Tom Felton Reveals How His ‘Evil’ Harry Potter Character Negatively Impacted His Dating Life – NBC Chicago
The dating world might be tougher than the wizarding world.
Tom Felton revealed that his role as Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” franchise didn’t exactly grant him the best luck when it came to love.
“I was walking around with dyed hair and played an evil wizard,” Felton told The Guardian in an interview published on May 8. “It wasn’t cool. It did me no favours with the girls.”
In fact, Felton said his life remained quite mundane during the first few films.
“My schedules were fixed in a way I could stay at school with weeks on and weeks off,” Tom explained. “Rupert [Grint], Emma [Watson] and Daniel [Radcliffe], meanwhile, were there non-stop for 10 years. I carried on as normal. I’d get the occasional gag or comment from my mates, but honestly nobody was bothered.”
Although Felton said starring in “Harry Potter” didn’t give him luck with the ladies, it seems there’s at least one person who’d disagree. His “Harry Potter” castmate Emma Watson has previously revealed she “fell in love” with Felton when they were the filming “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
During the “Harry Potter” 20th anniversary special in January 2022, Watson recalled being on-set with her childhood crush.
“I used to come in every day and look for his number on the call sheet, it was No. 7, and if his name was on the call sheet, it was an extra exciting day,” she said. “He was three years above me and so for him he was like, ‘You’re like my little sister.'”
Felton noted that he was “very protective” of Watson after learning about her feelings towards him while filming.
“Yeah, I’ve always had a soft spot for her and that continues to this day,” he shared. “There’s always been something that’s like, I don’t know, a kinship.”
And while the internet has made it very clear they would love to see their kinship turn into a relationship, it seems not even a love potion could change their platonic bond.
Keep reading to learn about the love lives of the “Harry Potter” stars.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Daniel is currently in a relationship with actress Erin Darke, who he crossed paths with while filming their 2013 movie, “Kill Your Darlings.”
“We met on the set…and just got on immediately. It was one of those instant things where you’re like, ‘Oh, I really like this person.’ You just have a connection with somebody, and then suddenly it’s incredibly easy to talk to them,” Daniel said about their relationship in a 2014 interview with Parade. “It was one of those sort of situations.”
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
Though Emma is very private about her love life, she was linked to rugby player Matthew Janney up until late 2014 and tech entrepreneur William “Mack” Knight for a stretch after that, a source telling The Sun in 2016, “Mack is just a normal, down-to-earth guy who has nothing to do with Hollywood, and Emma loves that.”
“I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel,” she told the magazine. “I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy. I call it being self-partnered.”
Soon after her comments went viral, however, Emma was spotted kissing Leo Robinton in October 2019 and the pair are still going strong.
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Rupert is another “Harry Potter” cast member that keeps his personal life on the down low, but he’s been dating actress Georgia Groome on and off for years. The Daily Mail posted pictures of the duo at dinner in Los Angeles back in March 2017 and one lucky fan took a picture with Rupert at the premiere of Georgia’s movie “Double Date” that October. Fast forward three years and they were welcoming their first child together in May 2020.
Six months later, Rupert joined Instagram and revealed his daughter’s name in his first post.
“Hey Instagram….only 10 years late, but here I am. Grint on the Gram!” the 32-year-old captioned a sweet photo. “Here to introduce you all to Wednesday G. Grint. Stay safe, Rupert.”
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
After meeting in January of the same year at a “Celebration of Harry Potter” event at Universal Orlando in July 2016, Matthew (a.k.a Neville Longbottom) and Angela Jones got engaged in December of that year. “They’re both over the moon,” his rep told E! News at the time. “They got together in July and hit it off straight away.”
The couple tied the knot in Italy in May 2018.
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
Tom Felton had been in a relationship with Jade Olivia since 2008, but the couple reportedly split in 2016. He and “Harry Potter” co-star Emma Watson briefly sparked romance rumors in 2018 and 2019, but nothing came to fruition between the former costars, much to fans’ chagrin.
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
The actress started dating singer-songwriter AnDel in 2017, but, according to their Instagram profiles, they have since parted ways.
Previously, she had an even more spellbinding relationship, dating actor Robbie Jarvis, who played Harry’s dad James in “Order of the Phoenix.”
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
Bonnie and Harry Potter co-star Jamie Campbell Bower got engaged in 2011, but split the following year.
In 2014, Bonnie opened up about her relationship with new boyfriend Simon Hammerstein, telling “The Evening Standard” at the time, “We got on really well. That’s why we’re still together. London’s such a melting pot that you can always find lovely people. It’s nice being with someone who respects the arts so we talk about everything together.”
However, the pair called it quits in 2015 after several years together and Bonnie appeared single…until she posted a Christmas message on Instagram with boyfriend Andrew Lococo.
Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown)
Jessie found love with comedian Alfie Brown. The couple is now parents to children Donnie, Margot and Abraham, who was born in October 2020.
Jessie detailed her “slightly extreme” birth experience, later revealing both her newborn son and boyfriend contracted COVID-19. They later recovered.
I watched the news about lockdown from an isolated room in hospital. Poor baby is covid positive,” she captioned a photo of the little one in a hospital crib in January 2021. “He’s okay and doing well but they are being vigilant and cautious, thankfully.”
Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan)
The actor welcomed his first child, son Cooper Michael Murray, with longtime girlfriend Shannon McCaffrey in February 2021.
“It still hasn’t sunk in just yet that we have our very own little boy,” the actor wrote in an Instagram post. “I can’t wait to make the most amazing memories with Shannon and Cooper as we begin our little family. I’m so amazed by Shannon and she is now my Hero. I’m so proud of her for everything she has gone through. I can’t wait to have you both home. It’s so hard having to leave you both. I will love you both forever until my last breathe.”
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