Insert: Virtual Life – Tom Felton on the Internet

Introduction: This article was originally written as a part of the Tom Felton interview, Behind the Mask of Malfoy, but failed to make it into the magazine. I was very disappointed that it wasn’t able to be published, but alas, that’s life. Now that I have my own blog, where I can display my own works, there should be no reason I can’t include this one here. (Do not copy/use without permission.)


VIRTUAL LIFE: Tom Felton on the Internet

by Amanda Aayusya

If you could have 1 last drink at your final meal what would you have? Pint of beer, champagne, milkshake, water? Curiosity tickling my mind

8:33 AM Mar 18th from Tweetie

Fans of Tom Felton are absolutely spoiled – the 21-year-old actor has provided many ways for them to keep virtually in touch with himself. Other than having his own official website, Felton is very actively Tweeting at, where he often posts the most random, funniest things and has more than 48,000 followers, and updates his YouTube account whenever he has a new song and video to share at

He is also well supported by his most comprehensive website on the Internet – whose name was taken from the pseudonym Felton uses to release his musical works – is owned by Misha. She has a crew of eight site administrators to run this interactive website. In the beginning, she only planned to talk about Felton’s music, but along with Felton’s increasing Internet popularity, Misha made additions that now allow all Feltonites to catch the latest news on Felton, video and song previews and even exclusive original interviews with Felton.

Thanks to the wonderful relationship Misha shares with Felton, it’s guaranteed that has plenty of interesting stories to share about this young man who ‘sacrificed’ his natural hair color to give way to Draco Malfoy’s blondness on screen.

FiRST’s contributor Amanda talked to Misha about the inner workings of the website in this interview.

Amanda: How did come about?

Misha: The site started almost exactly a year ago (as of May 20). Essentially, I was a bit of a Harry Potter fan – enough that I bought the last two books at midnight when they came out, but not enough that I had any costumes or anything. I came to it late, however – I didn’t start reading the books until the sixth one was about to come out!

One day while browsing around the internet I saw a link that said, “Draco singing!” and so of course I checked it out. I watched the YouTube video (“Time isn’t Healing“) with my hands covering my face in shock and maybe a little embarrassment. I expected him to be bad, I’ll be honest. But, after a few minutes, I peaked through my fingers and watched, more appreciative. Then I watched it several times.

Then, I ripped the song from the YouTube site and played it over and over on my mp3 player. I was hooked! Absolutely addicted and completely thrilled with the music!

Soon after, I tried to find out more about Tom Felton and Feltbeats, and I was shocked to find out that the domain name was available. (Interestingly, I found out from Tom later that he had tried to register the domain for himself, but it was taken by a guy named Felt who blogged about rapping. About a month after Tom tried to register it, it expired, and I got it a few weeks later!)

So, I started a little Feltbeats appreciation site, just to post news about Tom’s music. In fact, in the beginning, I had a strict policy that there would be no mention of Harry Potter at all. This was a music site, I said, there are enough Potter sites already! (That policy changed later, after fans demanded we cover Draco Malfoy things and Tom’s other acting ventures as well!)

After a week or so though, I felt I couldn’t do it all by myself. So…

So, who are the people behind and how long have you all been fans of Tom Felton?

I really felt that I needed more news and interaction on the site.

So I went around on all the various Tom Felton sites, and found the best, most well-spoken, more hard-core Tom Felton fans out there. These were the true Feltonites who posted everything first, who knew everything about Tom, who had been fans of Tom since he was a kid (unlike myself, who had only been a fan for a year or so and hadn’t even seen The Borrowers or Anna and the King – still haven’t, ack!).

I invited them to become admins, and all of them accepted! I think adding them as admins was one of my best ideas yet, because that meant our site instantly had the latest news, and the forum lit up with interactivity as admins themselves started chatting about Tom.

Later we added two more admins who were really knowledgeable and active (there are now eight of them), and this is the administration team we have at today.

What can offer the fans?

Firstly, is a great place to hang out and chat about Tom Felton, his music and Harry Potter. The atmosphere is really light and casual, and in general we’re a witty, easy-going gang. I can’t pinpoint it exactly, but it seems Tom Felton fans have similar personalities and we all click together – no matter how old someone is, no matter where someone lives in the world – we all get along great!

We also cover Tom news to an obsessive, ridiculous degree. We will post just about any news item, just about any photo (except personal photos – we won’t post those unless we have Tom’s permission).

Now that we are in contact with Tom personally, he or his management team give us lots of news about his activities – which has really made us an authoritative source for news about him. Additionally, we’ve been able to ask for his input on various subjects (such as the recent rumor that he had been cast as Riley in the third installment of the Twilight series, “Eclipse“), which of course gives us a lot to post about.

In the long run, what is your main goal with this website and how will work in terms of supporting Tom Felton?

When the site first began, the goal was really to have a positive, pro-Tom site where people could get lots of Feltbeats music news.

