Hari represented us at the press night for The Gunpowder Plot last Thursday. Thank you! 😘
Here is her report with photos from that night!
Tom’s recent project, “The Gunpowder Plot”, is an exciting immersive experience that takes you through Jacobean London during a time of conflict between Catholics and Protestants, focussing on Guy Fawkes (played by Tom) and his part in the attempt to blow up parliament. Before entering the experience Tom’s voice can be heard every so often reciting the famous rhyme, “Remember, remember, the fifth of November” and that certainly adds to the atmosphere and anticipation. When you enter experience it is as though you are stepping back through time. You find yourself in detailed and atmospheric sets, where even the sound effects in the background help to bring the scene to life. As you travel from set to set, creeping through dimly-lit stone corridors, you are greeted with a variety of real-life characters who interact with you to help you on your journey. You’ll take part in thrilling tasks: solving ciphers, rescuing a priest, carrying props, and remembering information that will help you later. Some parts of the experience are done using virtual reality (VR) where you are required to wear a headset, and be prepared for movement and effects.
Midway through the experience there is a short break during which you are able to relax in The Duck and Drake tavern and discuss your divided loyalties with your co-conspirators. This also gives you the opportunity to have a drink, go to the privy, and snap a couple of photos. During the second half of the immersive experience Tom’s character, Guy Fawkes/John Johnson, is introduced through a virtual reality experience. Tom has done an excellent job of portraying the tenacious character and during the experience it is as though he is sitting directly opposite you and speaking to you personally. Tom plays a huge part in bringing the story to life as he explains the gunpowder plot and the emotions and struggles behind it while taking you further on your travels and helping you to avoid trouble. While Tom does not physically appear in the experience, another actor with a masked face representing him does appear on one of the sets with Tom’s voice giving the impression that he is present. Tom’s character then appears again in VR to conclude the story before taking you forward through time back into the present day. When the experience comes to an end it is left to you to decide whether Guy Fawkes was a villain or a hero as you exit through the gift shop, but as the heart and soul of The Gunpowder Plot experience, Tom is definitely the hero.
She also mentioned:
Unfortunately there were no displays of Tom as Guy Fawkes as I had hoped, it would’ve made an excellent photo. Also we were not allowed our phones during the immersive experience but I have included some photos from the tavern during the interval, where we were allowed a photo opportunity.
Tom announced today that his new book, “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard” will be released October 18, 2022. You can place a pre-order for your copy HERE
We hope you’re as excited as we are to read it.
From the official press release provided to us by Grand Central Publishing:
Grand Central Publishing is excited to announce the publication of BEYOND THE WAND: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard, a magical coming-of-age memoir from Tom Felton,on October 18, 2022. Suzanne O’Neill, VP, Executive Editor of Grand Central Publishing, acquired North American rights to the book from Sarah Scarlett at Penguin Random House UK.
Billed as the first and only behind-the-scenes Harry Potter memoir from one of the films’ biggest stars, BEYOND THE WAND, will be published in print and digital formats by Grand Central Publishing in the US and Ebury Spotlight in the UK. An audiobook edition, read by the author, will be released simultaneously by Hachette Audio in the US and Penguin Random House Audio in the UK.
Tom Felton’s adolescence was anything but ordinary. His early rise to fame in beloved films like The Borrowers catapulted him into the limelight, but nothing could prepare him for what was to come after he landed the iconic role of the Draco Malfoy, the bleached blonde villain of the Harry Potter movies. For the next ten years, he was at the center of a huge pop culture phenomenon and yet, in between filming, he would go back to being a normal teenager trying to fit into a normal school.
Speaking with great candor and his signature humor, Tom shares his experience growing up as part of the wizarding world while also trying to navigate the muggle world. He tells stories from his early days in the business like his first acting gig where he was mistaken for fellow blonde child actor Macaulay Culkin and his Harry Potter audition where, in a very Draco-like move, he fudged how well he knew the books the series was based on (not at all). He reflects on his experiences working with cinematic greats such as Alan Rickman, Sir Michael Gambon, Dame Maggie Smith, and Ralph Fiennes (including that awkward Voldemort hug). And, perhaps most poignantly, he discusses the lasting relationships he made over that decade of filming, including with Emma Watson, who started out as a pesky nine-year-old whom he mocked for not knowing what a boom mic was but who soon grew into one of his dearest friends. Then, of course, there are the highs and lows of fame and navigating life after such a momentous and life-changing experience.
Tom Felton’s BEYOND THE WAND is an entertaining, funny, and poignant must-read for any Harry Potter fan. Prepare to meet a real-life wizard.
Tom Felton said: “I am beyond excited to announce the publication of BEYOND THE WAND. I’ve had these stories in my head for decades, and it’s been such a great experience for me to spend time putting quill to parchment. I can’t wait to share my story with Potter fans everywhere, and with every muggle that’s ever wanted to take a step closer to the wizarding world. Whether Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin or Gryffindork, I hope every witch and wizard will find a little bit of magic in this book.”
Suzanne O’Neill said:“It is our great pleasure to be Tom Felton’s US publisher. His portrayal of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise is a cultural touchstone that has brought joy to so many people. Now with humor, candor, and a gift for storytelling Tom shares what it was like to grow up at the center of the zeitgeist, the lasting friendships he made on set, and what it was like to navigate fame after the series was done. Fans will not be disappointed by this entertaining and honest book.”
BOOK EXCERPT “At lunchtime we would congregate in the canteen, which was always a fun moment. There was no separation of roles. An electrician would be queuing for his lunch next to a witch and a goblin, then a cameraman, a carpenter and Hagrid”.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Tom Felton is an English actor, best known for playing Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. He has also appeared in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Belle, The Flash, A United Kingdom, The Forgotten Battle and 2.22 A Ghost Story in London’s West End. He lives in London with his dog Willow.