Watch little Tom Felton’s screen test in a BTS making of “The Borrowers”

Remember when we showed you little Tom Felton’s screen test for The Borrowers? Well, Felton Fan ElijahDavidsMom found the full two part special on the making of the movie the clip was from, including footage we weren’t able to show you before, all in high quality. Listen to cast and crew discuss working on Tom’s first big screen adventure including the director’s opinion of Tom’s first screen test.

The special is narrated in reference to Tom and co-star Flora Newbegin’s experience on the film, from screen tests to production design to special effects to the final product. For those you who haven’t seen The Borrowers yet, beware of Spoilers.

I won’t mention what Tom thinks of the “dog poo.” 😉

Part one:

Part 2:

Herald Sun Interviews the Blond Bombshell of Hogwarts [AKA Tom Felton]

Today the Herald Sun released an interview with Tom Felton [Yes, as a matter of fact, it is spelled with an L], talking about the HBP and his interactions – pranks, Harry Potter on Ice, how Tom Felton is pondering kidnapping, and more – on the Harry Potter set.

Here is the interview, but you can also read it at its source here:

Neala Johnson

July 16, 2009 12:00am

DRACO Malfoy has got his hands full in the latest Harry Potter installment. Tom Fenton talks about his role as the blonde bombshell of Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince marks the sixth time you have played Draco Malfoy. Do you feel you’ve finally got a bit more meat to chew on in this latest instalment?

Very much so. I’ve been sinking my teeth well into the meat, so to speak. I was looking forward to every scene, it’s been good fun getting my hands around a bit more plot. Truth be told, in the previous films it’s not really been that stretching.

What is Draco up to in The Half-Blood Prince?

He’s in a conflicting position with the dark side. This is the comeuppance of previous years. It’s time to decide where his loyalties lie. He’s been asked to fulfil a deed he thinks he’s capable of, and it’s a mass confliction throughout the film whether he can do it or not. He keeps pumping himself up, then losing it again.


Jim Broadbent is a newcomer to the Potter world in this film, but you worked with him when you were eight on The Borrowers, right?

Yes, it’s surreal. It’s 13 years on since we did that, and I would never have guessed in a million years we’d both be here. I was very pleased to see he remembered me and we talked about old times. Jim’s a great character. I was laughing my head off at him on set. I can’t look at him while we shoot ‘cos he pulls all sorts of funny faces.

Are many pranks pulled on the Potter set?

Every year I’ve had this question and I’ve lamely said “nothing” each time. But on this one we had the first incident I’ve seen — someone gaffer-taped my dressing room trailer door closed, so one was not able to get in for a few hours.

Do you know who was responsible?

When I turned around to a flock of giggling co-stars, I quickly found out my Slytherin crew were to blame, and they got many an embarrassing photo of me standing outside. Happy memories.

Are you starting to think about life after Potter?

Very much so. It’s depressing, it’s a terrible thought that this is all going to come to an end one day. However, we must plan for the future somehow. I feel slightly like I’ve taken it for granted over the six or seven years, so I didn’t let it happen on this one — every day I was making the most of it and enjoying it.

You’re still only 21. Will you go to university?

I always said I wanted to go to university, but I wanted to do it out of work, so I could put my full three years in and not be distracted by other commitments. It’s uncertain. I’m still waiting for this to be over before I decide.

You’ve made a thriller called 13Hrs. Do you have your eye on any other acting jobs?

I’m open to suggestions. I’m far from being in the position to start turning away things. Anything that would expand my horizons as an actor, I’d certainly bite the hand off whoever is offering it.

Have you and your castmates grown into different people over six movies?

It doesn’t feel so, because we’ve grown up together and it’s quite hard to notice the difference when you’re around each other so much. But if you refer to previous films and look back at how everyone looked and acted, it’s vastly different to what it is now, and I’d like to think greatly improved on everyone’s behalf. It’s quite strange to look back, especially Dan (Radcliffe), Rupert (Grint) and Emma (Watson) — it’s amazing how much they’ve grown up.

Who are you closest to?

I dare not say! Recently young Daniel and I have been conversing quite a bit about cricket, we’re cricket enthusiasts, so we spend many an hour talking about cricket. But Emma’s a very nice girl and I have a lot of time for her.

Can you escape the Potter hype more easily than the other stars? When you go off set and your hair isn’t so blond, can you blend in?

