Tom Felton has given Harry Potter fans an exclusive look backstage at the magical wizarding world in his newly released memoir, Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard.
The 35-year-old English actor, who starred as Draco Malfoy, has not held back in his autobiography.
In his new book, Felton goes behind the scenes of the films, sharing set secrets and funny anecdotes about the cast and crew of the beloved movies. He also candidly talks about his mental health and the perils of becoming internationally famous at such a young age. He reveals some facts about the much rumored relationship with co-star Emma Watson, addressed his alcoholism and talks about life after Potter.
So here are some of the biggest secrets actor Tom Felton revealed about his love, life and career in his new book.
8/8 Tom Felton’s Alcohol Issues In Los Angeles
Tom Felton writes candidly about moving to Los Angeles and getting overwhelmed by the lavish, movie-star lifestyle.
Felton writes that in his mid-to-late twenties, he “spent more hours, more nights, than I care to remember” at a Los Angeles dive bar called Barney’s Beanery. He also reveals that he had drinks on set and would show up “unprepared” for work.
“I went from being not particularly interested to regularly having a few pints a day before the sun had even gone down, and a shot of whiskey to go with each of them,” he writes, adding that he was “drinking to escape a situation.”
7/8 Tom Felton Went In And Out Of Rehab
Tom Felton reveals that his managers, agents, then-girlfriend and lawyer staged an intervention for him, demanding he go to a Malibu-based rehab facility, or he would be dropped as a client.
After 24 hours in the facility, he walked off the grounds and back to L.A. He would break up with his girlfriend, Olivia Jade, around this time.
“I didn’t believe that my substance use warranted the intervention, but I’m glad it happened because it briefly took me away from the world that was making me unhappy, and allowed me to get some clarity,” Felton writes. After splitting from Olivia, he checked himself into another California facility, which he described as “a sanctuary for struggling young people.”
Felton admits that he didn’t adhere to the facilities’ strict rules and after being found in a girl’s bedroom, he was removed from the program. He called the three weeks in the program “life-changing,” saying that before the program, “I had been existing in a state of absolute numbness.”
He then says he entered another facility to seek help, calling it “one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make.”
“So when one day, a couple of years later, the numbness returned, without any warning and with no particular trigger, it was a shock.”
6/8 Tom Felton Was Arrested As A Teen
Tom Felton reveals he got into two scrapes with the law during his time filming the Harry Potter movies, but the news never became public.
The first incident was when he was 14 and tried to steal a DVD of an “adult nature” from his local HMV store. He was caught, and his photo was put up in the store, he thinks it could still be there warning staff about his nature.
He writes about another time where he “was going through a typical adolescent phase” and got caught for marijuana possession. He was arrested at the time, but says that the studios never found out about it.
5/8 Emma Watson Encouraged Tom Felton To Share Secrets
In a recent interview with The Independent, Felton revealed that it was his co-star Emma Watson, who “encouraged” him to talk about his rehab stints and mental health struggles in the book.
“I was encouraged by a few people, Emma Watson specifically, to tell the whole story and not just sort of cherry-pick the fluffy bits,” he told the British paper. “Not just because it was cathartic for me. But also in the hope that sharing those parts of my story will help others that are maybe not going through the best time.”
4/8 Did Emma Watson And Tom Felton Ever Date?
The natural chemistry between Emma Watson and Tom Felton frequently set tongues waggling. Felton finally addressed it in his new memoir.
Tom does open up about his relationship with Emma in his book. While they never had a romance, he admits he has a « soft spot for her. »
In an excerpt from Felton’s book, the actor says, « I’ve always had a secret love for Emma, though not perhaps in the way that people might want to hear… That isn’t to say that there’s never been a spark between us. There most definitely has, only at different times. »
He has also spoken about his regret at mocking a 9-year-old Emma for dancing for the cast. “We sniggered our way down to Emma’s show, and the sniggers grew louder as she danced,” Felton explained. “We were just being s***ty boys, largely out of awkwardness and because we thought taking the piss was cool, but Emma was visibly upset by our thoughtless reaction. I did feel like a bit of a d***, and rightly so.”
“The answer, I think, is that I’ve grown to understand with the passing of the years that of all of us, Emma had the most to deal with, the most difficult situation to negotiate, and from the earliest age, » he adds.
3/8 The Harry Potter Child Actors Were Fined On Set By Chris Columbus
Tom Felton revealed the unique way director Chris Columbus kept the young cast members under control on set. Felton recalls filming with Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) and “a rather ill-mannered baboon”.
“Any time one of us disturbed a take, we were given a red card, » he explains “A red card meant you had to put £10 into a bag and, at the end of the shoot, all the money was donated to charity. It was a good plan to keep us on the straight and narrow, but it didn’t always work.”
Felton revealed that Rupert Grint was the worst offender for ruining takes; “I believe he put in over £2,500 during the first two films alone, such was his inability to control himself when the giggles hit.”
2/8 Who Tom Felton Hung Out With The Most On Harry Potter Set
While Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) often socialize together, Tom Felton notes that he spent more time with his Slytherin cronies, Josh Herdman (Goyle) and Jamie Waylett (Crabbe).
The trio got into lots of naughty shenanigans while filming the movie, including recording a number of “hardcore gangster rap” songs that Felton says still exist.
1/8 How Tom Felton Really Felt About The Late Alan Rickman
Tom Felton shares that Alan Rickman (who played Professor Snape) always spoke to child visitors in full character, much to their delight.
While Tom had a great admiration for Rickman, he also shares an anecdote about the late actor’s temperamental side while filming Half-Blood Prince. Rickman had a long cape that billowed behind him as a group of Death Eaters were supposed to be following him in the scene. Before the take, he turned to the other actors in the scene and menacingly threatened, “Don’t step on my f**king cloak.”
When Felton accidentally stepped on the cloak, he declared “I’m not f**king doing this again!” At the time he thought he was serious, but later realized it was the late actor’s « brilliantly dry sense of humor” and was embracing his role.
Felton often talks about Rickman’s kindness. For example, he insisted Felton get the same kind of director’s chair that the adult actors on the set had.
“It was a small thing,” Felton writes. “But I’ll never forget that moment of kindness. Alan wanted a younger cast member to be treated like an equal to these leading lights. He didn’t have to do it, but the fact that he did spoke volumes about the man he was.”