Emma Watson Once Shared How ‘Harry Potter’ Benefitted From ‘Not Selling Sex’ Like ‘Twilight’ Did

If there’s anything that Twilight and Harry Potter have in common, it’s that they were both mega-franchises based on books. But apart from that, and also focusing on supernatural creatures, that’s where the similarities might end. Although Harry Potter had its fair share of romance, romance wasn’t the main theme for the wizards like it was in Twilight. And it’s a distinction Watson felt helped Harry Potter in one way.

J.K Rowling once admitted this ‘Harry Potter’ romance was pure ‘wish fulfillment’

Emma Watson posing while wearing a black dress.
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As some fans may know, there was a romance brewing between Emma Watson’s Hermione Granger and Rupert Grint’s Ron Weasley. But the author of the series herself, J.K. Rowling, once felt that pairing these two together might have been a mistake. Speaking with Wonderland, Rowling confided to Watson the true motivation behind the Weasley and Granger relationship.

“I wrote that Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” Rowling said according to Variety. “That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermoine ended up with Ron.”

Rowling already predicted the reaction her reveal might have gotten from fans.

“I know, I’m sorry. I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility,” she said.

However, Watson agreed with Rowling’s sentiments.

“I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy,” Watson said.

Why Emma Watson once claimed that Harry Potter didn’t sell sex like Twilight

Watson noted that the romance between her character and Grint’s had many fans excited. This was because, unlike another mega-series, their romance wasn’t the main focus.

“This kiss between Hermione and Ron is highly anticipated, it’s been building up for eight films now,” she told Empire (via Digital Spy). “And Harry Potter is not Twilight, you know, we’re not selling sex.”

But Watson believed this actually helped the fans get more involved in the relationships presented in the movie.

“So, whenever there is any hint of that, everybody gets terribly excited,” she added.

Although the characters might have enjoyed the romance, the actors themselves felt the exact opposite.

“The nicest thing about it was, before we did it, we turned to each other and were like, ‘God, this is going to be awful, isn’t it?’, but hopefully it will look good,” she continued.

Emma Watson didn’t expect Robert Pattinson to become such a huge star after ‘Twilight’

Emma Watson had nothing but nice things to say about her time working with Robert Pattinson in Harry Potter.

“He was always very intelligent, nice, talented, good-looking, kind of had everything there,” Watson once said in an interview posted by youtube channel Breeha Shah.

And although she figured Pattinson would see some kind of success, she didn’t think that success would’ve reached Twilight heights.

“I’m not surprised he’s been successful, I’m surprised that it’s quite got this insane. But I think he’s a great actor,” she said.

When asked who Watson preferred between Radcliffe’s Harry Potter and Pattinson’s Edward Cullen, Watson chose her castmate.

“Obviously, I’m gonna have to say Daniel, because he’s just gorgeous,” she quipped. “I have to keep it all in the family. I have loyalty.”

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