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.

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

House Boasting a ‘Harry Potter Room’ Under the Stairs Hits the Market in San Diego

Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
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When Harry Potter fans dream of living like the boy wizard, they may picture Harry's cozy quarters in the Gryffindor dormitory at Hogwarts. One home owner in San Diego, California is trying to spin one of Harry's much less idyllic living situations as a magical feature. As The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, a listing of a three-bedroom house for sale in the city's Logan Heights neighborhood boasts a "Harry Potter room"—a.k.a storage room under the stairs.

In the Harry Potter books, the cupboard under the stairs of the Dursley residence served as Harry's bedroom before he enrolled in Hogwarts. Harry was eager to escape the cramped, dusty space, but thanks to the series' massive success, a similar feature in a real-world home may be a selling point for Harry Potter fans.

Kristin Rye, the seller of the San Diego house, told The Union-Tribune she would read Harry Potter books to her son, though she wouldn't describe herself as a super fan. As for why she characterized her closet as a “large ‘Harry Potter’ storage room underneath stairs" in her real estate listing, she said it was the most accurate description she could think of. “It’s just this closet under the stairs that goes back and is pretty much like a Harry Potter room. I don’t know how else to describe it," she told the newspaper.

Beyond the cupboard under the stairs, Rye's listing doesn't bear much resemblance to the cookie-cutter, suburban home of 4 Privet Drive. Nearly a century old, the San Diego house has the same cobwebs and a musty smells you might expect from the Hogwarts dungeons, the newspaper reports. But there are some perks, including a parking spot and backyard space for a garden or pull-up bar. The 1322-square-foot home is listed at $425,000—cheaper than the median price of $620,000 for a resale single-family home in the area.

If you want to live like a wizard, you don't necessarily need to start by moving under a staircase. In North Yorkshire, England, a cottage modeled after Hagrid's Hut is available to rent on a nightly basis.

[h/t The San Diego Union-Tribune]

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