Tom Felton: 'Harry Potter stars weren't cast for acting ability'

Jul 6, 2011 at 8:09 p.m. ET

According to an exclusive interview done with Britain's Daily Mail, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 star Tom Felton reveals that the stars of the movie were not initially cast for their acting ability. He also revealed that his original screen test was not for the role he is well-known for, Draco, but rather for the key role of Harry himself!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 star Tom Felton revealed some surprising tidbits of information during an interview with Britain's Daily Mail. The biggest shocker of all, that the cast was not hired for their acting ability, but rather, for their likeness to the images created in the books written by J.K. Rowling!

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As Harry's nemesis, Draco Malfoy, Tom has won accolades from Harry Potter fans the world over for his accurate portrayal of the one person who could never get along with the boy wizard, from the day they first met on the Hogwarts Express oh so many years ago. But, he revealed in a surprising twist that initially, the cast was not hired because they had stellar acting ability. It was for a different reason, one that you wouldn't expect.

Said Felton to Britain's Daily Mail, "Let's be honest. We weren't picked for Harry Potter for our acting ability, it was because we looked like the characters as they'd been written. We started out as rank amateurs and we'll be lucky if we've [learned] something over the past 10 years. It's a question of what we do with that now, where we go from here."

Felton also stated that initially, he auditioned for the role that eventually went to Daniel Radcliffe, that of the boy wizard Harry Potter.

"There was a time when I did think Daniel got the part I wanted, but with hindsight, I'm very glad he got it. I'm the luckiest of the group. I had a good part, which became more central later, and yet I had a normal childhood. I was at [regular] school when I got Draco and I never left. I was out for the odd week or two, sometimes a month."

The final installment of the franchise hits theaters on July 15th, a sad day for Harry Potter fans everywhere.

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