Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, has taken an interesting path since quitting playing the wand-wielding blonde villain. Felton of all people is now a TikTok sensation as fans cut themselves into scenes with his Harry Potter character, creating the #DracoTok trend. “It turns into its own monster,” Felton told Entertainment Tonight. “But I’m really, really enjoying it. So yes, I’ll keep the DracoTokers happy while I can.”
The “Harry Potter” aura certainly lives on as fans lost their collective sanity upon finding out that Felton had a crush on co-star Emma Watson. It really would be a perfect romance at the end of all the turmoil between Malfoy and Hermione Granger. However, Watson wasn’t the only one who influenced Felton on the film set; the late Alan Rickman, who played Professor Severus Snape, bullied Felton to death.
But Felton is so much more than his Harry Potter breakthrough. The star has shockingly opened up about his struggles with mental health and addiction in his new memoir, and you’d never guess what he’s been going through. We love his honest vulnerability in sharing his story.
Tom Felton had an intervention
Tom Felton wrote the memoir Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard, which was released Oct. 18 and shared his journey of going through rehab and intervention and coming out on the other side. He went to his supervisor’s office for what was supposed to be a work meeting and instead went into an intervention. “My attorney, whom I had hardly ever met face-to-face, spoke with quiet honesty,” Felton wrote (via Page Six). “‘Tom,’ he said, ‘I don’t know you very well, but you seem like a nice guy. All I want to tell you is that this is the seventeenth intervention I’ve been to in my career. Eleven of them are dead now. Don’t be the twelfth.”
Felton wrote that he had access to everything, and yet life felt: “[T]There was something inauthentic about the life I led.” Felton became a regular at Barney’s Beanery in Los Angeles, drinking beer and whiskey until he started showing up to work drunk. “The alcohol wasn’t the problem, though. It was the symptom,” Felton wrote. After several failed attempts at rehab, Felton finally admitted to himself.
Felton’s honesty did not go unnoticed. Former crush Emma Watson wrote the Forward and while she said they didn’t have a romantic connection, she wrote about their love. “It’s one of the purest loves I can imagine,” Watson wrote, according to Glamour. “We’re soul mates and we’ve always had each other’s backs. I know we always will.” What a breathtaking start to a remarkable story.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, help is available. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration website or contact the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).