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Harry Potter Actor Weighs in on the Great Hot Dog Sandwich Debate

Harry Potter Actor Weighs in on the Great Hot Dog Sandwich Debate

Monday, December 10th, 2018

This year, National Sandwich Day fell into a flurry of controversy surrounding a staple food that may or may not be a sandwich. As November 3rd approached, both Oscar Mayer™ and Jimmy Dean™ brands—owned by Kraft Heinz and Tyson respectively—declared their intent to add new entries to the long list of options that qualify as a sandwich. And one item in particular was the source of much debate.

The classification of the hot dog has long been a source of debate

The hoagie, the Dagwood, the hot dog? Oscar Mayer’s campaign declared confidently: “Hot dogs are sandwiches! Prove us wrong by calling 1-833-SNDWICH” and introduced a #changeoscarsmind tag designed to build buzz via social media.

The controversy subsided for a time, but this month, Harry Potter star Tom Felton took on the topic, broaching the sandwich debate with reporters from The Takeout.

Tom Felton, Actor“Instinctive answer? Absolutely not...If anything, it's more of a wrap. Like a bread wrap,” said the 31-year-old actor famous for his role as Harry Potter’s nemesis Draco Malfoy. Felton went on to narrow his definition: “Technically, to me, a burger's not really a sandwich, but it is, because you've got bread on top, bread on the bottom...I'm saying that something that's called a sandwich is called a sandwich, and if it's called something else, then it's not a sandwich...I've never had a lobster roll, so I can't really say, but it's a roll, it's called a roll!”

Did Draco squash the debate? Will other Harry Potter alumni take up the cause of the humble hot dog? Deli Market News will fill you in with updates.