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Emma Watson not 'bullied out' of Brown University, rep says

Emma Watson leaving Brown for another university "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson will not be returning to Brown University in the fall -- but it's not because of bullying.

Watson, who plays brilliant bookworm Hermione Granger in the magical franchise, will be transferring to another university to pursue a course of study not offered at the Rhode Island institution. (Defense against the dark arts, perhaps, or ancient runes?) No word yet on what school she'll be attending.

In March she announced she would be taking time off from Brown to finish work on "Harry Potter" and focus on her "other professional and acting projects."

But reports surfaced last week claiming Watson's breakup with Brown came because she was "bullied out" -- reports that had no basis in truth, her rep Vanessa Davies told the Associated Press.

Rumor had it that according to unidentified classmates and insiders, the actress was fed up with bullies who would shout out quips like "Ten points for Gryffindor!" when she answered a question in class.

Rather, Davies said, Watson "has absolutely loved her time at Brown" and developed a network of good friends there.

Seriously, why people wouldn't line up to be Hermione's BFF, we have no idea. Did they not know about her Lancôme perks and fashion pull?

Watson, who will be hunting down horcruxes this summer in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," the final chapter of the wizarding series, is also set to star in Summit Entertainment's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" as Logan Lerman's love interest.

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Photo: Credit: Emma Watson. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press. 

 
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I have a daughter at Brown and this story is hogwash. John Kennedy Jr wasn't bullied. Nor was Dhani Harrison, son of Beatle George Harrison.

Watson spent an awful lot of time jetting across the Atlantic for Lancome events and the like. It didn't appear that she gave Brown the total old college try.

If Natalie Portman, Jodie Foster and Brooke Shields could graduate from Harvard, Yale and Princeton, respectively, why couldn't Watson hack it at Brown? The real reason has yet to emerge.

I am leaning toward the opinion that Emma Watson did not balance her academic and acting workloads well. Like the previous comments from Becky H., it did not appear that she gave it her all. She is an intelligent young lady, and definitely has the genes to prove it. (Both of her parents are Oxford-educated attorneys in UK.)

I am somewhat disappointed and sad that she is leaving a renowned academic institution. I do hope that this merely a bump in the road, and that she will complete her higher education soon before pursuing other career opportunities.

Rumor has it she's looking to transfer to NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study

"Renowned academic institution!" Only in the minds of some people. Christ, you snots just never give up. You better educated types have managed to destroy the country with your greed and utterly self-aggrandizing behavior thanks to what you've been taught by some of the most amoral people in American education. Emma's shown good sense to distance herself.

Dancing Scorpion says:
"Renowned academic institution!" Only in the minds of some people. Christ, you snots just never give up. You better educated types have managed to destroy the country with your greed and utterly self-aggrandizing behavior thanks to what you've been taught by some of the most amoral people in American education. Emma's shown good sense to distance herself.


I think Emma might think differently. Why did she choose to attend Brown in the first place? Why is she leaving Brown now? Like the rest of us, we really don't know until she actually gives her reasons, do we?

You don't have to go to Brown, Harvard, Princeton, or Yale to be successful. There are plenty of other colleges out there worth going to. People that think prestigious schools are the only option make me sick. Get over yourselves. She's doing what she thinks is best for her future.

"She was bullied." Sounds like some reporter desperate for a story making up one.

Maybe there weren't enough hot girls? After all, the Beach Boys never sung about "Rhode Island Girls"...

Alot of college kids transfer to other schools in there second year. Give her a break. Maybe she's better off going to a school in NY....

Boy it must be a real drag being mediocre, Dancing Scorpion.

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Rock Lobster

Why am I reading all of these comments in a British accent?

