What has actress Emma Watson done since playing Hermione Granger in Harry Potter? Watson portrayed the young witch in all eight movie installments based on the hit book series by author J.K. Rowling. The role propelled Watson to superstardom, along with co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.
Watson was cast in the role of Hermione when the actress was only 10 years old. She was found by casting agents through her theatre director before going through eight rounds of auditions. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone served as Watson's first screen performance in a feature film, as well as any other medium. Watson reprised her role as Hermione for all subsequent Harry Potter sequels until the series ended in 2011. The actress grew up on-screen just as her character developed into a powerful and respectable witch. Between her friendship with Harry and Ron, Hermione served as the anchor and the logical one in the group.
The actress spent time on a few other projects while working on Harry Potter such as The Tale of Despereaux and My Week with Marilyn. After Watson's time as Hermione came to an end, she switched her focus to education. She enrolled at Brown University to study English Literature but later decided to keep up with her acting career. Watson took a few semesters off during the time she acquired roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, and This Is the End, in which she played a fictionalized version of herself.
Since graduating from college in 2014, Watson has appeared in five movies: Noah, Colonia, Regression, Beauty and the Beast, and The Circle. Out of that bunch, Beauty and the Beast could be Watson's most significant role to date outside of Harry Potter. Watson's performance as Belle in the Disney live-action remake was praised by critics and audiences.
Aside from her education and acting work, Watson has become a prominent member of the world of fashion. She also has become an impactful activist in her fight for women's rights. In 2014, Watson was named as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador. She also helped create the HeForShe, a UN Women campaign to encourage men to fight for gender equality. As of 2016, Watson founded an online book club that urges readers to focus on feminist novels.
Next up, Watson will be seen in Greta Gerwig's adaption of Little Women. This will mark the eighth film adaption of the coming-of-age tale based on the novel from 1868. Watson is set to play Meg March in the movie which is scheduled to release on December 25, 2019. Little Women also stars a stellar cast that includes Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, James Norton, Laura Dern, and Bob Odenkirk. Watson might always be known for her time as Hermione in Harry Potter but the actress continues to justify her place as a household name.