What got Harry Potter star Tom Felton in trouble, asks ALISON BOSHOFF

Tom Felton approached the first tee at a pre-Ryder Cup celebrity tournament on Thursday with joyous fervor.

The Surrey actor, who rose to fame as bad boy Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, played for the appreciative audience by pretending to drive like a broomstick at his club – and brought laughter through a comedic trip-up on to feed.

Now 34, Felton is well used to the applause and could hardly have watched the event more relaxed.

In addition to being a natural entertainer, Felton is also an avid golfer and had competed in another pro-am event at the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, Surrey just three weeks prior.

This sort of thing is literally the most natural thing in the world for him.

However, not long after looking around Wisconsin and hitting a ball on that chilly morning two days ago, he collapsed on the green, suffering an as-yet undisclosed medical emergency.

However, not long after looking around Wisconsin and hitting a ball on that chilly morning two days ago, he collapsed on the green, suffering an as-yet undisclosed medical emergency.

Felton was lifted onto a stretcher, put on a golf cart and taken off the course in Whistling Straits, Sheboygan.  The contrast with his arrival could not have been greater

Felton was lifted onto a stretcher, put on a golf cart and taken off the course in Whistling Straits, Sheboygan.  The contrast with his arrival could not have been greater

Felton was lifted onto a stretcher, put on a golf cart and taken off the course in Whistling Straits, Sheboygan. The contrast with his arrival could not have been greater

However, not long after looking around Wisconsin and hitting a ball on that chilly morning two days ago, he collapsed on the green and suffered an as-yet undisclosed medical emergency.

Felton was lifted onto a stretcher, put on a golf cart and taken off the course in Whistling Straits, Sheboygan. The contrast with his arrival could not have been greater.

So what had reduced this cheerful young star to a pathetic version of his former self — just a day after celebrating his 34th birthday?

The Professional Golfers’ Association of America said afterwards: “During today’s Ryder Cup Celebrity Match, actor and musician Tom Felton experienced a medical incident on the course while competing in Europe.

He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No further details are available.’

His mother Sharon was not working at the home appliance store she runs in Dorking yesterday afternoon, and his Los Angeles publicists have not returned requests for comment.

Meanwhile, Felton’s singer friend Derek Pitts tried to calm concerned fans by writing on Instagram that the crisis was over. “He’s okay. Speedy recovery brother,” Pitts wrote.

The post will have done little to appease the millions of ardent Potter fans around the world.

Some must fear he’s following in the footsteps of co-star Daniel Radcliffe, who admitted he hated being “watched” and turned to alcohol to offset the pressures of global fame.

The Professional Golfers’ Association of America said afterwards: “During today’s Ryder Cup Celebrity Match, actor and musician Tom Felton experienced a medical incident on the course while competing in Europe”

After all, if you’re a household name by age 14 and worth a cool £30 million by the time you turn 30, where else can you go in life except down?

It was 1999 when 12-year-old Felton landed the life-changing role, even though he hadn’t read the books.

He tried out the roles of both Harry and Ron Weasley before being cast as the villainous Draco Malfoy. The first movie came out in 2001 and the last in 2011.

But coping with the fact that it became a global phenomenon while still a teenager was far from easy.

Felton told an interviewer, “One thing people keep saying to me is that the wealth and fame must have made up for missing my childhood. But the idea of ​​money – putting a price on your childhood – is ridiculous.

‘For me fame is not a positive thing. The idea of ​​being famous is much better than the reality. It’s great when you go to premieres and people cheer you on, but it’s not real.’

It wasn’t easy to play the bad guy either. “I’m amazed when people ask if I look like Draco,” he said. ‘Joe [Rowling] Draco wrote as a one-dimensional bully, a slimy individual, to make the public hate him.’

He once tried to explain the idiosyncratic nature of his fame and what it’s like to appear at a Harry Potter convention in a “superfans” documentary, describing it as a double-edged sword.

“I’m not a very good ‘famous person,'” he said. “If someone starts taking a sly photo, I get really clumsy – not because I’m rude, but because I’m not sure what to do. It was hard to know what to think of people who were so passionate about it.’

Of course, there were huge benefits that came with fame and fortune, and like any young man, Felton embraced them.

He spent his 21st and 22nd birthdays in Las Vegas nightclubs, and still hangs out with his co-stars, including Emma Watson, who had a crush on him as a teenager.

The pair went on holiday together in 2019, sparking rumors of a romance, which have since been denied. In 2016, he attended the Coachella music festival in California with a bunch of friends.

Bare-chested, he smoked a rolled cigarette that called him “Hufflepuff” in a cup, in a joking reference to one of the Hogwarts houses in Harry Potter.

Later that same year, he was pictured playing golf while on vacation in Hawaii. Barefoot, he pulled a bottle of beer as he sat in the golf cart and smoked another roll-up cigarette — and he looked like he was having more than a little fun.

He recently struck up friendships with British musical talents James Arthur and Liam Payne of One Direction.

Not one to take himself too seriously, he once joked, “Never name drop. It’s clunky and not stylish. That’s what Paul McCartney taught me. Kanye agreed.’

But behind the paternal appearance, it is hard to imagine that the talented young actor should be looking for something more.

His education was cut short by the Potter films, and while Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was not his first film role, he had been in The Borrowers in 1997 and also in Anna and the King, the remake of The King and I starring Jodie. Foster in the lead role. , in 1999 – his film career hasn’t quite continued on that Potter-esque trajectory of success since then. Such a role of blockbusters has proved impossible to repeat.

As early as 2007, he said he wanted to leave Malfoy. “I’m looking forward to playing a good guy, or anyone else; someone who isn’t so hateful.’

Moving on, however, was not easy. He landed some small roles towards the end of the Potter era — in the 2010 comedy Get Him To The Greek and in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

But with age came self-consciousness and self-doubt. “I’m a lot more nervous at auditions now than when I was 11,” he told the Mail. “You get a lot of hits before you get something good.

“The first few were heartbreaking. I thought, ‘I can’t do this.’ They are killer in America. Before you even get started, someone is playing on the BlackBerry… I auditioned 19 and passed 20, for the movie The Apparition.’ Unfortunately it was not a success.

After all, if you're a household name by age 14 and worth a cool £30 million by the time you turn 30, where else can you go in life except down?

After all, if you're a household name by age 14 and worth a cool £30 million by the time you turn 30, where else can you go in life except down?

After all, if you’re a household name by age 14 and worth a cool £30 million by the time you turn 30, where else can you go in life except down?

There have been TV roles, but with some understatement he recently said, “I haven’t landed James Bond yet.

“Playing Bond or a Bond villain was the reason I wanted to make movies in the first place.” Even off-screen, lasting love seems to have eluded him.

A long romance with the actress who played his wife in the last Potter film, Jade Gordon, ended in 2016.

In 2018, it was reported that he had joined the celebrity dating app Raya, but only one woman is known to play a prominent role in his life – his black labrador Willow, who accompanies him as he commutes between a London stables. and a beach house in Venice, Los Angeles.

His hairline may be receding and those famous ice blue eyes are now fringed with wrinkles, but Felton’s enduring popularity among Potter fans has allowed him to explore some new avenues of business.

He has just launched a clothing line, much of which bears his likeness in cartoon form, and he is exploring a parallel career in music, releasing nine songs and becoming active on TikTok.

He regularly posts images of himself singing and writing songs both there and on Instagram – all lapped up by his nearly 11 million followers.

Whether they’ll be just as happy with the photos that surfaced of him on the golf course this week remains to be seen. Perhaps, as he wrote online on Wednesday, “I still feel like the best is yet to come.”

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