At the Harry Potter Studio Tour press conference, one of the main things the cast and crew kept bringing up was how they felt like one big family while working on the films. One nice story that came out at a roundtable discussion was how Tom Felton helped Emma Watson cope with her newfound stardom.
During a conversation with various journalists at a round table, Potter producers David Barron and David Heyman commended the young cast members on how well they handled all the fame in their lives, and avoided falling into the traps that have felled other child actors in Hollywood. They commended Chris Columbus for establishing that family atmosphere on set, and the support of Warner Bros.
Heyman described one particular moment during the shooting of the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, between Emma Watson (Hermione) and Tom Felton (Draco):
There was a time on the third film where Emma was really uncomfortable with her celebrity and what it meant. And Tom was absolutely brilliant; we were filming Hagrid’s lesson with the Hippogriff, and Tom and Emma were really friendly, and Tom really encouraged Emma to engage with the fans in the way that she hadn’t. It was like she needed someone, a friend, to go on that [journey] with her. They were all looking out for each other.
Barron added that, “It was led by Dan [Radcliffe], the hardest working person in showbusiness,” who felt the responsibility to be a team leader, and to help any newcomer to the franchise integrate into the gang.
It is always nice to hear that the actors were close while working on the films! More coverage of the Potter events surrounding the Studio Tour opening will be available here on Hypable, so watch this space.