There would be a huge breakdown if Hermione was ever re-casted. No one played Hermione like Emma, and it is as if she was born for the role. However, during the sneak peek of Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts on HBO Max, it was revealed that Emma Watson almost considered pulling out from the Harry Potter franchise.
The British actress who is known for portraying the muggle Hermione Granger opened up about her nearly quitting the role after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire franchise.
Rupert Grint, Watson’s co-star who played Hermione’s eventual love interest in the movie series opened about the subject regarding Watson’s almost pulling out from the projects. According to the star who played Ron Weasley, he was aware that Watson was thinking of giving up playing Hermione Granger and that he had never really spoken to her about it.
The 31-year-old actress explained why she almost considered not to continue playing as Hermione in the final four films of the franchise. She stated that she was scared after trying to look at this being in the long run. She also added that she was on a tipping point when she can finally see that things, especially her career, are starting to take root for permanence.
Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who played the lead role of Harry Potter noted that they have not spoken about Watson’s near quitting. He further added that Watson never really discussed her ups and downs during the success and creation of the franchise. According to the 32-year-old actor, the cast was perhaps trying to get in the moment during those times that it did not occur to them that they were probably having similar sentiments.
Moreover, the star who played Belle in the live-action rendition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast further mentioned that she felt lonely when her career was peaking, saying that fame did hit her in a big way.
Even Tom Felton, the actor who played Draco Malfoy backed up Watson, noting how he can see where she was coming from. According to Felton, Watson was not just younger than them, but she was mostly all by herself considering that the cast was mainly male. He also added that Watson was able to wade through it gracefully.
Evanna Lynch, the Irish star who portrayed Luna Lovegood who was introduced in 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix said that Watson was really warm and kind to her in the set, always trying to make her feel comfortable.