Watson will return

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / July 19, 2011

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“Harry Potter’’ star Emma Watson will return to Brown after all. The actress who played Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter’’ films, had earlier said she would not complete her studies at the Ivy League school so she could devote time to the final “Harry Potter’’ film and other acting opportunities. But Watson, 21, told the Virginian-Pilot that she remains enrolled at Brown (though she will study at Oxford University in England in the fall), and intends to return to Providence next year. When Watson announced her decision to leave Brown, reports surfaced that she had been bullied by classmates. Watson denied that. “Accusing Brown students of something as serious as bullying and this causing me to leave seems beyond unfair,’’ she said. The final chapter in the “Potter’’ series premiered last week, setting box office records. It took in an estimated $168.6 million domestically from Friday to Sunday.