1. Emma as a person – overall impression
I like her. I think these reports we sometimes hear about her being a diva aren’t true. I always admired her personality. She is witty, she is clever, she is intelligent, she is sensible. She genuinely likes Rupert, which is always a good thing in my book. She is certainly interesting to listen to in interviews (okay, sometimes she elaborates a bit too much, but nobody is perfect). It’s not her fault that she’s beautiful and a media darling. She makes the best out of it, which is also clever. I have more of a problem with how the media perceives and treats the trio (i. e. shunting aside Rupert) than I have with Emma attending all these fashion shows and doing one photoshoot after another.

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?
I think she did the best and was the closest to Hermione in the first two movies. Then her acting dropped. Can’t really put my finger on the reason. Maybe the direction, maybe the script, maybe puberty. Who knows? Is she a good Hermione? Well, I couldn’t imagine another one. Not now with only two more movies to go anyway. Her acting never convinced me much so I would have to say no, she’s not a good Hermione. But that wouldn’t be completely fair. She has been spot on in a couple of scenes. In others it’s just… maybe direction, maybe script, maybe puberty. But I have to say, she really nailed the heartbreak, the jealousy and the love for Ron in Half-Blood Prince. She was much better than in the previous few movies.

3. Emma’s acting outside Harry Potter (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux)
I haven’t seen them, so I can’t say anything about it.

4. The fact that Emma didn’t do many roles outside of Harry Potter – a good thing or not?
If she really wants to pursue a career as an actress later, it might be a bad thing. On the other hand, since I’ve never been much convinced in her acting skills (although she has somewhat impressed me in Half-Blood Prince) her not being in too many movies has to be a good thing.

5. Emma’s looks – overrated or not
I personally find her beautiful. She can be stunningly glamorous, but what I like even more (and envy to be honest) is that she’s a natural beauty. She has a lovely face, cute freckles and all, without having to put on tons of make-up. So I don’t think her looks are overrated. But tastes are different and many people might find them overrated and that is just as valid an opinion as mine.

6. Emma as a style icon – is it a good thing for the Harry Potter franchise overall, or not?
Is she a style icon? I don’t really see that. But if she is, I don’t think it’s bad for the franchise. Brings more attention and more money, doesn’t it?

7. Emma’s ambition and plans in life: acting, or modelling, or university, or all these
I think she’s not quite 100% sure and she is in the fortunate situation that she can afford to be uncertain for a while. Others her age have to make decisions for their future life. But she won’t ever have to worry about her income or earning her living, so she can still decide in three years when she’s finished studying. I personally can see her doing some modelling when she’s back. I am not sure about acting, mainly because she doesn’t seem to be 100% sure herself.

8. The way Emma treats Rupert in interviews and public appearances
With the exception of this one slip in the interview that should not be named, she always says only the nicest things about Rupert, practically gushing about him. I think it’s genuine and you can just feel that she considers him a good friend and colleague.

9. Emma as a Ron/Hermione shipper
Absolutely yes, without a doubt. She is one of us, so to speak. Endearingly so. Very clear and very vocal about it.

10. Your expectations: Emma in Deathly Hallows I and II, and beyond Harry Potter
Since there will be very intense emotional scenes in both parts, I expect her to do great. As she did in Half-Blood Prince. Beyond that, I’m not sure. Maybe she won’t even come back after her studies. If she does come back to a life in the spot-light I rather see her doing the modelling and photoshoot stuff to be honest. Regardless of my improved opinion on her acting after Half-Blood Prince.

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