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Emma Watson left Brown because students there are bullies



rsz_tbd-emmawatson042511.jpgEmma Watson's reasons for leaving Brown weren't because she couldn't hack the schoolwork, but rather because she was being teased and bullied mercilessly. We'd expect that from Princeton folk, but Brown? Really? You don't say.

The New York Daily News says the erstwhile Hermione Granger (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has wrapped and will hit theaters in July) was "really smart," according to sources, but would be mocked whenever she answered a question correctly in class. Classmates "would respond with a quote from Harry Potter," a spy says, with the most popular retort being "three points for Gryffindor!"

The 21-year-old, who enrolled in fall 2009 and pulled out this last winter, has said she wanted a normal life, going so far as having her freshman roommate sign a confidentiality agreement. She still had problems, hiring security guards to escort her to the Brown-Harvard football game in Cambridge, Mass., where Crimson kids "stalked" her and "shouted Harry Potter phrases at her," the paper's source says.

Watson addressed the break in studies on her blog, noting she planned to return to school someday: "I've decided to take a bit of time off to completely finish my work on Harry Potter … and to focus on my other professional and acting projects," she wrote. "I will still be working towards my degree ... it's just going to take me a semester or two longer than I thought." Note that she says nothing about returning to Providence, R.I.

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[Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2011 6:31pm]


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