Tom Felton reportedly earned $17 million for just 31 minutes of screen time in 'Harry Potter' movies

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Despite only racking up an overall screen time of 31 minutes in his role as Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton was paid $17 million (£14 million) across the eight Harry Potter movies.

Felton, now 35, famously appeared in all eight of the magical movies - however, an IMDb breakdown revealed his total screen time across the franchise was around 31 minutes and 45 seconds.

This puts him above characters such as Ginny Weasley - Harry’s love interest, who only had 30 minutes of screen time - but considerably lower than the movies' more focal characters, such as Ron Weasley, Rubeus Hagrid, and the titular Harry Potter.

In fact, out of Potter’s three main enemies, Draco Malfoy had the least amount of screen time, with Severus Snape appearing the most for a total of 43 minutes and Voldermort at 37 minutes and 15 seconds.

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Some viewers found this surprising considering the hatred between Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter is a central storyline throughout the franchise.

“Okay my mind is blown after learning Draco Malfoy had just 31 minutes of screen time across all eight Harry Potter movies”, one Twitter user commented.

The main stars were unsurprisingly on screen the most with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) sharing 539 minutes of screentime, Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) with 211 minutes, and Emma Watson (Hermoine Granger) with 205 minutes.

However, what's more surprising is that although  Tom Felton’s screen time is significantly less than his young co-stars, he still earned a reported $17 million, according to a report by The Mirror.

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Calculated, that's around $551,250 for every minute he's on screen - which is certainly more than I was earning as a teen.

But the actor would later admit that that sort of wealth came with some important life lessons. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Felton revealed that he did not know how to handle his huge paycheck at a young age and "wasted" his earnings on "typical teenage stuff."

Similarly to his co-stars, Felton was only 12 years old when he was cast in the Potter series.

This meant spending on things like skateboards and clothes, until eventually, he could spend his fortunes on luxury cars, such as BMWs.

He said: "My mum told me: 'You have worked hard for it so get what you want, but beware, you will lose money on cars'. And she was right."

Whereas his co-star, Rupert Grint, opted to buy a different form of transportation, an ice cream van.

Many of Felton’s co-stars also admit to the amount of money being overwhelming, with Grint revealing on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, per the Daily Mail: "It gradually became too much, too young."

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Much like his co-star, Felton also struggles with the added financial responsibility, due to his lack of understanding of tax, VAT, and mortgages.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Felton said: “I had been working for eight years and all I had to show for it was this horrible debt.

“At one point we had the bailiff at the door.”

Since that moment, Felton has received financial help from an accountant and now has his finances under control.

The actor has recently released his memoir Beyond the Wand, where he openly discusses all of the highs and lows of fame from a young age.

Featured image credit: Alexi / Alamy

Tom Felton reportedly earned $17 million for just 31 minutes of screen time in 'Harry Potter' movies

vt-author-image

By VT

Article saved!Article saved!

Despite only racking up an overall screen time of 31 minutes in his role as Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton was paid $17 million (£14 million) across the eight Harry Potter movies.

Felton, now 35, famously appeared in all eight of the magical movies - however, an IMDb breakdown revealed his total screen time across the franchise was around 31 minutes and 45 seconds.

This puts him above characters such as Ginny Weasley - Harry’s love interest, who only had 30 minutes of screen time - but considerably lower than the movies' more focal characters, such as Ron Weasley, Rubeus Hagrid, and the titular Harry Potter.

In fact, out of Potter’s three main enemies, Draco Malfoy had the least amount of screen time, with Severus Snape appearing the most for a total of 43 minutes and Voldermort at 37 minutes and 15 seconds.

size-large wp-image-1263181896
Credit: United Archives GmbH / Alamy

Some viewers found this surprising considering the hatred between Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter is a central storyline throughout the franchise.

“Okay my mind is blown after learning Draco Malfoy had just 31 minutes of screen time across all eight Harry Potter movies”, one Twitter user commented.

The main stars were unsurprisingly on screen the most with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) sharing 539 minutes of screentime, Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) with 211 minutes, and Emma Watson (Hermoine Granger) with 205 minutes.

However, what's more surprising is that although  Tom Felton’s screen time is significantly less than his young co-stars, he still earned a reported $17 million, according to a report by The Mirror.

size-large wp-image-1263181903
Credit: Rich Gold/Alamy

Calculated, that's around $551,250 for every minute he's on screen - which is certainly more than I was earning as a teen.

But the actor would later admit that that sort of wealth came with some important life lessons. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Felton revealed that he did not know how to handle his huge paycheck at a young age and "wasted" his earnings on "typical teenage stuff."

Similarly to his co-stars, Felton was only 12 years old when he was cast in the Potter series.

This meant spending on things like skateboards and clothes, until eventually, he could spend his fortunes on luxury cars, such as BMWs.

He said: "My mum told me: 'You have worked hard for it so get what you want, but beware, you will lose money on cars'. And she was right."

Whereas his co-star, Rupert Grint, opted to buy a different form of transportation, an ice cream van.

Many of Felton’s co-stars also admit to the amount of money being overwhelming, with Grint revealing on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, per the Daily Mail: "It gradually became too much, too young."

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Credit: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy

Much like his co-star, Felton also struggles with the added financial responsibility, due to his lack of understanding of tax, VAT, and mortgages.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Felton said: “I had been working for eight years and all I had to show for it was this horrible debt.

“At one point we had the bailiff at the door.”

Since that moment, Felton has received financial help from an accountant and now has his finances under control.

The actor has recently released his memoir Beyond the Wand, where he openly discusses all of the highs and lows of fame from a young age.

Featured image credit: Alexi / Alamy