1. Emma as a person – overall impression
Emma is a true beauty, inside and out. One of the things I love about her is the fact that education is so very important to her. As an actress making millions of dollars, she could easily play down the necessity of a good education. However, her determination to finish (and excel!) in her studies is such a positive thing for young fans to see.

2. Emma’s acting in Harry Potter – is she a good Hermione or not? And why? How important is canon in this respect? What did you think of her performance in Half-Blood Prince as opposed to other films?
Honestly, I believe that Emma is subpar Hermione. This, for me at least, is especially true from Prisoner of Azkaban to the present. J.K. Rowling has a special place in her heart for Hermione, who is supposed to be brilliant… but scary. She is a complex character who harbors several insecurities. She is a flawed heroine. It is my opinion that Emma could never fully grasp the layers of Hermione. For example, Hermione’s swottiness usually manifested itself when she was worried. She became very maternal and bossy, but you could tell that it was because she was being cautious of a situation that she and/her mates were going to face. In the films, Emma just comes off as huffy. No layers, no depth whatsoever. In Half-Blood Prince, I saw a bit of improvement Emma. She did pretty good with acting jealous, sly, and humorous. However, I felt that her “heartbreaking” scene with Harry was a little less than convincing.

3. Emma’s acting outside Harry Potter (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux)
I’ve only seen clips of Ballet Shoes, so I can’t really speak on that. However, her performance as Princess Pea in Despereaux was, in my opinion, nothing to write home about. I would have thought that she would have been a little more comfortable doing voice-overs, but she seemed even more “flat’ in this” Almost like her heart wasn’t in it…

4. The fact that Emma didn’t do many roles outside of Harry Potter – a good thing or not?
If Emma wants to grow as an actress, I believe that the fact that she didn’t really spread her wings in different roles could seriously hurt her in the future. You always need to work on your craft!

5. Emma’s looks – overrated or not
She’s a pretty girl, a natural beauty even. I will always give her that.

6. Emma as a style icon – is it a good thing for the Harry Potter franchise overall, or not?
Sigh, publicity is publicity. Personally, it has always irked me that she gets more attention for her magazine covers than her acting skills. But these magazine readers will be movie ticket buyers.

7. Emma’s ambition and plans in life: acting, or modelling, or university, or all these
I believe that Emma will be a true academian, (maybe one with Chanel and Burberry contracts!) However, I don’t see a long-term acting career in Emma’s future. Her acting skills always come off as very one-dimensional, and although she will get some scripts because, well, she’s Emma Watson, once she’s forced to audition for roles, I believe she will have a lot of trouble getting the parts.

8. The way Emma treats Rupert in interviews and public appearances
Emma usually is very complimentary of Rupert in interviews. I do believe that she adores and respects him as a coworker. I was upset with the whole “horrible” kissing interview though. I can understand that she could have been nervous. But really, she went overboard in that interview.

9. Emma as a Ron/Hermione shipper
She’s a shipper, and she should be! It is my hope that behind the scenes, she is giving Kloves holy heck every time he attempts to sneak in Harry/Hermione nonsense into the scripts.

10. Your expectations: Emma in Deathly Hallows I and II, and beyond Harry Potter
Honestly, I hope that Emma does a wonderful job in Deathly Hallows and goes out with a bang. I want her to embrace Hermione, and truly, TRULY become her, and show her vulnerabilities as well as her strengths in the movie. However, I expect, unfortunately, that she will not capture the essence of Hermione. Over 10 or so years, she hasn’t been able to do this, and although she may give her best effort, alas, I think she will fall quite short.
However if you look beyond acting, I think Emma has so much potential. She has a sharp mind, and she is very beautiful. I can see her being an agent of positive change in the world, if that’s what she wants to do.

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