Business Insider reports that Emma Watson, the young actress who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, plans to take a leave of absence from Brown University. Watson enrolled at Brown for undergraduate study in 2009.
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Apparently, Emma Watson's desire to just be "normal" didn't go as planned.
According to the Daily News, the Harry Potter star has taken a leave of absence from Brown University that may turn out to be permanent.
The New York Daily News has more details about how Watson was treated at Brown:
The insider says Watson didn't shy away from class participation and often would "answer something in class and get it right," calling the 21-year-old actress "really smart." Unfortunately, this brought out the sophisticated wit and cinematic expertise of her Ivy League peers.
According to the source, her classmates "would respond [to her answer] with a quote from 'Harry Potter.'" The most popular choice was "Three points for Gryffindor!" – a reference to the movie's dormitory system, and a congratulatory phrase in the films when a student got a correct answer.
This wasn't the only difficulty for the actress, who said on her personal blog before entering school that she just "want[ed] to be normal." While attending a Brown-vs.-Harvard football game in Cambridge, the pixie-haired star described being "stalked" by Harvard students in her school's section.
On her website, Watson wrote, "I've decided to take a bit of time off to completely finish my work on 'Harry Potter' … and to focus on my other professional and acting projects."
She added: "I will still be working towards my degree ... it's just going to take me a semester or two longer than I thought."