Tom Felton Hosts “19 Years Later” Harry Potter Cast Reunion For Charity
In the direction of the tip of a historic yr of turmoil and uncertainty, Tom Felton swooped in with a welcome respite: a Harry Potter forged reunion celebrating the facility of fandom and togetherness. The perfect half? It was all for charity!
Hosted through Veeps and benefiting The Liv Mission, Tom Felton’s House Get together livestream passed off simply final night time, and along with musical performances from Tom, a stay rewatch of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and visitor appearances from his canine greatest pal / co-host, Willow, we additionally bought to see varied Potter forged members talk about what 19 years means to them – even Daniel Radcliffe joined the enjoyable.
The stream began with a musical efficiency from Tom as a heat welcome to the stream, earlier than going onto the significance enterprise of unveiling a few of TikTok’s greatest #DracoTok contributions to the #POTTAHChallenge. #1, from @GondreTheWordsmith, was simply nearly as good as the actual Draco!
Tom additionally answered “Potterific” questions from Harry Potter followers across the globe all through the stream. The primary, fittingly, requested what his first reminiscence on set was. Tom stated his most important reminiscence was merely a “bunch of kids excited to be there, running around”, and shared that Chris Columbus didn’t let the youngsters see the Nice Corridor till it was time to movie in there. Tom stated this was sensible transfer, as somewhat than counting on performing skills of children, he determined to point out their real reactions to seeing the unimaginable set for the primary time!
As for his favourite scene, Tom stated, “I always go back to *sings* HP six, now that was fun“, saying that the sixth film was time for Draco to step out of “being a “slimy git” and begin being a serious character”.
In line with Tom, a whole lot of the spells weren’t executed on set however added by the particular results division. Nevertheless, within the Half Blood Prince rest room scene the place Harry and Draco have a “wand fight” (as Tom put it), the pair had essentially the most enjoyable – as the 2 went by way of their routine, actual explosions would happen each time they forged a spell! As well as, Tom stated one among his favourite components of being on set was “Getting the chance to work with Alan Rickman, who is one of my heroes”.
As for the funniest factor to ever occur on set, Tom remembered a latest dialog with David Holmes (Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double), about filming scenes for Transfiguration lessons:
“We were all given small animals on our desks. I had a huge millipede that I prodded with my wand to keep it on the desk – Josh Herdman had a gecko. We couldn’t stop laughing because there were cages of animals around us, and next to us was a baboon who was a character, a very vocal baboon – I would even go so far as to say he was doing some very inappropriate things during the scene. It took us twice as long to film as it should’ve done.”
As one would count on from a nostalgic throwback social gathering, Tom’s personal pondering of what 19 years later meant to him was clear all through the livestream: “Who could have ever predicted that we’d be here now doing this?” He stated and one level, and stated that it was the reminiscences and the followers he was most grateful for: “Every year I’ve embraced the Potter fandom more, the more I’ve come to realise how important it is.”
After a nostalgic reel of scenes from the Harry Potter movies, Tom shared the story of his audition:
“They finally dyed my hair blonde, and I was put into a line of blonde-haired young actors. One by one we were all asked “What are you most excited about from the book to be transferred to the film? It only dawned on me when the kid next to me was saying about Gringotts that I didn’t have an answer, so when Chris Columbus got to me I was just like “Yeah same as this kid, Gringotts, flying around, I love Gringotts”. I imagine that’s what bought me the half!”
On what it was like seeing all of the followers on the first premiere, Tom stated:
“I was too young to know what I was doing really, I was so naive that it just comes across as normal. When we made the first film we were all in it together, and all on the same page – we were all in our own little bubble and then all of a sudden we were in Trafalgar Square. […] In New York we went and handed out pizza because people had slept out for 3 days!”
Responding to 1 query in regards to the chemistry between Rupert and Emma, Tom stated:
“In a word: No. They were like brothers and sisters […] If you’re talking bout chemistry, the chemistry was between Rupert and I – there was a fire between us as bright as his hair”
For a twelve yr previous on set, working with a few of the greatest British actors should’ve been a blast, however what was it like in Tom’s reminiscence?
“I didn’t know who the hell anyone was. I thought Gary Oldman was a cleaner at first, he was all very casual. I was twelve! How was I supposed to know what Richard Harris had done? Now I look back I’m like “Oh my god, you were with Helena Bonham Carter!”. The one one I form of knew and equally feared and revered was Alan Rickman [..] due to Robin Hood!”
When talking about filming the ultimate scene of Deathly Hallows Half 2, Tom bought emotional talking about 19 years later in actuality:
“I’m heavily overaged, they made me look like I was a 65 year old! […] The reality is that everything has changed. Everyone I was with – my brother, my nieces and nephews, my mum – it’s hard to imagine what I’d be doing if I hadn’t gone to that audition. […] What [19 years later] really means to me is that I’m one of the luckiest sods, or slimy gits, out there.”
After which it was time for quaint household reunion! What does 19 years later imply to the forged?
Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) kicked off the celebrations, saying it’s unimaginable to suppose they bought into the movies 19 years in the past. He remembered that the forged had been sheltered from the ‘noise’ of the followers when filming (and it was a very long time earlier than social media (other than blogs / fan websites). One reminiscence from set caught out to him particularly:
“I still get the smell of sprouts and veg when I think of the Great Hall!”
