Friday, November 27, 2015

Hogwarts' Hermione to go back to school

"Harry Potter" star Emma Watson says she'll return to finish her final year at Brown, now that all this magic nonsense is behind her

Hogwarts' Hermione to go back to school


Emma Watson, who has grown up before an audience of katrillions -- beginning in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and ending right now, seven epics later, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 -- plans to re-enroll at Brown University, which she left to concentrate on her magic arts skills. The plan, 21-year-old Watson told the Virginian-Pilot, is to attend Oxford in the fall, but under the auspices of Brown, and then return to the Providence, R.I., campus in spring 2012, to finish up and collect her degree.

In case you were under a serious spell this past week and didn't hear, the final chapter in the Potter series shattered just about every box office record when it opened July 15. It took in $169.2 million domestically from 12:01am Friday to Sunday. That beats the previous best opening weekend of $158.4 million, for The Dark Knight, in 2008.

According to Box Office Mojo, the industry tracking site, Harry Potter, as a franchise, has now grossed $2.177 billion, and is on track to top Star Wars’ $2.218 billion to become the top-grossing franchise in history. In terms of estimated attendance, though, the eight Potter pics are well shy the audience numbers accumulated by the seven Star Wars. And Princess Leia didn’t have to quit school, either.

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

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