Nowadays, we’re much more focused on helping spread the news about Tom – in terms of both his music and his acting. We’ve even started the “Feltbeats Army” – which is essentially a marketing street team of hundreds of fans around the world who go on little missions to promote Tom and his projects.

I would love it if more directors and producers in the industry came to understand what a huge star Tom Felton is – he has a HUGE fanbase that is dedicate, loyal and WORLD WIDE. Just by casting Tom in their movie, they gain a ton of exposure for their project and instantly have thousands and thousands of people around the world interested in it. Plus Tom is a great guy and a great actor – so it’s a win-win! seems to have a good relationship with Tom Felton. What is the key to this wonderful relationship you share and what advise would you give fans when it comes to interacting with Tom?

We do have a good relationship, and I think it is mostly because Tom trusts us to act in his best interests. When the site was first founded, I always told the admins (and anyone else on our forums) that we want a positive, professional site so that if one day Tom Felton himself stumbled upon it, he wouldn’t be disgusted by what he saw.

Apparently, it worked – he did visit the site and he liked it enough to respond to an e-mail I wrote him… the rest is history.

As for advice for other fans, I do have some!

Firstly, the best way to interact with Tom is to follow him on Twitter ( That IS really him, and he does read his replies and often responds to them!

When sending him tweets on Twitter, be classy. Don’t send 500 tweets a day asking for a reply from him or something like that. Just respond casually about things he might be interested in, or things he’s talking about. And definitely be funny! Tom has an amazing sense of humor and he really appreciates witty remarks and clever jokes! Tom has told me that his favorite part of Twitter is seeing all the crazy responses he gets when asking a question.

Lastly, be patient. Though he does read all of his replies, be aware that he gets THOUSANDS of replies every day, and can’t respond to them all! So just keep tweeting, and keep being funny, and he’ll appreciate it!

Thanks, Misha, for being a dedicated Felton supporter and for this interview.

Twitter Mania

Felton isn’t the only who’s a Twitter regular. Other Potter stars are also Tweeting!

Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) –

A girl asking for my autograph today told me that she did already have it. Her mother got it for her before she was born. Am I that old? 😦

2:01 AM Jun 13th from web

Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) –

Sidney is my mx5 roadster. (car) I know it’s a little silly naming my car but never mind.

9:11 AM Jun 4th from TwitterFon

James Phelps (Fred Weasley) –

The parachute was invented 120 years before the airplane. It was originally intended to save people who had to jump from burning buildings

2:34 AM May 29th from web

Exclusive Interview: Tom Felton – Behind the Mask of Malfoy (Part 3)

Tom Felton: Behind the Mask of Malfoy

Interview by Amanda Aayusya, with the assistance of Misha (

Speaking of traveling, have you been to Asia lately? If yes, where and how did you like that place? If no, where do you want to go to?

I haven’t been to Asia lately but I would love come back and see it all again!

As for where I would want to go, I would do anything right now to be back in Hawaii! I absolutely loved Maui, I’m so keen to do a film out there! I’d also like to visit Fiji one day!

Have you had any experience meeting fans from Asia? If yes, what was the experience like? If no, then that’s too bad, but we hope you’ll get that experience soon.

Not in any official way, but I look forward to meeting them soon! It would be great if we had a premiere out there and I got to go and meet all of them. I’d love to visit Singapore soon also – it is on my next list of places to visit!

Switching topics now, I cannot even begin to tell you how delighted I was when you released your first video on YouTube. Your music is nothing short of brilliant, so compliments on that. But it felt like something that came out of the blue — many fans didn’t even know you were THAT musically inclined up until that moment. Just how serious were you about your music back then?

Thank you for your comments! I appreciate that!

Music has always a passion and it has just developed over the years! I love to play music with my friend as a hobby and to just see the creativity that can come from all of us just jamming together and having fun. We all learn from each other and we all help each other progress our skills.

And how serious are you about your music now?

I don’t take it too seriously, I just have a passion for music and being creative with it.

Thanks to your music on iTunes and YouTube, your Twitter, and online interviews in, you’re now somewhat of an Internet phenomenon. How do you feel about your Internet fame?

I greatly appreciate all the support and interest from the fans. My fans are incredible! They are extremely inspiring and interacting with them via Twitter is such fun. Its amazing how you can be in touch with such a diverse group of people from all over the world.

I love hearing all their responses and thoughts on my music! I take it all in to account I assure you! I am completely flattered by their interest in my music.

I know this question has been asked before, but just checking again: do you prefer acting or singing? Which of these two would you like to pursue as a career after Harry Potter?

Acting definitely as a career, but I will always write music as I love being creative.

If you do pursue acting, after Harry Potter, what kind of movies or characters would you like to play?

Action or war movies would be fantastic to do, or even a film related to music. My ultimate character to play would definitely be James Bond.

