Harry Potter’s Tom Felton details struggles with mental health & alcohol abuse in his memoir ‘Beyond the Wand’

Felton also mentioned that he entered a rehab facility in Malibu, which he escaped in less than 24 hours.

Harry Potter's Tom Felton details struggles with mental health & alcohol abuse in his memoir 'Beyond the Wand'
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Tom Felton, who played Draco Lucius Malfoy in the well-known 8-part Harry Potter films, has released his memoir ‘Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard.’ He reveals his experiences as a young child actor and his adventure with fame and fandom.

Felton also openly discussed his struggles with substance abuse and said that his addiction to was a hindrance at work.

He urged those in need to seek help, explaining that there is ‘no shame’ in taking care of yourself to the best of your abilities and that mental illness is as normal and commonplace as a physical illness and should be discussed openly.

Harry Potter's Tom Felton details struggles with mental health & alcohol abuse in his memoir 'Beyond the Wand'
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“Drinking becomes a habit at the best of times. When you’re drinking to escape a situation, even more so. The habit spilled out of the bar and, from time to time, onto the set. It came to the point where I would think nothing of having a drink while I was working, and I’d turn up unprepared, not the professional I wanted to be. The alcohol, though, wasn’t the problem. It was the symptom,” Felton wrote, quoted by Entertainment Weekly.

The Harry Potter alum who essayed Draco in the films from 2001 to 2011 said that people close to him implored him to quit, but he didn’t listen. “Everybody in the room had written me a letter. I listened to Jade (his former girlfriend) and the others as they told me how concerned they were about my behavior, drinking, and substance abuse, and I was in no state to hear them.”

“My lawyer, whom I’d barely ever met face to face, spoke with quiet honesty. ‘Tom,’ he said, ‘I don’t know you very well, but you seem like a nice guy. I want to tell you that this is the seventeenth intervention I’ve been to in my career. Eleven of them are now dead. Don’t be the twelfth’,” the actor wrote.

The actor also mentioned that he also tried escaping within a day of going to rehab, and it was a process for him to realize what had actually occurred: “I was, I realize now, completely sober for the first time in ages, and I had an overwhelming sense of clarity and anger. I started screaming at God, at the sky, at everyone and no one, full of fury for what had happened to me, for the situation I found myself in. I yelled, full-lung, at the sky and the ocean. I yelled until I’d let it all out, and I couldn’t yell anymore.”

‘Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard’ is available online and in offline stores.

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