British actress Emma Watson, star of the Harry Potter series of films, has a new avatar, a college-going one - dressed in a pair of jeans, boots and an anorak and carrying a college bag, a handful of books and sporting a thumbs-up symbol.

The 21-year-old has put her acting carer on hold for some time in order to resume her studies at Oxford University.

Watson attended the first day of classes much like any other excited girl. At least, that seems to be the idea, given the photograph of herself that she posted on her official Web site.


Emma Watson poses during her first term at UK's oxford University. Photo: ©

The Burberry model, who has walked on red carpets wearing designer gowns, looked like any other 21-year-old student. She also posted a message on her blog last week, as she released her Oxford pictures, saying that she was taking a break from her work.

“You might not hear from me for a while because I will be really busy studying but I wanted to just say hi and bye,” she wrote.

Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, also left a note for everyone beginning a school year.

“To Everyone who is starting a New School Year, (sorry those who have been at school for a while Oxford starts late). Just to say have a great term and good luck with all your work, the post read.

The British actress temporarily discontinued her term at Brown University in the U.S. earlier this year, as she wanted to focus on the last Harry Potter film - “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”. The film was released in July of this year.

She reportedly remains on the rolls at Brown and will graduate from there after completing her year at Oxford.


Emma Watson poses for photographers outside the St Pancras Hotel in London July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Toby Melville



Emma Watson poses in this publicity portrait released August 24, 2000 (L) and as a 21-year-old actress, Emma Watson arrives at the British Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London, February 13, 2011. REUTERS/Luke Macgregor HP