When Felton and fellow actor Josh Herdman (Goyle) heard that Watson was preparing a “dance show” for the cast, the two boys had a bad reaction. As Felton wrote in his memoir, “We giggled our way down to Emma’s show and the giggles got louder as she danced… We were just shitty boys, mostly out of awkwardness and thinking we were kidding. It was cool, but Emma was obvious.” upset at our thoughtless reaction. I felt like a little ad*ck, and rightly so.
After witnessing the event, members of the hair and makeup department spoke to the boys. Felton apologized and – although Watson accepted the apology – he still reflects on the moment to this day. Describing the memory in his memoir as “painful,” he wrote, “I have come to understand over the years that of all of us, Emma had the hardest to deal with, the most difficult situation to negotiate, and from the earliest age.” Watson, who starred in her first feature film, was later brought into the public eye and, as Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe put it, sexualized at a young age (via USA Today).
Luckily, times have been good for Felton and Watson’s relationship. The two remain close friends, with Watson calling him her “soulmate” in the memoir (per Variety).