Emma Watson honors Robbie Coltrane: ‘You made it a joy to be Hermione’
The voice actress spoke with the actor this past June at the London premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” during the Screen Stars ceremony at the Empire Theater on London’s Oxford Street. Watson was there because she lives in the U.K., and she and the actor share an affinity, she said.
“I am a Potterhead,” Watson said.
Before the actor took the starring role of Harry Potter in the first book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in 2004, he was only a fan.
“He’s already been in my heart,” Watson said. “He’s kind of like a son to me.”
Watson, who grew up with her grandparents in the U.K, and her husband of 10 years, Eric Watson, spent their honeymoon in a village in the Swiss Alps and attended a Potter event organized by local wizarding school, which led her to her husband. The first time Watson saw him in the flesh was when he appeared on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” as Harry’s nemesis, Draco Malfoy.
“His entire body language, he seemed like a total badass, but I think he’s a little bit shy,” Watson said.
“He’s more comfortable in a group of 10 than one of 10,” the actress continued. “I think his biggest fear is to walk into a room and have 10 people staring at every little thing he does.”
A year after he began playing Draco, Watson recalled how, after the show, the cast gathered in the dressing room to watch a preview of the new “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”
“I was on my way over to see it and Robbie was waiting to come over and take me to the theater,” she recalled. “He was sitting on the couch talking to someone, and I was watching him, and I said out loud, ‘Robbie, you’re a legend. How did you end up on this show?’ And he said, ‘Well, when I was reading for my role