While it seems all has been quiet on the Tom Felton front lately, my email alerts tell me otherwise. It started last week when an article on character names appeared in the Guardian. I found it funny, you found it funny, and even Tom found it funny enough to tweet about it. After all, tweeting does kill… time. x
I don’t warm to most of the goodies’ sweater-vested names (Ronald, George, Neville), and some of the onomastic determinism meted out to evil-doers is a bit heavy-handed (poor old Draco Malfoy never stood a chance). But I do like the dog Latin spells, and places such as the Room of Requirement.
A week later, the Guardian used the same photo of Tom, and his evil git of a character Draco Malfoy, as a pop culture reference once again, this time in comparison to David Cameron, a Tory leader in UK politics. After calling chief secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, Baldemort, journalist Nicholas Watt couldn’t help but point out Cameron’s similarity to our favorite Slytherin, Draco Malfoy.
But perhaps the greatest threat to Cameron is that he, too, has his own Harry Potter character, according to Labour sources. Step forward Draco Malfoy, the snotty bully who does dirty deeds on behalf of the character whose name must never be mentioned. “Posh and nasty,” went the cry from Labour yesterday.
While the Guardian has taken to using Tom as a reference in their articles, other sources want to know why he’s not mentioned more often. Remember when Ashley Greene talked to MTV about her conversation with Tom concerning the Harry Potter vs. Twilight fandom? It seems ClevverTV did.
In a continuation of this same interview with MTV, Ashley kept the mystery behind the film secret by giving the shortest summary possible. However, MTV Movie Blogs was not satisfied, and turned the short article on Ashley into a conspiracy theory on Tom’s character, and his role in the movie.
What’s interesting to me here is that Greene doesn’t mention Felton. He’s got top billing in the movie, along with Greene and Stan. Could this be yet another sign that Felton is playing the villain? He previously told MTV that this role is “a real step outside what I’m used to.”
He then went on to describe his character. “As far as my character goes, obviously he’s not an evil, jealous wizard. He’s a college student, a very intelligent, confident young man who’s really excited about what he’s getting himself into. At the same time, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into. This character has such a wide range in one movie. He starts off as a real go-getter, and as the story goes on, you really see him turn.”
So Greene and Stan are being haunted by some supernatural force and Felton is a guy who “has no idea what he’s getting himself into” until he starts to “turn.” Does he become possessed? Is he a scientist/aspiring scientist who discovers away to tap into supernatural forces? We’ll have to wait and see. But there are plenty of puzzle pieces to shift around on the board.
What exactly is the story behind Tom’s character in The Apparition? What are your theories? While we all ponder those, let’s watch this short video of Tom from the Remember Me premiere. Team Edward for the win, Tom? You don’t say!