At school, she took the lead role in several plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince.Along with plays, Emma participated in many other school productions, including the Daisy Pratt Poetry Competition, in which she won first place for her year at age seven.At the age of eleven, Watson made her professional acting début in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone playing vulnerable know-it-all Hermione Granger.In 2002, she starred in the Potter sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.Following the release of Order of the Phoenix, Watson made her first major forays beyond the Potter franchise, playing Pauline Fossil in the television film Ballet Shoes, and voicing Princess Pea in the animated film The Tale of Despereaux.
The 20-year-old, now studying at Brown University in New England, was locked into a contract when cast in the first film, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, aged nine.So each time there was a negotiation, it was not about a financial [matter], it really was about, 'Do I want to be a part of this?'"Despite the "tipping point", when the producers admitted they had to "be sensitive to her needs and how important school was to her", Emma Watson happily decided to stay on for the whole franchise - but also got a good education, later attending Brown University."Luckily for Potter fans, Radcliffe, who was just 14 at the time, decided to stay playing Harry for the next five films - because he'd miss his cast-mates, and because he realised just how good a role it was for him at the time, adding, "Actually there aren't many great parts out there for teenage boys, certainly not as good as Harry Potter".Despite that blip during his career as a boy wizard, Daniel insists that he no longer resents the role that made him famous - describing it as a "very cool thing that did wonders for the British film industry", despite the fact "you might not always be happy with the work you did on it".I'm not saying I was Oscar Wilde at 14, but I had a line for anything they could throw at me."Radcliffe also said he was learning ballet in a bid to equip himself for a future without Harry Potter as his safety net.