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  • Beyond the Wand

  • The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard
  • By: Tom Felton
  • Narrated by: Tom Felton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,055 ratings)

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Beyond the Wand

By: Tom Felton
Narrated by: Tom Felton
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They called for a break, and Gambon magicked up a cigarette from out of his beard. He and I were often to be found outside the stage door, having 'a breath of fresh air', as we referred to it. There would be painters and plasterers and chippies and sparks, and among them all would be me and Dumbledore having a crafty cigarette.

From Borrower to wizard, Tom Felton's adolescence was anything but ordinary. His early rise to fame saw him catapulted into the limelight aged just twelve when he landed the iconic role of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.

Speaking with candour and his own trademark humour, Tom shares his experience of growing up on screen and as part of the wizarding world for the very first time. He tells all about his big break, what filming was really like and the lasting friendships he made during ten years as part of the franchise, as well as the highs and lows of fame and the reality of navigating adult life after filming finished.

Prepare to meet a real-life wizard.

©2022 Tom Felton (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Human and heartfelt

I really enjoyed this. Felton is a natural storyteller with a lovely way of keeping the listener captivated and entertained. I usually hate memoirs but this was self-effacing, humble, funny and fascinating.

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Wonderful surprise

I got this audiobook on a whim based on the reviews, I have been stuck in a rut listening to Harry Potter and teen dystopia (my ultimate guilty pleasures) over and over again and I needed to try something new.
I always liked Felton as an actor since seeing him in Anna and the King and he was obviously glorious as Draco Malfoy, he stood out as being more naturally talented than other child actors I had seen, but I never reach for autobiographies. I’m so glad I did!

It is such an easy listen, full of lovely tales and insights into his world. He seems down to earth, naturally funny and he really strikes me as a kind hearted man who has learned from any minor past mistakes to better himself. How he speaks about his family, friends and fellow cast mates is just joyful and so generous… his own autobiography reads like a love letter to those around him who have touched his life… how joyous and refreshing a surprise that was!
I highly recommended this book!

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Wonderful read!

I’m a major Potterhead but I’ve not really read much about Tom Felton. This book was wonderful, especially hearing from one of the main characters with lots of funny stories about the other actors and what it was like during filming.

It was also very heartfelt and moving at times. Tom comes across as a kind, ordinary person who has suffered. You can relate to him and it makes the book even more personal. What a lovely person he seems to be.

I would recommend this book to anyone.

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Beautifully written.

So lovely to listen to and I found myself thinking of each chapter throughout the day. Wonderful.

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Brilliant book

Absolutely loved this book. From learning about Toms life, to behind the scenes of my favourite films… but also about his later life which is raw and emotional. Highly recommend

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An Honest Introspective Narrated By Author Himself

Tom Felton describes his maturation in a way which will resonate with many. This is the account of somebody who has journeyed from boy to man, and his story is all the more appealing and relatable because many of us are well aware of the main backdrop for much of the narrative. Felton is generous with his praise and tributes, and also quite honest about his own mistakes. It’s a very humble and human narrative which also provides good insights into fame and show business in general.
Contrary to Felton's successful depiction of highly dislikeable wizard, the author reveals himself to be a sensitive and thoughtful man who values people's more noble characteristics, many of which he encountered amongst those he worked alongside during his "Potter" years. I bought the narrated version on Audible and would highly recommend this format as Tom Felton relates his experiences in a very conversational and engaging manner. Can't praise this book enough and one hopes that Felton will go on to enjoy a rewarding adult career in the years that lie ahead.

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I never write reviews!

This book deserves a review. I found it honest, enlightening and entertaining. I didn't want it to end. Tom's narration is also excellent and keeps perfect pace and tone throughout. This book resonated with me and I hope (and have no doubt) that it will for others.

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A beautiful book

Each chapter coverers different perspectives of Toms life, though each have a theme. The theme of the book is a thank you to everyone would helped him become the man he is. From stories, banter and a unique perspective on his career and relationships Tom is nothing less than gracious and humbled by the influences, from the famous to his family, who have got him to where he is today. This book is heartwarming and beautiful. An easy listen when read by Tom himself. It’s like your have a chat with an old friend.

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Phenomenal!

I listened to this on a whim and I was blown away! It was SO good and Tom’s read of the book is spectacular! I must read, even if you’re not a potter fanatic!

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Great book

What a great book. I really enjoyed hearing about the young Tom growing up and then how he became the man he is today.

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  • Caitlin
  • 23-11-22

Loved it

Very funny. Easy to listen to. Fun to get more perspective on Tom's life and career. I just love him!

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  • nz-jilli b
  • 25-10-22

a joy to listen to

omg this was a delight to listen too. I would like to know if he paid back the $20 or spoke to the first king again. thank you Tom for the laughs and insight to your world. I shall now rewatch the movies and see if I can spot the things you talked about.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-10-22

Nostalgic, funny and honest

I've always been a fan of Tom Felton's but this made me truly admire and respect him. Loved every minute of this