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Tom Felton Talks Malfoy Manor, Draco and his father Lucius Malfoy, and More in New Interview

Felton Interviews
Posted by: sue
November 30, 2008, 09:51 PM let us know about a lengthy new interview they did with Tom Felton, where the actor speaks about scenes in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows and the Harry Potter book series. There are several pieces of note in the interview which you can read via this link. Of particular interest is the following on the development of the character of Draco, his relationship with his father Lucius Malfoy, and Draco's torment during the course of Half-Blood Prince. Quotage:

We also get to see that he’s not doing what he is doing for Voldemort so much as for his family.
Completely, yeah. Sure. But it’s all in the eyes of his father, isn’t it, really? Normally it’s locked away, but now he feels like he’s the man of the house and he needs to sort of represent the Malfoy Manor to the fullest, really, and, yeah, he’s not built from the same stuff as young Harry is. He’s not cut from the same cloth, by any means, and he certainly can’t hold his nerve when he needs to.

Yeah. What sort of relationship do you think he has with his father?
A very interesting one, actually! I mean, mostly he idolizes his father to every last degree, and equally, I’m sure, he’s terrified of his father! He’s absolutely petrified, and I think most things are done maybe 20% fully from the fear that he might get another clock around the ear! I’d be intrigued to hear what Joanne Rowling would have to say about that.

Yeah. Certainly, he’s not the most decent person, but he has a reason, because he’s had a very different sort of upbringing.
Sure. I mean, one thing for sure is he’s not the way he is out of chance. He’s well and truly been brought up that way, if that makes sense. In this film coming up, I think the ultimate goal that David Yates [the director] and I sat down and spoke earlier on is that we want to make him to do some of these horrible things and to instigate some terrible notions but at the same time—for the audience to hate him, as they always have done, naturally, but also to feel terrifically sorry for him and to empathize with the situation that he’s in, because, in modern terms, you’ve been given a gun and told to shoot the Prime Minister or the President. He’s been given a task that, really, he’s not up for.

It’s like, “Do this or we’ll kill your family.” Essentially.
Completely. Completely, and that’s a tough time for anyone to be in, especially a child.

Yeah, absolutely. And with the progression of the films the director’s chair has been passed along to different people, so I’m sure that also affected not only your portrayal but also the understanding of the role.
Sure, completely. I mean, one thing that was quite important for me was to not think of book number seven and not think—he almost goes slightly back in number seven, back into his old sort of gittish ways—

Yeah, I know there’s sort of a lovely sort of odd scene in the Malfoy Manor in which he chooses not to rat them out—I think he chooses not to recognize young Harry, which is quite a big thing!

Nor to recognize Hermione.
Yeah, there’s quite a bit of mystery about his character from this one onward, really! I think that he definitely had a sort of revelation inside where he doesn’t quite know where he is or who he is or what he’s doing. And there’s a great scene in this one where he runs into the bathroom after hearing that he’s hurt someone and he breaks down and he can’t handle it any more, which is, again, a really interesting side to see of someone who’s such a slimy git! [laughs]

Speaking on Deathly Hallows, and the Potter phenom as whole, Tom Felton says:

I think that’s because you won’t ever find another phenomenon that’s fully like the books were.
Yeah. Well, that’s the other side of it, is that you’ll never find another story like it, you know what I mean? Even if you do find another chain of films that goes on for ten years and all the rest of it, you’ll never find—I personally don’t think you’ll find a set of stories that generally get better as they go along. I mean, usually that’s a cliché, and usually they make them worse every year, but going along with the stories, I can only hope that the films are getting better as well. So, yeah, I am pretty intrigued to see what this one will be like, because I haven’t actually watched any of the stuff while we were filming it. I mean, I would see bits of it while we were doing some sound dubbing, but other than that, I’m as much of a virgin to it as you are. So I’m looking forward to that.

