Tom Felton confesses what really went on between himself and Emma Watson on the set of 'Harry Potter'
It is now more than 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published. In the space of seven books, JK Rowling created a world that has resonated far beyond the storied corridors of Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic.
For those of us who were lucky enough to grow up in parallel to Harry, Ron, Hermione et al, the books represent a significant part our childhood and conjured vivid imaginings of how our own magical education would play out.
Part of what made the books so successful was the way in which they tackled ostensibly adult themes like death, torture, betrayal and love in a manner that was sensitive and understandable to children, as well as older readers.
Though Potter represents a beautiful parallel universe we all hope is reality (it definitely is), for the actors who portrayed our favourite Hogwarts heroes and heroines, filming the Harry Potter movies took up a considerable chunk of their childhood. The Boy Who Lived may have grown up in the chastening surrounds of Privet Drive as a result of his parents’ deaths; with his cantankerous Uncle Vernon, insipid, highly strung Aunt Petunia and rotund bully of a cousin, Dudley. But the cast of Potter grew up on the sets of Leavesden studios, and so it is perhaps inevitable that they developed feelings for one another over the course of months and years of such close proximity.
Indeed, we recently learned that Matthew Lewis - the actor who portrayed Neville Longbottom in the franchise - harboured lovelorn hankerings for none other than Emma Watson, as he recalls;
"We started tutoring on set and we were on set all the time, so I think everyone had crushes on everyone else at some point. There was always Valentine’s Day – everyone would write secret Valentine’s cards to different people. I think on the second [film] there was like love notes and love letters flying around.
"I probably had a crush on Emma for a couple of years, until I was 13 or 14 – something like that. I mean nothing ever came of it, anyway. It never went anywhere."
Now, fans might already be aware that Emma Watson had, in turn, developed a rather significant crush on her co-star Tom Felton - who portrayed greasy posho Draco Malfoy - as she told Seventeen;
"For the first two movies, I had a huge crush on Tom Felton. He was my first crush.
"He totally knows. We talked about it – we still laugh about it. We are really good friends now, and that's cool."
Tom Felton, though, has been rather more coquettish about the whole situation - until now - when Seventeen caught up with the star to ask him about Watson's remarks. When asked if the feelings were mutual at the time he replied, "Er, uh, um, no," and when asked if he knew of Watson's feelings back then he hesitantly said "no" before erupting into nervous laughter and adding, "Sorry I'm being a bit aloof with my answers."
So it seems there was never any possibility of relations between Gryffindor and Slytherin house during Hermione and Draco's youth. Hermione did get to punch Draco in the face, though, so who's the real winner here?