Emma Watson on trying to be a normal college kid: ‘I was in denial’

Laura Donovan Contributor
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There’s nothing ordinary about magical “Harry Potter” character Hermione Granger. The same can be said about actress Emma Watson, who played the brainy young witch in all the “Potter” films.

But when Watson enrolled at Brown University in 2009, she seemed to think she could roam with regular college kids and lead the life of a normal university student.

“I was in denial,” Watson told the Sunday Times Style Magazine of her attempt at college anonymity. “I wanted to pretend I wasn’t as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I’m in and what happened.”

Watson is also different from most people in that she has allegedly never been bullied before. The 21-year-old, who announced earlier this year that she would be leaving Brown University, blasted rumors that she was picked on at the institution.

“It made me so sad when all this stuff came out that I left Brown because I was being bullied,” Watson said. “It made no sense at all. Brown has been the opposite. I’ve never even been asked for an autograph on campus. I threw a party for nearly 100 students and not a single person put a photo on Facebook. Anyway, even if I was being given a hard time, I wasn’t going to wuss out of university because someone said ‘Wingardium leviosa’ to me in a corridor, or ‘Ten points for Gryffindor.’ I’ve been dealing with the media since I was nine. If I can’t stand up to a few people giving me a hard time, it’s a bit pathetic, really. I’ve had so much worse.”