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Harry Potter Movie Stars - Emma WatsonEmma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series.
Emma Watson was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, to two lawyers, Jacqueline Duerre and Chris Watson, who divorced in 1995. Her brother Alex was born in 1993. As a young girl, Watson attended The Dragon School, a renowned preparatory school in Oxford. By 2003, she was attending the all-girls Headington School in the city of Oxford.
Before being cast in the Harry Potter films, Watson's performances had been limited to leading roles in school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince. Other school activities included the Daisy Pratt Poetry Competition, in which she won first place for her year (age seven).
Hired at age 10, Watson was 11 years old in 2001 when she made her acting debut in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) playing Hermione Granger. She has also appeared in the Potter sequels: Chamber of Secrets (2002), Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and Goblet of Fire (2005).
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Potter fans have expressed mixed opinions about Watson's portrayal of Hermione Granger: Some feel she is perfect for the role; others believe Watson fails to capture Hermione's insecurities and flaws, and complain that she is "too pretty" for the role—a sentiment shared by some film critics—since, in the book series, Hermione was generally described as being very "plain" (neither "pretty" nor "ugly"). The Potter screenplays, however, have made Hermione a more powerful and prominent character than originally written by J. K. Rowling, causing some fans to complain that it alters the chemistry and group dynamic of the three central characters.
In February 2006, Watson began principal photography for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (set for release in Fall, 2007), in which she once again reprises her role as "the brightest witch of [her] age."
Although the Harry Potter film series comprises her only professional acting experience, she has expressed interest in expanding her film career beyond the Potter realm.
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