Emma’s parents divorced when Watson was 5, and she moved back to Oxfordshire in England with her mother and brother. Watson attended the Stagecoach Theatre Arts school at Oxford. She studied singing, acting and dancing, and performed in school plays. Her natural instinct for acting first came out when she won a poetry competition for reciting James Reeves' "The Sea" at age 7. Watson had never acted professionally when her theater teachers suggested her to agents looking to cast an upcoming movie based on the first novel of the best-selling Harry Potter series.
A 9-year-old Watson auditioned eight times for the role that would make her an international star. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who was deeply involved in the film process to make sure it stayed true to the book, wanted Watson for the role of Hermione from her first screen test. Watson sufficiently impressed casting agents and the film's producers and won the role of Hermione Granger, Harry Potter's smart, bossy best friend and voice of reason.
Watson's 11-year-old film debut was an enormous success. It grossed more than $974 million worldwide. On opening day in the United States, the film made a record-breaking $33.3 million. Watson's performance received critical praise, and her status as an up-and-coming young film star was made.
Though Watson's been closely identified with her Harry Potter character, as an adolescent the young actress wanted to be seen as more. In 2007 Emma Watson starred in another film based on a children's novel, Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield.
As a teenager coming of age as an established movie star, Watson has also emerged as a fashionista. Her style has caught the eye of many major figures in the fashion industry.
Whatever Watson chooses to do in the future, she has a head start on her peers, having earned $15 million apiece from just the two most recent Harry Potter films. Watson starred in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, This Is The End, Noah and a few of the many projects that she's taken on after the conclusion of the Harry Potter series.