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Saturday 21 April 2018

Tom Felton: I miss Harry Potter nemesis Draco Malfoy

Tom Felton played the villainous Draco Malfoy in the movies
Tom Felton played the villainous Draco Malfoy in the movies

Harry Potter villain Tom Felton said he "misses" the character that made him famous as he joined stars from the film at a new theme park inspired by the boy wizard's adventures.

A host of Hollywood A-listers including Steven Spielberg, Billy Bob Thornton and Thandie Newton attended Universal Studios in Los Angeles for the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Felton, who starred as Draco Malfoy in the film series, was joined by Warwick Davis, Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, and the Weasley twins James and Oliver Phelps on the red carpet.

Surrey-born Felton said the "Potter flame is burning brighter than ever" and admitted he will probably always be associated with villainous characters.

He told the Press Association: "It makes people a little bit cautious when they approach me. That works to my favour.

"I miss him (Draco Malfoy) greatly. I certainly enjoy the darker side of characters.

"Equally I just enjoy playing someone who isn't like me."

Davis, who played Professor Flitwick, said the enduring popularity of JK Rowling's books and the films is "the idea that magic exists".

He told the Press Association: "I think JK Rowling created something that resonates with a great deal of people. Millions of fans throughout the world.

"She created characters that we can relate to. She created a world that is beyond our reach as muggles, but we all like to think there's a little bit of magic just beyond our reach."

Harry Potter fans can explore Hogwarts castle at the new attraction and don Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles on the ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

They can also choose their own wands at Ollivanders, get kitted out at Gladrags Wizardwear and drink Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks Tavern.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens to the public on Thursday but online tickets for the opening day have already sold out.

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