Watching Tom Felton as Emma Watson’s boyfriend has been a wish for many Potterheads. Addressing the longtime speculation, Emma Watson, who portrayed Hermione Granger in the wizarding films, recalled her crush on Tom Felton, who played villain Draco Malfoy, and how he made her heart skip a beat for the first time.
In a sneak peek at the “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts” special airing on Jan. 1, Watson remembers the exact moment that she “fell in love” with her ‘Harry Potter’ co-star Tom Felton.
“I walked into the room where we were having tutoring. The assignment that had been given was to draw what you thought God looked like, and Tom had drawn a girl with a backward cap on a skateboard. And I just don’t know how to say it — I just fell in love with him,” Watson admitted.
“I used to come in every day and look for his number on the call sheet, it was number seven, and if his name was on the call sheet, it was an extra exciting day,” she added. “He was three years above me and so for him he was like, ‘You’re like my little sister’.”
Tom was 14 years old when the first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001, while Emma was just 11.
Despite being at the centre of dating rumours for years, to Emma’s disappointment nothing ever happened between her and Tom.
However, Emma Watson’s feeling for Tom Felton were not limited to her. Felton admitted that he was fully aware of his secret admirer.
“I think I was in the hair and make-up chair and someone said something along the lines of, ‘Yeah, she had a crush on you,’ said Tom said. “I became very protective over her. Yeah, I’ve always had a soft spot for her and that continues to the day. There’s always been something that’s like, I don’t know, a kinship.”
The pair shared a warm embrace as they hugged with delight while reuniting on camera in The Great Hall for the TV special. Since Harry Potter has concluded the pair have remained close friends, and in 2019 Felton posted a snap of him teaching her how to play guitar in South Africa.
So who is Emma Watson’s boyfriend?
While Emma Watson and Tom Felton having a real-life romantic relationship looks tempting, the actress is presently dating businessman Leo Robinton. Meanwhile, Tom Felton formerly dated his Harry Potter co-star Jade Olivia Gordon, who played Draco’s wife Astoria Greengrass in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.