When Does Tom Felton's 'Harry Potter' Documentary Air? This BBC Special Is Coming Up Soon
An actor's first directing gig is a big deal. Stepping behind the screen after years acting in front of it involves the flexing of whole different areas of your brain, and an entirely different relationship with the finished product. So this is pretty big news for former Harry Potter actor Tom Felton: His BBC documentary Tom Felton Meets The Superfans finally has a scheduled airdate. And it's soon! Mark your calendars for March 23, folks, because is there anyone more qualified to make a documentary about fandom than a former core actor in the Harry Potter series?
There are only a handful of people who could possibly compete when it comes to making a documentary about modern fandom — Joss Whedon, for example, or Benedict Cumberbatch, or perhaps Daniel Radcliffe or JK Rowling herself. But there's no denying he's in a pretty prime position: He played Draco Malfoy, after all, a character the Harry Potter fandom especially loved to play around with. Felton grew up knowing one side of fandom very, very intimately — namely the side in which you're an object of said fandom. So the prospect of seeing him broaden his horizons and explore fandom from other angles? That's both exciting and refreshing, as the activities of fandom are often relegated to late night talk show jokes when it comes to bringing them face-to-face with the actors who inspire it.
Felton's long been a good sport about the Harry Potter fan, engaging it arguably the most of the core Harry Potter cast and delivering great moments like this one, in which he talks about Drarry fanart with Conan O'Brien.
In that clip he follows the late night fandom-talk rubric and expresses a flabbergasted feeling at all the, er, non-canonical ships and their extracurricular activities. But he also spends a lot of time at the beginning praising fan works. And then there's this quote from Felton, to Just Jared about the documentary, which I like even better:
And this one:
People will go to great lengths for Draco Malfoy. So who better to explore that than the man himself?