Adorable Harry Potter star Emma Watson (Hermione), famously enrolled at Brown University in 2009, taking great pains to fit in, even going so far as to give herself one of those unflattering haircuts only other girls like. But apparently that wasn’t enough for those other Ivy League monsters, who virtually chased her out of school with cruel Harry Potter taunts in the middle of their classes on slam poetry and butler management.
The insider says Watson didn’t shy away from class participation and often would “answer something in class and get it right,” calling the 21-year-old actress “really smart.” Unfortunately, this brought out the sophisticated wit and cinematic expertise of her Ivy League peers. According to the source, her classmates “would respond [to her answer] with a quote from ‘Harry Potter.'” The most popular choice was “Three points for Gryffindor!”
Poor Emma. See, your problem was going to a school filled with private-school dorks who’ve probably read every Harry Potter book and play Quidditch on the weekends. You could always transfer to ASU, where books are like Kryptonite and the only cinema is casting couch porn.
This wasn’t the only difficulty for the actress, who said on her personal blog before entering school that she just “want[ed] to be normal.” While attending a Brown-vs.-Harvard football game in Cambridge, the pixie-haired star described being “stalked” by Harvard students in her school’s section.
Haahvahd students in the Brown section?! Unacceptable! Ascots, everyone! We shall drum out these rogues the Brown way, with thunderous finger snaps!
We’re told it wasn’t difficult to track the Brit down. At the Sept. 9 game, Watson “sat with two security guards in orange vests” and was “escorted in and out of the stadium.” The Harvard student says those nearby “shouted ‘Harry Potter’ phrases at her.” Still, she stayed for the whole game.
Maybe normalcy never had a chance: Another insider says Watson’s freshman roommate was forced to sign strict confidentiality agreements before moving in with the star.
Watson offered one explanation for her break from Brown in a post on Emmawatson.com. “I’ve decided to take a bit of time off to completely finish my work on ‘Harry Potter’ … and to focus on my other professional and acting projects,” wrote Watson, whose movie “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ comes out in July.
Sure, sure, just taking a few semesters off. Boy, if I had a nickel for every time I heard someone tell their parents that.