According to reports, you rode an ostrich in South Africa. I couldn’t help but be amused when I first heard about it. Do tell us all about this because it’s not like every day we see a celebrity riding an ostrich.

It was great fun, but it was also terribly scary! I fell off which was actually quite hilarious! I’d highly recommend riding an ostrich!

Now, just for fun, if you were a wizard about to be Sorted in Hogwarts, which House do you think you – Tom Felton – would be in?

I, Tom Felton, would definitely be in Slytherin!

And if you could pick an occupation in the wizarding world, what would you be doing for a living?

I’d probably be a magical luthier and make some sort of musical instrument to sell on Diagon Alley.

Now pick your preference out of two options given. Don’t think too much about the question. Just answer with the first thing you’ve an impulse to say. First of all, Hermione Granger or Luna Lovegood?

Luna Lovegood

Scones or pancakes?


Football or cricket?


Acoustic guitar or electric guitar?

Acoustic guitar

Describe Tom Felton in three words or phrases.


Lastly, do you have any messages for your fans in Indonesia and Asia?

Thank you for your support! I can’t wait for you to all see the film and I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you, Tom, for this lovely interview.


Credits and disclaimers: This interview was conducted with Tom Felton via e-mail exclusively for FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia, issue 18, July 2009. Copying or using the whole interview without permission is strictly prohibited. Pages scanned from FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia and are not for commercial use. Images used in the article are copyrighted by Warner Bros., Lost Tribe Productions Ltd., and ITV. Do not hotlink and/or use without permission. FiRST thanks Misha of for her help in this interview.

Exclusive Interview: Tom Felton – Behind the Mask of Malfoy (Part 2)

Tom Felton: Behind the Mask of Malfoy

Interview by Amanda Aayusya, with the assistance of Misha (

First of all, let’s take a trip down memory lane. What do you remember from your audition for the Harry Potter movies? What did you have to do?

I remember going up to Leavesden Studios and meeting Chris Columbus with loads of other kids. He used to just talk to us and throw questions to see how we react. I remember in one of the early call backs we were running lines and he was holding an egg (supposed to be a dragon’s egg but represented by a chicken’s!). He then deliberately dropped the egg to see how I reacted! He was great fun and made you feel very at ease.

In the past, you mentioned that you tried for the role of Harry Potter, but got the role of Draco Malfoy instead. There must be some kind of emotion involved in that. How did you feel about getting the role of Draco Malfoy?

At the time of going for the different parts, unlike most I wasn’t already a fan of the books so it took me a while to establish the different characters. I am so happy with playing Draco and also think Harry Potter couldn’t have been cast better, or the rest of the cast for that fact! Personally though, if I could play any character it would be Draco! So I consider myself very lucky!

I was interested with something you said in a recent interview with; that you felt like Draco was your character. After playing Draco in six HP movies, just how well do you know Draco? How has Draco’s character evolved since the beginning?

Draco has evolved a little slower than young Potter, but in the latest film he really takes a leap into manhood. His early years consisted of mostly childish name calling, but in the latest film he really steps it up a gear. He is slowly becoming a man.

Although this might sound like a silly question, but I’ll ask it anyway. Have you read Book 7 in its entirety? What did you think of the Epilogue: 19 Years Later in the book? Harry, Ron, Hermione and even Draco have their own families. How do you imagine Draco’s life 19 years after the end of the story?

Of all the scenes, this is the one I look forward to filming the most! I can’t wait to see Draco, Harry (etc.) as men! I think Draco will look very much like his father – probably with a long ponytail and a silver cane!

One of my favorite scenes in the Half-Blood Prince book is the scene where Harry and Draco were involved in an ‘accidental’ duel in the bathroom and Draco was badly injured thanks to the Sectumsempra spell. A lot of fans liked that scene and consider it iconic and we hope that it isn’t changed in the movie. Will the fans be disappointed with that scene in the upcoming movie?

I’ve only seen bits of it but I know that filming it was intense! What starts as a duel turns into a full-on wand fight! I can’t say too much but it’s very intense. There’s years of tension between Harry and Draco and it is certainly released in the fight – expect an epic ruck!

What was it like to film that scene with Daniel Radcliffe? As far as the fans can tell, there are no hard feelings between the actors who play Harry and Draco, so how did you and Daniel summon the intense emotions needed for that scene?

Dan’s great – ever a professional and great fun to work with! It’s funny that one minute we’re talking about a who should be in the England cricket team then 5 minutes later we’re trying to rip each other’s heads off in a bathroom. I think we bounce off each other’s energy, making it much easier to get the scenes as intense as they should be… and no hard feelings! We have a great relationship on and off screen, and I can definitely see myself working with him again in the future.

In the movies, you get to play as Jason Isaac’s and Helen McRory’s son, as well as Helena Bonham Carter’s nephew. Is it intimidating to be around them? Or do you feel comfortable around them, as if they’re your own family?

