Harry Potter star Tom Felton has spoken of his 'secret love' for Emma Watson, saying what started as an on-set friendship deepened into something more significant.

In his new memoir Felton, 35, who played antagonist Draco Malfoy, says he came to understand that the actress was a 'kindred spirit' and says they have formed a lifelong bond after meeting on set.

He adds: 'I loved and admired her as a person in a way I could never explain to anybody else.'Felton has spent years denying it. But in a candid passage of Beyond The Wand he admits

In 2019, Miss Watson visited him at his home in Venice Beach, California, and he posted photos of her learning how to play the guitar in pyjamas which caused a social media sensation.

In the book he says that they first met when she was nine and he was 11 She pointed at a boom mic in the room and asked, 'What's that?' and he told her: 'It means they are recording us, obviously.'

Miss Watson has spoken about her crush on Felton. She said: 'He was my first crush. He totally knows. We talked about it – we still laugh about it.'

'I don't think I was ever in love with Emma, but I loved and admired her as a person in a way that I could never explain to anybody else… we were kindred spirits." said Felton