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Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Emma Watson says fame, not bullying prompted departure from Brown University

Emma Watson at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. (Jason Merritt - Getty Images)
When Emma Watson announced she was leaving Brown University this April, rumors that the “Harry Potter” actress was bullied and subjected to dumb teasing — students yelling out “Three points for Gryffindor!” in her classes, for example — began circulating. But in a new interview, Watson denies this is the reason she left school.

“It made me so sad when all this stuff came out that I left Brown because I was being bullied,” she told the Sunday Times Style Magazine. “It made no sense at all. Brown has been the opposite.”

Watson told the magazine that other students never asked for her autograph or uploaded a picture of the actress to Facebook. “Anyway, even if I was being given a hard time, I wasn’t going to wuss out of university because someone said ‘Wingardium leviosa’ to me in a corridor, or ‘Ten points for Gryffindor,’ ” she explained. “I’ve been dealing with the media since I was nine. If I can’t stand up to a few people giving me a hard time, it’s a bit pathetic, really. I’ve had so much worse.”

So what really prompted her departure from Brown? Watson said she was in “denial” about how famous she is: “I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I’m in and what happened.”

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