On December 5, 2001 it came out Harry Potter at the Philosopher’s Stone in our cinemas. The first of eight films that will allow the protagonists of this now legendary saga to enter the history of modern cinema. This is the case with Tom Felton, who has since played in film roles Origins of the Planet of the Apes, Secretly or the series First murder And Rapid. And if the British actor was so popular for the role of Draco Malfoy, it was simply because he was the perfect candidate.
a legendary saga
Based on the books by JK Rowling, the Harry Potter films allowed fans of the saga to experience the condensed cinematic adventures of Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of the characters. Eight films in total for a cult franchise, the actors have gone down in history. But after a decade together, growing up on film sets, with a life orchestrated around this very special role, returning to traditional life can be tricky. Some change the cinematographic register, others abandon the cinema, career choices that alternate from one actor to another.
And in the case of Tom Felton, the interpreter of the character of Draco Malfoy, the end of Harry Potter allowed him to experiment with other film styles. Between 2001 and 2011, the English actor lends his features to the rival of the heroic Harry Potter. House of Slytherin, white hair, evocative surname, Draco adopts the casual and even contemptuous attitude of his ancestors. Throughout the saga (or almost), he will then concatenate disparaging comments and cutting tips aimed at the main trio. And if Felton was so convincing in this role, it’s simply because he was the perfect actor to play Draco Malfoy on our screens.
a perfect role
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Felton dwelt on his first auditions:
“I was also one of the few who had no idea what Harry Potter was at the time. Anyone could support essays, so there were many passionate young people who deeply loved books. I think I got the part because I was cool and had no idea what people were talking about. Wizards in the closets under the stairs? And with three older siblings, you quickly learn to be confident. I think Chris Columbus, the director, recognized that slight disinterest and arrogance in me, which he thought would work for Malfoy.“.
With his nonchalance, this certain disinterest in frankness and his natural arrogance, Felton had all the elements necessary for a good Malfoy. And throughout the decade required for the 8 films to be released, the British actor continued to prove it. A long period of his life, but also of his career, during which viewers were able to see him grow, mature, while appreciating the changes operating for his heart character. A double life, that of an actor from a famous franchise and a child, then a teenager, who has to juggle rehearsals, scenes and lessons, which is not easy every day:
“My schedules were set up so that I could stay in school with weeks and weeks off“explains Felton.”Rupert [Grint]Emma [Watson] and Daniele [Radcliffe], meanwhile, have been there for 10 years non-stop. I continued as if nothing had happened. I got a joke or comment from my friends from time to time, but honestly, nobody cared. Some people really have a hard time accepting the idea that I wasn’t that special and popular guy, but I was walking around with dyed hair and playing an evil wizard. He wasn’t nice. He did me a disservice to girls. “
Together with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, Tom Felton has become one of the stars of the big screen. A saga that has shaken millions of children around the world, before seeing them grow up over the course of the films. It’s hard not to remember the savory jokes of an insolent and arrogant Draco Malfoy who doesn’t hesitate to present himself as a true rival of Harry Potter.