Tom Felton Says Daniel Radcliffe Had a Photo of Cameron Diaz on ‘HP’ Set

  • Tom Felton shared memories of filming the “Harry Potter” movies in his memoir, “Beyond the Wand.”
  • To film flight scenes, actors had to look at tennis balls and pretend they were something else.
  • Felton said co-star Daniel Radcliffe looked at “a photo of a particularly handsome Cameron Diaz.”

Tom Felton says ‘Harry Potter’ co-star Daniel Radcliffe’s crush on Cameron Diaz was evident on the set of the fantasy films.

Felton explained the movie magic that came in scenes that involved flying on broomsticks in his new memoir, “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard,” released Tuesday.

“The approach was that if a piece of magic or any type of special effect could be achieved practically, this was the best way to do it,” the actor, who played Draco Malfoy, wrote to the chapter 13. “This was especially true in the early days, when visual effects teams had less advanced technology.”

The stealing, which was a key aspect of the franchise’s Quidditch scenes, was done in a studio in a room shrouded in blue or green screens so the background could be added digitally in post-production.

“The broomstick was a metal pole fitted with a deeply uncomfortable bicycle saddle,” Felton explained. “There were stirrups for your feet and a harness to keep you from falling. They tied you to the pole so you couldn’t fall and they had a more elaborate rocking device to move you up and down, left and right. right. They blew fans in your face to make it look like you have the wind in your hair.”

Tom Felton as Draco and Daniel Radcliffe as Harry in "Harry Potter in the Chamber of Secrets."

Tom Felton as Draco and Daniel Radcliffe as Harry in ‘Harry Potter in the Chamber of Secrets’.

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Because the scenes were adjusted later, it was “important that all players were looking in the correct direction for the shot”. Felton said this continuity in eye lines was achieved with a crew member holding a tennis ball on a long pole with orange tape over it.

“When the first assistant director shouted ‘Dragon!’ or ‘ Bludger!’ you had to look at the tennis ball like it was, well, a dragon or a bludger,” he said.

Felton continued: “Sometimes there was more than one tennis ball up there, and since one looked a lot like another, after a while they gave us more individual objects to look at. “We chose images of something or someone close to our hearts. Daniel Radcliffe had a photo of a particularly handsome Cameron Diaz.”

As for Felton, an avid fisherman, he “chosen a photo of an even more beautiful carp”.

Tom Felton as Draco in "Harry Potter in the Chamber of Secrets."

Tom Felton as Draco in ‘Harry Potter in the Chamber of Secrets’.

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Radcliffe, who starred as the titular “Harry Potter” character in all eight films released between 2001 and 2011, has previously opened up about his crush on Diaz.

“Cameron Diaz is still very high on the list, Drew Barrymore is here,” Radcliffe said of his celebrity crush during an interview with the “Capital Breakfast” radio show in April 2022.

He shared a similar response during a 2014 interview with Us Weekly, saying, “I had pictures of her and Drew Barrymore taped to my bedroom wall.”

Jack C. Nugent