It is amazing to have these great English actors around you! Very intimidating at first but they are very nice and made me feel at ease very quickly. They are all great fun to work with, especially Helena Bonham Carter.

Let’s take another trip down memory lane. Your first movie was The Borrowers, which was recently shown in one of the cable channels in Indonesia. Do you remember anything from there? Jim Broadbent and Mark Williams, who are playing in Harry Potter, were in it as well. Did they recognize you on the set of Harry Potter?

Mark and Jim both remembered me and it was great to see them again – they are both extremely talented guys! I had a great time filming The Borrowers and it was a fantastic first film to do.

Afterwards, you played in Anna and the King. The story of this movie happens in the country we now call Thailand. Did you have to travel to South East Asia to film that movie? If yes, where did you go to and what do you remember from this experience?

For the movie, I went to Malaysia with my mum for 4 months. I was so young I unfortunately don’t remember much of it though!

One of my memories, however, is riding an elephant! I was so happy about it and couldn’t wait to tell my friends back at school. My mum is always reminiscing about her experiences so I’ve learned a lot about my experiences through her. Apparently I wouldn’t eat any of the food they gave me on set as it was so different from what I was used to in London, so she had to go to the KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) she found 20 minutes away from set in a taxi everyday to get me a meal!

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Credits and disclaimers: This interview was conducted with Tom Felton via e-mail exclusively for FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia, issue 18, July 2009. Copying or using the whole interview without permission is strictly prohibited. Pages scanned from FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia and are not for commercial use. Images used in the article are copyrighted by Warner Bros., Lost Tribe Productions Ltd., and ITV. Do not hotlink and/or use without permission. FiRST thanks Misha of for her help in this interview.

Exclusive Interview: Tom Felton – Behind the Mask of Malfoy (Part 1)

Tom Felton: Behind the Mask of Malfoy

Interview by Amanda Aayusya, with the assistance of Misha (

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This year Harry Potter and his brave band of Gryffindors return to the big screens after a two year absence. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will finally appear on cinemas in Jakarta in July after it was postponed for about half a year (it had originally been slated to open in cinemas in December 2008). Harry’s tale is more thrilling this time around, as he becomes obsessed with his schoolyard rival Draco Malfoy after suspecting him of evildoing. Harry and Draco will eventually face off in a battle of spells in Half-Blood Prince. Both actors who play these characters on-screen promise an intense epic battle between the two students of opposing Houses.

Everyone knows who Daniel Radcliffe is. The young man who’s been playing Potter for nearly a decade is one of the world’s most popular actors at this moment. But how about the one who plays Draco, Tom Felton? His pale face and sly, smirking expressions are Felton’s trademarks ever since he joined the Potter cast. Thanks to this, there have been more than a few people who are under the impression that Felton is as bad as Draco. Well, they’d be surprised to know that Felton is a down-to-earth, courteous young man and is not at all like his on-screen alter ego.

It’s a pity that, at this moment, Felton has not yet gained the massive popularity that Radcliffe enjoys in Indonesia. That is not to say, however, that he’s inferior to Radcliffe in front of the cameras. Just like his co-star, Felton has been acting since a young age. His face has graced the big screens since 1997, debuting in The Borrowers. And before becoming Draco, he played Jodie Foster‘s son in Anna and the King (1999).

Again, very much like Radcliffe, Felton has also begun building his career for when the Potter saga wraps up. In the past year or so, he has been in two horror flicks, The Disappeared (2008) dan 13 Hours (2009). But, more excitingly, last year Felton has revealed one of his greatest, most unexpected talents: music.

Felton has all the makings of a true aspiring indie musician: a catchy name that he uses for his solo act, Feltbeats; an account in YouTube, where he releases his videos and showcases his prowess in singing and songwriting; being listed at iTunes, where fans could purchase his albums. We look forward to bigger, greater things from this particular endeavor of his.

To let Indonesians know him better, FiRST’s correspondent and contributor, Amanda Aayusya, with the generous assistance of Misha of the biggest Felton’s fansite on the Internet,, managed to chase this actor who was born in London, 22 September 1987, in the midst of his hectic schedule of promoting Half-Blood Prince and filming the seventh movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and have him answer several inquiries on Draco Malfoy, further plans for his life-after-Potter, and that uniquely bizarre experience of ostrich riding… exclusive for FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia.

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Credits and disclaimers: This article was written for FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia, issue 18, July 2009. Pages scanned from FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia and are not for commercial use. Images are copyrighted by Warner Bros. Indonesia. Do not hotlink and/or use without permission.

Character Journey: Draco Malfoy – The Sneaky Slytherin Prince

Character Journey

Draco Malfoy – The Sneaky Slytherin Prince


Lord Voldemort may be Harry’s archenemy, but Harry’s true rival is this arrogant blond-haired Slytherin: Draco Malfoy.

