Emma Watson On Learning Of Her ‘Harry Potter’ Fortune: ‘I Felt Sick’

It’s finally November, and that means we are counting down the days until the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” It also means there’s no better time to start looking back at how the young stars of the “Harry Potter” franchise blossomed into amazing actors—and some of the richest young adults around.

That’s why Emma Watson was chosen to cover the December issue of British Vogue. She admitted that she was 17 or 18—nearly a decade after hitting it big in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”—when her father first sat her down to have the “money conversation.” Until then, Emma had received a weekly allowance of about $75, but her dad let her in on the fact she was worth quite a few million more than that.

“By the third or fourth film, the money was starting to get serious,” she said, according an excerpt of the cover story in the Telegraph. “I had no idea. I felt sick, very emotional.”

Now, the 20-year-old actress is worth around $32 million, also known as the highest paid female in Hollywood. Her biggest change since her contract with “Harry Potter” ended was undoubtedly chopping off all of her hair into a pixie cut. She told Vogue that her contract banned her from wearing heavy makeup or getting her ears pierced during the past decade, so Emma was ready to embrace her independence (though for the record, she was allowed to have her ears pierced at age 15).

Emma has several possible avenues to follow now that her “Harry Potter” days are behind her. She is currently a sophomore at Brown University in Rhode Island, getting a degree in art and literature. She is also an established fashionista—she’s not only the face of Burberry, but also has her own clothing line with People Tree. And lastly she’s still an actress, despite her hesitance to continue in the craft, and will have a role in the upcoming Michelle Williams flick “My Week with Marilyn.”

When we asked you all for your opinions of Emma’s potential career choices back in August after the starlet announced she would quit acting, you said you hoped she would stick around Hollywood for a bit longer, and it looks like your wish has come true. But much like “Harry Potter” writer J.K. Rowling, Emma could happily do nothing for the rest of her life and still have money to burn. It’s the fact that we know she won’t do that that makes us love her so much more.

Were you surprised Emma didn’t know how much money she had until she turned 17 or 18?