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Review: Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton

I am a decades-long Potterhead, so of course, when Draco Freaking Malfoy puts out a book, I'm going to want to read it.

I remember when Tom Felton announced on his TikTok feed that he was doing a book. I knew, just from listening to him talk about it, that it was going to be one I wanted to check out. Literally. I requested it from my library as soon as it was available and, once I had it, took it home and read it in a span of a couple of days.


This is probably one of the most down-to-earth, relatable biographies that I've read. Tom relays his stories as if he's sitting next to you in the pub, just shooting the breeze over a cold one. He's very candid about the issues he's had with addiction and how he dealt with them (and continues to work on his sobriety). But, for the HP fans like me, the behind-the-scenes stories are where it's at.

Tom talks about how he got started in films and how the HP franchise changed not only his career but his life. He shares his memories from on-set, from how he forged lasting friendships with the other young actors on set to smoking with Michael Gambon. Or from learning Jason Isaacs method of acting to being terrified of Alan Rickman. There were points in the book where I laughed out loud or was brought to the verge of tears as Tom recalled some of the most memorable points in time on the HP lot.

If you're a Potterhead and love behind-the-scenes type stuff, definitely give this book a read. I think you'll see a whole other side to the kid who played Draco Malfoy.


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