Tom Felton starred as Harry’s school antagonist Draco Malfoy in all eight Harry Potter film series. Felton’s total screen time across the franchise amounted to 31 minutes and 45 seconds. Unsurprisingly, the actor’s screen time is considerably less than the series’ three leads Daniel Radcliffe, who had 539 minutes of screen time, Emma Watson had 205 minutes and Rupert Grint had 211 minutes.
Though Felton has less screen time, his paycheck was totally the opposite. Tom reportedly made $14 million across the eight films, the equivalent of being paid $451,613 per minute of screen time. Meanwhile, in a previous interview, Tom admitted to being financially irresponsible for a while after the films were made.
Felton said, “I bought a lot of rubbish things that kids buy like skateboards and clothes and typical teenage stuff.” The actor added, “And, as soon as I could, I wasted a lot of money on cars, BMWs mostly, for myself and my family.” Tom then revealed that his mother then told him that he has worked hard for it to get what he want, ‘but beware, you will lose money on cars. And she was right.’
The Harry Potter films were released between 2001 and 2011 and are the fourth highest-grossing film series of all time, having made $7.7billion. Recently, Felton released a memoir, Beyond The Wand, in which he got candid about several experiences on Harry Potter sets. In the memoir, Felton shared the reality of his relationship with his co-star Emma Watson.
Tom described their first meeting writing that she pointed at a boom mic in the room and asked, ‘What’s that?’ He told her, ‘It means they are recording us, obviously.’ In the book, Tom further penned, “My relationship with Emma did not start well. She’d have been forgiven for not wanting much to do with me. It got worse.”
Felton was in a gang with the other Slytherin actors and would spend their time listening to rap music. However, he writes in his book, “I’ve always had a secret love for Emma, though not perhaps in the way that people might want to hear. That isn’t to say that there’s never been a spark between us. There most definitely has, only at different times.”