Tom Felton Admits He ‘Fangirled’ After Watching ‘The Flash’: How Did He Prepare For His New Role?

Tom Felton will make his debut in the DC Universe this fall, and in a recent interview with Empire, the British actor revealed that he’s overwhelmed to be a part of the famed series. At first, the British actor wasn’t a fan of The Flash until he decided to watch one episode. He eventually found himself engrossed.

“One [episode] led to thirty-five and there I was, a week later, glued to it all, a huge fan of the show. To then be on set the next day over a meta human carcass talking about stratum corneum with Barry Allen, I was, like, fan girling out a little bit. I had to calm myself down a few times. But it makes it fun, coming in as a fan.”

He even said that it’s like “being back on something like Potter “because of the “really tight talented family” he’s working with.

“It’s such a pleasant experience, though very nerve-wracking to come on to someone else’s set, essentially. They’ve been there for two years, so for me to sort of walk on and to be expected to jump into it, it’s not always that easy. But they made it incredibly welcoming and hospitable, so I’m very grateful for that.”

Felton will play the role of a forensic scientist named Julian. His skills are reminiscent of Barry’s, and to prepare for his character, Felton had to delve into CSI vocabulary. He said he had to consult his Latin book to ensure he was pronouncing things correctly.

He described The Flash as “Friends mixed with Spider-Man or Batman.” Felton is certainly excited to be a part of The Flash even if he initially felt terrified. He was scared that he’d be awful and that he might be fired on his first day. What calmed him was the “bunch of really happy actors” who were all determined to make The Flash great.

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Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen/The Flash, has been helping Tom Felton with his lines [Image by The CW]

The Murder in the First actor commended the show’s special effects team. As a Harry Potter alumnus, Felton is no stranger to special effects. He is awed by how advanced things are now as opposed to the early days of Harry Potter when they still needed to rely on archaic props to create stunning effects.

Fans of The Flash know too well that the show isn’t afraid to incorporate other references in the show’s script, that’s why it’s safe to anticipate Harry Potter quips in the upcoming third season.

Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg confirmed that The Flash Season 3 won’t pretend that Felton isn’t a part of one of the world’s biggest film franchises.

“Tom Felton is portraying a character on our show — he’s not portraying Tom Felton. Cisco will continue to make pop culture references. We’re, generally speaking, not afraid to have a little bit of a meta-moment,” he told Cinema Blend.

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It’s easy to think that Cisco is the one who will make the random Harry Potter references. At this point, little is known about Felton’s character, Julian. He will reportedly play an antagonistic role, which might remind Potterheads of the Draco Malfoy they loathed in the first few Harry Potter films.

Felton previously told Entertainment Weekly that he can’t wait to see what the creative team is up to.

“I’m so excited for the references. I don’t doubt the talent and creativity of the writers. I’ve got a feeling they’ll come up with some real good ones. I hadn’t thought about me saying it — I assumed it would come at me from Cisco — but maybe I should give it to Cisco. Maybe he should misquote something and I could correct him.”

The Flash Season 3 will premiere on October 4 on The CW.

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