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Monday 23 April 2018

Tom: Potter is like acting school

Tom Felton says feel honoured to have worked alongside the likes of Maggie Smith
Tom Felton says feel honoured to have worked alongside the likes of Maggie Smith

Tom Felton has said he learnt from his elders during the filming of Harry Potter as much as the characters have discovered about wizardry.

Tom, who has played Draco Malfoy for the past 10 years, said he sometimes felt overwhelmed by working with the likes of Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon.

"I've always said it's ironic because we're there as wizarding students when really we're there as acting students learning from these greats," he said. "There are some scenes when literally three of the four people there have been knighted. It's a huge honour."

Draco has become something of a cult figure for many Harry Potter fans - and Tom revealed he gets no end of unusual fan mail from around the world.

"You name it, they've sent it," he laughed. "I'm not knocking it, I'm always very appreciative, but there's been local cuisine from around the world as well as hundreds of notes describing their frustration with my attitudes towards Harry and how I should leave him alone.

"I have about 15 silver spoons from Japan, apparently it's a good luck symbol, so I'm very lucky to have a fairly healthy silver spoon collection...

"But the strangest thing was a 45-year-old American gentleman who had legally changed his name to Lucius Malfoy and sent the papers for me to divorce my parents, change my name to Draco Malfoy and go and live in his house. He went to great lengths to show he was being completely serious. My mother kindly denied his request and we never heard from him again, but I hope he's all right..."

:: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is released on Friday, November 19.

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