Emma Watson attends UK launch event for 'Beauty And The Beast' at Spencer House on February 23, 2017 in London, England.
Emma Watson attends UK launch event for 'Beauty And The Beast' at Spencer House on February 23, 2017 in London, England. Tim Whitby/Tim Whitby/Getty Images

The Real Reason Emma Watson Is Generally Done Taking Selfies With Harry Potter Superfans

Feb 28, 2017

Emma Watson is no stranger to the fact that fame comes with a spotlight. Since making her onscreen debut at the age of 11 playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, Watson has been beloved by fans all over the world.

However, in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the Beauty and the Beast star revealed she has adopted a set of personal rules for interacting with her supporters since the conclusion of the wizarding world series — specifically noting that she generally says no to selfies.

"For me, it's the difference between being able to have a life and not. If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they've created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters. They can see what I'm wearing and who I'm with. I just can't give that tracking data," she said. "I'll say, 'I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have but I just can't do a picture.' I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact. When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone's freakin' week? Children I don't say no to, for example."

Watson went on to explain that she feels the obsessive nature of the Harry Potter fandom has created unique circumstances for her as a celebrity. "I have met fans who have my face tattooed on their body," she said. "I’ve met people who used the Harry Potter books to get through cancer. I don't know how to explain it, but the Harry Potter phenomenon steps into a different zone. It crosses into obsession. A big part of me coming to terms with it was accepting that this is not your average circumstances."


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