Just last week, the trailer for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was released, and now Potter fans need only wait until June 15 for the movie’s premiere . And Emma Watson, who admits to being a fan of the “Harry Potter” book series before being cast as Hermione, thinks that she might even come out of her self-imposed acting retirement to continue playing the wizard kid.
“I was a little bit shocked by people’s responses. … Maybe it’s because, at the moment, there are so many people who want to be famous, so how could I not want this? Or, how could I not want to keep it forever?” Watson says in the May issue of Interview magazine about the reaction people had to her plans to retire post-“Harry Potter.”
“I would love to try theater. I need to try stuff out. But I say all this now — I’m sure I’ll still be here in 10 years, making ’Harry Potter 30.’ ”
But don’t think just because she’s poised to come back for “Harry Potter 30” that Watson is ready to grow up too much on the big screen. In fact, the idea of it makes her “cringe.” “That would be so cringe!” she exclaimed when asked if she’d play Hermione’s mom someday. “Don’t you think people would be bored of seeing me in Potterworld by then?”
Currently, David Yates is back directing “Half-Blood Prince,” as well as the following two Harry Potter films, but Watson looks back fondly on the work she did with Alfonso Cuarón. “One of the people I enjoyed working with most was Alfonso Cuarón [who directed ’Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’]. I have a real thing for Mexican directors. And I love Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu.”
Soon Watson, along with her co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, will have to say goodbye to their Harry Potter alternate personalities. And Watson just isn’t sure she’ll be able to handle it emotionally. “I will be … uncontrollable. It’s been half of our lives,” she said. “It’s made us, it’s formed us. It’s such a big part of my life, so it will be really sad — and so much of the crew who have been there since the beginning are like my family.”
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