Hold onto your broomsticks, “Harry Potter” fans. Actress Emma Watson, famous for her portrayal of book-smart witch Hermione Granger in the eight-film boy wizard series, is open to appearing in the coming spinoff film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
When prompted by fans about in the feature, based on the 2001 short J.K. Rowling novel of the same name, Watson revealed to MTV News Wednesday that she isn’t opposed to joining the fantasy flick. “I would definitely be up for a cameo!” said the 23-year-old British actress, who is currently promoting the Darren Aronofsky biblical drama “Noah.”
While “Harry Potter” fans may be excited about Watson’s potential comeback, she won't be reprising her original role. Not only does “Fantastic Beasts” predate the adventures of Hermione and her friends Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) by 70 years, Rowling has already nixed the idea.
During a Wonderland Magazine interview in February, conducted by Watson, Rowling admitted that although she would love the “Harry Potter” trio to make a cameo in the film, she wouldn’t want viewers to recognize the actors. “I tell you what I really want. I want you and Dan and Rupert in really heavy makeup in the background of a scene in 'Fantastic Beasts,' and I'll join you and we'll sit in a bar room having a laugh for an afternoon. Do you not think that would be fantastic?” Rowling told Watson.
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Watson’s possible cameo was last teased by Radcliffe at a press event in September. While Radcliffe, 24, confirmed he has no interest in starring in the spinoff, he did hint that he unsure if himself, or his former co-stars, would be asked to sign on. “I don’t know if any of us will be. I know nothing about it,” said Radcliffe.
Last September, Warner Bros. and Rowling announced that “Fantastic Beasts” would become a feature film. “’Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the ‘Harry Potter’ series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said in a statement. “Fantastic Beasts,” a magical creature textbook used by Hogwarts students in “Harry Potter” books, will reportedly follow the story of the book’s author Newt Scamander and his journey through New York's secret magical society.