Son of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy and heir to the powerful Malfoy family, Draco is everything that Harry is not. He still has both of his parents living whereas Harry is an orphan; his family is wealthy in that old money kind of way whereas Harry’s relatives are vulgarly nouveau riche; he is a sneaky Slytherin whereas Harry is daring Gryffindor; he is light-haired whereas Harry is dark. In short, they have very little in common and, since the very beginning of this wondrous tale by J. K. Rowling, Draco has been as a persistent thorn on Harry’s side.

In the first year, he offered his hand for an alliance with Harry. He was, of course, rejected, thanks to his pompous attitude and his snickering comment made on Harry’s new friend, Ron. Needless to say, from that moment onward, that they were both doomed to a relationship of mutual dislike and enduring rivalry.

Draco’s ultimate goal is to undermine everything Harry has accomplished at Hogwarts. After Harry had been made Seeker in the Gryffindor Quidditch team, Draco weaseled his way in the Slytherin team in their second year, playing the same position Harry played. He attempted to get Harry’s friend Hagrid, who had been appointed as a teacher in their third year, fired and, while that didn’t work, he successfully sentenced Hagrid’s pet, a hipogriff named Buckbeak, to death. Their fourth year saw Draco betting against Harry and taking Diggory’s side in the Triwizard Tournament. And finally, in their fifth year, Draco joined Dolores Umbridge’s Inquisitor Squad and took part in unraveling Harry’s effort to teach proper Defense against the Dark Arts to his friends. There is no doubt that Draco strove to make Harry’s life one big living hell.

It’s safe to say, though, that Draco’s villainy has never truly presented any real danger for Harry so far. His nastiness, with all the pranks and the taunts, is the kind that every growing teenager have indulged in at one point in life. Come the sixth movie, however, Draco loses his status as comic relief and is now cast in a more serious light.

Draco becomes more than Harry’s schoolyard rival in Half-Blood Prince. Both older, though perhaps not wiser, both develop a new intensity in their rivalry that is previously unmatched, because the game that Draco now plays is not mere sports; he is playing a game of life and death, a game that whether directly or indirectly affects Harry’s life. He is the catalyst that sets the wheels moving, initiating the chain of events that lead to the real war between Harry and Lord Voldemort. With these changes in Draco, so does Harry change as well. Rivals they might forever be but from this point onward, their destinies are intertwined.



Credits and disclaimers: This article was written for FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia, issue 18, July 2009. Pages scanned from FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia and are not for commercial use. Images are copyrighted by Warner Bros. Indonesia. Do not hotlink and/or use without permission.

Character Journey: Severus Snape – The Mysterious Professor

Character Journey

Severus Snape: The Mysterious Professor


There is no character in the Harry Potter saga more mysterious than this Potions professor with the dark beady eyes, inky blank hair and somber expression. Severus Snape is so mysterious that even the actor playing him in the Harry Potter movies, Alan Rickman, does not particularly relish discussing the character in interviews. Understandable; considering that his role in the movies so far has also been kept to a minimum. But also intriguing, because… really, who is Severus Snape?

Facts: He’s the Slytherin Head of House and Potions master at Hogwarts. He’s a strong wizard (Snape faced off with Kenneth Branagh’s Gilderoy Lockhart in simulate duel in the second movie and came out triumphant). He is a Legilimens, a wizard who is apt at reading other wizards’ minds with a spell. He’s not very friendly with the Gryffindors and likes to pick on them, thanks to an old grudge that was born from having been bullied by Harry’s father James and godfather Sirius in their youth.

Myteries: Where does he come from? What are his hobbies? Who does he like? And, most importantly, who does his allegiance lie?

Is he Harry’s friend or Harry’s foe?

If he is a foe, then he doesn’t make a bad enemy for Harry… not really. For all that hatred he seems to radiate for his former tormentor’s son, he has so far saved Harry’s life three times. In The Sorcerer’s Stone, he rescued Harry from a possible curse sent to his way while playing Quidditch by the duplicitous Professor Quirrell. In Prisoner of Azkaban, Snape used his body to shield Harry, Ron and Hermione when his colleague, Professor Remus Lupin (David Thewlis), transformed into a werewolf. In Order of the Phoenix, he managed to decipher Harry’s ‘coded message’ and later on alerted the Order of the Death Eater threat at the Ministry. Subsequently, the rescue squad arrived on time to save Harry & Co. in the epic battle at the Ministry.

But he’s just not a very nice person at all. He’s the kind that wouldn’t think twice to smack his students on the head for insolence and disobedience (see: Goblet of Fire, scene at the Great Hall, where Harry and Ron talked among themselves during study hour). That’s why the mixed signals coming out from Snape jam our perception of him and we are kept on the edge of our seat every time the distinguished Rickman shows up on screen in his austere black robes to torment the heroic teen wizards.

