- Tom Felton is well known for his role in the “Harry Potter” films, but even die-hard fans may not have heard all of these fun facts.
- He started acting long before starring as Draco Malfoy, and his first film credit was in “The Borrowers” (1997).
- Even though he played a Slytherin for years, Felton himself is a Gryffindor.
- This year, he inspired a viral hashtag on TikTok and has interacted with a lot of fans through the app.
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Best known for playing Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films, British actor Tom Felton has been acting since he was 10 years old.
Even fans who watched the actor grow up on screen probably don’t know everything about his life behind the scenes.
Here are 15 interesting fun facts about Tom Felton:
He was 10 years old when he appeared in his first film role.
Over a decade before Jim Broadbent joined the “Harry Potter” cast as Horace Slughorn, he played Felton’s on-screen father, Pod Clock, in the movie.
He’s the youngest of four.
Felton has three older brothers, and during a FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention panel in 2019, he joked that as the baby of the family, he would “channel [his] frustration through Draco.”
The actor, like the rest of us, was intimidated by Alan Rickman.
As a child on the “Harry Potter” sets, Felton didn’t always know who some of the big-deal veteran actors were.
“It took me quite a lot of courage just to say anything more than ‘good morning Alan’ to him because he’s pretty terrifying,” he said.
Felton auditioned to play Harry and Ron before landing the role of Draco.
“I’m very grateful I am in the film at all, but even more grateful that I got the character of Draco,” Felton told the publication.
He continued, “I think Rupert [Grint] and Dan [Radcliffe], there’s no question in my mind, there’s no one else in the world that, A) could have played the character better, but B) could have handled the behind-the-scenes pressure those guys have dealt with over the last decade.”
Jack Johnson inspired him to become a musician.
“When I listened to Jack Johnson the first few times, I knew I wanted to play guitar,” he said. “So I pretty much picked it up from there. But singing while playing the guitar seemed so foreign at first. For about a good year, I could not at all sing a note while playing.”
There’s a sweet reason he hasn’t seen the “Harry Potter” films since the premieres.
“I’m saving that for a sacred day,” he said. “I have visions of doing that with my two kids, when I’m a little bit older.”
Felton has a puppy named Willow.
The actor is a dog dad to a black labrador named Willow.
On a 2018 episode of “People Now,” Felton shared that the pup came into his life when a friend of a friend had a change of heart after adopting her.
He inspired a viral hashtag on TikTok.
The actor has even gotten in on the fun by posting videos on his own TikTok channel.
He’s a big fan of the musical “Hamilton.”
Felton’s TikTok is also peppered with clips of him rapping, lip-syncing, and singing songs from the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.”
He has a few mementos from the “Harry Potter” set.
“Anyway, they’re putting those in museums, which is probably a better place than on my bedroom wall,” he told the publication. “I wanted to get a wand – we all wanted our wands – but those are on lock down. I wanted to keep Draco’s suit. I felt very sharp in that suit.”
Across all eight “Harry Potter” films, Draco reportedly only had about 31 minutes of screen time.
The “Harry Potter” film series spans 19 hours and 40 minutes – but Draco Malfoy apparently only appeared on screen for 31 minutes and 30 seconds.
He’s not a true Slytherin, even though he played one.
You don’t get more Slytherin than Draco Malfoy. But when Felton joined Pottermore in 2015 and took the quiz to find out which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into, that’s not where he ended up.
He tweeted, “Today was the day. I finally did it. I joined Pottermore and was sorted into……..Gryffindor. Heart broken x #slytherinforlife”
Felton said his American accent comes out when he orders fast food.
While discussing his American accent on YouTube’s “Origin,” the actor shared that it sometimes slips out when he’s ordering food in the US.
“My friends mock me over here because I order food in American,” he told “ET Live” in 2018. “If you’re doing the drive-thru and you need to order some chicken nuggets and some burgers, you can’t really say it in a British accent because it often gets confused.”
He said a stranger tried to adopt him once.
In one of the more terrifying fan-interaction stories, a Draco Malfoy superfan once tried to become Felton’s real-life father.
“He had changed his name legally to Lucius Malfoy and wanted me to change my name to Draco Malfoy and to legally adopt me,” he told Yahoo in 2018. “I declined!”
Roald Dahl is one of his favourite authors, and Felton has narrated a few of his short stories.
But he ultimately landed on Roald Dahl titles like “The BFG,” “The Twits,” and “The Witches” as his actual top picks.
In 2017, the actor even got to narrate the audiobooks for a few of the iconic author’s short stories.
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