We always said that NYU was a lot like Hogwarts. Emma Watson, a.k.a. Hermione Granger, (and often referred to as “the most perfect person”) took a January term at NYU this past month. The actress, most famously known for her role in the Harry Potter series, was probably reading NYU Local as she hung out at Faye’s and Bobst between classes this winter. And this was all while we sat in our suburban homes watching her film Perks of Being a Wallflower, and wishing we could be best friends. If we had only known…
Students on campus during the winter break tweeted and generally freaked out, resulting in the rumors of her presence spreading over campus during move-in. Celebrity enthusiast Frank Costa had the confidence to approach her on campus; he reports “I asked for a picture and she was really sweet about it. She said, ‘Aw, I’m sorry. I don’t take pictures while I’m studying. It was nice to meet you though.’ She was just so cute and spoke in a British accent so a part of me died inside.”
Students also responded to the star’s recent visit by posting her NYU email online. Since we all have everyone’s emails, many wasted no time releasing her temporary address to the general public.
The actress first made waves on campus last year, when it was rumored she was entering Gallatin, presumably for witchcraft and wizardry. However, she took a year off to work on movies, including the upcoming biblical epic Noah that filmed this fall nearby in Oyster Bay, New York. Despite the location’s convenience, there is no evidence that Watson will return to our modest campus of Washington Square Park.
Though our recent brush with celebrity royalty is nothing new, Watson definitely excited the student body with her attendance this January. Hopefully, she had fun this winter and will be coming back here soon, especially at a time when we’re all on campus.