Flick Miles, Emma Watson’s body double, talks about ‘punching’ Draco Malfoy while filming Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Even though the Harry Potter series came to an emotional end more than a decade ago, it will always have a particular place in the hearts of many. Following the adventures of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), and Hermione Granger (Watson) across eight films, fans all over the world were enchanted by the magic of the Wizarding World, so much so that it spawned its spin-off in 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with the third installment, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, set to release in just. Flick Miles, Emma Watson’s Hermione Granger body duplicate, talks about ‘punching’ Draco Malfoy, played by Tom Felton while filming Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Hermione Granger was a devoted and loyal friend to both Harry and Ron and a fellow Gryffindor house member and was one of the three main protagonists of the films. Her knowledge of the Time-Turner enabled her and Harry to save Hagrid’s hippogriff, Buckbeak, as well as Harry’s Godfather, Sirius Black (Gary Oldman). Watson’s career rose quickly due to the Harry Potter films success. The 31-year-old has subsequently been in several major productions, including Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.
Miles, one of Watson’s body doubles, has spoken out about her experience filming a scene in Prisoner of Azkaban in which Draco Malfoy was ‘punched.’ Miles, who featured in the first three Potter films, told the Scottish Daily Express that she and Watson recorded the sequence together and that Miles had “never thrown a punch before in [her] life” before filming it. The performer explained that while there was no actual contact between Miles’ fist and Felton’s face during production, Felton was a “wonderful sport,” and the scene was a lot of fun to film. Miles’ complete quote can be found below.
It was most likely cut since my punch was so bad and unconvincing that they just kept Emma’s. I am a non-athletic individual. I’d never thrown a punch before, but the team urged me to go for it, and you’ll be like, ‘oh, okay.’ Isn’t this such a lovely scene? I also videotaped the moment, and Emma did as well, so this occurs all the time: we both film a scene, then they edit it together. Our hands did not make contact with his face; instead, they served as a pass to him, and he was the one to react. Tom is a terrific sportsman, so he laughed as well. Malfoy is a fantastic character, and absolutely unlike Tom in real life, he is such a nice guy [laughs], so I think he was delighted the character was put in his place a little bit as well.
Miles went on to explain that filming that scene was especially enjoyable because it was a pivotal moment in which “Hermione is finally standing up for herself.” Miles claimed that handling the props, which included Hermione’s wand and the Time-Turner, was “very great” and that the entire experience was “extremely entertaining.” For many, Hermione striking Draco is one of the franchise’s most iconic scenes; as Miles points out, it is the first time Hermione takes matters into her own hands and confronts Draco.
It’s lovely to read that Miles had such a good time filming Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. She was a part of such an important sequence that has become something of an iconic moment for Hermione’s character. Many of the franchise’s stars have expressed gratitude for their roles in bringing the Wizarding World to life, and as a fan herself, Miles seemed to be grateful to have been a part of it. For the time being, moviegoers will not have to wait long for their next dose of the Wizarding World, as Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will be released next month.