Now, the teen wizards will simply have to step aside for a while, because Half-Blood Prince is essentially Snape’s story. Those who are curious about this character will be able to catch a deeper glimpse on this man who perpetually stands on the grey area of the saga. But be forewarned – you probably won’t see that much of him in the end. The filmmakers have succeeded in cleverly cloaking Snape’s character in multiple layers of guise in five movies by keeping his screen appearances low. There’s no guarantee that all of Snape will be unveiled in the sixth Potter installment, and yet… we can’t help but be excited about what’s coming next.

That is the beauty of Snape, after all. Nothing piques the curiosity more than the mysterious man on the background and leaves us wanting for more.



Credits and disclaimers: This article was written for FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia, issue 18, July 2009. Pages scanned from FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia and are not for commercial use. Images are copyrighted by Warner Bros. Indonesia. Do not hotlink and/or use without permission.

Character Journey: Tom Riddle – The True Terror

Character Journey

Tom Riddle: The True Terror


The time may not have come yet for Harry to be able to fight Voldemort on his own. Harry’s not even half as proficient in magic as this evil tyrant. Lord Voldemort is undeniably strong – stronger than any other wizard alive in their time, except for Dumbledore – and he is cunning. He is the Slytherin. A descendant of Salazar Slytherin himself, one of the four founders of Hogwarts, he upholds Slytherin’s main ideology obsessively: the only wizards that matter, the only magical folk that should be allowed to exist, are those with pure blood.

Ironically, Voldemort is far from having ‘pure wizarding blood’. He revealed himself to be the result of a union between a witch and a Muggle man. He resents his father’s blood that runs inside his body and seeks to become greater and more powerful than any other magical being. So ambitious was he that he turned to Dark Magic and aimed to conquer Death.

Thanks to his ambitions, he went through various transformations until his physique is thoroughly altered. Voldemort is the only character whose appearance was never the same in every Potter movie until he finally became corporeal in the fourth movie. The first time we laid eyes on him, he was a parasitic tumor on the back of Professor Quirrell’s head. Then there was his youthful version, whose real name was Tom Marvolo Riddle (which provided the anagram for the name he uses to terrorize the wizarding world, “I am Lord Voldemort”), a handsome Hogwarts prefect with slick wavy black hair and nicely squared jaws. His disgusting shape in Goblet of Fire that resembled a deformed, overgrown infant being carried on the arms of Peter Pettigrew was the penultimate form he had before being revived into his current body. And despite having an actor as fine as Ralph Fiennes in his robes on screen, Voldemort is still not very desirable either even now. After all, he does have the face of a snake, with red orbs for eyes and slits for nose. There are very few mythical creatures that can surpass the creepiness of this man’s countenance.

Even more terrifying than his looks, however, is his operation. Voldemort is basically a terrorist. Just from the way people refuse to say his name, referring him to as “You-Know-Who” and “He Who Must Not Be Named”, is an indication of how fearful his influence is, let alone his actual presence. He has torn families apart, pit friends against friends, made enemies out of allies, and not hesitated to sacrifice human life for the sake of his ambition before. And he will continue to do so again. One family, in particular, is about to become his next victim. As irony continues to lace this villain’s existence, that family is none other than the one who has served him loyally thus far.

That kind of makes you think, doesn’t it? About what sort of man he really is. About where he came from. About what is it that turned him this way. Harry and Dumbledore are thinking about that, too. That’s why we can expect Voldemort’s enemies to try harder to delve into his past. The answers, they will find in Half-Blood Prince.



Credits and disclaimers: This article was written for FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia, issue 18, July 2009. Pages scanned from FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia and are not for commercial use. Images are copyrighted by Warner Bros. Indonesia. Do not hotlink and/or use without permission.

Character Journey: Albus Dumbledore – The Eccentric Headmaster

Character Journey

Albus Dumbledore: The Eccentric Headmaster


Order of the Phoenix, reached its climax with an epic battle between Good and Evil, of Light versus Dark. On the Dark side, there was Voldemort. On the Light side, there was Albus Dumbledore. The two wizards were so powerful, young Harry could only sit on the sidelines and watch as the two most powerful living wizards of their time send curses after hexes after jinxes towards each other.

It was strange to see Albus Dumbledore, who takes on an appearance of an old man, managing to appear so strong against Voldemort, who is decades younger than Dumbledore in terms of age and physical appearance. In the first and second Harry Potter fare, Dumbledore was portrayed as a mild, benevolent, and aged headmaster, though this might be attributed mostly to the performance of the late Richard Harris, the first actor who played Dumbledore on screen. Harris portrayed Dumbledore as a kind-hearted mentor who patiently advised young Harry about the evils of the world and taught him it was his choices in life that made him different from his nemesis, Voldemort. Harris’ successor, Michael Gambon, portrayed a different Dumbledore. His Dumbledore was more brusque and more eccentric. Infinitely more lively, too. Which Dumbledore is the real Dumbledore?

