Hogwarts' Hermione to go back to school

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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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