Well, unfortunately, when they dye your hair they dye your hair for good. There’s no escaping that. Thank god for hats. But I’m very lucky. I’d say I’ve been recognised two or three times in my whole life, so I’m very grateful that I don’t have to carry the burden of fame everywhere I go. Don’t get me wrong, I lap it up on premiere nights and so forth. But generally speaking, on a day-to-day basis, I’m quite happy to be the normal guy.

If you could play any other Potter character, who would it be?

I really wouldn’t want to play any other character. I get great joy out of being a miserable git most of the day. It’d have to be someone bad. I couldn’t be a Gryffindor, I couldn’t stomach the love and the happiness and all the rest of it.

Are you looking forward to what you’ll get to do as Draco in the final two films?

Very much so. I tried to resist reading the final book when it came out, but that lasted about 12 hours. Then I sat down and ploughed through the whole thing in about 24 hours. I regret doing that, but I can’t go back. It’s a great book with a cool finish — the Battle of Hogwarts is a good idea.

If you could take anything from the set after the last film, what would you take?

The people. Is that really cheesy? I shouldn’t have said that, should I? I tell ya, I’m so not looking forward to it ending.

Will you cry?

I did two films previous to the Harry Potter phenomenon and both of those I blubbed my heart out and I’m pretty sure I used some terrible excuse that I tripped and fell or something along those lines. We’ve all been very lucky on this ‘cos you know you’re going to be back and it’s a big reunion and happy days. But after the very last one, I dare not talk about it, it’s quite upsetting.

Surely there’ll be a reunion?

Yes: Harry Potter on Ice.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is now showing.

“I take that as a compliment,” says Tom Felton – More Videos from the HBP Press Junket

Youtube user chasingxxstarlight Has posted four parts from the Harry Potter Press Junket. Tom talks in every part, so be sure to watch them.

Without further ado, here you are:

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Tom Felton is reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart according to Variety

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A slew of articles have come about concerning the upcoming release of Half-Blood Prince, and quite a few are saying some pretty nice things about our Tom. One of the most touching is a short blurb from the AFP, not about the film itself, but about the solidarity between members of the film. In honor of co-star Rob Knox who passed away earlier this year while defending his younger brother, the “cast and crew will wear white ribbons on their wrists at the movie’s world premiere as a mark of respect.” This is to show support not only for the family of their co-star but for all victims of traumatic crimes.

From a review of the film located in Variety, they state about Tom:

The biggest change since “Phoenix” two years ago has been registered by Tom Felton, who plays Malfoy; he’s now a tall stringbean in the Jimmy Stewart mold, with a face that’s come to resemble that of Jonathan Pryce, and he towers over Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry, who looks to be the shortest person in the cast (not true when Imelda Staunton was around).

The Arab Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, and Channel News Asia all share the short interview with Tom we previously reported as being given to the AFP where he discusses his fight scenes with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and his presence in the film franchise. You can read one re-write of that interview below.

“When the series does end, it will be a huge loss to the British film industry, both in terms of box office and jobs. They have employed a lot of people and they will leave a sizeable hole.”

Meanwhile, British actor Tom Felton said he was relishing two violent dust-ups with Harry Potter when he resumes his role as the evil Draco Malfoy in the sixth film of the boy wizard’s adventures.

Audiences will see Felton, so often in the shadow of Daniel Radcliffe as Harry in the previous films, occupy a central role in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”.

Having sparred with each other in the corridors of Hogwarts wizarding school for years, the clashes between Harry and Malfoy in the new film have a harder edge in keeping with the overall theme of impending adulthood.

“We have a few conflicts in the film so it was great fun to finally get physical.

“I break his nose and he rips me open, so it was good to release some of the tension that we’ve been building up over the years,” Felton said in an interview with journalists in Paris ahead of Tuesday’s world premiere in London.

Like Radcliffe and the other young Potter stars, Felton, now 21, has dedicated a substantial chunk of his childhood to the films and done his growing-up on the set.

Though still a pupil of Hogwarts, in the new film Felton’s white-blond character is suited and booted in head-to-toe black while our trio of heroes — Harry, Hermione and Ron — are still wearing the jumpers of teenagers.

Felton, who has grown tall and angular in the eight years since “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” kicked off the film series in 2001, said he originally tried to get the part of Harry himself. “I tried for Harry Potter and Ron, and finally Draco. My hair was dyed brown, ginger and then finally blond.”

He admits though that he quickly settled into the skin of the brooding, threatening Malfoy.

“I take great pleasure in being evil in the film so I’m very grateful for playing Draco.

“A lot of kids that came on to the set were very keen on the idea of meeting Draco, but they were never keen to shake my hand, so I take that as a compliment.”