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'Harry Potter' star Tom Felton sees a connection between his franchise and 'Hunger Games' [Video]

June 6, 2011 |  1:14 pm

In a little more than a month, the eighth and final installment in the "Harry Potter" film series will hit theaters. Tweens seeking a new obession of course shouldn't be too distraught -- there are still two films left in the "Twilight" franchise, and Lionsgate is already in production on the first film based on "The Hunger Games" trilogy.

Tom Felton, who has starred as the evil Draco Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" franchise, told 24 Frames that he believes the boy wizard has a lot to do with the onslaught of genre-tinged tween cinema. "I think ['Harry Potter'] certainly helped" pave the way for movies such as "Hunger Games," Felton said at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, where he was on hand to present new footage from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

"I think one of the great things about what ["Harry Potter" book author] Jo Rowling has done is she's made literacy and reading kind of cool again. And that allows the way for lots of these other franchises to kind of come through," he said.

Even though production wrapped long ago on the final film in the Potter franchise, Felton said he still doesn't feel like the experience is over. "It really hasn't ended at all. Everyone keeps saying, 'What's it like, now that it's finished?' And to me, it really hasn't," he said. "Because we've got another month of touring starting next week, I think."

"Obviously, yeah, it's going to be very sad when it's over. I'll probably cry in copious amounts when it's all finished," he said.

Meanwhile, Felton is working out his post-"Potter" career. His first major role outside of the franchise will come in this summer's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Asked if he felt pressure about choosing roles as an adult actor, Felton shrugged.

"Some people think there is [pressure], yeah," said the actor, who was convinced to be a part of "Apes" after meeting with director Rupert Wyatt. "But we're just keeping our ears open and eyes to the ground and seeing what happens, really."

Also unclear is where he'll put that lovely gold popcorn statuette he took home Sunday night at the MTV Movie Awards for playing the villainous Malfoy. "The other one [I won] is still boxed up because I don't have a good place to put it yet. I'm saving it. I don't want to put it on the downstairs toilet."

-- Amy Kaufman



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How silly. What does Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have in common? Nothing! Hunger Games is miles better than Harry Potter. Have you notice since the books and now the HP movies are over the whole cast is just saying anything to keep themselves in the news. It's just stupid. Now they are jumping on the Capitol's gravytrain from Distict 3 :D

All Tom said was answer that Harry Potter helped paved the way for all those movies, because he was asked what did he think about Hunger games and all of those things like that and if Harry Potter had set a way for them.

And he is right, Harry Potter, J.k. Rowling made reading fun again. My cousins have all read the 7 books, and watched the movies.
The difference between Hunger Games and Harry Potter is that Harry Potter was written for kids, and the other for YA, yet they are both appealing for all ages.

Saying HG is miles better than HP is an over-statement. HP is very well written and both writers created something unique in their own way.
Perhaps a better statement should be "The Hunger games is miles better than Twilight".
I love Tom. He is so amazingly sweet and funny. I love how he is always so nice to everyone, and his relationship with the other cast members, and I can't wait for the Apes movie.


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