The funny thing about the Harry Potter franchise is that the minute Deathly Hallows: Part 2 concluded, the “Big Three” of the series – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint – did what they could to distance themselves from the series that made them superstars.
Emma Watson Playing Hermione Again? Not Like You'd Think
Not that I can blame them. As working actors, the three needed to re-establish themselves as viable performers who couldn’t be pigeonholed into the massive roles they’d played for more than a decade. Radcliffe tried gothic horror. Watson currently shines in the wonderful coming-of-age dramedy The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
But they haven’t forgotten where they came from.
Case in point: A photo surfaced on a blog run by one of Watson’s friends that showed the former Hermione Granger posing with a young child dressed as Harry Potter for Halloween. Hypable.com, which ran the link, quotes Watson as saying to the kid, “Excuse me, are you Harry Potter? That’s great, because I’m Hermione Granger and we’re best of friends.”
I can’t love that story enough. Even if she didn’t say that word-for-word, the photo is priceless enough to make me believe in the magical power of Watson. Truthfully, that’s exactly what I would do if I were a famous actor with a recognizable role. I’d be walking around and talking like them all of the time! Bruce Willis as John McClane? Infinitely. Bill Murray as Peter Venkman? My friends would beg me to shut up.
So while it occasionally looks like the Potter kids resent the franchise that launched them and are ready to move on to other things, it’s photos like the one above that keep us enamored with Watson. Ten points for Gryffindor.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.
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