As Hermione, Emma Watson has the tough job of playing the stuck-up,
perfect student. In real life, however, Emma is much more laid back
than her big-screen counterpart. We chatted with Emma about her
role as Hermione, what it was like working with animals, and Hagrid's
Q: What has changed in your life since the first Harry Potter
movie came out?
Most of the change happened during the first film. I occasionally
get recognized. I think everyone's been a bit more enjoyable on
the second film, because they know the people and they know what
Q: What is different about Hermione in the second film?
I think all of the characters have matured. Hermione has
become a bit more laid back and she's not so mothering to Harry
and Ron. She finally has a different hairstyle, which is nice.
Q: What was it like working with the animals on set?
I really love animals and enjoy working with them. It
can be quite hard. It's very hard to tell a dog, "Do it again, you
weren't sitting in the right position." You have to be quite patient
because Fang drools everywhere. It takes ages to get off your robes,
and Hedwig flies in the wrong direction. Most of the time they get
it right, which is absolutely amazing! Their trainers must have
the hardest job ever.
Q: What was it like to work with Kenneth Branagh, who plays
He is the
nicest guy. He is absolutely fantastic.
He's really down to earth, really friendly, and he has a great sense
of humor. I really liked working with him. He's a fantastic actor
as well. There's such a presence about him.
Q: Would you share any funny stories that happened on the set?
[There were] 300 extras in the same room for one whole
week. Everyone is dying of boredom and they need to be laughing;
Robbie Coltrane [Hagrid] had to stand up on the tables and dance.
They did the Macarena and the cancan, and it worked! It was the
highlight of the whole filming! I never laughed so much in my life!
Q: What was the most difficult scene to shoot?
Professor Sprout's class was pretty hard. There are so
many scenes where I literally couldn't say my lines. Hermione gets
such mouthfuls, it's like a tongue twister in each paragraph. She
talks like a dictionary. She is
Q: Do you think the movies do a good job re-creating the books?
: I think it's really, really important to stay truthful
to the books because they're fantastic books. Chris [Columbus] is
working really close with J.K. Rowling, and I think that's what
makes the films so greatthe fact that we work with the author
who has all of the images and inspirations in her head.
Q: Why do you think it's important to read?
It's important to read because it's really good for your
[vocabulary]. It's really good for your imagination. I enjoy reading
because I find it relaxing.