Tom Felton Auditioned for Harry Potter and Ron Weasley Before Landing Draco Malfoy Role

Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros. Ent, Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R.
Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros. Ent, Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R.

As with any movie series with a large fandom, it's just as impossible for Harry Potter fans to imagine the series without Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, or Emma Watson as it is for Star Wars fans to picture a galaxy far, far away without Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, or Mark Hamill. So it might be surprising for Potterheads to learn that Tom Felton auditioned for both Harry and Ron before landing the part of Draco Malfoy.

In a 2011 interview with MTV News, Felton admitted that he would have been a "very different individual" had he been cast as one of the franchise's main characters.

"I'm very grateful I am in the film at all, but even more grateful that I got the character of Draco," Felton said. "I think Rupert and Dan, there's no question in my mind, there's no one else in the world that, A) could have played the character better, but B) could have handled the behind-the-scenes pressure those guys have dealt with over the last decade."

Even though there was jealousy between Harry and Draco onscreen, Felton said that was never the case in real life.

"There was a great sense of kind of being on a team, and Daniel kind of flew that flag from day one," Felton explained. "He was always the most excited, the most eager, he had the most fun on set. And through that, I think everyone just kind of latched on to him and sort of followed his lead. So he's definitely been like the godfather over the years, and he's definitely been the one that's been the most inspirational, for sure."

Though the Harry Potter film series ended in 2011, the cast members have maintained loyal friendships. Last October, Felton attended a performance of Radcliffe's play The Lifespan of a Fact in New York. And Felton and Emma Watson are regularly spotted hanging out together. Which just goes to show that, no matter which roles they ultimately landed, the actors seem to have become a family in the end.

Welcome to the Party, Pal: A Die Hard Board Game is Coming

Win McNamee, Getty Images
Win McNamee, Getty Images

On the heels of the 30th anniversary of the classic Bruce Willis action film Die Hard last year, tabletop board game company The OP has announced that John McClane will once again battle his way through Nakatomi Plaza. Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist is a board game officially licensed by Fox Consumer Products that will drop players into a setting familiar to anyone who has seen the film: As New York cop McClane tries to reconcile with his estranged wife, he must navigate a team of cutthroat thieves set on overtaking a Los Angeles high-rise.

The box art for the 'Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist' board game is pictured
The OP

The game is expected to have a one-against-many format, with one player assuming the role of McClane and the other players conspiring as the thieves to eliminate him from the Plaza.

The OP, also known as USAOpoly, has previously created games based on Avengers: Infinity War and the Harry Potter franchise. Die Hard has spawned four sequels, the latest being 2013’s A Good Day to Die Hard. Willis will likely return as McClane for a sixth installment that will alternate between the present day and his rookie years in the NYPD. That film has no release date set.

The board game is expected to arrive this spring.

[h/t MovieWeb]

Ralph Fiennes Doesn’t Want to See Anyone Else Play Voldemort

WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. // HARRY POTTER PUBLISHING RIGHTS J.K.R
WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. // HARRY POTTER PUBLISHING RIGHTS J.K.R

Who knew actor Ralph Fiennes would be so possessive of his Voldemort role from the Harry Potter movies? After all the hours sitting in a makeup chair, putting on a bald cap, and making his nose disappear day after day, you’d think Fiennes would be ok with never playing this evil character again—especially considering that he almost turned down the role in the first place. But it seems that the character really grew on the two-time Oscar nominee. As Screen Rant reports, Fiennes has made it clear that if Voldemort is ever needed in a future film, he's ready to come back.

“Well, there are variants, aren’t there? Fantastic Beasts and things. I feel a kind of affection for Voldemort," Fiennes said while appearing on Newsnight. "So if there was a world in which Voldemort came back, I would be very possessive about wanting to reprise that."

Voldemort coming back was always a lingering danger in the early Harry Potter books and movies, as fans waited eagerly to see the Dark Lord reborn and return to full power. It was definitely worth the wait when we were finally able to watch Voldemort return toward the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book—and movie—in the series.

As of right now though, it's uncertain whether Fiennes will ever get the chance to reprise his role. The only movies exploring the Wizarding World currently are the Fantastic Beasts films, which take place in 1927. Voldemort was born in 1926, so even if there would be a substantial time jump, Fiennes might be too old to play Voldemort. But at least we know that he is dedicated to the character, and that if Voldemort ever did come back, fans could count on him to jump right back into the role.

[h/t: Screen Rant]

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