What Movies Has Emma Watson Been In Besides ‘Harry Potter’?

On April 15, 1990, a baby girl was born in Paris, France. During her early years growing up in Oxfordshire, England, this little girl possessed undeniable star power. She rose to prominence as a child actor after landing her first big acting gig as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. The young star, Emma Watson, played Hermione Granger in all eight of the Harry Potter films. This means Watson portrayed the character from the age of 11 until the age of 21. 

With the Harry Potter franchise being such a significant part of Watson’s life and acting career, it’s hard to imagine her as anything other than Hermione Granger. However, Watson didn’t call her acting career quits after the final Harry Potter film was released in 2011. Read on to learn more about Watson’s time as Hermione Granger and what she’s been up to since the ending of the Harry Potter film series.  

Emma Watson found fame as Hermione Granger 

Emma Watson (R), gives a hug to Daniel Radcliffe (L), as they arrive for the North American premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Emma Watson (R) and Daniel Radcliffe (L) | STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images

Emma Watson is now 30 years old, but she’s already been in the acting industry for over 20 years now. The first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone hit theaters in 2001. At age 11, Watson was an instant fan favorite with her portrayal of Hermione Granger. Fans just couldn’t get enough of the trio of Hermione, Harry, and Ron during the early 2000s. 

Watson and her two co-stars Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed Harry Potter, and Rupert Grint, who portrayed Ron Weasley, grew up on-screen before our very eyes. The three went from little 11-year-old kids to young twenty-somethings during the entirety of the film franchise.

While Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson accumulated millions throughout this decade, they all have also found it somewhat challenging to break away from their identity as Harry Potter characters. All three have worked on films outside of Harry Potter, but the trio will probably always be best known as Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Harry Potter.  

Breaking out of the wizarding world 

After the last Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, was released in 2011, Watson found herself finally breaking out of the wizarding world. After the filming of the last Harry Potter movie wrapped up, Watson began her college career, according to E! Online. She attended Brown University between 2011 and 2014. She graduated from Brown with a bachelor’s degree in English literature in May 2014. During her college career, she also attended Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford University for a semester through a study abroad program at Brown. 

During college, Watson pulled a Hermione Granger and stayed very busy during her schooling. Along with attending an Ivy League school, Watson continued her acting career. While Watson will probably always be remembered most for her portrayal of Hermione Granger, she has landed some huge acting gigs outside the Harry Potter franchise.  

Big breaks and future plans 

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Watson’s first big acting gig following the Harry Potter film series was the 2012 film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Like her previous blockbuster films, The Perks of Being a Wallflower was also based on a book. The writer of this coming-of-age novel, Stephen Chbosky, also directed The Perks of Being a Wallflower film. Watson played a focal character, Sam, in the movie. 

Along with The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Watson has starred in a number of other films too. In 2013, Watson portrayed Nicki Moore in The Bling Ring. In 2017, she acted as Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Mae Holland in The Circle. In 2019, Watson earned the role of Meg March in Little Women. Emma Watson started as a child star but has since proven herself as a multifaceted actor. Watson is one of the finest actors in Hollywood and continues to have a bright future ahead of herself in the film industry.