Tom Felton

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Interviewed by Jamie Russell

What was the best thing about working on "Harry Potter"?

Finishing it! It's one of those things where you go, "Thank god it's all over!" and then you get to see the final production. But working with everyone else was great fun. Working with big actors and realising that they were just normal people who've got an incredible talent was just a great experience.

How much gel do you have to put in your hair?

Tell me about it! It's not gel, it's cement! About a pot a day.

Is it fun playing a baddie?

Definitely. It felt a bit different really, because when you think of "Harry Potter", you think it's a nice children's film starring nice characters. But I'm the one that goes against all that. But I think Draco is always going to be a real nasty little snob really!

Do you think that Harry and Draco can ever be friends?

Hopefully not, it'll ruin my part! No definitely not, I couldn't see it happening.

What was it like working with Daniel Radcliffe?

He's a very mischievous child. He was always causing havoc. He's on-set the most and so I think he has to keep himself entertained by doing all this stuff - borrowing people's mobile phones and setting the language to Turkish and all kinds of stuff like that. He loves it.

Did you find the finished film frightening?

Too right! It was really bad, actually - everyone thinks I'm the dark hard man and I'm like "uugh!" All those snakes jumping out all over the place and everything!

Have you seen the Draco action figure yet?

Yes, my friends bought it as soon as they saw it and snapped my arms off and bent my legs every way possible - so that was good fun!

Do you want a career as an actor?

Whatever life throws at me I'll take it and be grateful for it as well. I'd like to own my own garage and my own fishery. I'd also like to be a professional fisherman. But I'll take whatever happens.

What kind of fan mail do you get?

Most of the letters say the same stuff, but I like reading them all anyway. Every letter I've got, I've read, and you do get the odd one that's different. A Japanese woman sent me a wooden spoon for Christmas to wish me good luck. The Japanese fans always send weird things. Some people have sent half-hearts and broken crystals and all kinds of things, but I just add them to the collection. Maybe one day I'll understand what it means, but until then...