Believe it or not, both actors’ Dumbledore is true to the canon. Through their interpretations, the audiences have the chance to feel the nuances in Dumbledore’s personalities tangibly, just like in the book. This is a man who is both astute and reckless, a teacher who is eccentric and sensible at the same time, and a wizard who is elderly and yet still powerful. In this sense, Dumbledore is more than a match for Voldemort. Which is why, Harry constantly needs Dumbledore’s guidance to defeat the evil wizard.

Dumbledore has always been there since the beginning of the boy wizard’s journey. He was the one who placed Harry in the care of the Dursleys (questionable decision, but not without a good reason) and passed along Harry’s family heirlooms, along with the advice on how to deal with the possible dangerous magical object, Mirror of the Erised, in Harry’s first year at Hogwarts. Dumbledore showed faith in Harry in Chamber of Secrets and encouraged him to investigate the Basilisk attacks when the Ministry threatened to close Hogwarts that was Harry’s home. He gave Harry and Hermione a clue on how to save Sirius Black and Buckbeak the Hippogriff using the Time-Turner in the next movie. In Goblet of Fire, it was through Dumbledore’s Pensieve, an object that stores his memories, Harry learned the existence and identities of Voldemort’s Death Eaters. Although initially he avoided Harry in Order of the Phoenix and hurt Harry’s feelings by keeping him at arm’s length, he solidified his support for Harry by fighting Voldemort at the MoM.

Under Dumbledore’s tutelage, Harry continues to grow as a stronger wizard in Half-Blood Prince. There’s apparently more knowledge to pass on to Harry in this next installment. Dumbledore is going to try and help Harry discover more about Voldemort’s history by showing him those memories he had been keeping in the Pensieve. A younger Dumbledore will appear in front of our eyes, so we, too, will be able to discover more about this great wizard’s background. But how long will it take for Dumbledore to teach Harry? Surely, he can’t hold Harry’s hand forever. There will be a time for Harry to fight the war alone, without Dumbledore. That time may come sooner than Harry, and all of us, might think.



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Character Journey: The Sidekicks’ Journey

The Sidekicks’ Journey



Sorcerer’s Stone. Became Harry’s friend after sharing a compartment on the Hogwarts Express. A wizarding chess enthusiast, who later won them a game against Transfigured chess pieces. Established sidekick status by sticking to his side for all kinds of adventures.

Chamber of Secrets. Drove his father’s magic flying car all the way to Hogwarts after he and Harry failed to board the Hogwarts Express. Hates spiders, but loyally followed Harry to the Forbidden Forest for an audience with Aragog, an ancient, giant venomous acromantula. Infiltrated the Slytherin dorms, as one of Malfoy’s cronies, to investigate the attacks on Muggle-born students. Rescued his sister, Ginny, from the Slytherin’s Chamber of Secrets with Harry.

Prisoner of Azkaban. Fought almost daily with Hermione over their pets. Thought his pet rat, Scabbers, had been eaten by Crookshank the Kneazle. Later on discovered that Scabbers was Peter Pettigrew, the cowardly Animagus who betrayed Harry’s parents to Voldemort. Overall awkward around Hermione.

Goblet of Fire. Furiously jealous of Harry for being a Hogwarts champion at the Triwizard tournament. Went to the Yule Ball with Padma Patil (Afshan Azad). Sulked when he discovered Hermione dated Viktor Krum (Stanislav Ianevski). Abducted and was appointed as Harry’s precious object to be retrieved at the second task of the tournament.

Order of the Phoenix. Defended Harry against the skeptical crowd who wouldn’t believe that Voldemort had returned. Formed Dumbledore’s Army with Harry and Hermione. Fought against the Death Eaters at the Ministry.

Half-Blood Prince. New girlfriend, potions, poisons… but most important, he’s going to play Quidditch. Here comes Weasley, our king.


Sorcerer’s Stone. Friendless, know-it-all pushover. Had no friends until Harry and Ron rescued her from a troll. Established her status as the ‘brain’ of the Gryffindor trio by providing the answers to the many mysteries surrounding the philosopher’s stone.

Chamber of Secrets. Suggested and brewed the Polyjuice Potion Harry and Ron drank to change themselves into Crabbe and Goyle. Petrified by a basilisk. Even then, still managed to assert her intelligence by solving the mystery of the attacks on Muggle-born students.

Prisoner of Azkaban. Was given the Time-Turner, a device to travel back in time, which she used to attend her many classes. Later on, used the Time-Turner to bring herself and Harry back in time to rescue Sirius Black and Buckbeak the Hippogriff. Started throwing longing looks at Ron.

Goblet of Fire. Underwent a metamorphosis, from bushy-haired girl to fairytale princess, for the Yule Ball. Became Viktor Krum’s object of affection. Rendered everyone green with jealousy, most especially Ron.

Order of the Phoenix. Started breaking school rules by suggesting the formation of the Dumbledore Army. Fought with Harry and Ron in the Ministry of Magic.

Half-Blood Prince. Her awkward situation with Ron will reach its peak. Watch out, there’s sexual tension ahead!


