"Harry Potter's like Santa Claus... something you can't see but wish was real so badly that you end up believing in it." Emma Watson
Young British actress Emma Watson is widely recognized for her role as Harry Potter's best friend Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). Currently, Watson, nicknamed "One Take Watson," is busy competing the next Harry Potter sequels, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Naturally blonde-haired, brown-eyed Emma Watson stands at 5' 6" tall. At age 13, she placed tenth in The Hottest Female Stars list (February 2004).
One Take Watson
Childhood and Family:
"I hope my head doesn't get very big. I'm just going to keep my feet on the ground, stick to friends and family and try and lead a normal life." Emma Watson
On April 15, 1990, Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born to lawyer parents Chris (born 1948) and Jacqueline Watson (born 1949).
Emma was named after her paternal grandmother, Freda Watson, who changed her name to Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson after marriage.
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK born Emma moved to France and lived there for 5 years, but then flew back to England and has lived there ever since. Since her parents' divorce, Emma and her younger brother Alex (born 1993) have lived with their mother in Oxford.
Emma Watson went to a renowned British "public" college preparatory school named Dragon School, in Oxford. She also attended the all girls school Headington, where she studied Art, History and English. While not busy filming, Emma, nicknamed Em, enjoys hockey, tennis and rounders (game with bat and ball). Owner of two cats named Bubbles and Domino, Emma likes to hang out with friends, shop, go to the movies and dance. She can speak French, Italian and German.
"I think I could be 100 years old and in my rocker, but I'll still be very proud to say I was in the Harry Potter films." Emma Watson
Emma Watson began showing off her acting talent in school by starring in several school stage plays including "Arthur: The Young Years," "The Happy Prince" and "Alice in Wonderland." At age seven, she won the Daisy Pratt Poetry Competition.
A professional acting career knocked when people from the casting office came to her Oxford primary school. With her teacher's encouragement, Watson and some of her friends joined the auditions for the role of Hermione Granger in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Despite her minimal acting experience compared to other contestants, Watson eventually got the part.
Soon Watson found herself directed by Chris Columbus in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001, a.k.a. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone). The film is an adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels, which is about Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe), a boy who finds out that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own.
Along with Rupert Grint (played character Ron Weasley), Watson portrayed the title character's best friend, the bookish, brassy Hermione Granger, who helped Harry Potter discover the truth about his parents' mysterious deaths. The film was widely received around the globe and became a box-office hit. It eventually catapulted Watson and her friends towards stardom.
In 2002, Watson rejoined her on-screen-best friends in the sequel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The second tells about their second year at the Hogwarts' School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where they try to discover a dark force that is terrorizing the school.
"Well, it is a little bit darker and scarier. The first one introduced the characters, in the second you got to know the characters, and now their characters are really defined. This is my favorite book. I love it. Hermione, Ron and Harry have a falling out, which hasn't happened before. Also there are lots of new characters coming into it: Professor Lupin, Sirius Black and the Dementors." Emma Watson (on the third installment of Harry Potter).
Watson also starred in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which hit theaters on June 4th, 2004. Under Mexico filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón's direction, Watson reunited with her wizard friends to face Harry Potter's most dangerous enemy who has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
Commenting on her character Hermione Granger in this sequel, Watson explained, "She can get on people's nerves. I understand that.
Everyone is going to have a flaw, but I think she's a great character. She's determined and knows what she wants and she won't rest until she gets it, especially in this one. She storms out on a teacher and she punches Malfoy, so she's a bit rock 'n' roll in this one. It's a brilliant part for Hermione."
Emma Watson will keep teaming with her friends in the upcoming Harry Potter sequels. On November 18, 2005, the fourth sequel, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, will be released. In the film helmed by Mike Newell, Watson will support her best friend Harry Potter in competing against the best young wizards from schools all over Europe, including his enemy Lord Voldemort.
The next installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is tentatively slated for a 2007 release. In this sequel, watch Watson, Radcliffe and Grint struggle into young adulthood.
"Even when you take away all the glamour and attention and premieres and everything, it still comes down to the fact that you're acting." Emma Watson.