Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton is Making a Documentary About Fandom
But will there be a slash fic portion?
Tom Felton obviously has a pretty vested interest in nerdery, and now the former Malfoy is joining forces with the BBC to channel that passion into a documentary on Harry Potter and fan culture.
The one-hour documentary will air on the BBC in April before being released online, and feature interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and J.K. Rowling as well as countless fans, collectors and cosplayers. The project will reportedly be “a road trip journey” narrated by Felton, who describes it as an “in depth look at the world of super fans and these people that have followed franchises.”
As The Daily Dot points out, the term “superfan” is unnecessarily hierarchical (cough cough, MTV’s Fandom Awards), and in lesser hands, a documentary about geek subcultures might exploit fans’ passion for comical effect. That being said, considering the impact Harry Potter has had on Felton’s life and his past interactions with the fandom (I mean, he still uses Pottermore, guys) I’m pretty confident the project will be handled respectfully. In speaking about his experiences working on the documentary, Felton certainly sounds appreciative:
It was a massive insight for me, going behind the ropes and seeing what people actually do to stand behind a railing at an event. You don’t really think about the three hours it took them to stand there and get the best spot.
What do you think, gang?