Draco Malfoy Actor Still Feels Ashamed For Teasing Emma Watson's Dancing on Set

As part of the original cast members since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the cast basically grew up together through seven films. It is also important to note how young the stars were in order to play closely to portraying 12-year-old kids in J.K. Rowling’s book series. Recently, while promoting his memoir, Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) shared how he still feels ashamed for teasing Emma Watson on set.

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Tom Felton and Emma Watson are known for their roles as Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. They first met at the auditions, Felton was 12 and she was 9. “There was a definite Gryffindor/Slytherin divide in the early days,” Felton says on Insider, “Two cliques that kept their distance from each other, largely because we didn’t spend that much time working together.”

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Despite Felton’s statement, he adds that they “weren’t unfriendly to each other by any means” but were aware of the differences between their upbringings and tastes. He admits he and his friends on set were just being ‘shitty boys’ by making fun of Emma for wanting to perform a dance show for the cast during lunchtime. Read Felton’s story below:

“I suppose we thought we were a bit cooler. When word reached Josh and me that 9-year-old Emma had put together a little dance show in her dressing room that she wanted to present to us at lunchtime, we were predictably dismissive. We sniggered our way down to Emma’s show and the sniggers grew louder as she danced. We were just being shitty boys, largely out of awkwardness and because we thought taking the piss was cool, but Emma was visibly upset by our thoughtless reaction. I did feel like a bit of a dick, and rightly so.”

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Felton had been opening up a lot and giving more insightful experiences to fans about Alan Rickman swearing at him, being embarrassed for playing Draco, and how J.K. Rowling hadn’t been that involved in the shooting as much as we thought. Upon the passing of an old friend, Hagrid’s actor Robbie Coltrane, he paid tribute by writing about him. As the years passed, of course, the cast eventually grew fond of each other to move forward from childish incidents such as this.

“I did apologize and Emma accepted my apology. Everybody moved on. It was just a stupid, teenage act of thoughtlessness, the sort of thing that happens everyday. So why does that moment stick in my memory? Why is it painful for me to recall? The answer, I think, is that I’ve grown to understand with the passing of the years that all of us, Emma had the most to deal with, the most difficult situation to negotiate, and from the earliest age.”

Also Read: Harry Potter's Hagrid Robbie Coltrane Dies at 72, Co-stars Pay Tribute To His Passing

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