The Malfoys invaded Florida! In these very dark times where Muslims are being banned from the country and racists are becoming more and more vocal, we wish for nothing more than an escape into the world of Harry Potter — and that’s exactly what Draco Malfoy and Lucius Malfoy did. Well, the actors who play them, anyway.
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) and Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) recently took over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida (disguised as Muggles, of course) to have an ultimate father-son bonding.
Photos of the Malfoys’ day trip were posted on Isaacs’ Instagram, delighting fans including Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling.
“Me and the wizarding blond bombshell reunited and wandering around Universal’s #wizardingworldofharrypotter extremely cognito,” the 53-year-old actor captioned a selfie with Felton.
Me and the wizarding blond bombshell reunited and wandering around Universal’s #wizardingworldofharrypotter extremely cognito. A welcome escape from the horrors of the world until we answered questions on stage and were reminded what the stories were all about: fighting fascism, embracing diversity and never giving up hope. Suddenly seemed a lot less fantastical. Still, huge love and thanks to all the Potterites who made it a glorious weekend. You’re all brilliant – even the tragically unSlytherin. X
Isaacs added that the trip was a much-needed one, especially after recent events.
“A welcome escape from the horrors of the world until we answered questions on stage and were reminded what the stories were all about: fighting fascism, embracing diversity and never giving up hope,” he wrote. “Suddenly seemed a lot less fantastical. Still, huge love and thanks to all the Potterites who made it a glorious weekend. You’re all brilliant – even the tragically unSlytherin. X”
Speaking of non-Slytherins, Isaacs and Felton were joined by actors Warwick Davis, who played Professor Flitwick and Griphook and Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom.
“Here’s the album cover. Now all we have to do is come up with the songs. Titles anyone?” Isaacs captioned a group photo.
“Me, @TomFelton & @Mattdavelewis marvel at them getting older as I get younger. 💘 to all the Potter fans who remind us to fight for the light,” he wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of Felton and Lewis.
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) January 30, 2017
During a panel interview at the Universal Studio’s Celebration of Harry Potter, Isaacs also discussed how he internalized and built his hateful character in the films.
“There is a very recognizable racist and supremacist [in Lucius Malfoy], acting out of fear and thinking that the past was a better time,” he said. “And scared of Muggles and scared of the future because it feels like his place was some time ago, when he was part of the super-elite who could look down on the rest of the world.”
Although he did not mention Donald Trump or other world leaders of Voldemort-like qualities, Isaacs pointed out how relevant his character and the story of Harry Potter is today.
“You don’t need to look too far to find many politicians standing on those platforms,” he said. “Those issues are never more relevant than today, [but]they are dealt with in this kind of magical world.”