Emma Watson: ‘Potter’s’ Hermione deals with franchise goodbye, relief in ‘Deathly Hallows’

emma watsonMANILA, Philippines — Inside theaters these days, “Harry Potter” fans subtly choke from throat lumps threatening to become tears as the realization of the last and eighth movie is reduced into one trailer.

The franchise has affected a generation which fell in love with a boy wizard and his wand-ruled world of good and evil. While fans trace again the pages of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” before the final movie pilots July 14, its film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson close a defining, decade-long chapter in their careers.

Watson, who is moving on with acting, said saying goodbye to her character Hermione Granger “never gets clearer or easier really to answer.” She explained via a Warner Bros. press statement, “It’s hard for me to answer because I still don’t really know how I feel about it. I’m still processing it. I have days where I feel relieved and I have days where I feel very sad. And I have days where I’m like, ‘I’m so excited.’ Because this just took up my life, all of my time; my life revolved around Harry Potter. That was the focal point of my existence.

“And it’s exciting now that I have this time, I can accept other things. I mean, I know the grass is always greener, but there were moments when I was making this when I was like, ‘God, I wish I could go and do that.’ Or something would come up and now I have time to go and do different things. So, it’s exciting too. I swing kind of like a pendulum back and forth between all these different emotions.”

Watson, who recently said she just reconciled with the unsettling fame that came with the franchise, will face a series of “Potter” press conferences for the last time. She summed up the media blaze that went with filmmaking process: “It’s experience. I’m twenty years old now and I was nine when I went into my first press conference, so you just get used to it. It takes too much emotional energy to get upset every time something’s written that you don’t want to see. You just have to let it go. I would be a crazy person.”

She also confessed that living under a magnifying spotlight still gets to her. “It took me a while to figure that one out, actually. I mean, I would be lying if I said I didn’t still get upset. I do still get upset. But I don’t care quite so much, which is good. I mean, I still get misquoted all the time. And there’s so much information out there about me you think it would be very easy to check facts.”

Watson recently landed tabloids for leaving her university. She tried to lead a normal student’s life but when she quit, rumors swirled she was being bullied. She has since denied the reports.

Evil Hermione

If given a chance to rewrite some of straight-laced Hermione in the franchise, Watson wanted a more evil Granger.

“I actually had a really good time playing the evil Hermione in Ron’s vision, so I’d quite like to go back and play a bad guy for once. I think that would be fun.”

The actress has gone a long way since appearing on the big screen in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Watson has landed media countdowns from being named amongst the most stylish and best dressed young stars to the wealthiest actors under 25.

Watson’s favorite “Deathly Hallows Part 2” scene was when Hermione and Ron took off to destroy a Horcrux because, “It’s kind of like a comedy act because it’s the first time you see Hermione and Ron in tune. We’re usually so offbeat. We’re always going to miss each other and we kind of clash. And then, in this one scene, we’re this real team and it’s so funny and we’re both so into it. There are just a couple of really funny comedy moments and I just really enjoyed them. Rupert’s a great comedic actor and so we had a really good time just really bringing the humor out of everything that we could.”

After “Potter,” the actress is moving on to more serious film roles as Radcliffe has done both in movies and on stage. “[Doing ‘Deathly Hallows’ has] given me a lot of confidence,” she shared, “I just did a movie called ‘My Week with Marilyn,’ which is a Weinstein production with Eddie Redmayne and Michelle Williams (who plays Marilyn Monroe in the movie) and that went really well. I think I will keep acting. I think I’d like to make maybe one movie a year or something.”

Article source: Manila Bulletin

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