Emma Watson: Brown University Return Planned by 'Harry Potter' Star

Wednesday, 05 Jun 2013 12:13 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Emma Watson, star of the film adapted from fantasy novel series "Harry Potter," says she is returning to Brown University this fall after leaving the Ivy League school in 2011 amid rumors that she was being bullied by classmates, which she has consistently denied.

"I really like the fact that it has a very open curriculum, that there aren't any requirements," Watson said during a lengthy interview with the teen girl's site, Rookiemag.com.

"I did an independent study on the psychology and philosophy of how and why we fall in love, which was awesome," the 23-year-old Watson added with a laugh.

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"I've kind of been in charge of my own education since I started out on Potter when I was 9 or 10, and I liked that I could design my own major if I wanted to, and I could take independent studies if I wanted to on subjects that weren't necessarily in the curriculum."

Shortly after rumors spread that Watson had decided to leave Brown because classmates had tormented her over her "Harry Potter" character, the young actress immediately dispelled the scuttlebutt on her site.

"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," the star wrote. "I have never been bullied in my life and certainly never at Brown. ... 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."

In the recent Rookiemag.com interview Watson also addressed her private life, which compared to most Hollywood actresses her age is remarkably reserved.

"It's interesting, because people say things to me like, 'It's really cool that you don't go out and get drunk all the time and go to clubs,'' Watson said. "And I'm just like, I mean, I appreciate that, but I'm kind of an introverted kind of person just by nature, it's not like a conscious choice that I'm making necessarily. It's genuinely who I am."

Watson's current films include the soon-to-be-released action-comedy motion picture "The End," which will be out June 12, and the crime-drama movie "The Bling Ring," which will be released June 14.

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