Tom Felton’s Super Fan Documentary to have interviews with Dan, Rupert, and J.K. Rowling

imgres

Feb 18, 2015

Posted by: Catherine | Comments

Felton Interviews

Tom Felton has revealed more about his documentary project on Harry Potter super fans. In an interview with Just Jared, Tom Felton revealed that his documentary, which will hopefully air on BBC 3 “sometime in April,” will contain new interviews from his Harry Potter co-stars, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, as well as J.K. Rowling. The documentary is about the passion of the Harry Potter fandom that emerged as no other fandom has done in the past. The extensive interview with Just Jared continues with questions of Tom’s new movie, Against the Sun, his sortment into the House of Gryffindor on Pottermore, and trying to become an extra in the Fantastic Beast films. Just Jared reports:

 

Just Jared: Could you tell us a about the super fan documentary you’re working on?

Tom Felton: It’s an hour-long one-off that we’re doing with BBC and KR Films. 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 that 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.

JJ: What was your most memorable interview that you conducted?

TF: We’re still editing, but there’s a costume element. This idea that getting into costume (Terminator, comic book characters) and thousands of people that come into convention centers are freed. So I had my little experience with that, which was a bit awkward but fun. 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.

JJ: Did any of your Harry Potter co-stars take part in your special?

TF: 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, 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.

JJ: Do you know when and where fans will be able to watch it?

TF: It will be on BBC 3, 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.

JJ: In Pottermore, you were sorted to Gryffindor. Could you tell us how you feel about that?

TF: 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 and answer the questions to try and 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 there must be a glitch in the system. She guarantees me the Sorting Hat is never wrong.

JJ: If Draco wasn’t a wizard, what would he be doing in the real world as his job?

TF: 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.

JJ: What are your thoughts on the new Harry Potter [movies] and have you heard anything?

TF: I haven’t! I know they’re in production. I know [director] David Yates and [producer] David Heyman, and Jo (J.K. 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!

The rest of the interview can be read here.





The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.