The “Green Lantern” panel was transcendent and “Sucker Punch” was audacious, but what about “Harry Potter”? A lot of fans said they felt like it was an afterthought or major disappointment with the absence of the Big Three, but for Tom Felton, the pride of Slytherin, the brief, solo sprint through Comic-Con International was worth the flight from Britain.
“I’ve heard the stories of Comic-Con, and it is amazing,” Felton said after the panel as we chatted in a quiet corner of the Hilton Bayfront. “I know how I’ll look back on all of this in five years. [The film franchise] is winding down and it’s sad to think it’s over. It hasn’t really sunk in. It’s a bizarre feeling to think of it not being in my life; it’s bizarre to think of my life without the movies. It was amazing to come and be here and I wish the others could have come. I’m proud to represent the side and it was brilliant seeing the footage here for the first time.”
Felton said, storywise, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” is his favorite installment of the magical franchise on the page, while “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was the most enjoyable experience as far as film work.
“Without question, though, these final two are going to blow all of the other films away,” Felton said.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One” is to be released this November with the second part due next summer.
Felton is so kind and engaging in person it’s hard to remember how evil he is on screen. He said the dirty deeds on stage allow him to channel his own darker moments.
“From now on I’m only playing evil characters; it’s very therapeutic for me,” he said.
— Geoff Boucher
Photo: Tom Felton in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”: Warner Bros.
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