Emma Watson responds to Brown University bullying rumors
Emma Watson, the actress who stars as Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" franchise, denied reports on her personal website on Friday that she was bullied out of Brown University, which was reported by several news outlets.
"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. I have never been bullied in my life and certainly never at Brown," Watson wrote on her personal website.
The 21-year-old adds, "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."
A New York Daily News article posted on April 21 claimed that when Watson responded correctly to questions in class, her classmates would shout, "Three points for Gryffindor!" -- a reference to the "Harry Potter" films, in which students' dormitory houses are awarded points for questions they answer correctly. Watson's character lives in Gryffindor.
Watson's comments Friday come a week after Vanessa Davies, her spokeswoman, told the wire service that the actress would transfer to another university in the fall.
Davies told the Associated Press that Watson, "absolutely loved her time at Brown" but did not specify what university the actress was transferring to.
In March, the actress announced on her official website that she was taking time off from the Rhode Island-based university to focus on her career and promoting "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which comes out on July 15, 2011.
Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" movies said in a blog to her fans that it was too hard to juggle school and her job commitments.
"As you know, I love Brown and I love studying pretty much more than anything," she wrote on her website. "But recently I've had so much to juggle that being a student AND fulfilling my other commitments has become a little impossible."
"I've decided to take a bit of time off to completely finish my work on Harry Potter (the last one comes out this summer) and to focus on my other professional and acting projects," Watson wrote. "I will still be working towards my degree... it's just going to take me a semester or two longer than I thought."
Watson was recently named the new face of Lancome and is currently working on a starring role in "Perks of Being a Wallflower," slated for release in 2012.