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Tom Felton: 'Harry Potter cast feared being replaced'

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Tom Felton at the MTV Movie Awards 2011

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Tom Felton has admitted that he is "very glad" not to have been cast in another role in the Harry Potter series.

The actor originally auditioned for the part of the boy wizard and his friend Ron Weasley. He went on to appear as fellow Hogwarts student-turned-Death Eater Draco Malfoy, while Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint took on the roles of Harry and Ron.

Felton confirmed that it was "very true" he had auditioned for the parts, but told FeltBeats that he is happy not to have been successful in the early auditions.

"You know, no-one could have done the jobs as good as Daniel, or especially Rupert, you know, comedic genius, but yeah!" he said. "No doubt things would have been very different. I'm not sure I would have rocked the ginger hair as well as I did the blond.

"It's kind of a weird one because we auditioned for so many parts when we first went in there, and we had no idea how important that casting process actually was, and that in 11 years we were still going to be taking about it."

Felton revealed that the cast were "only signed up for one film" and "feared" being recast after fourth movie Goblet of Fire was released in 2004.

"We all feared that after the fourth film that they were going to get rid of us and start again with new kids," he said. "So yeah, we're very proud to have made it all the way through, so to speak."

> Tom Felton 'sad to see end of Harry Potter'

Felton will appear as Draco Malfoy for the final time in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which opens in cinemas on July 15. Watch the trailer below:

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