In the all-new cast reunion of the “Harry Potter” franchise, Emma Watson, who portrayed Hermione Granger in the beloved film series, revealed that she once seriously considered stepping away from the franchise and leaving behind the role of her wizarding world character.

“I think I was scared. I don’t know if you ever felt like it got to a tipping point where you were like, “This is kind of forever now,”‘ Watson said.

She added, “It was around the time of Order of the Phoenix when things started getting spicy for all of us.”

She went on to explain that the fans also genuinely wanted her to succeed, though the fame had “finally hit home”.

“The fame thing had finally hit home – in a big way. No-one had to convince me to see it through. The fans genuinely wanted me to succeed, and they all genuinely have each other’s backs. How great is that?”

Per the special, it seems Watson wasn’t the only one with these feelings. Rupet Grint, who portrayed the role of Ron Weasley in the franchise, revealed in this special that he also considered leaving the movie series at one point as well.

“I also had sort of similar feelings to Emma, contemplating what life would be like if I called it a day,” Grint said. “We never really spoke about it. I guess we were just going through it at our own pace, we were kind of in the moment at the time. It just didn’t really occur to us that we were all probably kind of having similar feelings.”

To see the full reunion, be sure to catch it now on HBO Max as the special is currently available! In addition to Watson and Grint, “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts” also features “Harry Potter” actors Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Matthew Lewis, and Evanna Lynch, among others, including Chris Columbus, who directed the first two movies in the series.

What are your thoughts on these stars coming forward with these deep thoughts so many years later? Let us know in the comments! 

Sean Sposato
The Main Street Mouse