Review: Tom Felton may turn out to be the best child actor in the Potter films

A new review in the Philadelphia Bulletin gives another great description of Tom Felton’s acting in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

Rupert Grint is not a great actor, but he gives a solid performance now as a young adult. Daniel Radcliffe turns out to be a very good actor. And Emma Watson, as Hermione Granger, has grown into the strongest performer of the lot.

With one exception. Tom Felton, who plays the thankless part of the bully, Draco Malfoy, was cast BEFORE anyone knew how vital and difficult a role his would be by the time the sixth film rolled around. In many ways this is his movie — his choices provide most of the suspense. And he has to play them in virtual solitude.

It is hard to be sure, because he says so little in this film (yet conveys so much!), but he may turn out to be the best actor to come out of the child casting in the Harry Potter films. (And I include in this Robert Pattinson, who graduated from playing Cedric Diggory, who dies tragically in GOBLET, to giving a surprisingly effective performance in the difficult role of Edward Cullen in TWILIGHT.)

67 thoughts on “Review: Tom Felton may turn out to be the best child actor in the Potter films

  1. It’s ridiculous to mention Robert Pattison who isn’t part of the latest film, but I agree that Tom is without doubt the best actor in this film. Loved his perfomance! Rupert is, whatever they say, a good actor as the other two of the Trio as well. Think that they all developed in their acting. Unlilkely other films the cast is almost perfect especially the other popular characters like the Twins, Luna, Neville, so on. I’m curious about Matt Lewis in the last film, Nevilles ‘big film’… But my favorite by far is Tom! He’s simply gifted.

  2. Well, I could never agree that Rupert is not a good actor. I think he’s fantastic. Anyone who’s seen Driving Lessons should know that. Daniel actually got time to shine in HBP, due to Felix Felicis – it was so nice to see him given the opportunity to do something different! (I went to see Equus though, so I already knew how good he was when he had the chance to be). Emma improved dramatically in this one as well 🙂 But Tom’s alway been amazing. Him and Rupert have shone right from the start. And knowing that Malfoy was finally going to get a good bit more screen time in this film was one of the reasons I was so excited about it! It’s a great part, and made better because there’s a great actor playing it. Tis just a shame that will decrease again for Deathly Hallows 🙁

  3. Yay! Tom is the best, hands down. He had a really difficult role, and I’ve always loved Draco’s character, so I was really waiting to see how he would portray him since he’s so central in this movie. I definitely wasn’t dissapointed! But for me Dan comes in second. Emma always seems like she’s about to burst into tears or sounds like she just ran a race. I think she overdoes it sometimes. And Rupert is awesome, but I don’t really love him for his spectacular acting skills, I just like the way his character is written. Anyways, congrats Tom!

  4. I have to say, I very much agree with this review! Just saw the film on Satuday and was absolutely blown away by the intensity of the characters, especially Draco, who I think had the most complex part of the younger characters. Tom played the anguished determination perfectly, and I came away thinking that the film was much more captivating than the book, (which, if I’m honest, might have been a first for me!)

    So congratulations, Tom, and I look forward to the next film!

  5. You deserve all of the praise you are getting for your role as Draco Malfoy. Draco has been my favourite character since the very first book and you bring him to life. As well, I’ve been a fan of your’s ever since I saw you in the borrowers. Although, then it was because I thought you were just a cutie; now I know just how amazing of an actor you are. I can’t wait to see your future endeavors…so please not too many things that are only released in the UK. 🙂

  6. I think Tom has a huge career ahead of him, acting and musically.
    I think in second place is Rupert. He’s a great actor, girls go wild over him, he has an awesome personality (he has millions and he bought an ice cream van!) and he can portray lots of different characters. Tom is great at very emotional performances I think, and he’s a terrific actor. He has about the same chance as Rupert, which is loads!

  7. that reviewer has no idea what they’re talking about, besides the fact that tom felton is the strongest of the young actors in HP! emma watson is the weakest of the trio (although, he performance in HBP was much better than in the previous movies) and rupert is the strongest. and robert pattinson was crap in twilight. he’s a much better actor than his performance in twilight, but then again twilight sucks so there wasn’t much for him to do with the part.

  8. Oh, they finally realised that.
    But i do think that it´s kind of ridiculous to mention Rob that isn´t even a part of the latest movie. And i do think Rupert is a great actor. Emma to. But yes, Tom is the best. always. <3

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