Plenty More Malfoy: Moviefone interviews Tom Felton

Plenty More Malfoy: Moviefone interviews Tom Felton

In an article titled 15 Things to Know About ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ conducted by Moviefone, number three was dedicated to the character of Draco Malfoy.

Tom Felton and Moviefone had this to say about HBP having “Plenty More Malfoy”:

3. Plenty More Malfoy
One character who gets a much more developed role in ‘Half-Blood Prince’ is Harry’s Hogwarts rival, Draco Malfoy, who in this film receives direct orders from Lord Voldemort. Bad for Harry, good for Tom Felton, the actor behind Malfoy. “It’s really nice to take him to a higher level, rather than just being an annoying git at the back of the classroom,” Felton says. “It’s really nice that he’s grown, he was quite a two-dimensional character in the previous films.” He’s also got a girlfriend in this installment, Pansy Parkinson (Scarlett Byrne). Felton’s favorite scene this go-around? “To be able to stand on [Harry's] nose has been a lifelong dream.”

The interview also included a fun fact about actor Jim Broadbent, who plays the new Potions master Horace Slughorn.

Fun fact: Broadbent played Tom Felton’s father in the young actor’s first film, ‘The Borrowers.’

Source: Moviefone

Don’t Miss GMTV On Monday, Folks!

Don't Miss GMTV On Monday, Folks!

Tom Felton is to appear on GMTV Monday, the sixth of July, to talk about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The program, broken up into three different shows, airs from 6AM-9:25AM [from 6-7, from 7-8:30, and from 8:35-9:25].

Tom Felton Tweeted about this:

Also I’ll be on GMTV bright and early Monday morning!!! Can’t wait for that!xxx

Feltbeats.com will let you know exactly what time period he will be on, so please keep checking for updates.

Anyone able to record the show, please email us here at Feltbeats [at either Feltbeats@Feltbeats.com, or the site's main administrator Misha@Feltbeats.com]. Thank you.

EXTRA EXTRA Read All About It! “Much On Demand” Contest for HBP

Tom Felton Wants YOU to win!

Tom Felton Wants YOU to win!


Almost a week ago we reported that Tom Felton was to appear on the Canadian entertainment show “Much On Demand” before he heads off to the New York Premire of “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.” Now, Feltbeats is exited to announce a contest that Much Music [The Canadian Channel that "Much On Demand" is affiliated with] and Warner Brothers have brewed up for Harry Potter fans.

MuchMusic announced the following [Including the contest question]:

You have from now until Wednesday, July 8 to enter to win an exclusive advance screening of Harry Potter and the Half Blood prince for you and 100 of your friends in your town – YOU GET TO SEE IT BEFORE IT HITS THEATRES!!!

We’re gonna give it away on Wed. July 8th – when Draco Malfoy himself (Tom Felton) stops by.

Just tell us what is the name of the character often referred to as, “He Who Must Not Be Named”?

To Enter the contest, Click Here.

You only have a week to apply, so don’t wait!

From all of us at Feltbeats, GOOD LUCK!
[Please don't be daunted by the Arithmetic question].

Tom Felton Talks, Tweets and Teasers from around the Web

It’s time to play catch-up, and this post has it all! Updates to Tom’s Twitter account, new interviews concerning the end of an era, and even a new image from Tom’s latest film, The Disappeared.

As promotions kick into high gear for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, we’re being treated to random interview tidbits from a variety of sources. At last week’s Harry Potter magical tour event in Leicester Square, Tom had the opportunity to talk with CBBC Newsround.

Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton said the new film is definitely much funnier.
“There’s lots to look forward to,” he said. “I was laughing through the whole two hours.”

It sounds like the new film is just a bundle of laughs, or was Tom only reminiscing on what took place off camera during each scene, remembering fond times? In an interview given last year (but released last week) to Amy Raphael of the UK’s The Guardian, Tom expressed his wish to not take the remaining films for granted.

