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

April 25, 2011 |  6:22 pm

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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-- Nardine Saad

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