Emma Watson

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Interviewed by Alec Cawthorne

How has life changed for you since you started the "Harry Potter" movies?

My family and friends' life hasn't really changed that much. Obviously I'm recognised in the street and I'm away from home a lot more. And I have an action figure of myself! Apart from that, I'm just trying to keep my life as normal as possible.

What was it like working with Kenneth Branagh?

When I first met him I thought he'd be really intimidating, but he's such an amazing person. He's really, really down to earth and is a really nice guy. I think he portrayed the character of Gilderoy Lockhart perfectly - really cheesy and really funny.

If you had a house elf, what things would you like him to do?

I wasn't in any scenes with Dobby, but I thought he was really sweet and I'd like to take him home and sit him on the bed with the rest of my cuddly toys.

Has working on the films affected your schoolwork?

When we were on set, we had a tutor to keep up with our school work - three hours minimum, five hours maximum, so we kept up and everything. I really enjoy school, so it was really nice to go back and be normal again. I've got quite big exams this year, so it's important that I go back to school in the gaps between filming.

Did you have nightmares after watching the film?

No, not at all. I think that's what makes it really good. Even though there a darker bits and the plot's a bit more complicated, there are still some light scenes - I was laughing all the way through.

What's the best and worst things about being so famous?

I think when you take away all the premieres and the press and all the frilly stuff off, you come down to the fact that it's just acting, and I think that's been the best thing for me.

Would you say you and your character are alike?

I think Hermione is very bossy, so in the film I get to boss Daniel and Rupert around, but I hope that doesn't happen too much in real life. She's very determined and very loyal. I'm not as academic as she is - I spend a lot more time doing sport and art. I'm not quite as obsesssed on the book front.

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" opens in UK cinemas on Friday 15th November 2002.