So why exactly was Emma Watson in Dallas?


Do you remember when you were a child and there was a special assembly for a visitor to do public science demonstrations or some sort of esoteric dance routine? It was nothing like any of those.

Film star Emma Watson, best known for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, surprised some students in an acting class at the Sudie L. Williams Talented and Gifted Academy on Wednesday, according to photos shared by the Dallas Independent School District.

Several parents and students who attended Wednesday’s special class taught by drama teacher Richard T. Quadri say Watson talked about acting and the film industry. One of the parents says that the mother of one of Quadri’s class worked for Watson in England as a personal assistant during the filming of the Harry Potter movies. One of the children says that Watson is the godmother of this classmate, but we could not confirm this.

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Emma Watson, right, speaks to Richard T. Quadri’s acting class Wednesday at the Sudie L. Williams Talented and Gifted Academy.

courtesy of Dallas ISD

Watson has become a global and familiar name with her performances in the eight Harry Potter movies (and yes, we know there are technically seven because the last one was split into two parts, so save your typing fingers for your next angry comment).

She also played Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of her Oscar-winning animated film. The beauty and the Beast and most recently played Meg in Louisa May Alcott’s 2019 adaptation Little woman.

Watson also made an appearance at Scalfani’s New York Bagels and Sandwiches. The Preston Center restaurant posted a photo on its Instagram of an autograph from Watson calling the place’s dishes “The best bagels in Dallas!”

Watson knows bagels because it’s one of her favorite foods. The Harry Potter actress said in a 2010 interview with Parade that she developed a preference for bagels during her time at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

“They are the best thing ever!” Watson said Parade. “Americans love variety; there’s so much to choose from it’s overwhelming. But I love trying the blueberry, raisin, and cinnamon bagels. Luckily, I exercise a lot.”

Does this mean the rest of us can recover from our special classroom visits in elementary school? The most famous person who ever showed up at my elementary school was this TV scientist guy from the 80s show Mr. Wizard’s World and no, it wasn’t even Don “Mr. Wizard” Hebert. He was a guy in a lab coat who worked for Mr. Wizard and did experiments in front of the whole school.

He wasn’t a real wizard.


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