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) known as Harry Potter the ‘framework’ of her life, and stated it was arduous to suppose it was so way back, however that the tales are being stored alive by followers. She took consolation in the truth that Hogwarts is all the time there for everybody to really feel secure and beloved in, and stated that that’s the message she hears when individuals inform her how a lot they love the wizarding world: “It’s very much alive in us”.
James Phelps (Fred Weasley) shared his favourite reminiscences from over time, and reminders of how a lot time has handed:
“I get flashback to memories of promotional tours, reactions of fans, and new generation of fans […] a couple of months ago we met couple that went on their first date to the first film, and they’re now married and have two kids”
He stated the forged are nonetheless in touch, and that getting again in contact appears like talking with individuals from highschool or faculty – chances are you’ll not see one another on a regular basis, however it appears like they’ve by no means been aside once they converse once more!
Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) stated on 19 years later that (other than the present international scenario) “All is well”, and that Harry Potter has a particular place in peoples hearts. Being an enormous fan of the tales earlier than he was part of the movies, Chris stated that the love, consolation and acceptance discovered within the Harry Potter tales are vital factors that also stand, and are maybe MORE vital than ever earlier than:
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) revealed her interior Potterhead as soon as once more by remembering her expertise as a fan of the collection earlier than becoming a member of the movies in Order of the Phoenix. She distinctly remembers shopping for a ticket to film as a result of she remembers you needed to be early (it was a “point of pride for a fan”, she stated), and so would all the time attempt to be first in line for all the flicks, every time turning into extra of a loopy fan. She’d also have a shirt with Dan’s face on it!
For her, 19 years later, “represents how life can change, that miracles can happen, and how important it is to invest in your dreams”:
Josh Herdman (Gregory Goyle) stated that it was surreal – on condition that the actors had been ‘conditioned’ to the Potterhead insanity after 10 years – now 19 years later, we’re nonetheless talking in regards to the collection:
“It was my childhood – it was on and off filming, but still such a huge part of my life – I really have fond memories, only fond memories of it, over these 19 years. Harry Potter has a special place in my heart”
Louis Cordice (Blaise Zabini) is grateful that Harry Potter continues to be as large as ever, and that future generations are being handed down the tales, making it much more particular to him:
“When I’m gone, I’ll remain because of the wonderful world of Harry Potter”
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) spent his clip professing his love for his ‘son’, Tom Felton, as one would have anticipated from this distinctive duo (we love that they nonetheless name one another father and son in spite of everything these years!):
“Watching you turn into a teenager and still be delightful and then a young man, a free-spirited vagabond finding his place in the world, and a man has been a pleasure […] I love you, son”
Rupert Grint additionally joined the stream (after lately becoming a member of Instagram), saying that it was arduous to conceptualise 19 years:
“It’s not twenty years, that’s the big one, but still, that’s a long time!”
It turned exceedingly clear that Rupert’s principally no completely different to Ron Weasley, cracking jokes about being in a city stuffed with goats to movie the Hogsmede platform scene within the first film, and later sharing how he bought the nickname “Go Again Grint” on set:
“Even making this video I’m on like, take 20.”
Alfie Enoch distinctly remembered a transparent picture of Nice Corridor within the early days of filming, saying that as a large fan of the books, it could’ve made sense to really feel nervous, however his reminiscence of that day is just assembly everybody and “p***ing around”, and just about simply being youngsters!
“The amazing thing was that it was fun, that we got to enjoy ourselves, that everyone was lovely.”
Dan Radcliffe even joined the enjoyable, saying that this 19 years later social gathering is “but a mere preview of the nostalgia we will all be immersed in for the 20th anniversary next year”, so you should definitely look out for his or her plans to reminisce over again subsequent yr!
Chris Columbus spoke about his nerves in engaged on such an vital adaptation for his profession, and the way Daniel Radcliffe made him and David Heyman cry:
“We get through the first night, we come back the following day […] right at the very end the camera pushes in on Dan […] Hermione asks something like if he’s sad to be leaving, and Harry says “I’m not going home, not really””
Chris stated he and David Heyman and each had tears of their eyes, and it was then that they knew they had been onto one thing. He additionally shared that although he needs they’d’ve shot the ENTIRE e-book, he was unhappy to have had to decide on what to depart in and take out. The primary reduce was 2 hours 48 minutes, proven to youngsters in Chicago, who stated “This movie is too short”!
And with that was the tip of what Tom known as a “digital high school reunion of some of the Potter lot”. To complete up, he shared the which means behind the social gathering, and launched Paula Dupre (who produced on the movies with Chris Columbus), who began the charity There With Care:
“Her and I are part of a very big project that’s close to our hearts called the Liv Project, and it’s the reason we’re all here”
The Liv Project goals to assist individuals “talk fearlessly about mental health”, by collaborating with creators to speak about psychological well being. Please head to their official website to find out more, and donate.
Because of Tom (and co), the forged, and Veeps for such a superb occasion – right here’s to extra reminiscing subsequent yr for the twentieth anniversary of the movies!