Emma Had a ‘Huge Crush’ on Tom While Filming ‘Harry Potter’—Here’s Whether They Dated & Who She’s With Now (2023)

As one of the famous actors in the world, it’s no secret that fans want to know who Emma Watson’s boyfriend is and whether she and her Harry Potter co-star, Tom Felton, ever dated after her “huge crush” on him while filming the movies.

In an interview with Glamour in 2012, Watson—who has starred in movies like the Harry Potter franchise and Beauty and the Beast—opened up about the struggle of dating in the public eye.“[Being famous is] difficult on my dating life, because anyone I get photographed with is automatically my boyfriend,” she said. “So, it just makes it look as if I’ve had, like, 6,000 boyfriends.” Watson also told Vanity Fair in 2017 that she has a rule to never talk about a boyfriend in an interview for her own privacy.

“I want to be consistent,” she said. “I can’t talk about my boyfriend in an interview and then expect people not to take paparazzi pictures of me walking around outside my home. You can’t have it both ways.” She continued,“In Hollywood, who you’re dating gets tied up into your film promotion and becomes part of the performance and the circus. I would hate anyone that I were with to feel like they were in any way part of a show or an act. For me, it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not. If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters. They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with; I just can’t give that tracking data.”

In an interview with British Vogue in 2020, Watson opened up about why she doesn’t like the word “single” and prefers the term “self-partnered” instead. “I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel,” she said. “I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”

So who is Emma Watson’s boyfriend and what’s the truth about romance rumors between her and Felton on the set of Harry Potter. Read on for who Emma Watson’s boyfriend is now and who she’s dated both past and present.

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Emma Had a ‘Huge Crush’ on Tom While Filming ‘Harry Potter’—Here’s Whether They Dated & Who She’s With Now (1)

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Though Emma Watson and Tom Felton have never dated, Watson told Seventeen in 2011 that she had a “huge crush” on her Harry Potter co-star. (Felton played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, while Watson played Hermione Granger.) “For the first two movies, I had a huge crush on Tom Felton. He was my first crush,” she said at the time. “He totally knows. We talked about it — we still laugh about it. We are really good friends now, and that’s cool.”

Watson also confirmed her crush on Felton in an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show in 2012.“Between the ages of 10 and 12, I had a really terrible crush on Tom Felton,” she said. “We love a bad guy, and he was a few years older and he had a skateboard, and that just did it really.” She continued, “He used to do tricks on it. He was so cool. He totally knew [I had a crush]. And the thing is, he’d turn and go, ‘Oh, I see her in a younger, sisterly way.’ And it just broke my heart, still does.”

During HBO Max’s Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special in January 2022, Watson revealed that Felton rejected her as a kid because he saw her as his “little sister.” “I walked into the room where we were having tutoring,” she said. “The assignment that had been given was to draw what you thought god looked like, and Tom had drawn a girl with a backward cap on a skateboard. And I just don’t how to say it—I just fell in love with him. I used to come in every day and look for his number on the call sheet, it was number seven, and if his name was on the call sheet, it was an extra exciting day. He was three years above me and so for him he was like, you’re like my little sister.”

While Watson confirmed that nothing “ever, ever, ever happened romantically” between her and Felton, she confessed that they “just love each other.” Felton also confirmed that he and Watson have a “kinship” that was different than his friendships with other Harry Potter cast members. “I think I was in the hair and make-up chair and someone said something along the lines of, ‘Yeah, she had a crush on you,'” he said. “I became very protective over her. Yeah, I’ve always had a soft spot for her and that continues to the day…”There’s always been something that’s like, I don’t know, a kinship.”

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight in 2019, Rupert Grint (who played Ron Weasley) hinted that he thinks Watson and Felton were more than just friends. “There was always something,” he said.“There was a little bit of a spark.” He continued,“We were kids. It was like any kind of playground romance … I didn’t have any sparks. I was spark-free.”

Francis Boulle (2008)

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Emma Watson and Francis Boulle, a cast member on the U.K. reality TV series Made in Chelsea, dated for a short time in 2008. Boulle confirmed the romance in an interview with Heat magazine in 2011 and claimed that he broke up with Watson because of her level of fame. “We had a bit of a thing a while back,” he said. “But I have always been an ambitious person and I want to achieve my own notoriety for what I’ve done.” He continued, “That’s why I chose not to pursue it any longer, because I didn’t want to be the boyfriend of some child actress.”

He also confirmed at the time that he and Watson do not keep in touch, though they have a lot of the same friends. “We do share a lot of mutual friends and our paths cross from time to time,” he said. “I actually really like Emma. She’s a really cool person. She’s a very different person to who she is in the media. That’s what I liked about her—she’s very interesting.”

