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Fact check: 'Harry Potter' actress Emma Watson is going to continue acting, after all. Ten points for Gryffindor! What movies should cast her ASAP?

Emma Watson is *not* retiring from acting: The movies we wanna see her in

#FakeNews strikes again. Reports yesterday from The Daily Mail claimed that actress & hardcore feminist Emma Watson was stepping away from acting forever. Luckily, reports of her acting demise have been greatly exaggerated. Ten points for Gryffindor!   

The Hollywood rumor mill spun in spirals yesterday at the news that Emma Watson, famous for playing the role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series was ready to call it an acting career. Heck, even we reported on it! However, despite what we all may have heard, Emma Watson isn’t really retiring from acting, after all. 

Emma Watson fans around the world can rejoice at the news of Watson’s interest in continuing to act. In fact, we’re so excited about her retirement being fake that we’ve begun to speculate which roles Emma Watson should dip into next. There’s plenty of movies that could use the talents of this English actress & activist, and we have a few suggestions that would best fit her talents! 

Emma Watson’s career

Thirty year old Emma Watson will forever be known as Hermione Granger, the intelligent albeit stubborn teenage wizard who befriends Harry Potter & Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise. Fans were stunned at the performance young Emma Watson gave in the original 2001 Harry Potter film, a role she had landed at just nine years of age. 

Watson carried the torch of Hermione Granger for the subsequent seven Harry Potter films, finishing off her character’s story as well as the Harry Potter series as a whole in 2011. Many were curious just how Watson would land on her feet after playing the same character for the better part of a decade. Luckily, Watson found a way to break free of the Hermione typecast, landing a slew of impressive roles. 

Watson has worked with some of Hollywood’s top talent since Harry Potter, including playing a lead in The Circle alongside Tom Hanks, as well as landing a part in the latest adaptation of Little Women, starring alongside Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Meryl Streep. However, perhaps her biggest post-Potter role was that of Belle in Disney’s 2017’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Fake retirement 

Many movie fans’ jaws dropped to the floor yesterday at the reports that Emma Watson had decided to call it quits as it pertained to acting. Given her age, her acting promise, and her ability to land consistent work, it just felt a bit off. However, it was made clear that she was looking to “settle down” with her partner, Leo Robinton. 

While she tends to keep her workload quite light, appearing in a new movie on what feels like an average of every three years, we couldn’t fathom the actress being done with acting outright . . . especially at such a young age. 

Luckily, Watson’s manager at Untitled Entertainment put a stop to these rumors fast. “Emma’s social media accounts are dormant but her career isn’t” he shared in an EW statement. So if she isn’t retired, what roles should she consider next? We have a few ideas. Some are vague . . . some are VERY specific.

Barbara Gordon in the DCEU

Look, we already know Watson can nail the traditional American accent, so why not let her jump on board a superhero franchise and let her once again showcase her talents of playing a highly intelligent character? 

Barbara Gordon, otherwise known as Batgirl or Oracle, is the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon. While there are many different comic book storylines involving this character, there’s one specific storyline that we’d love to see Watson play . . . and that’s Batman: The Killing Joke

In the comic, the Joker attempts to drive Jim Gordon into madness by shooting Barbara in her home, disguised in a tropical costume best suited for a tourist. Barbara becomes paralyzed from the waist down, which forces her to learn to fight evil with her intellect. She then becomes “Oracle”, the main voice in Batman’s ear as he’s out fighting with his fists. 

Watson would fill these shoes well, as her snappy wit, as well as the ability to convey intelligent thoughts, could serve as the only other voice Batman will listen to, outside of Alfred and her father. 


Kingsman 3

While we’re all excited for the long-delayed The Kings Man, set to finally be released this August, we’re most anxious for a new sequel in the Kingsman trilogy . . . mostly because we demand an apology film after that disappointing sequel, The Golden Circle.

Watson can easily pass as a British spy, helping Eggsy & Harry along in their adventures in stopping global threats of great intelligence. Watson has proved her comedic acting chops, as seen in 2013’s This Is The End with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and James Franco. Really, while we know Watson loves her arthouse movies, we just want her to return to the world of action so bad. 

Little Shop of Horrors

Who votes to give Emma Watson another shot at highlighting her singing chops in the Warner Bros. planned Little Shop of Horrors remake? We do! 

Emma Watson, who gave a solid acting performance in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, was criticized for her singing, not quite holding up to par with the rest of the cast. So why not cast her in the role of Audrey and give her another swing at it? We think she’ll be better prepared this time as it pertains to her vocals, especially if she’s faced against a ten-foot tall plant!

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