Tom Felton Says Alan Rickman Scolded Him on Harry Potter Set for Stepping on His Cloak

Tom Felton and Alan Rickman starred in eight Harry Potter films together, presumably forming a close relationship as they continually traveled to the iconic Wizarding World. Felton played Draco Malfoy, while Rickman perfected the role of Professor Severus Snape. As it turns out, the late Rickman preferred to stay in character while filming the movies, as Felton was reprimanded on set for accidentally stepping on his cloak during Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Felton recently took to his Instagram account to promote his book, Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard. He discussed his time on set with Rickman, revealing what happened when he was a little too close to the Snape actor. “Eventually, I was told in no uncertain terms by Alan Rickman, ‘Don’t step on my f*****g cloak,'” he explains. “I sort of giggled. The Death Eaters and I looked at each other and thought, ‘Is he joking?’ It quickly became apparent: He’s totally not joking.”


Unfortunately for Felton, that wouldn’t be the only time he stepped on the professor’s robes. Director David Yates instructed the Malfoy actor to “walk as close as I can to Alan” in the following take, resulting in another misstep “about halfway through the Great Hall.” Once again, Rickman “turned around and gave me a look you never, ever want to see.” Felton says he would have been upset, too, “You have to bear in mind his cloak’s attached around his neck — I nearly killed the poor man!” Luckily, Felton wasn’t the only one to step on Rickman; as the very next take, someone else did the same thing. “That kind of took the heat away from me. But I’ll never forget those words: ‘Don’t step on my f*****g cloak.”

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Alan Rickman Almost Saw a Much Shorter Harry Potter Run

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Alan Rickman was terrific during his time with Harry Potter. However, personal journal entries recently revealed he almost stepped away from the franchise before completing his eight-movie run. His thoughts captured in his diaries, spanning over 25 years, are soon to be published, titled Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman.

In his entries, Rickman states he nearly walked away from the movies during a battle with prostate cancer in 2006. However, he decided to return just a few weeks after his release from the hospital. “Finally, yes to HP 5. The sensation is neither up nor down. The argument that wins is the one that says: ‘See it through. It’s your story,” the journal reads.

Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman will be released later this month on Oct. 18, 2022. Tom Felton’s book, Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard, is set to debut on the same day, Oct. 18. Pre-orders for both upcoming releases are available now.