Unlike her “Harry Potter” character Hermione Granger, actress Emma Watson has “never been bullied,” according to a Friday statement on the starlet’s official website.
Addressing media rumors that she’d been bullied into dropping out of Brown University, Watson took to her web page to inform the world that her decision to leave the institution was not a result of classmate harassment.
“I felt the need to let you all know the reason I took a semester off from Brown had nothing to do with bullying as the media have been suggesting recently,” Watson wrote. “I have never been bullied in my life and certainly never at Brown. This ’10 points to Gryffindor’ incident never even happened. I feel the need to say this because accusing Brown students of something as serious as bullying and this causing me to leave seems beyond unfair.”
The new Lancome representative says she’s unsure where she’ll end up in September.
“Like my other fellow Brown students I am trying to figure out my third year and whether or not I will spend it abroad (this is common),” Watson wrote.
The actress’s statement came a week after the New York Daily News reported that she’d been heckled by fellow Brown students out of the Ivy League university.
An insider told the Daily News that Watson’s schoolmates “would respond [to her answers in class] with a quote from ‘Harry Potter.'” Most often, they’d reportedly shout, “Three points for Gryffindor,” alluding to the film’s dormitory system.
Part two of the final “Harry Potter” movie hits theaters this summer, and Watson will soon begin filming “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which is based on a popular late 90s novel on teen angst.