From The Bling Ring to Little Women: A Look at Emma Watson’s Best Non Harry Potter Films

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R E C O M M E N D A T I O N – M O V I E

Tasnia Shahrin

At a very early age, iconic actress Emma Watson won the heart of many young and adult audiences through her role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise. She carried the role of “the brightest witch of her age” astonishingly, and dazzled audiences as they watched her grow up, from a 14-year-old child actor into a 21-year-old woman. However, she cast her spells of acting in many other movies apart from the Harry Potter ones.

Recently, the Harry Potter star has become trending due to an article in The Daily Mail that claimed she would be “retiring from acting in order to focus on settling down with her partner, Leo Robinton.”

However, according to Jason Weinberg, Watson’s manager, this claim seems to be baseless, he stated, “Emma’s social media accounts are dormant but her career isn’t.”

While we really hope that we get to see this stunning actress casting her artistic spell in more movies, we have taken this opportunity to list down 10 of her best movies that aren’t related to Harry Potter.

My Week with Marilyn

The film shows a week of Marilyn Monroe’s life. It is based on the true story of a young man named Colin Clark, who achieved a job on The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), a movie by Laurence Oliver. While the main lead of the film is Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark, Emma Watson plays the role of Lucy, a wardrobe assistant to whom Colin is temporarily attracted. Despite playing a small role, Watson’s acting nevertheless charms us and makes this film a sweet treat for her fans.


This historical thriller takes place during the 1973 Chilean military coupe. Emma Watson plays the role of a woman named Lena, who joins the cult after her husband’s abduction. This film definitely shows Watson playing a much different role brilliantly – which further shows her versatile skills to the fans!

Beauty and the Beast

This film surely holds a crucial place in this list as Watson’s character of the classic Disney princess Belle is her biggest high-profile role since the end of the Harry Potter franchise. Directed by Bill Condon, Watson was the book-loving girl and the brave princess, who fell in love with the Beast played by Dan Stevens, helping him regain his humanity. From a brilliant witch to a courageous princess, this film is a must-watch to see how Watson can bring power to all her female characters within the plot!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the book by Stephen Chbosky, who is also the director of the movie. Logan Lerman is the main star of the film, who just like Watson, is another child star from a fantasy franchise, as he played Percy Jackson. As Lerman plays Charlie, a teen who suffers from clinical depression and anxiety issues, Watson plays the role of a senior named Sam who Charlie meets and develops a close friendship with.

Little Women 

This is another film starring Watson which is an adaptation based on the classic novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Emma Watson plays the role of Meg March, while Saoirse Ronan is Jo and Florence Pugh is Amy. The film is Watson’s highest rated on IMDb, and it has an immaculate 95% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Bling Ring

Based on a true story, this film by Sofia Coppola shows Watson playing a character that is totally opposite to her classic Hermione. Here, Nicki Moore (Emma Watson) is a provocative young thief fascinated by luxury and fame. She alongside her friends steals clothes and money from Hollywood stars on the internet by breaking into the most beautiful villas in Los Angeles. 

As this list aims to focus on Watson’s masterpieces that are outside the Harry Potter franchise – this film fits here perfectly and is highly recommended to see a differently rebellious side of our childhood icon Hermione.


A very underrated film of the actress’s career, Noah is an adaptation of the biblical episode of Noah’s Ark by Darren Aronofsky. Watson plays Ila, a young orphan taken in by Noah’s family, who is trying to escape a tragic fate that is catching up with her.


The writer is a proud Slytherin who loves binging on poetry and graphic novels in her free time.


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