I was nine.I loved learning my lines.I was completely obsessive and I would do it over and over and over again. In the first Harry Potter film, if you watch carefully in some scenes you can see me mouthing Harry and Ron’s lines as well as my own. Because that’s just what I was like, I was…I was crazy.
Hermione Granger is flawed. She is ruthless. She casually curses Marietta Edgecombe to a lifetime of pimply-faced shame with no remorse. Hermione Granger lashes out with violence. She sets a flock of angry, attacking birds on Ron in the sixth book. She punches Draco in the face in book three (not that anyone’s complaining). Hermione Granger can be condescending and narrow-minded. She openly insults Trelawney and Luna because she thinks that what they believe is far-fetched. Hermione can be tactless. She utterly fails at comforting Lavender after her pet bunny dies, and she doesn’t understand the culture of the house elves, and continues to steamroll over their expressed wishes, thinking that she knows better. And all of these things are wonderful. x
I have younger siblings, and not with ‘Harry Potter’ but with other movies that they watched, they watch them over and over and over again to the point where they will say the dialogue with the character in the movie. I was watching my little sister do this. I was like “I wonder if kids do this with 'Harry Potter’? I wonder if kids literally impersonate what I do?” And when I realized that, I was like “That’s interesting. This is a big deal.”
When I was younger I remember being told ‘no pain no gain’, but recently my willingness to wear something that makes me freezing cold or that I can’t walk in has changed. I want to feel fabulous and comfortable and sexy and strong and beautiful. And if it’s making you uncomfortable, don’t do it. It’s so sad if you need to go home just because you need to sit down! Moving forward, I’m prioritizing just feeling awesome. - Emma Watson photographed by Cass Bird for Porter Magazine (Winter 2015)