Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
By Marie Morreale
Tom: I haven't actually seen any finished or final cuts of the film yet, so it's hard to say what my favorite bit was. There was a big ball with lots of fine linens and fancy dancing. That was a new experience, and looking back on it now, I enjoyed it. We got a chance to dance with highly trained, professional, very beautiful dancers, so that was a plus.
Q: Did you have to take a refresher course in ballroom dancing?
Tom: These ladies were very patient and very trained. That helped a load, even though it probably looked like the male was leading. I am sure I knocked my partner down a few times before that, but she was very nice.
Q: Other than Draco Malfoy, do you have a favorite character from the Harry Potter books?
Tom: The dark-side characters are far more appealing to me. I love Lucius Malfoy. He is a great character, especially to play. I am more interested in Voldemort and Snipe and all the rest of them, all the ones with very surly faces. I enjoy those actors.
Q: Do you have to prepare yourself in any special way to play a mean character?
Tom: No, not really. If you feel like laughing, you try to think of things that make you furious, like exams or a funeral or something like that. But as far as actually getting into character, it all comes pretty naturally to me. I have done it for so many years now that is pretty much second nature.
Q: Why do you think Malfoy hates Harry so much?
Tom: It’s a simple dominant-male thing, isn't it? He wants to be the dominant one and Harry keeps stealing all the limelight. He is also bullied by his old man. He needs to release some of his rage somehow.
Q: Do you have a very active imagination? If you do, would you ever like to write a book like J.K. Rowling?
Tom: Actually, I have a very poor imagination. In general, I really can't watch films or read books that have a very illogical plot. Harry Potter is a classic example. I usually can't get my head around all the new boundaries and all the rules of life, so to speak. I love the mystery of stories that have never been told. My mind sometimes starts wandering, and I think about the first person to invent the wheel or the first person to discover how to use fire or something like thatI would have a good story to tell along those lines. You never know how that might go.
Q: What kind of books do you especially like?
Tom: The ones I generally get pulled in by are true stories. Even if they are exaggerated slightly, I just like the sense that it really happened to someone. I read a lot of old books by English hunters who went to South Africa many years ago to work out there. Anything with wildlife really interests me.
Q: Have you ever been to Africa?
Tom: I have not, but for my 18th birthday, my mother is treating me and my brother to a safari. We just want to see some big game animals, some wild game and rare game, whatever they've got. I have never been to Africa, so that is another thing off the old checklist.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have traveled to?
Tom: Dubai is a very interesting place. It was very peculiar. Malaysia is also very interesting. Life there is just unbelievably different from what I am used to, The religions and cultures and what they eat and drink are totally different. It seemed like another world for a week.
Q: If you weren't an actor what would you be?
Tom: A fisherman.
Q: What is your very best fish story?
Tom: The biggest one was in the U.S., up on the St. Lawrence River between the border of New York and Canada. I'm big on catch-and-release.
Q: How big was the fish?
Tom: It weighed 37 pounds and 14 ounces.
Q: I read that you wanted to take a year off from going to college to study fishing management.
Tom: I was going to do that, but the course only appealed to me going as an everyday person. Once word got out, there was quite a lot of hype about me going down there and I didn't want to go as a celebrity or something like that. That would be awful.
Q: Are you still considering it?
Tom: Probably not, but I might do like a skills course somewhere. Something along the lines of chainsaw work or welding, some random useful skill like that. I still haven't picked a career, that's for sure.
Q: Would you like to stay in acting?
Tom: If the right parts come up. If it's not too big-headed to say that. Obviously the entertainment industry is very enjoyable and very variable and all the rest of it. I thoroughly enjoy doing certain parts over other ones, as you could imagine. Yeah, if the offers were there, I would certainly like to stay.
Q: What do you think would most surprise your fans about you?
Tom: How boring I am. Probably how uninteresting and normal and uncelebrity and dull I am. When I go to these events and charity events and see fans, and people are starting to cry, I don't understand it. I think there is far too big a market for over-rated celebrity, for people who have done nothing important but entertain peoplethough I suppose that's something. I think the doctors and the nurses in the world should get a bit more attention.
Q: Once you said if you could have a special power you would wish to make the whole world silent. Is that still the power you would wish for?
Tom: It would not be a bad one. I think being able to pause things for a second would be good power. A remote control for the world. That would be a good one. Maybe I will invent one.