‘Harry Potter’ Tom Felton Reveals ‘Secret Love’ He Had For Emma Watson On Set

‘Harry Potter’ Tom Felton Reveals ‘Secret Love’ He Had For Emma Watson On Set Instagram/Emma Watson

Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger may have been on opposite sides in the “Harry Potter” franchise, but the actors who played them are a whole other story. In fact, Tom Felton recently revealed the “secret love” he had for co-star Emma Watson throughout the filming. As it turns out, his crush was mutual!

They shared puppy love — at least on one side!

  1. Emma Watson was just a kid when she realized she liked Tom Felton. She’s actually been open about it for a while now, even though many of us may have missed it. During a 2009 appearance on The Jonathan Ross show in the UK, Watson said: “Between the ages of 10 and 12 I had a really terrible crush on Tom Felton, to the extent that I would go into work in the morning and look down the numbers on the call sheet to see if he was going to be in. We love a bad guy, he was a few years older and he had a skateboard — and that just did it really.” Who could blame her?
  2. However, Felton always played it cool. Sadly for Watson, her co-star knew about her feelings and didn’t return them — at least not publicly. “He totally knew and the thing is that he’d tell everyone, ‘I see her in a younger, sisterly way,’ and it just broke my heart. It still does,” Watson added.

They’re still in touch now

  1. Felton seems to love playing coy about his feelings for the actress. Despite the Harry Potter franchise being over for a while now, he and Watson are still in touch and have a wonderful relationship. “Lovely Emma. We do see each other quite a lot actually. We just don’t always post pictures about it. Everyone loves the reunion of it. We’re reuniting all the time we just don’t always post it on Instagram,” he told Us Weekly in 2018. “She was in my neighborhood and I hadn’t seen her for a few months. And I decided to take her for a skateboarding lesson, which she was very good at. She’s quite hard on herself. But she’s actually very good at it. So yeah, that was fun. I always enjoy spending time with her.”
  2. Tom Felton does feel “very protective” of Emma Watson. He admitted as much during the Harry Potter 20th anniversary special. “I’ve always had a soft spot for her and that continues to [this] day.” This wasn’t lost on Watson, who added: “I think the truth of it was Tom was the one that I could often be more vulnerable with.”

Felton’s memoir revealed the real truth

  1. We knew it all along! In an excerpt from Tom Felton’s memoir, “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing up a Wizard,” he opened up about his true feelings for Emma Watson. “I’ve always had a secret love for Emma, though not perhaps in the way that people might want to hear,” he wrote, according to the Daily Mail. “That isn’t to say that there’s never been a spark between us. There most definitely has, only at different times. I denied that I liked her in that way, but the truth was different,” he continued. “My girlfriend at the time knew straight away that there was something unspoken between us. I remember using the familiar old line, ‘I love her like a sister.’ But there was more to it than that.”
  2. They’ve reached a good place in their relationship. Tom Felton went on to say that while he and Emma Watson were never romantic, they eventually found their groove. “I don’t think I was ever in love with Emma, but I loved and admired her as a person in a way that I could never explain to anybody else. We were kindred spirits. I know for certain I’ll always have Emma’s back and she’ll always have mine too,” Felton added.
Jennifer has been the managing editor of Bolde since its launch in 2014. Before that, she was the founding editor of HelloGiggles and also worked as an entertainment writer for Bustle and Digital Spy. Her work has been published in Bon Appetit, Decider, Vanity Fair, The New York TImes, and many more.