Emma Watson looks back at her first crush on Tom Felton (Picture: HBO Max/NOW)
Emma Watson has looked back at her romantic feelings for her Harry Potter co-star Tom Felton while filming the franchise as the cast reunited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Philosopher’s Stone.
During the special on HBO Max and NOW, titled Return To Hogwarts, Emma is joined by stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint where they reflect on their time as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.
The actors grew up on the set of Harry Potter, so naturally they grew close – but Emma has revealed the extent of her crush on Draco Malfoy star Tom.
‘I walked into the room where we were having tutoring,’ recalled Emma.
‘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 how to say it – I just fell in love with him.
‘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. He was three years above me and so for him he was like, you’re like my little sister.’
Emma stressed nothing ‘ever, ever, ever, happened romantically,’ but they ‘just love each other’.
Tom was aware of his admirer though.
‘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,”’ he said.
‘I became very protective over her. Yeah, I’ve always had a soft spot for her and that continues to the day.’
He added: ‘There’s always been something that’s like, I don’t know, a kinship.’
Tom starred as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies (Picture: Warner Bros.)
Emma and Tom are still best pals (Picture: Instagram)
Tom and Emma have been at the centre of romance rumours for years, regularly sharing photos together to this day.
Emma is currently dating businessman Leo Robinton, while Tom previously dated his Harry Potter co-star Jade Olivia Gordon, who starred as Draco’s wife Astoria Greengrass in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Also in Return to Hogwarts, Daniel remembers how Harry’s look sabotaged his dating life, while a particularly moving moment sees Rupert console a very emotional Emma.
A trailer for the Harry Potter reunion landed last month, confirming an all star line-up including Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Gary Oldman and more all taking part.
Watch Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts on New Year’s Day exclusively on Sky and streaming service NOW.