Rafael Cebrián (2009 – 2010)

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Emma Watson and Rafael Cebrián, a Spanish musician, were first linked in November 2009 when they were photographed together at a New York Rangers game in New York City. The two split in May 2010, according to Us Weekly. In an interview with News of the World in 2013, however, Watson denied that she and Cebrián were ever in a relationship and claimed that they just became friends after meeting at theRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. “I would like to clear it up. Rafael is not my boyfriend. He is a friend. We met at RADA a couple of years ago and he has showed me around university,” she said.

George Craig (2010)

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Emma Watson and George Craig, a model, met in 2010 while shooting a campaign for Burberry. In July of that year, Watson starred in the music video for Craig’s band One Night Only’s song, “Say You Don’t Want It.” In an interview with Radio One at the time, Watson gushed over her rumored beau’s music. “When I was in the States, George was taking me through a lot of his music as he was recording it,” she said. “I couldn’t believe [how good the music was]. I’m a big fan. Everything he did was amazing.”

Watson and Craig split in September 2010 after less than a year of dating. According to a source for Marie Claire U.K., Watson and Craig ended their relationship due to the long distance between them. At the time, Watson was a student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, while Craig lived in London. “Emma and George made plans to try to make things work long distance, but it was not feasible. Emma knows this, but there have been tears,” the source said.

Craig also confirmed their breakup at the time, citing long distance as the reason for their split. “We’re into the same music and she’s got a great, down-to-earth personality. She’s also very beautiful,” he said, according to Marie Claire U.K. “We’re not together at the moment because it’s just not practical.” Craig also joked that he was back on the market. “I’m no-strings attached, but I’m not, you know, a slut,” he said.

Johnny Simmons (2011)

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Emma Watson and Johnny Simmons, her co-star in 2012’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, dated for a few months in 2011. (Watson played Samantha “Sam” Button in the movie, while Simmons played Brad.) Watson and Simmons were first linked in August 2011 when they were photographed kissing on a hike in Los Angeles.“[They were] holding and hugging each other for a while and playfully kissing,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. “[They] seemed very open and not trying to hide their affection.”

Prince Harry (2015)

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There were rumors that Emma Watson and Prince Harry dated in 2015 before his relationship with his now-wife, Meghan Markle. Australian magazine Woman’s Day reported at the time that Watson and Harry had been going on secret dates.A source close to the British royal family, however, denied the rumors to Us Weekly at the time, claiming Watson and Harry were just friends. “[It’s] fake,” the insider said. “It’s such a random story.” The source continued, “I can see the Internet is going mad for this one.”

Chord Overstreet (2018)

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One of Emma Watson’s most public relationships has been with Glee alum Chord Overstreet. News broke of their relationship in March 2018. “They’ve been dating for longer than people think. About two months,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. “All of Chord’s friends have known, but he doesn’t talk openly about her.” A second insider added,“They are definitely hanging out and hooking up.” The couple split in May 2018 before reuniting a month later. “Chord is intrigued by Emma,” a source told Us Weekly. “Chord historically hasn’t dated someone like Emma. This is a huge and positive change for him.”

Leo Robinton (2019 – Present)

Emma Watson’s current boyfriend is business owner Leo Robinton. The two were first linked in October 2019 when they were photographed kissing in London. According to The Sun, Robinton, who deleted his social media after his relationship with Watson went public, is a Los Angeles-based businessman who used to work in the cannabis industry. “Emma and Leo did everything in their power to keep their relationship private,” a source told The Daily Mail in April 2020. “Emma introduced Leo to her parents; she was really serious about him. They went for a meal together back in December at The Ivy restaurant in St John’s Wood not long after Emma and Leo first met.”

In February 2021, another source told The Daily Mail that Watson had taken a break from acting to focus on her relationship with Robinton. “Emma has gone underground; she is settling down with Leo,” that source claimed. “They’re laying low. Maybe she wants a family,” the insider said. According to the newspaper, Watson and Robinton live together in Los Angeles.

Four months later, in June 2021, a source told Us Weekly that Watson and Robinton are “all in” on a future together, but they’re not in a “rush” to get engaged. “Emma is all in and has her heart set on a long-term future, but she doesn’t want to rush an engagement,” the insider said. “She was a little annoyed when people started gossiping about an engagement being in the works, but that was really just a privacy thing. Her and Leo’s friends do fully expect them to make things official at some point in the future, but they’re happy with how things are for right now. The main thing for them is having love and trust for one another, and it doesn’t take a ring or piece of paper for Emma to be happy.” The source continued, “Emma is so loved up with Leo and this is the happiest anyone’s seen her in a relationship by a million miles. They’re so connected in every way and spend all their spare time together.”

