fond for Tom through Draco, really glad he got the Draco part :]Avatar ImageGF_of_Seamus says: he was so cute as little draco and he has just turned into this great actor who is going to have a great career. he was one of the only ones to come into this project with a career and he is sure to have a long one many years down the road.Avatar ImageFresca says: Tom is a smart cookie! He plays Draco the way I expected Draco to be, and adds a lot to the films.Avatar ImageSilvergale says: He's perfect for Draco. It'd be like trying to fit a bear into a pink tutu trying to picture Tom as anyone other than Draco! XDAvatar Imagexxkristeen says: Can't imagine Tom as a Harry. He's an epic Draco. :)Avatar ImageHermioneWwannabe says: Aw I love Tom Felton..such a great person. :) & a perfect Draco through the years too.Avatar Imageavrenim says: one of the things i'm most anxious to see in hbp is seeing draco's conflicts. i couldn't see tom felton as playing any other harry potter character other than draco. i'mn sure he would have played a good ron, not too sure about harry. but chris columbus definitely had it right!Avatar ImageTassana Burrfoot says: Awww...! I think this is one of the sweetest things! I couldn't imagine anyone else playing Draco.Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: Can't say that I could see Tom being Harry but he's terrific at DracoAvatar Imagespicefan1978 says: He's the perfect Draco. I also follow him on Twitter and have become a big fan of his. He's such a great guy!Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: Yeah twitter really made me like him. too He's right for Draco!Avatar Imagedcrazmo says: As much as Columbus is regarded as a pedestrian director, he deserves credit for the remarkable casting choices he made on the first film. It's nice to see him getting his due in that regard. One hopes that at some point WB releases screen tests. It would be fascinating to see the casting process at work.Avatar Imagetwilightstinks2 says: wow he is my fav slytherin hes not really evil right ?Avatar Imagetwilightstinks2 says: wow he is my fav slytherin hes not really evil right ?Avatar Imagebudb says: curiously, my memory of Felton in his earliest roles all have him as naturally blond...shrug One striking characteristic of all the young people involved in the films has been their graciousness toward one another, their professionalism, and their poise....Felton's comments are fine examples of what we have come to expect from the HP cast members. compare that to the so-called 'superstars' who --lacking any talent whatsoever --are always getting into trouble, pop in and out of rehab, and who fill the trash magazines and silly 'celebrity news' programs here in the US. with the exception of Jamie Waylett's recent troubles (which i truly hope he can get through --I don't know what the penalties are in the UK, and hope that he has found superb legal counsel!), the young actors in the HP series have maintained such dignity and displayed such maturity one can only applaud them. I hope that they become role models within the entertainment profession...and have long happy lives. ;-)Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: wow, he must really love HP!! i think its really good that he was a Harry Potter fan and he tried out for all these roles and he didnt give up!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: He must be good, I cannot imagine anyone else in that role!Avatar ImagegaylebathanHP says: lolAvatar Image9and3qtrs says: I think it would have been interesting to see him as either Ron or Harry. Avatar Imagepunkedup88 says: I'm amused that he auditioned for nearly all the parts. Haha,, funny.Avatar Imagepunkedup88 says: I'm amused that he auditioned for nearly all the parts. Haha,, funny.Avatar Imageimaxchen says: I'm trying to imagine him with brown or ginger hair and failing. He's just perfect as blond Draco (though I'm sure that he could have played the other parts equally well, we're just used to him being Harry's antagonistic counterpart).Avatar Imageslytheringoddess says: I always enjoy reading interviews with Tom. He's really cool! =D And he's a perfect Draco at that - wouldn't prefer him to be any other part than Draco in the Harry Potter movies. Yay Tom Felton <3Avatar Imageomgitslouise says: Gah, he's so awesome. :]Avatar Imagemomentofzen says: Man, he just took the role of Draco and ran with it. I think he's fabulous. And I'm so glad that that's the role he ended up with. And as some other people have mentioned, I've also developed quite a fondness for him since following him on Twitter, lol.Avatar ImageDunedainsith says: I love to see things happen to him! He is the guy who you love to hate. Also, is anyone else having problems with the galleries on this site?Avatar ImageGryffindor Cutie says: Wow, Tom actually auditioned for both Harry and Ron. It's funny but he's totally Draco through and through. I could never see him as anyone else but him. I can't believe the filming for Death Hallows is well under way. It's going to be so sad when it's over. I don't even want to think about it.Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: best draco ever!!!!!!Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: He's a great Draco!Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: Aw, he is a good Draco - I'm glad he got the part. And I can't wait for HBP!Avatar Imageblue_dreamer says: Awww starting the reminiscing already..... guess we're going to get a lot more of these....Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Omg, Tom as RON!? Ahhhhh, that's strange! :) I'm glad he's Draco!Avatar ImageMalfoyluva says: OMG I LUV TOM FELTON!!! THIS INTERVIEW IS AMAZIN! I LUV HIM IN THE MOVIES!!! HE'S AMAZIN! IM SO EXCITED HE'S FINALLY GETTIN MORE ATTENTION! GO TOM! <3333333333333Avatar Imageloony_slytherin says: its so weird to imagine him as any other character! Avatar ImageDolemite says: Tom as Ron would just be sillyAvatar Imageele0206 says: Tom is sooo cool. I'd like to see him with ginger hair, I bet he's handsome!Avatar ImageLucilla says: Whoa...imagine if he had gotten the part of Harry and Dan had gotten the part of Draco, wierd!Avatar Imagethe_spectacle says: I'm glad he ended up as Draco. He's perfect in that role. And I can't see anyone else as Ron because Rupert just fits into that role so well. The same goes for Daniel and Emma. Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: there wud b no potter without a malfoy.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: nice little tidbits about Tom! :)Avatar ImageCatherine says: He is such a great Draco--i couldnt imagine anyone else playing his part!Avatar ImageKC Nox says: Tom is a phenomenal Draco! Avatar ImageNeviluna says: Haha. Well he's the PERFECT Draco! I hope that all the HP actors have far-fetched futures ahead of them! ;)Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: I'm sure he could have done the other parts well, but I can't picture him as anyone but Draco! He's amazing for the part! And he definatly will (continue to) have a great career, his acting and music are awesome! Christopher Columbus did do a great job with casting ALL of the characters!Avatar Imageblue_dreamer says: Yeah I couldn't imagine him playing anyone else really, but then we wouldn't be comparing him to Rupert or Dan.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I am glad that he ultimately was chosen to be Draco; he is absolutely perfect for and suits the demands of the role.Avatar ImageSirEdwardsGuardian says: I would love to see him getting many different roles!Avatar Imagekbicprez says: Tom Felton has been great as Draco. His sneer is true Malfoy. Jason Isaacs must have taught him well. lol.Avatar ImageBrosia23 says: I think that Chris Columbus was right to cast him as Draco. I cannot see him as Harry, his face is all wrong for the nice guy. And he seems to pompous to be the humble best friend. He is perfect as the jerk face with the connected father.

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