‘Harry Potter’ Tom Felton ‘shy’ of laughing at Emma Watson on set

  • Tom Felton remembers being insensitive to “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson early in the franchise.
  • “There was a clear Gryffindor/Slytherin split in the early days,” Felton wrote in his diary.
  • He noted that Watson was “visibly annoyed” by Felton and chuckles as she danced on set.

Harry Potter star Tom Felton He said he was still aghast at the memory of him making fun of him Emma Watson Dance on the set early in the franchise.

Felton detailed the development of his relationship with Watson, who is now one of his closest friends, In his new memoirs released on Tuesday,Beyond the Wand: Magic and Chaos in the Genesis of a Wizard. “

Felton and Watson are best known for their roles as Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger, respectively, in the “Harry Potter” films, based on the fantasy book series penned by J.K. Rowling. Felton first met Watson at auditions, when he was 12 and she was 9.

Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in

Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

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“There was a clear Gryffindor/Slytherin split in the early days,” Felton wrote. “Two groups kept their distance from each other, largely because we didn’t spend a lot of time working together.”

One group was the main HP trio of Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and Watson. The other group consisted of Felton and his close on-screen friends and fellow Slytherinists Jimmy Waylett (Vincent Crabbe) and Josh Herdman (Gregory Joel).

Felton said the two clans “were not in any way unfriendly to each other,” but that there were differences in their upbringing and tastes.

“I suppose we thought we were a little cooler,” Felton wrote. “We used to spend our free time together listening to rap music – Wu-Tang, Biggie, 2Pac – so when the news came to Josh and I that 9-year-old Emma had put on a little dance show in her dressing room that she wanted to introduce us to at lunchtime, We were dismissive as expected.”

Jimmy Waylett, Tom Felton, and Josh Herdman in

Jimmy Waylett, Tom Felton and Josh Herdman in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

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“We laughed on our way to Emma’s show, and the giggles got louder and louder as she danced,” Felton recalls. “We were just filthy boys, largely out of embarrassment and because we thought taking pee was cool, but Emma was visibly upset by our mindless reaction. I felt like a little dick, and rightly so.”

After a conversation with one of the women from the hair and makeup department, the actor said he apologized to Watson.

“I she did He apologized and Emma accepted my apology, “Recalls Felton. Everyone kept going. It was just a stupid teenage act of not thinking, the kind of thing that happens every day. So why does that moment stay in my memory? Why is it so painful for me to mention?”

“The answer, I think, is that I’ve come to understand over the years that Emma has had the most to handle, the most difficult position to negotiate, and from a very young age,” he said.

Emma Watson and Tom Felton in

Emma Watson and Tom Felton in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

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Released in 2001, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Felton said, marked Watson’s first time on a movie set, and she was the only heroine with a “sense of humor.” When the franchise’s popularity exploded, she suddenly became the center of attention and came under a different kind of scrutiny than her male co-stars.

“The stress she’s been through has gone beyond just dealing with stupid boys,” he said. “Emma didn’t have a normal childhood. I’ve been treated in many ways as an adult since the day I was dumped. It’s a phenomenon that can, I think, be more difficult for girls than boys. They have unfair sex in the media and beyond” .

Felton went on to say that “the last thing she needed, in an environment that should have been – and usually was – safe, friendly and family-oriented, was Josh and I laughing at her dancing.”

“That’s why I’m ashamed of the memory of our behavior,” he said. “And that’s why I’m glad our friendship didn’t stumble on the rocks of my insensitivity, but became something deeper. It touches both our lives.”

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