Sorcerer’s Stone. Said good luck to Harry when he was about to pass through the barrier to Platform ¾ at King’s Cross Station.

Chamber of Secrets. Influenced and possessed by a mysterious old journal. Had her soul and energy ‘consumed’ by an echo of Tom Riddle. Drove Harry to fight a basilisk in her rescue. Her status was elevated from ‘his best friend’s sister’ to ‘his friend’.

Goblet of Fire. Went to the Quidditch World Cup with her family, Harry and Hermione. Went to the Yule Ball and danced with Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis).

Order of the Phoenix. Threw a longing look whenever Harry showed interest in Cho Chang. Impressed the hell out of Harry and his brothers by using the Reducto curse during DADA training.

Half-Blood Prince. Forget Cho Chang – she’s going to be Harry’s new kick-ass girlfriend!



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Character Journey: Harry Potter – A Die-Hard Gryffindor

Character Journey

Harry Potter: A Die-Hard Gryffindor


The first time we see Harry Potter in The Sorcerer’s Stone he was a small boy with huge, dorky round spectacles who lived with his irritating relatives. Harry’s physique, added with the unfair treatment he received from his uncle, aunt and cousin, would beg for sympathy from anyone who saw him.

Then, in the midst of ‘celebrating’ his eleventh birthday on a cold hard floor in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, a giant of a man called Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) crashed through the door and announced, “Harry, you are a wizard.” Thus into a magical world Harry entered and, along with him, so did we.

Harry found his true home in this world, namely Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where young witches and wizards learned all they needed to become proper magic users. Besides magic, Harry also learned of his true identity. He was the Boy-Who-Lived, the only human ever to survive from Lord Voldemort, an evil wizard who had murdered many people, including Harry’s own parents, for his own private ambitions.

Every year at Hogwarts Harry went through all kinds of exciting, yet life-threatening, adventures. In his first three years at Hogwarts alone, Harry had gone through battles with a biting three headed dog, a lethal basilisk, a group of venomous acromantulas and soul-sucking creatures called Dementors. Even before he reached the age of 14, Harry had faced the lord of terror in various shapes numerous times. Despite all that, he won all his battles and could breathe easily in those first years he spent as a young wizard living in a magical environment. Unfortunately, things were about to change in his next year at Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which depicted Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts, was a turning point in Harry’s story. Young Harry was forced to make a leap into adulthood, seemingly at the blink of an eye. After spending the whole year dealing with the repercussions of being framed into participating in the Triwizard Tournament, Harry finally met his nemesis, Voldemort, and even reluctantly took part in his resurrection. The end of Harry’s innocence came when Voldemort killed Harry’s schoolmate and fellow Triwizard champion, Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson), right in front of his eyes.

Harry’s world subsequently became much darker than before. In Order of the Phoenix, tragedy occurred one after another for Harry. Dementors came to his Muggle neighborhood. He was nearly expelled from Hogwarts and tried by the Wizengamot at the Ministry of Magic. The Ministry, disbelieving of his claim that Voldemort had risen again, also made Harry’s life a living hell by sending Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) as High Inquisitor to Hogwarts in order to seal his and his mentor Dumbledore’s mouths. It wasn’t a great wonder that Harry, who was still reeling from Cedric’s death and Voldemort’s return, sunk into depression and a self-imposed exile, distancing himself from those who cared for him the most.

There were some bright moments in this tale that is considered to be the darkest in the Potter saga. The first was when Harry and friends formed the Dumbledore Army to fight back Umbridge’s stifling influence. The other was when Harry’s unrequited crush with Cho Chang (Katie Leung), which began in the previous tale, became rather requited. The two of them shared a (admittedly wet) kiss after a clandestine Defense against the Dark Arts lesson. In the end, however, the strongest blow was delivered to Harry’s stomach: Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), Harry’s godfather, died at the hands of a Death Eater.

Voldemort’s shadow still looms… out there. There’s a double threat closer to home at Hogwarts. One of them is Draco Malfoy, Harry’s rival from Slytherin. Behind Draco, there is Severus Snape, the one teacher Harry despises. With his friends Ron and Hermione entangled in a web of romance politics and unresolved sexual tensions, Harry finds company in an unusual new ‘friend’: the so-called ‘Half-Blood Prince’, who is actually… a tome. And now it begs the question: is this new friend trustworthy? It remains to be seen.

Nonetheless, we can all be reassured that Harry will never give up. He isn’t called ‘Boy-Who-Lived’ for nothing. Harry is more than just a person who refuses to perish from evil; he is an inspiration. If only everyone were that daring and strong… cowards would never exist. Can anyone blame us for adoring such a hero?



Credits and disclaimers: This article was written for FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia, issue 18, July 2009. Pages scanned from FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia and are not for commercial use. Images are copyrighted by Warner Bros. Indonesia. Do not hotlink and/or use without permission.