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Thu May 29, 2014
Emma Watson On Brown
Emma Watson graduated from Brown University last week, taking a selfie that quickly made the rounds of various social media.
The actress started at Brown in 2009 but later left, returning to England and pursing her film career.
It can't have been easy for the actress who famously portrayed Hermione in the Harry Potter franchise to find herself smack in the middle of an entire campus raised on Harry Potter.
Somehow, Brown managed to keep her return to campus under wraps until her appearance at graduation.
Watson has commented in the past about her experience at Brown.
Vanity Fair unearthed the following quote from W Magazine, in which Watson called her time at Brown a form of rebellion.
Ignoring fame was my rebellion, in a funny way. I was insistent on being normal and doing normal things. It probably wasn’t advisable to go to college in America and room with a complete stranger. And it probably wasn’t wise to share a bathroom with eight other people in a coed dorm. Looking back, that was crazy.
Watson has also said she appreciated the open curriculum at Brown, where she pursued a degree in English Literature. Vanity Fair found the following comment from a 2013 interview with Rookie Magazine.
I really like the fact that it has a very open curriculum, that there aren’t any requirements. Really, I’ve kind of been in charge of my own education since I started out on Potter when I was 9 or 10, and I liked that I could design my own major if I wanted to, and I could take independent studies if I wanted to on subjects that weren’t necessarily in the curriculum. I did an independent study on the psychology and philosophy of how and why we fall in love, which was awesome.
As Vanity Fair and others have noted, Watson appeared to have a bodyguard working undercover at Brown's commencement ceremony. Brown officials have declined to comment on that story, telling the AP they are "not able to help." Providence police said the woman was not a member of their police force.
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