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Emma Watson on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Published July 16, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros
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As the Harry Potter kids have grown up, young men have noticed Emma Watson become, quite frankly, a mega babe. Now in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the kids have started dating, and somehow she’s getting left out.

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“I think in the films, we've seen quite a strong Hermione, quite a girl-power Hermione,” Watson said. “She’s the brains behind the operation, kind of dragging the guys around with her. But, in this one, I think you see a very different Hermione. She’s much more vulnerable and fragile and emotional. I mean, she's experiencing her first heartache, really. So, it was much more of a challenge for me to play this as a much more emotional and vulnerable person.”

Honestly though, she could have any wizard in Hogwarts. “I think, particularly with Hermoine, she is such a control freak, she wants to be able to control absolutely everything in her life: her destiny, her work, everything. And then suddenly, she just falls apart. She’s just a wreck, because she can’t control the way she feels. I think in her head, if she could have chosen who would fall in love with, it certainly wouldn’t be with someone like Ron. In the nicest possible way, she would have chosen someone much more serious and much smarter and much better suited to her, and la, la, la. But you can’t help who you fall in lover with. It’s out of your hands, to an extent.”


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The teen dating subplot brings some levity to the sixth film. Then all the stuff about blood oaths and murders brings back the darkness. “I think it was a nice break. If Hermione kept going at the rate she was going, in terms of the amount of worrying she was doing, she might have developed a hemorrhage. So it was nice that there a bit of light relief, for all of us, because for kids’ books, they are pretty dark. They can be pretty heavy and pretty serious. I think having some more that that, I think heightened the pathos at the end.”

Perhaps the sixth film is Watson’s best performance yet. Her second film with director David Yates, she is now working through her training wheels. “I think David can tell if I’m acting or not, by just looking at my back. He’s just scary. He just knows when trying in the moment and when you’re not. A year ago, he would say things to me like, ‘That was great, that was a really good performance, but you were acting.’ I’d be like, ‘Well, yes.’ He won’t settle for anything less than a truthful, honest performance that comes from somewhere that’s really genuine for you.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is out in theaters now.

For the trailers, movie stills, posters, interviews and more info on the film, go to the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie Page.

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