• Harry Potter star Tom Felton has written a book
  • In it, he talks about his time in Hollywood
  • Fame went to his head

Tom Felton became known worldwide as "Draco Malfoy" in his early teenage years. The Harry Potter star recently released his book, Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard. In it, the actor opens up about how fame had gone to his head after his Harry Potter days.

At that time, Felton moved to the U.S., where he found himself in glamourous Hollywood. "My whole life became one crazy opportunity, extensive parties and - there's no other way to put it - free sh*t. I enjoyed it."

But the joy did not last long, soon Tom began to miss his former life.

"I was lucky and had quite a few privileges. But the life I led seemed fake to me. [...] I missed my mother." Tom Felton used alcohol as an escape.

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Tom Felton took refuge in alcohol

He "regularly had several glasses of beer before the sun even set, and had a shot of whiskey with each glass of beer." After all, he even drank during work and had not behaved very professionally.

"Alcohol, however, was not the problem, but the symptom," he writes.

Tom Felton

It had gotten so bad that he got an intervention from his co-workers. As a result, he was admitted to the first rehab center he went to, from which he escaped a short time later. Later, at a second clinic, he was thrown out because he visited a girl in her room.

After that, Tom started doing charity work, surrounded himself with positive role models, and adopted a dog - all of which helped him out of his downward spiral. 

By now, Felton knows it's important to seek help. Which he did a few years later when he found himself in a difficult phase yet again: "I can honestly say it was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. But the very fact that I was able to admit to myself that I needed some help – and I was going to do something about it – was an important moment."

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