About to take on evil wizard Voldemort for the very last time, Emma Watson stands ready, finally, to take on her next challenge.
"I was in denial," she told the Sunday Times Style Magazine about her brief retreat into the anonymity of college life. "I wanted to pretend I wasn't as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I'm in and what happened."
The position she's in is beloved megastar of the most successful movie franchise in the world. And while her run in "Harry Potter," is ending with next month's eighth and final volume, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," she has plenty more on her plate. Watson is the new face of Lancome, and is set to star in the big screen adaptation of the angst-teen novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
As for that foray into college -- she took a break this spring -- she swears she's not done with her education and will be returning to school in the fall. And while she won't be going back to Brown, she swear it has nothing to do with alleged bullying.
"It made me so sad when all this stuff came out that I left Brown because I was being bullied. It made no sense at all. Brown has been the opposite. I've never even been asked for an autograph on campus. I threw a party for nearly 100 students and not a single person put a photo on Facebook," she told the paper. "Anyway, even if I was being given a hard time, I wasn't going to wuss out of university because someone said 'Wingardium leviosa' to me in a corridor, or 'Ten points for Gryffindor.' I've been dealing with the media since I was nine. If I can't stand up to a few people giving me a hard time, it's a bit pathetic, really. I've had so much worse."
Watson does admit, however, that dating has been a bit of a problem for her as of late.
"I say to my friends, 'Why hasn't X called me? Why doesn't anyone ever pursue me?' They're like, 'Probably because they're intimidated.' It must be the fame wall," she said. "It must be the circus that goes around me. Me, as a person, I find it hard to believe I would be intimidating."
In fact, when she does hear from guys, it's not always a positive experience.
"Sometimes, maybe because they feel intimidated, they feel they have to knock me down. They know perfectly well who I am, but they'll ask me, 'How are the Narnia films going?'" she laments. "I'm single at the minute."