Hermione, um, Emma Watson Leaves Brown University

If the New York Daily News is to be believed — and really, as Potter Philes, are we supposed to believe what we read in the gossip pages of the Daily Prophet? — Emma Watson is leaving Brown University. The reasons offered by the Fourth Estate? Her classmates were given to greeting her class contributions with comments like “Three points for Gryffindor!” and she was stalked by boorish Harvard Harry fans at a Harvard-Brown football game. The actress says she is just taking a break to close out her responsibilities to the film franchise in the months leading up to the release of the finale. I think we have another case of life imitating fiction here. “Rita sighting!”

UPDATE 4/24: Rita was right, sort of! According to the Daily Mail: “Emma Watson has confirmed she will be transferring from Brown University to another school this autumn…. Watson’s representative Vanessa Davies said the actress – who has a fortune estimated at £10million – had decided to pursue a course not offered at Brown, and  had ‘absolutely loved’ her time at the institution. Davies also denied reports that Watson had been picked on at the Ivy League institution by fellow students.”


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