Tom Felton Fondly Recalls Alan Rickman Hurling F-Bomb At Him On ‘Harry Potter’ Set


Tom Felton reminisced this week about a time when Alan Rickman was a complete accio-hole to him — in the most loving way possible.The “Harry Potter” star, who played the entitled Draco Malfoy in the film franchise, shared a story about the late “Die Hard” actor in which Rickman made Felton as nervous as Ron Weasley around spiders.The incident occurred during a night shoot for a scene in 2009’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” in which Felton and a group of Death Eaters — essentially the Wizarding World equivalent of Nazis — are following Rickman, aka Professor Severus Snape, through Hogwarts.Rickman was wearing a long cloak during the scene, and gave Felton a severe warning before a take.“Eventually I was told in no uncertain terms by Alan Rickman, ‘Don’t step on my fucking cloak,’” Felton recounted in an Instagram video posted Tuesday. (The actual expletive is bleeped out in the video.) “I sort of giggled. The Death Eaters and I looked at each other and thought, ‘Is he joking?’ It quickly became apparent: He’s definitely not joking.”The situation got even more riddikulus, Felton said, when director David Yates asked him to “walk as close as [he] can to Alan” in the scene. Felton said the take went smoothly until they “got about halfway through the Great Hall”… and Felton stepped on Rickman’s robe.Felton said Rickman “turned around and gave me a look you never, ever want to see.”Considering that Rickman’s Snape was a cold authority figure with a sharp tongue and an intimidating leer, it’s hard not to feel for Felton, who was just a kid at the time.But Felton said in his video he understood why Rickman would be upset.“You have to bear in mind his cloak’s attached around his neck — I nearly killed the poor man!” he said.Thankfully, in the next take Felton said “someone else” accidentally stomped on Snape’s cape. “That kind of took the heat away from me,” Felton quipped. “But I’ll never forget those words: ‘Don’t step on my fucking cloak.’”Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis attend the New York premiere of “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2” in 2011.Stephen Lovekin via Getty ImagesFelton shared the story to promote his new memoir, “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard.” But he’s told the story before, speaking to a much smaller audience at the 2019 London Film & Comic Con.In a Q&A with fans there, Felton expressed affection for Rickman, who died in 2016. But he admitted Rickman was also the person on set he was “scared most of,” because “he stays in character pretty much the whole time.”“I remember, there was once we were night shooting, and he’s just standing there, ominously. And eventually I plucked up the courage to say ‘Are you all right, Alan?’” Felton said. “And he just turned, ever so slowly, and just ― ‘I’ve peaked.’”Felton said that he remembered “not laughing at the time.” “And then I realized it later: He was a very funny man.”

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