Right. You know, also J.K. Rowling has created not only a brilliant set of stories but also this incredible, great, big world into which fans can just go and be fully engaged.
I know! It’s crazy. I think the fan base is one of the most unique things about the books and about the films. The one thing that always, always amazes me is the very range of age. You know, there really isn’t “an age” where Harry Potter is cool—you can be five years old—I’ve seen little kids coming up to the premieres and coming up to the studios, and I’ve seen 78-year-old-men come up to the studios and they’ve been over the moon to meet Daniel [Radcliffe] and so forth. It’s very bizarre, because usually there’s a quite clear divide as to whether it’s sort of a kid’s film or not. We really don’t fall into any category. It’s actually a film for everyone, and it seems to bring out a really fanatical side of moviegoers. I mean, not talking from too much experience, but, of the premieres I’ve been to, the Harry Potter ones have been the craziest without a doubt. [laughs] Especially in America!

Thanks so much Kate!

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I know! DeliaDee. Tom always calls Harry “young Harry”
It’s not because of the difference in age of Draco and Harry… But maybe that Tom himself is well into his twenties. XD Harry in the books is young compared to him, excluding the epilogue. XD

Also it could just be his own manner of speech.

I love how he seemed slightly worried about Drarry and Dramione shipping. I myself don’t mind a bit of Drarry now and again. It’s all healthy exploration/fun times.
He’s right about getting lost within fandom. If it wasn’t for fanfiction, I don’t think I would be so intensely invested within HP… :(

Posted by Slithereena on December 01, 2008, 10:04 AM report to moderator
Confederate Lady

I think you’ve hit it, Slithereena! It is most likely the comparison to the two of them “in the books” Remember, DeliaDee, they are all still “quite young” in the books. At the point of ‘Half Blood Prince’, they are only just 16. All four of them! Also, about the Fandom. It’s a phenom that most actors [or anyone, for that matter] don’t experience….it amazes them. Side note re shipping? I’m not really interested. Tends to make things a bit too “energetic” for me! Kind of silly, really! LOL

Posted by Confederate Lady on December 01, 2008, 10:55 AM report to moderator
Kiwi Mc I

I never really saw Draco crying in the bathroom as him crying because of hurting someone but more because the pressure and impossibility of the task completely overwhelmed him. So that’s interesting. Plus I don’t know why but does it annoy anyone else the way he always refers to Harry as young Harry? I have no idea why that always annoys me so much

Posted by Kiwi Mc I on December 01, 2008, 01:58 PM report to moderator
Confederate Lady

@Kiwi Mc: I really think it’s just Mr Felton’s way of putting the phrase. After all, when reading the books, you still sort of have the feeling of them being young.
As opposed to being the ages of the actors. It may, as Slithereena said, a matter of his speech…In ‘Half Blood Prince’ they are only just 16. Mr Felton and the others are in their 20’s now…I do agree, with you, on the reason for ‘Draco’ in the bathroom, crying. It occurs to me, as well, that he is overwhelmed by the task given him. If it were me, I’d be overwhelmed too. Especially if I had the bravado that ‘Draco’ puts forth…how do you “live up” to that? Great interview, and can’t wait to see the ‘Draco’ we all “know and love” :D

Posted by Confederate Lady on December 01, 2008, 04:45 PM report to moderator

i’m really excited about how well tom gets the character of malfoy. nearly everything he said about malfoy is how i felt when reading the books, especiallly hbp and dh.

Posted by iheartpink on December 01, 2008, 04:46 PM report to moderator
bella vita

Kiwi MC and Confederate Lady, thats exactly the way I always viewed Draco’s crying in the bathroom. I’ve never thought of it as him feeling guilt or remorse for hurting someone. I’ve always thought of it as Draco feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and scared both of whether he would succeed or not succeed at the task he was given. Still I think it was a great interview. I always love to hear the actors’ point of view and insight into their characters, which is why I can’t wait to watch Dan on Inside the Actor’s Studio tonight!

Posted by bella vita on December 01, 2008, 06:19 PM report to moderator
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