Harry Potter actor Tom Felton recently stated that the cast and crew of the “Harry Potter” movies were “jealous” of Daniel Radcliffe and Gary Oldman’s real-life bond.
Tom Felton opens up on the matter
Felton, who portrayed Draco Malfoy in all eight “HP” films released between 2001 and 2011, spoke about his costars in his memoir released on Tuesday, titled “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard.”
Oldman joined the franchise as Harry Potter’s (Radcliffe) godfather Sirius Black for the third installment, 2004’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” The actor reprised his role in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005) and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007).
In his memoir, Felton described Oldman as “unassuming and down-to-earth.”
“Just as Sirius became a father figure to Harry, I had the sense that Gary became something of an inspiration for Daniel, helping him to navigate the tricky path of growing up in the spotlight as well as hone his acting skills,” Felton wrote.
“They seemed to me to share a very similar sense of humor and approach to the other cast and crew. I think some of us — myself included — were a bit jealous of that bond,” Felton added. “We could see that, in part thanks to Gary’s influence, Dan was really starting to learn the craft better than any of us. Who better to have on your side in that respect than Gary Oldman?”
Radcliffe has previously spoken about working with Oldman and said that the death of Sirius in “Order of the Phoenix” was the most difficult for him to get over. Radcliffe was 14 when they first met and Oldman said he felt like he naturally took on a “paternal” role with the young actor.