Although I only manage to shake Emma Watson’s hand as she swishes off to have her hair cut (she is the only key actor who doesn’t have time to talk, either because she’s busy getting three As at A-level or because she’s immersed in filming), her co-stars do indeed seem, if not fabulous, then at least grounded. Rupert Grint, whose Potter audition tape showed him rapping, is friendly and laid-back, while Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) is unengaged but supremely professional. She says the kiss she has with Harry in The Half-Blood Prince was awkward but she “just got on with it”. Tom Felton, who plays the dastardly Draco Malfoy, says that after years of taking his job for granted, he’s taken a vow to enjoy the remaining films. “I’m going to take loads of photos and make sure I stay in touch with everyone …”

We hope Tom is able to stay in touch with everyone, too, but we have to ask about these photos he’s been taking. Will they include pictures of Tom with his hair wrapped in silver foil? Just today Tom tweeted about his first official day on set for filming of the last remaining Harry Potter films, Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2.

Getting my hair dyed! 1st official day back! The pain of bleaching is about to start….ahhhhh

In comes the silver foil wrapped around my hairs that are about to get killed by the bleach!

Ouch! Sounds like those chemicals used to transform Tom into Draco aren’t pretty. Speaking as a former bottle blonde, I empathize.

Speaking of hair, Feltbeats.com Super Admin Misha was given the opportunity to write a fan review of Tom’s latest independent film The Disappeared, by new director Johnny Kevorkian. In a tantalizing teaser tweet of her own, she decided to share with us a screencap she was able to take from the film, reminding us that Tom didn’t always have the long hair he’s sporting now.

feltbeats: Made screen caps of @tomfelton in The Disappeared! Will release them with the Feltbeats.com Fan Review in July. Preview:

For those of you that remember, Feltbeats.com was able to give away free tickets to two screenings of the film in London recently. One of those screenings will occur tonight, and will be followed by a Question and Answer session that will include Tom and various other members of the cast and crew. Click on back to Feltbeats.com for the latest on this event as we hope to bring you new photos and interviews from our own Tom Felton.

Tom Felton interviewed by Warner Brothers for “Half-Blood Prince” Article

As part of promotions for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Warner Brothers has issued a series of articles online with interviews from various cast and crew. One such article is in relation to Draco Malfoy, the character Tom is mostly associated with, and features interviews with Tom, Helen McCrory (Narcissa), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Director David Yates, Producer David Heyman, and Production Designer Stuart Craig. They discuss Draco’s motivations both internal and external, his family, loyalty, and his relationship with none other than Harry Potter himself.

For the rest of the articles in this promotional series, please check out Snitchseeker.com. There you will find articles concerning new Hogwart’s Professor Horace Slughorn, Harry’s Horcux mission, Quidditch, and that ever so important topic, love.

One student, however, has no time for fun and games. Draco Malfoy has been called upon by Lord Voldemort himself to carry out a mission of great importance and greater consequence. It is a task beyond his years, but Draco accepts it willingly because it will bring him the recognition he craves…and, in his eyes, will at last give him a status to match that of his arch-rival: Harry Potter.

Returning to the role of Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton allows, “He has always been envious of Harry’s limelight and his standing in the wizarding world as the ‘Chosen One.’ Now Draco has been given the opportunity to be the ‘Chosen One,’ and he revels in it at first. I think this is his coming of age, since his father has been put in Azkaban and he is left to redeem the family name. He wants to prove to Voldemort that he is the right man for the job but–more importantly–to make his father proud.”

Draco’s maturation is also evident in his manner of dress. He has discarded his school uniform in favor of a black suit and even has his father’s walking stick. “He is his father’s son and dresses accordingly,” Temime comments. “We really wanted to show that he considers himself on his way out of Hogwarts.”

Nevertheless, the task Draco has been charged with is so terrible and so risky that his mother, Narcissa Malfoy, risks the wrath of the Dark Lord by going to the home of Severus Snape to ask him to help her son complete it. Helen McCrory, who plays the part of the aristocratic Malfoy matriarch, relates, “Draco has been asked to fulfill an incredibly dangerous task, and she does not think he is capable of doing it. Therefore, she betrays what she believes is a true cause in order to secure her son’s safety. She’s desperate. In that moment, I think she must be secretly furious with Voldemort–it’s one thing to ask for your loyalty, but it’s another thing to ask for your child’s life. Narcissa may be a baddie, but she is a good mother.”

