The Beauty and the Beast star admitted in 2011 that she carried a childhood torch for her costar when they filmed the early Potter films, the first of which, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, premiered in 2001.
As all would-be Hogwarts students know, Watson played Hermione Granger, the smartest witch in her class and best friend to Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), while Felton played Draco Malfoy, Harry’s biggest non-Voldemort enemy. Add in the fact that Hermione and Draco were in rival houses Gryffindor and Slytherin, and you’ve got a classic forbidden love story.
“For the first two movies, I had a huge crush on Tom Felton. He was my first crush,” Watson told Seventeen. “He totally knows. We talked about it — we still laugh about it. We are really good friends now, and that’s cool.”
That quote might have been the end of it if the pair hadn’t kept having mini Hogwarts reunions and saying such darn cute things about their friendship.
“Lovely Emma. We do see each other quite a lot actually,” the Flash alum told Us Weekly in 2018. “We just don’t always post pictures about it. Everyone loves the reunion of it. We’re reuniting all the time, we just don’t always post it on Instagram.”
When they do post their reunions on Instagram, though, Harry Potter fans go absolutely wild. A 2018 photo that Felton shared of himself with Watson and Matthew Lewis (a.k.a. Neville Longbottom) garnered more than 1.4 million Instagram likes. “School mates,” he captioned the snap, which generated plenty of comments like, “My heart is full of joy.”
Watson’s young feelings were further complicated by the fact that Felton had his eye on someone else during filming — Helena Bonham Carter, who played Bellatrix Lestrange.
“She is completely unique, an English rose with a crazy twist,” he told the Evening Standard in 2011. “She wears vintage French clothing and she’s very cheeky. Off the set it’s all hugs and darlings, then when the camera starts rolling she turns into a complete psycho. It’s amazing to watch.”
While an attraction between the two stars never blossomed on set and doesn’t seem to be in the cards now either, fans will keep holding out hope for a Dramione — or Feltson — romance.
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