AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Ward by Tom Felton
Publisher: Grand Central
Tom Felton’s adolescence was anything but ordinary. His early rise to
fame in beloved films like The Borrowers catapulted him into the limelight, but nothing could prepare him
for what was to come after he landed the iconic role of the Draco Malfoy,
the bleached blonde villain of the Harry Pottermovies. For the next ten years, he was at the center of a huge pop
culture phenomenon and yet, in between filming, he would go back to being
a normal teenager trying to fit into a normal school.
Speaking with great candor and his signature humor, Tom shares his experience growing up as part of the wizarding world while also trying to navigate the muggle world. He tells stories from his early days in the business like his first acting gig where he was mistaken for fellow blonde child actor Macaulay Culkin and his Harry Potter audition where, in a very Draco-like move, he fudged how well he knew the books the series was based on (not at all). He reflects on his experiences working with cinematic greats such as Alan Rickman, Sir Michael Gambon, Dame Maggie Smith, and Ralph Fiennes (including that awkward Voldemort hug). And, perhaps most poignantly, he discusses the lasting relationships he made over that decade of filming, including with Emma Watson, who started out as a pesky nine-year-old whom he mocked for not knowing what a boom mic was but who soon grew into one of his dearest friends. Then, of course, there are the highs and lows of fame and navigating life after such a momentous and life-changing experience.
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