Narcissa is accompanied by her sister, the malevolent Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange. Bellatrix insists to her sister that it is an honor that Draco was personally chosen by the Dark Lord to execute his plans, while hissing her distrust of Snape. When he tells Narcissa he will help her son, Bellatrix tests his resolve by forcing him to make the Unbreakable Vow.

Helena Bonham Carter, who reprises the role of Bellatrix Lestrange, observes, “I think Bellatrix has contempt for Snape and others because she has been the most faithful to the Dark Lord. She believes she is Voldemort’s favorite because she went to Azkaban and stood by him when he vanished, whereas she thinks Snape is a coward who just keeps both sides happy.”

Relishing her freedom and emboldened by Voldemort’s return, Bellatrix has been rampaging through the wizarding and Muggle worlds, causing death and destruction. Terrorizing the country with the notoriously savage werewolf Fenrir Greyback (Dave Legeno) and other Death Eaters, she has even left the wizards’ beloved Diagon Alley in ruins. But she takes particular delight in targeting Harry Potter–taunting him about her murder of his godfather, Sirius Black–and his closest friends, especially the Weasley family.

“She’s a bit of a pyromaniac,” Bonham Carter declares, alluding to the fate of the Weasley home when she and Greyback drop in uninvited at holiday time, with calamitous results. “And now that the war has really begun,” she continues, “she can be as anarchic and naughty as she wants. She truly is barking mad; there’s no halfway with Bellatrix and that’s what makes her so much fun to play.”

While Bellatrix and her cohorts are causing mayhem, Draco is sneaking around the castle and experimenting with a mysterious Vanishing Cabinet inside the Room of Requirement, which looks quite different from the room as seen in the last film. “The nature of the Room of Requirement is that in meeting your requirement, it is inevitably going to have a distinct appearance every time,” notes Craig. “The architecture is the same, with that huge vaulted ceiling, but our theme this time was to make it more of a huge storeroom.” The floor-to-ceiling clutter of furniture and other random items makes it a perfect place to camouflage or hide away certain items…as required.

Just as Draco’s mother feared, the gravity of his mission begins to take its toll on the young wizard. “He is not quite the man he thinks he is,” Felton attests. “In previous years, he’s come off as confident and cocky, but now we see that he’s much weaker than he ever let on. I loved showing a more vulnerable side to him.”

“Draco has always wanted to be center stage,” Yates says. “He wants to be the ‘Chosen One,’ the one everyone talks about, and thinks that in fulfilling the terrible mission that Voldemort has set for him, he will achieve glory. But the pressure gets to him, and we see him begin to fragment…which was fun for Tom to play and me to direct.”

“As the story progresses, we see him start to unravel,” Heyman affirms. “He is only 16 or 17 years old and he is faced with the burden of doing things that he knows are very dark. Are they true to his nature? We may have been led to believe so. Is that the ultimate truth? I am not so sure. Draco Malfoy has always been the evil foil…a bit of a fool really. But we begin to see that beneath that smug, arrogant veneer lies a fragile, vulnerable person, which I think is so often true of bullies. It was really important to David Yates to explore the complexity of every character, whether bad or good, and he and Tom did a brilliant job bringing depth and humanity to Malfoy and his journey.”

“I love working with Tom,” Yates remarks. “He’s passionate about the work, and I think he did some really special stuff for us on this film.”

Malfoy’s behavior has raised the suspicions of Harry Potter, who is becoming more and more convinced that his longtime nemesis is now a full-fledged Death Eater, despite doubts expressed by Ron and Hermione. There is certainly no love lost between them and Draco Malfoy, but they can’t believe he’s gone that far. Radcliffe asserts, “Harry’s thinking is that Malfoy’s dad was one, so why not him? He starts stalking Malfoy, trying to figure out what he’s up to.”

When Harry corners Malfoy, it leads to their first truly physical fight. Although Harry and Draco had never gotten along, “our relationship was always just a bit of mouthing off; there was never really any violence,” says Felton. “This time, it gets more intense, to say the least.”

Spells are hurled back and forth until Harry delivers a crushing blow with a devastatingly powerful and potentially lethal spell…a spell he learned from the Half-Blood Prince.

Source: Snitchseeker