August 13, 2008

Tom “Draco” Felton Spills the Beans!

In a previous blog entry, I revealed that I sometimes like to hug a cardboard cut-out of a certain boy wizard. So it should come as no surprise that I almost fell out of my chair when I heard that Scholastic was going to have the opportunity to interview Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies!

I wasn’t going to be doing the interview myself, but I was given the chance to submit some questions — and Tom Felton even said that one of MY questions was something he had never been asked before! When I heard about that, I couldn’t have been more pleased with myself than if I were Percy Weasley!

Here was my question:
How long have you been writing and performing music?

And here’s what Tom said:
I won’t lie. This is the first time an interviewer has asked me about that. A friend of mine, a good musical friend of mine, moved away about a year and a half ago, and she was always very keen to hear new music. And we just figured the best way to do that was to put it onto YouTube — under an alias, obviously. But it didn’t stay hidden very long, and now it’s very much sort of in the public domain. So it was never really intended to be an advertising spin by any means, but yeah, they are original songs and obviously not sort of developed by any means but just sort of a little early draft, if you will. Just a bit of fun! But it seems to have a positive response, so I’m enjoying it.

Awesome, right? Well, I thought so, anyway . . .

Now, without further ado . . . here’s Draco!

Scholastic: What’s your opinion of Draco?
Tom: Not a very pleasant one, I assure you. I figure, I think of him as a misled only child who’s been slightly bullied into his state of mind, if you will. But in long short, he is a nasty bit of work. A bit of a slimy, troublesome character who’s not really up for any good and certainly the benefit of anyone else.

Scholastic: Well, my next question was going to be, “Do you think people misunderstand him?” But I guess you already answered that.
Tom: Well, I suppose, “yes” would be the answer. By the same token, he doesn’t do a great job of trying to convince otherwise, does he?

Scholastic: Do your fans ever sort of treat you like Draco? Like a bad boy?
Tom: That’s happened, yes, it has happened. Especially with the younger generation — sort of 6 or 7 down, age-wise. They can get rather off put by seeing my face. They seem to associate me with something rather negative, which I can only take as a compliment ,really, I suppose.

Scholastic: Is there any one story or encounter that you remember that involved a fan approaching you as the bad guy?
Tom: Some people take it very seriously how I was making Harry’s life not pleasant at school, and they would plead with me not to pick on him. But I don’t know if they were taking it to the next level or whether they were actually confused whether it was real life or film — something along those lines. That was a little bit shocking, to be fair. I tried to reassure them that nothing was real, and me and Daniel were quite good friends, but it didn’t seem to sink in with them.

Scholastic: You’re a big fishing fan. This might sound weird, but are there any similarities between acting and fishing?
Tom: You know what, I never thought so until you asked that question. Patience. Patience is required heavily in fishing and much the same with the film set. Obviously, some days it doesn’t go as fast as you would have hoped or you would have expected. But it’s all about keeping the energy and keeping the — not only patience — but just to enjoy every minute of it. Because sometimes it can be quite easy to sort of slump back if you have an hour or two to wait and it’s important to make the most of the time with the cast and crew while you’re still there.

Scholastic: Are there any Draco Malfoy moments from the books that you’re disappointed weren’t included in the movie?
Tom: No, I wouldn’t think so. I mean, I remember reading the book before and thinking, “Oh, lord!  This’ll be fun! I was especially looking forward to the pool in the bathroom and being able to stamp on young Potter’s face on the Hogwarts Express. I was always looking forward to the things of a physical nature.  But they all got included, so no let-downs there.

Scholastic: Do you guys have any on-set rituals or traditions when you’re filming?
Tom: I wouldn’t go as far as any rituals, but I might go as far as to say a cup of tea doesn’t really hurt.  Right before we get the event proceedings, so to speak. Maybe a cup of tea, maybe a biscuit or two to go with it if it’s a Friday. But other than that, no, we certainly don’t get in a circle and chant or anything like that.

Scholastic: That’s why we Americans adore you Brits!
Tom: Why is that? A cup of tea?

Scholastic: It’s so civilized!
Tom:  Oh, very much so. We always sort of talk around in the middle of break — we’re talking about politics and all the rest of it . . . I’m only joking — far from it! We’re quite primitive. We’ve got our polystyrene cups outside, that sort of thing.

Scholastic: What’s the best thing about filming a movie?
Tom: The bond between the cast and crew is always a good one. Each day you’re subconsciously getting closer and closer, but you don’t realize it until it’s time to say goodbye and you think, “Oh, wow. It was only a few weeks ago that I didn’t know this person.”

Scholastic: Do you have an all-time favorite book that you’ve read?
Tom: At the moment I’m reading The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, and for some reason that question sort of blanked my mind on all other types of literature. But as a child I was amazingly
fond of Rudyard Kipling and Roald Dahl . . . Nowadays I wouldn’t dare to single it down to one to be fair. We’ll go with Shakespeare, how’s that?