In May 2021, Watson denied in a series of tweets that she was engaged or retired from acting. “Dear Fans, Rumours about whether I’m engaged or not, or whether my career is ‘dormant or not’ are ways to create clicks each time they are revealed to be true or untrue,” she tweeted. “If I have news – I promise I’ll share it with you…In the mean time please assume no news from me just means I’m quietly spending the pandemic the way most people are – failing to make sourdough bread (!), caring for my loved ones and doing my best not to spread a virus that is still affecting so many people.” She continued, “Iam sending so much love to you, hoping you’re ok and as well and happy as you can be in these strange times. And again, thank you to everyone working so hard to keep us safe and well.”

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June 2011 - Emma said Tom was her first crush

Back in 2011 Emma admitted in an interview with Seventeen Magazine her first crush was Tom Felton. "For the first two movies, I had a huge crush on Tom Felton. He was my first crush.

When did Emma Watson have a crush on Tom? ›

The English actor, 35, recalled being told by a hair stylist on set that Watson had a crush on him. “She was 12, I was 15,” he writes. “I had a girlfriend, and in any case, I'd been programmed to dismiss any talk of that kind of stuff.

Did Tom Felton and Emma Watson have a crush on each other? ›

Emma Watson admitted that Tom Felton was her first crush

The feeling wasn't mutual, according to Felton, but Watson told the same magazine that Felton knew, and that they've since talked and laughed about it.

Why did Emma Watson have a crush on Tom Felton? ›

Emma opened up about when she "fell in love" with Tom during the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special, saying that it was a drawing Tom did of a skateboarding girl that kicked off her crush; the young stars were asked to draw a picture of what they believed God looked like, and Tom's drawing caught ...

How long did Tom date Emma? ›

For years, dating rumors circulated about the Harry Potter cast, including Emma Watson and Tom Felton. But the two admit in the special that they never dated, though Felton knew about Watson's crush on him.

Are Tom and Emma a couple? ›

Emma and I have always loved each other, really,” Tom said. “Nothing has ever, ever, ever, ever happened romantically with us,” Emma added. “We just love each other. That's all I can say about that.”

Who was Emma Watson in love with? ›

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Plus, Emma Watson reminisces on the moment she fell in love with Tom Felton during one of their tutoring sessions where the assignment was what they thought God looked like.

Who did Emma Watson kiss in Harry Potter? ›

Emma Watson and Rupert Grint kissed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. During the Harry Potter 20th anniversary reunion, Return to Hogwarts, Emma Watson recalled her kissing scene with Rupert Grint and said that it was 'horrifying' for both of them.

Did Emma and Tom ever date? ›

A Special Connection. “I think really the truth of it was Tom was the one I could often be more vulnerable with,” Emma said during the 20th Anniversary Special on HBO Max. “Nothing has ever, ever, ever happened romantically with us. We just love each other.

Who is Tom Felton ex girlfriends? ›

And now it seems the actor may have been something of a naughty boy in real life, too. His now ex-girlfriend Jade Gordon long suspected that her partner's close friendship with co-star Emma Watson masked a deeper attraction between the two.

Who is Emma Watson husband? ›

Emma Watson has purposely kept her love life out of the public eye for years, but in May 2021, the Daily Mail reported that Watson was rumored to be engaged to Leo Robinton, her boyfriend of over one year, after the two were photographed out together on May 13, 2021.

Did Tom Felton reject Emma Watson? ›

It was during HBO's eagerly anticipated, high budget Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Reunion: Return to Hogwarts, that the pair finally addressed their relationship dynamic. Emma revealed that Tom had rejected her while they were young, mainly because he saw her as his 'little sister.

Did Daniel Radcliffe kiss Emma Watson in Deathly Hallows part1? ›

'" Radcliffe and Watson also shared an on-screen kiss in "Deathly Hallows: Part 1," as part of an illusion conjured by another one of Voldemort's Horcruxes. Grint told The Seattle Times in 2010 that he was on set for the kiss, but Watson sent him out because he "kept laughing."

Who had a crush on Hermione? ›

She is the love interest of Ron Weasley. Hermione is a student at Hogwarts and is friends with Harry and Ron. Although it is never outright said, it seems that Hermione and Ron had crushes on each other throughout the entire series. However, at first, neither of them would admit their feelings for the other.

Who was the first crush of Emma Watson? ›

While tons of celebs have huge crushes on Emma, she actually was totally smitten with her Harry Potter costar Tom Felton during her younger years. “For the first two movies, I had a huge crush on Tom Felton. He was my first crush,” she admitted to Seventeen in June 2011.

How many boyfriends Does Emma Watson have? ›

“So, it just makes it look as if I've had, like, 6,000 boyfriends.” While that's hardly the case, the Harry Potter alum does have a healthy list of exes including Johnny Simmons, Chord Overstreet, Matthew Janney, Roberto Aguire and more.

