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Emma Watson may quit acting, ready to return to Brown University in fall

08/26/2010 by Corinne Heller

Emma Watson in a scene from 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. / Emma Watson in an August 2010 photo that showcases her new pixie cut, posted on her website. (Photo credit: Warner Bros, / Emmawatson.com) Emma Watson, a 20-year-old British actress who plays teen witch Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, says she may quit acting as she prepares to return for her sophomore year at Brown University in Rhode Island this fall.

"I know that I can play Hermione but I dont know," The UK newspaper The Daily Express on Thursday quoted Watson, who debuted a new pixie haircut earlier this month as saying. "I really think I need to recharge my batteries and go and be me for a bit."

The French-born actress has not commented on the report but said a day earlier on her Facebook page: "Hi everyone, just back from an amazing holiday with my family. So nice just to chill out in the sunshine. Now I'm back in London for a quick turnaround before flying to the US ready for the start of term. Can't wait!"

Watson reprises her Harry Potter role in the final two films - the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows but has not been confirmed to star in other movies. The first film is set to be released on November 19. (Check out the photos from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 as well as its trailer.)

Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, told OnTheRedCarpet.com in July that the final movies are edgier and more shocking than the previous few films. Meanwhile, Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, is set to star in the film The Woman in Black and is also planning to act in a Broadway musical.

Watson recently appeared in a music video for the British group One Night Only, which saw her channeling Disney's Lady and the Tramp with rocker George Craig, with whom she was reported to have been dating at the time.

Craig told the UK newspaper The Daily Record recently that the two were just friends, adding: "We both live such busy lifestyles. In an ideal world, for me anyway, it would be great if we could be together but we can't. I'm doing my thing and she's doing hers. Maybe if the situation changed we might be together."

Watson also recently flew to Bangladesh to visit a garment factory where the environmentally-friendly People Tree collection she endorses is made.

"I still find it hard to convey what Fair Trade means to those producing our fashion - it's just so impressive to see how the women have used Fair Trade clothing to escape poverty and empower themselves and their children," the UK newspaper The Daily Mail quoted her as saying. "I was moved and inspired."

Check out a video of Watson's visit to Bangladesh below:

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