There’s been some speculation that one of Hogwarts’ finest is leaving school due to bullying.

And not Hogwarts, mind you, but Rhode Island’s Brown University.

21-year-old Emma Watson, who has played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series since the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001, has attended Brown University for the past two years (Granger would be so proud). However, when the starlet’s spokeswoman announced she wouldn’t be spending her third year at Brown, rumors began flying that Watson had chose to leave because her classmates were bullying her.

Most notably, they would chant “Ten points for Gryffindor!” when Watson correctly answered a question in class.


Still, the bullying – as well as the Gryffindor comments – apparently never happened.

On Friday (April 29, 2011), Watson announced via her website:

I felt the need to let you all know the reason I took a semester off from Brown had nothing to do with bullying as the media have been suggesting recently. I have never been bullied in my life and certainly never at Brown. This ’10 points to Gryffindor’ incident never even happened. I feel the need to say this because accusing Brown students of something as serious as bullying and this causing me to leave seems beyond unfair. (

Watson goes on to talk about her as-of-yet undecided plans for her third year in school, as well as the new movie she’ll soon begin filming, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Of course, we know this summer she’ll be hunting those pesky few remaining Horcruxes and helping Harry Potter vanquish a Dark Lord come this summer’s release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2.

It’s fortunate the bullying rumors were just that – rumors. Not everyone is so lucky. If you are being bullied, know someone who is being bullied, or simply want to learn more about bullying, check out these Psych Central pages:

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