Her parents separated when she was young; following their divorce, Watson moved back to England to live with her mother in Oxfordshire while spending weekends at her father's house in London. Rowling 's best-selling novel. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher, and producers were impressed by her confidence.
After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Watson and fellow applicants Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint that they had been cast for the roles of the school friends Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley , respectively.
Rowling supported Watson from her first screen test. The film broke records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings and was the highest-grossing film of Reviewers praised the lead actors' performances. The Los Angeles Times said Watson and her peers had matured between films,  while The Times criticised director Chris Columbus for "under-employing" Watson's hugely popular character. Watson was appreciative of the more assertive role Hermione played, calling her character "charismatic" and "a fantastic role to play".
Radcliffe's blandness is offset by Ms. Harry may show off his expanding wizardly skills Critics praised the increasing maturity of Watson and her teenage co-stars; The New York Times called her performance "touchingly earnest". She said, "I loved all the arguing.
I think it's much more realistic that they would argue and that there would be problems. The film is based on the real-life Bling Ring robberies, with Watson playing a fictionalised version of Alexis Neiers , a television personality who was one of seven teenagers involved in the robberies.
While the film mostly received mixed reviews, critics gave almost unanimous praise for Watson's portrayal. Watson also had a supporting role in the apocalyptic comedy This Is the End , in which she, Seth Rogen , James Franco and many others played "exaggerated versions of themselves"  and Watson memorably dropped the " f-bomb ". Watson was offered the role, but turned it down because she did not connect with the character. Benedict Cumberbatch took the men's vote.
Watson won for British Artist of the Year and dedicated her award to Millie, her pet hamster who died as Watson filmed Philosopher's Stone.
She planned to spend the time on her "personal development" and her women's rights work. The Last Jedi , and the 11th highest-grossing film of all time. Watson, who was not paid for the collaboration,  admitted that competition for the range was minimal,  but argued that "Fashion is a great way to empower people and give them skills; rather than give cash to charity you can help people by buying the clothes they make and supporting things they take pride in"; adding, "I think young people like me are becoming increasingly aware of the humanitarian issues surrounding fast fashion and want to make good choices but there aren't many options out there.
As part of this certification, she attended a week-long meditation course at a Canadian facility, in which residents are not allowed to speak, in order "to figure out how to be at home with myself". Because I can never rely on a physical place. In that speech she said she began questioning gender-based assumptions at age eight when she was called "bossy" a trait she has attributed  to her being a "perfectionist" whilst boys were not, and at 14 when she was "sexualised by certain elements of the media".
If they were trying to put me off [women's rights work], it did the opposite". Foundation for Women named Watson its Feminist Celebrity of following an online poll. For its recap, former New York Times editor Jill Abramson noted Watson's "gutsy, smart take on feminism" and called the effort to get men involved "refreshing". One book is selected per month and is discussed in the last week of that month. She was confused by the backlash, arguing that feminism "is not a stick with which to beat other women" but is instead about freedom, liberation and equality.