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Five films where Emma Watson plays a young woman who is a little like or very different from Hermione Granger

The British actress who graduated from Brown University in 2014 turns 33 today

Smera Marcia Toppo Calcutta Published 15.04.23, 10:59 AM
Moving beyond Harry Potter: Emma Watson in Little Women and Beauty and the Beast

Moving beyond Harry Potter: Emma Watson in Little Women and Beauty and the Beast IMDb

Emma Watson captured our hearts with her booksmart and genius witch Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. Since her debut in the 2001 Chris Columbus’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, we saw her grow from a curious kid to a fearless muggle who can take on the high and mighty in the wizarding world alongside Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. Emma has since paved her way through academics and activism while also broadening her filmography.

She recently took on the role of a director for a recent Prada commercial, which she wrote, narrated and starred in.


On her 33rd birthday, here are five Emma Watson roles beyond the Harry Potter movies that you can watch to discover her anew.

Little Women (2019)

Emma Watson’s last release was the 2019 Greta Gerwig directorial Little Women. In this adaptation of our favourite Louisa M. Alcott novel set in the final years of the American Civil War, Emma slipped into the shoes of Meg, the eldest of the four sisters in the March family, who has her own journey of finding love in a man of modest means, struggling financially and trimming her aspirations to make her marriage work. Though Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh landed Oscar nominations for their roles, Emma shone in Little Women as the graceful, composed and dutiful eldest daughter — in sharp contrast to the fiery personalities of Jo and Amy — who loves her sisters dearly and wants the best for them.

Watch it on: Netflix

Beauty and Beast (2017)

In this live-action film on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Emma becomes Disney princess Belle, who is just as much of a bookworm as Hermione Granger. The Bill Condon directorial follows the same story as the fairytale made famous by Disney’s 1991 animation film where Belle ends up a prisoner to a beastly creature in an enchanted castle while trying to save her father. Emma’s Belle, however, is a spunky girl who is kind, smart and knows better than to follow social conventions that have no value. Instead of being a damsel in distress, Belle rescues the man she loves from the curse that has imprisoned him for years, which resonates with Emma’s own feminist persona in real life.

Watch it on: Disney+ Hotstar

The Circle (2017)

Directed by James Ponsoldt based on Dave Eggers’ novel set in a social media tech company, Emma takes up the central character of Mae, who emerges as a bright innovator but whose choices gradually tread a grey line and finally result in grave consequences. The Circle follows Mae’s life after she lands her dream job and starts working under Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), only to discover the dark reality behind his groundbreaking technology and what it means for humanity at large. Emma plays Mae with a mix of latent tension and apparent confidence that heightens the sense of unease that runs through the film co-starring Karen Gillian, John Boyega and Poorna Jagannathan.

Watch it on: Prime Video

Regression (2015)

Alejandro Amenábar’s horror mystery film Regression has Emma in the role of Angela Gray, a teenager from an orthodox Christian family who falls prey to a satanic ritual held by cult members and her own family. Ethan Hawke plays Detective Bruce Kenner who takes charge of the investigation after Angela reveals that she has been sexually abused by a family member. David Thewlis, Emma’s co-star in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, plays a psychologist who works with Bruce to uncover the horrifying crime revolving around Angela and her father.

Watch it on: Netflix

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower came just a year after the release of the last Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. Quite different from Hermione, Emma’s Sam in this film is everything a high school student wants to be – beautiful and adored by a big group of friends. Despite brilliant acts by Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller as Sam’s friend and stepbrother, respectively, Emma holds her ground as a confident and caring teenager who battles her demons while retaining a charm that proves irresistible to Logan’s Charlie. Based on Stephen Chbosky’s novel of the same name, the coming-of-age-drama is a must watch for Emma’s performance and also for the way it shows what it is like to be a teenager.

Watch it on: Prime Video

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