Who was Hermione first kiss? ›

One such important moment is the much anticipated and swoon-inducing first kiss between Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. While fans will continue to argue whether Hermione should have ended up with Ron or Harry, the kiss between the two was an undeniably sweet moment in a pretty dark novel.

Who kisses Hermione? ›

Rupert Grint's Ron and Emma Watson's Hermione share a kiss in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. '

Did Harry kiss Hermione in the movies? ›

The pair appeared to be naked, then answered the question "do Harry and Hermione kiss?" with a resounding "yes." Although this scene was a manifestation of Ron's deepest fears and insecurities, it sparked a wave of controversy among concerned parents.

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Are Micah and Emma dating? ›

In series five, Emma was linked with her client Micah McDonald, with the pair having clear sexual chemistry during their dates. Despite this, Emma has since stated the pair are still just friends.

Does Emma Watson have a kid? ›

Emma Watson may not have any kids yet but thanks to her profession, she's played a mother a handful of times. Thanks to the 19 years later epilogue in the final Harry Potter movie, she first experienced on-screen children in her early 20s.

Are Tom and Emma still friends? ›

Emma Watson and Tom Felton met through their "Harry Potter" roles as Hermione and Draco. Watson said she "fell in love" with Felton, but they never had a romantic relationship. They've continued to remain close since the "HP" films wrapped, with Watson calling them "soulmates."

Did Radcliffe and Watson kiss? ›

Daniel Radcliffe wasn't expecting his kiss with Emma Watson to be so fierce. In an interview with ITV's Daybreak Morning Show (via People), Radcliffe reflected on the kiss he shared with Watson in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.

Did Harry and Hermione almost kiss? ›

The scene in question occurs fairly late in "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" when Ron (Rupert Grint) comes face to face with the visualization of his worst fear: Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Hermione (Watson) engaged in a fierce and -- yes -- tastefully semi-nude make-out session.

Why did Hermione kiss Harry in Goblet of Fire? ›

Why did Harry kiss Hermione? Hermione kissed Harry (on the cheek) at the end of Goblet of Fire (in the books). But you're probably talking about the horcrux scene. That was an illusion created by the horcrux based on Ron's jealousy.

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When Jess Cagle and co-host Julia Cunningham asked about what was going through her mind when winning her Oscar for Best Actress, Stone revealed who was on her mind. As it turns out, the person was her celebrity crush growing up. "Leonardo DiCaprio.

Did Emma and Tom ever date? ›

A Special Connection. “I think really the truth of it was Tom was the one I could often be more vulnerable with,” Emma said during the 20th Anniversary Special on HBO Max. “Nothing has ever, ever, ever happened romantically with us. We just love each other.

Who did Emma fall in love with? ›

George Knightley is Emma's friend, brother-in-law of her sister Isabella, and ultimately her love interest. At 37, he is significantly older than she and Emma looks up to him. He often gives her advice and guidance, particularly since Emma's mother is deceased.

Who is Emma Stone dated? ›

Emma Stone and husband Dave McCary kept their romance relatively under wraps before welcoming their first child in March 2021. The Golden Globe winner previously dated Andrew Garfield, with whom she appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its 2014 sequel.

Who has Emma Stone kissed? ›

In raking up her $26m (R337m) paycheck, she has had to do a lot of kissing with some of the most desired actors in the industry. From Jessie Eisenberg and Bradley Cooper, to former beau Andrew Garfield and even Ryan Gosling, Emma's puckered up for Hollywood's hottest heartthrobs.

Who is Emma Stone's baby daddy? ›

Emma Stone just welcomed a baby girl with her husband, SNL's Dave McCary, on March 13, multiple sources told TMZ.

Did Emma and Tom break up? ›

Harry Potter fans we must tell you the sad news that Tom and Emma are not dating, however, they remain the best of friends since meeting on the film franchise 20 years ago.

Who is Emma Watson husband? ›

Emma Watson has purposely kept her love life out of the public eye for years, but in May 2021, the Daily Mail reported that Watson was rumored to be engaged to Leo Robinton, her boyfriend of over one year, after the two were photographed out together on May 13, 2021.

Who was Emma's true love's kiss? ›

In "Heart of Darkness," Snow and David share true love's kiss again, which awakens Snow from the darkness. In the present day events of season one, Emma is able to give Henry True love's kiss.

How old was Emma when she got pregnant with Henry? ›

After carrying out some calculations, it turns out she was still only 17 when she gave birth to Henry in prison. Emma turned 28 in October of 2011, meaning she turned 18 in October of 2001, two months after Henry's supposed birthday.

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