As for those who feel she gave up on her "studies" to early or didn't "give it the old college try" who says she can't go back or attend a different university? Also who are YOU to judge and decide her reasoning? Are you her parents? Do you pay her bills? Are you offered job oppurtunities for Lancome and movie deals? NO.. so I would keep your opinions and non-fact based answers to yourself. All I know is if I was Emma Watson, was being offered MORE money then I could burn right now and was able to fly around the world and back half a dozen times I would do what made ME happy. She is young, successfull, and has plenty of intelligence to figure this out for herself. Also, if she was bullied... shame on those students who were NOT intelligent enough to know better. Some sort of school Brown must be if they allow bullying... I'd leave too. I wouldn't dare pay what it costs to go there and be bullied.

@Becky, Emma already provided the "real reason" she left Brown. Why isn't that good enough for you? Kudos to this young lady for even trying to go to school and finish Potter, and other projects, at the same time. Natalie, nor Jodie had the work schedule of those Potter kids had the last 10 years....and no, Portman wasn't filming Star Wars and attending college simultaneously.

Watson changed schools, a lot of kids do. It's not like she's going to have to go submit a resume somewhere for a 9 to 5, the girl is LOADED already.

Hermoine is awesome!!!

Every time I hear someone mention "Brown University," I can't help but think of the great Tim Reid 80's dramedy "Frank's Place" about a well educated black professor who inherits his estranged father's creole restaurant in New Orleans. In one episode, he's courted by one of the black men's clubs in the city as the token dark skinned black in a society where lighter skinned blacks are the upper crust. As Reid's character is a graduate of Brown University, one of the members trying to promote his admission tells another that, as "a Brown man," he'd be a great addition to the club. The other, uninformed member turns to him and remarks, "a Brown man, I know he's a brown man, what does that have to do with anything."

Emma Watson is overrated as an actress and this whole smart thing is because of Hermione. I bet she could not hack it at an Ivy League. No one will dare say that because they are too busy blinded by her looks to say anything negative about the girl.

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sounds like Rita Skeeter may have gotten a hold of the story somewhere along the way... I hope its not true that she was bullied, but sadly, I wouldn't be surprised. Jealousy knows no limits.

Emma Watson is overrated as an actress and this whole smart thing is because of Hermione. I bet she could not hack it at an Ivy League. No one will dare say that because they are too busy blinded by her looks to say anything negative about the girl.
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Riiight.

There's documentation that she was offered a place at Cambridge as well and reports as to what she received on all of her standardised tests and in classes back in the UK. She was a straight-A student all through school. Openly documented fact you can Google.

So if she couldn't hack it an Ivy why was she accepted there in the first place? Clearly they thought she was very capable. They only accept a very small percentage of their applicants after all. So really now, if she's so stupid, how is it possible for her to have been accepted into one of the top ranked universities in the world? I'd like to know. They don't just take anyone. Though I'm sure your retort will simply be that it's because of who she is, won't it? ;)

And if she's really actually very stupid why is she the only one out of all three of the Potter child stars to go onto university? Daniel and Rupert both decided to opt out of uni, yet Emma has chosen to attend for a backup career idea. I guess that must be what stupid people with money do all the time, huh?

Also, I don't often hear of people talking about what a great actress she is, even she has said she feels somewhat bashful in front of her classmates in the drama department.

Are you sure that jealousy simply isn't blinding you from a very nice, clearly intelligent, and fortunate girl? It's really very understandable should you be.

It's funny, but nobody seems to bring much attention to the fact that Watson's rep suggests she wants a different major. Surely even the Ivies have all the majors possible?

They don't. http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Registrar/concentration.html

Saying she couldn't hack it or is overrated is not the point -- there is clear documentation that she can "hack it" and certainly deserved her spot at Brown University. In all honesty, I'm just glad she decided to find a school with the major she craves. After all, it's why she decided to attend a school in the United States to begin with.

By the way, not giving it "the old college try" ? What an uninteresting point. That actually has nothing to do with anything here.

they must be jealous of her to bullying her. Beautiful girl don't belong in the USA they belong in europe. She should go to school in europe.


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