Anything else the cast of the Harry Potter movies end up doing in their lifetime, it seems unlikely that they won’t be forever associated with the Wizarding World franchise. The good news is that most stars seem to be okay with that fact. And others like Tom Felton are still very accepting of the fact that they were part of the franchise and use that to make fans very happy. Felton recently found a huge Harry Potter fan at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood and absolutely made his day.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Tom Felton talks about visiting the California version of the Wizarding World theme park experience on a trip to Southern California. He admits to having “enjoyed” himself, but says he was with friends who had never been there. There, and probably indulging in butterbeer, like Felton said he loves it, he saw a young girl who was clearly having an emotional experience, crying tears of joy at being able to experience the wizarding world this way. Felton then decided to make his stay even more memorable. He says…
Obviously, this is an incredibly kind gesture on Tom Felton’s part. This girl was already having a wonderful day that she would not soon forget. But the actor knew he could make the day even more special for her. And he clearly appreciated what the wizarding world meant to her. The theme park lands at Universal Studios Hollywood, which is even bigger at Universal Orlando Resort where Wizarding World exists at two theme parksfocuses specifically on making the film franchise, not just the books, so Tom Felton is Draco Malfoy there.
It would be perfectly understandable if Tom Felton was tired of being recognized as Draco Malfoy and wanted to leave that part of his life behind. Felton only recently watched one of the Harry Potter movies it was, for the first time in over a decade. But as he says here, he still loves being able to make fans happy like that, and he doesn’t think he’ll ever get tired of it. And to date, he had taken most of the opportunities to embrace the wizarding world. Felton recently hosted the premiere of the new fantastic beasts film on social networks, and it is also promoted the Harry Potter-themed retail store in New York.
That said, one has to assume that getting to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions must be a little weird for Tom Felton. One ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, actually features a young Felton as Draco Malfoy in video footage. It’s one thing to be grateful for what the franchise means to fans in the abstract. It’s probably something a little different seeing yourself younger, which is how so many of those fans will always remember you.