— Karen, STACKS Staffer

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  1. draco girl

    tom you rock. it’s soooo weird that in the movie harry and draco are enemies, but in real life they are best buds! who knew? :D

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  2. draco girl

    DRACO!!!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEHHH! HE IS SO COOL. I THINK HE ACTS GOOD! I THINK DRACO AND HERMIONE ARE A PERFECT COUPLE. I KNOW RON AND HER ARE SUPPOSED TO LIKE EACH OTHER, BUT RON CHOSE LAVENDER. SO THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT WELL AND NEITHER DID HARRY CAUSE GINNY AND HIM ARE TOGETHER. SO THAT LEAVES DRACO MALFOY/TOM FELTON. AND ALSO I LOOKED UP ONLINEAND SAW A CUTE PIC OF DRACO AND HERMIONE IN A HEART AND IT SAID UNDERNEATH (OPPOSITES ARE PERFECT TOGETHER!) YAY!!!!

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  3. Amanda

    Since the first time i heard him sing, i’ve changed my opinion of him.
    Before, i thought he was nothing special, but now, when i’ve heard him sing, and read about him, i think he’s adoralbe.

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  4. Rosario

    God, I just love him !! I wish he would say something about his relation with Emma ♥ They are the perfect couple, but whatever.. I love both of them, and he’s really funny and sweet ♥

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  5. Beth

    It certaintly was a great interview! i learned a lot and enojyed reading it =]
    i think i have become an even bigger fan of you Tom :)
    i would just like to say that its good to be english and its nice to hear that we have at least One decent guy who is very nice here =] =]
    Beth xx

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  6. Jane

    Hmmm… I think that this was a very good interview, but made Tom Felton seem… arrogant. I felt like he was talking down to the reader the whole time.

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  7. Thomas

    Amazing interview, I still don’t like the Draco character (as portrayed in the books/movies) but still, learned a bit more about an actor. Nice

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  8. Angel

    Oh, just when I think my crush on him can’t get any more pitiful, he goes and brings up Darwin and Shakespeare in one go. Heaven help me, he does a bad job at keeping me rational.
    This was a wonderful interview, Karen. :) I was anticipating it after I saw you mention it on Livejournal, but I didn’t quite expect it to be so insightful. You’re both so eloquent! (haha, civilsed, hmmm? Too adorable.)

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  9. Karen W.

    Hi, Angel! Thanks for the compliment, but I think you have me confused with someone else — I don’t have a Livejournal blog! I guess Ink Splot 26 is kind of “my” blog in a way, but shared with a bunch of my friends at Scholastic. I’m so happy that you and others are enjoying what we’re posting! We’re definitely enjoying writing it!

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  10. Ebba

    Here’s the link to his YouTube profile where you can view the videos; http://www.youtube.com/user/feltbeats . He also has a MySpace and his songs are available on iTunes :)
    It was really a very interesting interview, the questions were so good and I loved the way he answered them. I never realised he was so witty! He appears to be a really nice guy. And he likes Shakespeare. And then add his guitarr-playing and singing… I think I might be in love with him, actually. Just a little. A tiny bit. Yeah.

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  11. Kimi

    The more I read about this guy the more I go dizzy… and I didn’t think any more of this “falling, liking” business was possible! It keeps increasing every time!
    You’re wonderful Tom!
    Oh, and great interview. Do take a few more!

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  12. avidreader

    he’s cute but i’m not crazy about him unlike my friend who obseesses over “Tom Feltie” :P
    she made that nickname up not me :)

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  13. Ryann~

    I have to say that interview was enjoyable :D
    I’ve watched a few of your videos on YouTube before~
    And the scene with Draco stomping on Harry’s face is in the movie? Awesome :D ! That was one of my favorite scenes in the book XD

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  14. Ruchika

    Can ne1 please gv d link 4 d utube vids??N seriously, Tom is super nyc, supr cute n a suprb actor!!wud lv 2 kno more bout him!!n gr8 questions, btw..

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  15. nicole

    its cool to know more about tom! hes a really good actor, i like the way he acts draco. i listened to the songs and hes a good singer too

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  16. Cindy

    Thanks Scholastic for asking about his videos! Very interesting questions & certainly Tom has a sophisticated way of answering them! Forever a Feltbeats fan~

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  17. ANNA!

    I think that was a great interview, i’ve never heard much about him until now. i’ll have to check out his videos now!!! :-)

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  18. Jessica

    So GREAT! I love Draco and Tom! I know Draco’s suppose to be bad and all but I think he just needs the right girl to make him good. lol. I love that we got to learn so much more about Tom. Thanks scholastic!

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  19. Dustifinger

    That was am awesome interview! Tom has always been one of my favourite Harry Potter actors! I already knew most of that though, about the fishing and Youtube videos and stuff. What can I say? I’m a huge fan! =P

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  20. Sphinx

    That is very nice. I’m surprised no one had asked Mr. Felton about his music. I love it though. He has an awesome knack for words. As to fans of Harry Potter, I feel for him. I’d be taken aback at those who begged me to stop antagonizing the great ‘Harry Potter’! XD

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  21. Amanda

    He sounds like a really fun, chill guy. And I’m listening to his singing now and I have to say that he is so much hotter now. =x

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  22. Gail

    I always knew Mr Felton was a wonderful person! What a great guy. Smart. Candid and highly motivated! What an awesome person.

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