Past the Wand Excerpt: How Tom Felton & Emma Watson Met

Actor Tom Felton famously starred within the beloved Harry Potter film franchise for over a decade. In his new memoir, “Past the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Rising Up a Wizard,” the actor bares all, lifting the curtain on the thrill and challenges that include making an attempt to guide a traditional muggle life whereas rising up within the highlight taking part in Draco Malfoy, the long-lasting Slytherin wizard followers like to hate. Within the pages of “Past the Wand” ($20), Felton candidly reveals intimate particulars concerning the lifelong friendships he constructed together with his Harry Potter costars — Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and, in fact, Emma Watson — in addition to his Hollywood misadventures making an attempt to make a reputation for himself exterior of Harry Potter, his struggles with alcohol abuse, and his triumphant discovery of what he really needs in life.

Within the beneath excerpt from the chapter “The Potter Auditions or When Draco Met Hermione,” Felton recounts what it was like auditioning for a serious studio manufacturing like Harry Potter after touchdown modest gigs in classics like “The Debtors” and “Anna and the King.” Learn on to learn how the fateful audition brings him head to head with a younger Watson for the primary time and the way their fittingly Malfoy-esque first interplay preceded a particular long-lasting friendship.

It quickly turned clear, nevertheless, from the auditioning course of at the very least, that there have been variations. These have been open auditions. I might been requested by my brokers to go alongside however the overwhelming majority of children had turned up as a result of they beloved the Harry Potter books. I believe I used to be maybe the one child on the complete audition who had no thought what they have been or how a lot they meant to folks. I might actually lengthy forgotten these after-lunch story periods concerning the boy wizard.

The auditioning course of was longer and extra drawn out than something I might skilled earlier than. Positive, there have been no journeys to Hollywood, however the casting was distinctly extra concerned than common. There have been 1000’s of children to audition. It took a very long time to present each their particular person probability of success. It should have been exhausting for the casting crew. I approached it with my common lack of overt enthusiasm. Whereas all the opposite children have been wildly excited concerning the prospect of being in a movie, and clearly knew the e book inside out, I used to be the exact opposite.

They stood thirty of us in a line. One of many adults—I’d later discover out that this was the director, Chris Columbus—went down the road asking every of us which a part of the e book we have been most excited to see on display screen. I keep in mind being under- whelmed by the query. Because the responses got here, clear and sure—Hagrid! Fang! Quidditch!—I keep in mind standing there questioning if I might go house quickly. It was solely when it got here to the flip of the child subsequent to me that I spotted not solely had I given the query zero thought, I had completely no thought what anyone was speaking about. Who was Hagrid? What was a Quidditch? My neighbor introduced that he was most excited to see Gringotts, and I believed to myself, What the hell are they? Some form of flying animal, perhaps?

There was no time to search out out. Chris Columbus turned to me. “What little bit of the e book are you most trying ahead to seeing, Tom?”

I stalled. There was an awkward silence in the audition room. I gave my most successful smile and pointed on the Gringotts man. “Similar as him, mate!” I mentioned. I made somewhat flap- ping movement with my arms. “Cannot wait to see these Gringotts!”

There was a heavy pause.

“You imply you are trying ahead to seeing Gringotts . . . the financial institution?” Columbus mentioned.

“Oh yeah,” I blagged rapidly. “The financial institution! Cannot wait!”

He gave me an extended look. He knew I used to be bullsh*tting. I knew he knew I used to be bullsh*tting. He nodded, then continued down the road to a flurry of enthusiastic and knowledgeable responses.

Ah nicely, I believed. You win some, you lose some.

However the audition wasn’t over. Columbus introduced that we have been going to take a break. “You guys simply hang around right here,” he mentioned. “No one’s going to be filming you. Simply do what you wish to do.” It was, in fact, a little bit of a rip-off. The cameras have been rolling and an enormous fluffy increase mic hung over the room. I might been on units earlier than, I might inform what was happening and I felt fairly cocky about it. I actually did not really feel inclined to fall into their entice.

A younger, curious lady approached me. She had brown frizzy hair and could not have been greater than 9 years outdated. She pointed on the increase mic. “What’s that?” she requested.

I glanced up at it, world-weary and barely filled with myself. I’d even have sneered somewhat. “What’s what?”


“It means they’re recording us. Clearly.” I turned my again on her and wandered off, leaving the little lady to gaze wide-eyed across the room. I later came upon that her title was Emma Watson. It was her first time in a movie surroundings. I do not know whether or not anyone overheard our little alternate, but when they did, they’d positively have seen somewhat Slytherin in me.

Excerpted from the e book “Past the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Rising Up a Wizard” by Tom Felton. Copyright © 2022 by Tom Felton. Reprinted with permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.

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