Tom Felton & the Feltbeats Army charm the crowds at Dragon*Con

The first press report from yesterday’s Q&A session with Tom Felton has appeared online courtesy of Dragon*Con’s own Daily Dragon Online. To make it an even more special treat, it seems they’ve found the invasion of the Feltbeats Army just as memorable devoting an entire article just to them!

On Tom’s session from yesterday:

Famous for his role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, Tom Felton captivated the audience the moment he stepped onto the stage and admitted being nervous. “There’s so many people,” he said with a smile. “Be gentle, please.” Felton was witty and sweet, taking the time to thank each fan who asked him a question. With his dark blue shirt setting off his trademark white-blonde hair, he joked that he first auditioned to be Harry, and they dyed his hair brown. He didn’t get the part. Then he tried Ron, and they dyed his hair red. No luck. Then Hermione—but he was let down there, too. It seems the blonde look was just right. When asked what his original hair color is, he said, “Lord knows—I haven’t seen it in so long.”

Although Felton admitted that he hadn’t begun reading the Harry Potter books until the filming of The Chamber of Secrets, he now considers himself “one of the biggest fans on the set.” He enjoys working with the trio (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson), and he pointed out that “we’ve all grown up together.” Asked what he thought about working with renowned professionals like Alan Rickman and Maggie Smith, he admitted that for the first few years he didn’t know who any of them were. “I was only 12,” he said. It took him until the last few years to truly appreciate the honor.

When asked about his favorite scene from The Half Blood Prince, Felton said with a laugh, “standing on Daniel’s nose was awesome. I’ve been waiting years to do that.” He also enjoyed the scene between Draco and Harry in the bathroom, where the special effects were actual explosives rather than the standard blank green screen. Another perk was the confrontation between the characters. “Daniel and I were really looking forward to kicking the hell out of each other.”

Although Draco Malfoy is considered to be a villain, Felton sees Draco and Harry as two sides of a coin. Harry has good influences around him, but Draco has the worst—his father, Lucius, and Bellatrix, for example. “I think there’s some good down inside [Draco] somewhere. A lot … is left unwritten—where Draco stands [at the end] in all the madness.” One drawback to his role is the effect he has on children who visit the set. They’re happy to meet Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson, but Felton “scare[s] the daylights out of children. They hide behind their parents’ legs. It’s a nightmare, but it also means I’m doing something right.”

Fans were excited yet sad to hear that the last Harry Potter movie will finish filming in six to seven months. They were pleased to learn, however, that Felton and the other actors will get to play themselves in the 19-years-later ending. “I’m mega excited to see Daniel as a 40 year old,” he said. “And Emma. And me. I get to have a son.” When asked what he wants to do next, he said, “I want to enjoy these last few months we have together.”

As for the future, Felton has been assured that there’s a job for him at the Harry Potter Theme Park. “Keep your hands and arms inside the car,” he quipped. “I can do this.” Getting serious for a moment, he admitted that acting is what he wants to do for the rest of his life. And with his 22nd birthday just around the corner, fans hope to see much more from this promising young actor.

On the Feltbeats Army Invasion:

@Gidge_8 at the Feltbeats Army booth at Dragon*Con 2009.

Want to belong to an international organization dedicated to protecting and promoting Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)? Join Feltbeat’s Army, a fan group started by Misha in Illinois. According to members, this is the only fan group officially endorsed by Felton.

What will your duties be? Well, besides the requisite adoration, you’ll actively support Felton’s career. For instance, when he mentioned that he wanted a photo shoot with Kai Z. Feng, a photographer from Shainghai who currently live in Great Britain, recruits sprang into action. They contacted Mr. Feng, who agreed to do the shoot. Their reward? Sometimes when Tom twitters, he adds photos from the shoot. I hear they’re drool-worthy.

To celebrate Felton’s 22nd birthday this month, army members baked a cake—replete with Tom playing his guitar under a frosted tree [Note: It was Southernbets and her Mom, a professional cake maker. Go, Mom!]. You can check it out while waiting in line at Registration in the Sheraton. (Rumor has it that Felton might drop by to see it, too.)

Army members also support Felton’s music career. Yes, he’s a guitarist/musician as well as an actor. In fact, Feltbeat’s Army got its name from some music videos he recorded with a group of friends and posted on YouTube. His latest CD, “In Good Hands,” released 10 Mar 2009, is currently available on iTunes and

Feltbeat’s Army wants you! Ready to heed the call? Check out for more information.

Yes, we do want you to join the Feltbeats Army! You can enlist at the Enlistment Station located in the Feltbeats Forum. You must be a registered user to join. The more the merrier!

Thanks to TomFeltonFans_ for the heads up!

6 thoughts on “Tom Felton & the Feltbeats Army charm the crowds at Dragon*Con

  1. “standing on Daniel’s nose was awesome. I’ve been waiting years to do that.”

    I love Tom’s humour. 😀 Thanks for the report! 🙂

  2. I’m not one bit surprised that they were taken with him. He’s got such a winning personality and his smile is simply delightful.

    Congrats to Fealbeat’s Army for getting the recognition they, and Tom, deserve! :))

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