Tom Felton Answers the 'Belle'

[caption id="attachment_56916" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Getty Images"]Tom Felton at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards[/caption]

One of our favorite parts of the "Harry Potter" universe was the moving, living paintings that decorated Hogwarts and other magical edifices. And another favorite part was, you know, Tom Felton.

Well, today "Harry Potter" fans get a special treat, as Empire is reporting that Felton has signed on to do a film based on an 18th century painting.

Looks like that art still has a little magic left in it after all.

Who exactly painted the 1779 portrait the film is based on is unknown, but here's what we do know: Titled "Belle," the movie explores the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of British admiral Sir John Lindsay and an African slave. Despite her heritage, however, Dido was sent back from the West Indies to England, where she was raised as an aristocrat and free woman in the family of a prominent earl.

"Belle" is set to star Gugu Mbatha Raw ("Larry Crowne") as Belle, with newcomer James Norton playing her romantic interest. And Felton? Well, his role is still up in the air, but we're kind of hoping he pays the mysterious painter who crafted the enchanting picture to begin with.

After all, as a Hogwarts graduate, he does have experience with that sort of thing.