If you wanted to see a more speechless Tom Felton, behold the Harry Potter star being asked for his thoughts on the romance speculation with Emma Watson.
Fans of the magical franchise have long-loved the idea Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger had something going on IRL, with even Ron Weasley actor Rupert Grint saying there was ‘always something’ between the pair.
Now in a new interview, Tom was drawn on the chatter and while he felt the romance was more a ‘Slytherin/Gryffindor’ thing, his awkward pause after the question was louder than words – and he knows it.
Asked about the rumours between him and Emma, Tom awkwardly laughed before noting his ‘silence will speak volumes’.
He went on in the Entertainment Tonight interview: ‘We are something, if that makes any sense? We’ve been very close for a long time. I adore her. I think she’s fantastic. Hopefully she returns the compliment.’
However, for any Potterheads hoping Emma – who recently shut down engagement rumours with her boyfriend who is not Tom Felton – will settle down with Malfoy, they may be barking up the wrong Whomping Willow.
Tom went on: ‘As far as the romantic side of it, I think that’s a Slytherin/Gryffindor thing rather than a Tom and Emma thing.
‘I absolutely think the world of her. I think to be a part of what we’ve all been a part of, but for her to be the only girl, certainly the youngest one on set, to grow up with what she had to grow up with was incredibly exciting. You’re going to get me teary now, but no, I think she’s a fantastic influence on the world.’
A very diplomatic answer, Tom.
Tom and Emma have remained close since the franchise ended, and have shared a number of pictures together on social media, including one in 2019 where Tom gave his friend a guitar lesson in South Africa.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Rupert said that he didn’t want to stir up any rumours… after he stirred up the rumours with a big ol’ wooden spoon in a cauldron.
When asked if he could ever see Emma and Tom together, the actor said: ‘Yeah I could.
‘There was always something. There was a little bit of a spark.’
In a chat with Metro.co.uk not long after, Tom made it clear he’s tight with Emma, noting: ‘Emma’s got a place around the corner from me in LA, as does Bonnie [Wright, who played Ginny Weasley], I think Matt Lewis [who played Neville Longbottom] lived there for a while.
‘We’re growing up slowly but surely. I couldn’t say enough good words about any of them.’
He continued: ‘Rupert’s such a down to earth guy despite all the fandom and whatnot. Daniel, his work ethic is incredible. He’s a funny, witty guy…
‘Emma’s Emma, she’s a unique, beautiful soul. It’s always nice to bump into one another.’
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