(Warning: The following contains images from the upcoming third season of The Flash, as well as some mild speculation as to the nature of one character's role in the show. Proceed with whatever level of fast-paced caution that suggests to you is wise.)
For a man who is reportedly nicer than the average Sesame Street character, Tom Felton sure has found himself a niche as cinema's go-to "snivelling upper-class British creep." Between a childhood spent playing Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, and a post-HP career dominated by roles that make Draco look well-rounded and likable, Felton is a veritable old pro when it comes to being a snobby tool on screen.
Which of course makes it great news that he's now heading to The CW's The Flash. The only problem?
Our First Look At Felton In The Flash Kind Of Makes It Seem Like Draco Malfoy Became A CSI Tech In Central City
And boy, does he sure seem to be confused about what these muggles are doing, and why they're doing it near him.
The cruelest part of that response, of course, is that Felton is surely keen to place some distance between his iconic childhood role as Draco and his current, non-Harry Potter-themed career. His character in The Flash, after all — CSI Tech Julian Dorn — seems likely to be more than simply a weaselly antagonist, not least because he's set to be Barry Allen's new lab-mate. That, presumably, is what drew Felton to the role in the first place. Moral texturing, and all that.
And yet, because life has a way of reminding you of your past at every turn, it sure does sound as though The Flash Season 3 is now going to be firmly stuffed full of Harry Potter jokes. As the show's executive producer Andrew Kreisberg recently told EW:
"Tom Felton is portraying a character on our show — he’s not portraying Tom Felton... Cisco will continue to make pop culture references. We’re, generally speaking, not afraid to have a little bit of a meta-moment."
Or, in other words? It's probably for the best that Felton seems to have a sense of humor about the fact that he will, forever and always, be a little bit Draco in the eyes of the culture-consuming world:
"I’m so excited for the references... I don’t doubt the talent and creativity of the writers. I’ve got a feeling they’ll come up with some real good ones. I hadn’t thought about me saying it — I assumed it would come at me from Cisco — but maybe I should give it to Cisco. Maybe he should misquote something and I could correct him."
Actually, wait a minute... Correcting beloved pop culture figures with lines originally written by J.K. Rowling, while in possession of blonde hair and a sharp suit? Felton may have a little more Draco in him than we originally thought.
Hopefully it'll be as good of a moment as the one between Felton and Jonah Hill in Get Him to the Greek:
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In the meantime, though — what do you think? What'll Felton's new character's role end up being on the show? Let us know below!