Everyone knows Hermione Granger. The Harry Potter movies provided us with the joy of witnessing Emma Watson’s growth. From a smart Hermione to a stunning Belle, here is an amazing transformation of Emma Watson.
Emma Watson wanted to be an actress. In 2011, she struck gold when she got the role of Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a witty friend of Harry Potter. She was 11 years old at the time, and she was still going to school. “I go to a very big school and some people give me a bit of stick…But apart from that most people are really nice about it. My close friends just treat me normally. They ask questions about it because they’re curious but it’s OK… I still do everything I used to do. I still play hockey and do all my sports,” she shared with BBC News.
With the success of the Harry Potter movies, Watson wanted to take a deeper look into her character. When she was 14 years old, and the third Harry Potter movie came out, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, she discussed Hermione. “I hope I’ve done justice to her character, because it’s my favorite book, and it’s such a great part for her in the third book. And I hope that, you know, I did her justice and she’s what they [fans] all thought she’d be.” Even then, Watson seemed like a down-to-earth kind of girl. “I feel incredibly lucky to be given the opportunity to be in such a fantastic film and worked with so many tons of people. I mean, my ambitions couldn’t even dream of the scale and greatness that Harry Potter is, and so, I’m so very lucky about that.”
She didn’t let the fame get into her head. In 2005, Watson said to BBC, “It feels like I don’t really have to act anymore. There’s so much of me in Hermione and her in me that it feels like I’m barely doing anything sometimes.” With Watson and Hermione growing older, the challenges arrived. She wanted Hermione to experience conflict. “I loved all the arguing. I thought it was really juicy. We’ve [Harry, Ron, Hermione] always got along perfectly, and I think it’s much more realistic that they would argue and that there would be problems. So I thought it was great fun.” Talking about director Mike Newell, who was a part of the fourth installment, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Watson said, “He wasn’t taking any slack. He was expecting us to be professional the entire time.”
In 2007, the 17-year-old Watson shared with Parade, “There are too many stupid girls in the media. Hermione’s not scared to be clever. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that’s bad.” Talking on the same subject, she revealed to Scholastic, “I’m a bit of a feminist. It’s really important to stand up for yourself, whether you’re a girl or a boy.” She still didn’t let all the fame mess with her life. She revealed to Parade, “People can’t understand why I don’t want to be a full-time actress, but school life keeps me in touch with my friends. It keeps me in touch with reality…Let’s be honest: I have enough money never to have to work again, but I would never want that. Learning keeps me motivated.”
Everyone became captivated by the young actress. In 2008, Watson signed a two-year, $6 million contract with Chanel to be the face of its Coco Mademoiselle fragrance. She stopped being a young Hermione, and she slowly transformed into a woman before our very eyes. Her website posted in 2008, “We are absolutely delighted to let you all know that Emma received straight As in her three chosen subjects namely English literature, geography, and Art!! As you can imagine Emma is absolutely thrilled and we are all very proud of her.”
She announced in 2009 that she is going to attend Brown University in the USA, and she revealed to People, “I will miss marmite, baked beans, London taxis and the rain!…I may have to bring boxes full of marmite and baked beans with me.” She shared her excitement for college life. “If I’m going to do this experience, I’m going to do it properly and going to do it like everyone else. As long as there are no Harry Potter posters on the wall, I will be fine and happy.” She still enjoyed acting. “I definitely want to continue. I’ve managed to juggle and balance studying and working well enough to this point so I can’t see why I can’t keep doing that…But I am looking forward to being a normal teenager and want a normal experience for a bit.”
Harry Potter has finished making, and Watson decided to cast aside her Hermione Granger look. She cut her hair short, and she said why she made that decision to Metro. “I didn’t get to experiment with dyeing and chopping off my hair like most teenagers…I also felt, right, I’m 20, I’m not a little girl anymore. I’d been on Harry Potter for ten years so I needed to mark the end of it in some way. I needed a drastic change and that’s what the crop was all about.” She revealed her new hairstyle on her Facebook page, “Dear all. Cut my hair off a few days ago… Feels incredible. I love it. I’ve wanted to do this for years and years; it’s the most liberating thing ever. Hope you like. Big love from Emma x.” In 2010, she joined Alberta Ferretti and the clothing company People Tree. “I’m very hands-on. I’ve picked out the fabrics and last year I visited garment factories in Bangladesh. Everything is handmade.” Regarding her fashion choices, Watson said, “If I’m going casual, I’ll mix vintage with clothes from TopShop, Zara or Gap. Agnes B is also a favorite. I’ll mix and match, which makes it financially accessible to everyone.”
Fame has a price
In 2011, Watson decided to take a break from college. “I was in denial…I wanted to pretend I wasn’t as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I’m in and what happened.” She said that her biggest problem was fame during her college life. “I say to my friends, ‘Why hasn’t X called me? Why doesn’t anyone ever pursue me?’ They’re like, ‘Probably because they’re intimidated.’ It must be the fame wall…It must be the circus that goes around me. Me, as a person, I find it hard to believe I would be intimidating. Sometimes, maybe because they feel intimidated, they feel they have to knock me down. They know perfectly well who I am, but they’ll ask me, ‘How are the Narnia films going?'”
The world of beauty
“As I’ve got older, and since I cut all my hair off, I’ve felt a bit more liberated about trying different things out.” She became the new face of Lancôme’s “Rouge in Love’’ campaign, who concentrated on their lipstick.
A celebrity life
Watson stayed as normal as she could. Maybe too normal. She confessed to Radio Times in 2013 that she owns only eight pairs of shoes. “There’s a whole new definition to celebrity now. And I think that’s why you see a lot of actors blanching at being associated with that word celebrity because it’s become something that isn’t really associated with having a craft… But it’s easy for me to sound like a total hypocrite because, of course, I’m dressed in designer clothes right now.”
She graduated from Brown University in 2014, and she was officially named the new Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N.’s gender-equality arm, U.N. Women. “Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting.” Speaking at the U.N. headquarters in New York City, Watson revealed, “I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too — reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.”
Continuing her work
Speaking with Vanity Fair, Watson said, “We are not supposed to talk about money, because people will think you’re difficult or a diva…But there’s a willingness now to be like, Fine. Call me a ‘diva,’ call me a ‘feminazi,’ call me ‘difficult,’ call me a ‘First World feminist,’ call me whatever you want, it’s not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing and make sure that the right thing happens.” She shared with Paper magazine, “I guess if I could give women anything through feminism… it would just be, to be able to move away, to move through all of that. I see so many women struggling with issues of self-esteem…They know and they hear it and they read it in magazines and books all the time that self-love is really important, but it’s really hard to actually do.”
A Disney princess
In 2017, she got the role of Belle, a Disney princess from Belle and the Beast. She was first offered the role of Cinderella, which she didn’t want. “When they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did.” Watson said about Belle, “In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring. And also, she manages to keep her integrity and have a completely independent point of view.” Watson shared her singing and dancing experience in the movie to Good Morning America, “It’s a totally different thing from acting in a way. There’s nothing to hide behind. It’s your voice and yeah, I felt very sort of naked doing it for the first time so I think that was the hardest.”