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After the Harry Potter cast & crew's thoughts about #HeForShe, here are their thoughts about Emma's new role as Belle, in Disney's live-action adaptation of 'Beauty and the Beast'.

To the question "Can she sings?", Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) answers:

"I imagine she's good".

"She's good at everything else!" said James Phelps (Fred Weasley).

"Emma works so hard," adds Lynch. "Even if she's not naturally a good singer, she will make herself great at it. She's very conscientious."

So, who should play the Beast in the film, to be directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon?

"People keep tweeting me like, 'Tom Felton for the Beast!' " Lynch says of their fellow Potter castmate, who played sinister Slytherin Draco Malfoy. (Felton does have a not-so-hidden soft side, after all.)

I already had this one on my computer so it's not really new, but everybody is posting it. So in case I didn't post it already, I'm (re)posting it now. It was at the Deathly Hallows Part 2 London press conference.

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These were taken at the London Noah premiere, last year.

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January 27:
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Director Bill Condon has cast the “Harry Potter” actress as Belle in the live-action adaptation

Harry Potter” alum Emma Watson has closed a deal to star in Disney’s live-action movie “Beauty and the Beast,” TheWrap has learned.

Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing under their Mandeville Films banner.

Watson is set to play Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” which is the latest Disney classic to receive a live-action adaptation following “Maleficent,” “Cinderella” and Jon Favreau‘s upcoming take on “The Jungle Book.”

Watson had previously been attached to star in Guillermo del Toro’s “Beauty,(sad T_T) which the director was developing for Warner Bros before exiting the project in June, when Disney hired Condon. When WB’s version hit a snag, Disney began to court Watson for its own adaptation with del Toro’s blessing, as the studio agreed that Watson would be perfect as Belle, according to a source.

Watson shared her excitement on Facebook as soon as TheWrap broke the news.
“I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it. Emma xx”
Disney’s 1991 animated feature “Beauty and the Beast” grossed more than $375 million worldwide and earned a rare Oscar nomination for Best Picture. The timeless tale also spawned a Broadway play.

Best known for playing Hermione in the Harry Potter” films, Watson has worked hard to establish herself as an actress outside of that blockbuster franchise. She recently starred in Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring,” and she also played herself in the hit comedy “This Is the End

Watson next stars opposite Ethan Hawke in Alejandro Amenabar’s thriller “Regression.” She’s represented by WME and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin.
The Wrap

I only checked Twitter for now (took me more than 3 hours, so no one better steal it), so more might be added later.


Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley):

Jon Campling (Hogwarts Express Death Eater):

Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom):

Sally Mortemore (Madam Pince):

J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Goddess):

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood):


Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley):

Katie Leung (Cho Chang):

Jon Campling (Hogwarts Express Death Eater):

Sally Mortemore (Madam Pince):

Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood):

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From GettyImages (duh): Emma Watson is seen leaving a coffee shop and heading to her brand new Audi with a friend (who I think looks a bit like Becky) whilst out and about in North London on January 20, 2015 in London, England.

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Emma is currently in Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum in Davos to promote a new He For She initiative to help gender equality, called IMPACT 10 by 10 by 10 (yes, non-English speakers, that's how it's pronounced.)

Excerpts from her speech:

Talking about the response for #HeForShe:

I couldn't have dreamed it, but it has happened... thank you so much for your support,” she stated.

The 24-year-old outlined the plans for IMPACT 10X10x10, and what it hopes to achieve.

It’s about engaging governments, businesses, universities. Having them make concrete commitments to gender equality.

I want to hear from the human beings that are behind these organisations. I spoke about some of my story in September, what are your stories?

Girls who have been your mentors, parents did you make sure you treated your children equally, if so how have you done it?

Husbands have you been supporting your female partners privately so that she can fulfill her dreams too?

Young men, have you spoken up in a conversation where a woman was degraded or dismissed. How did this affect you? How did this affect the woman you stepped up for?

Businessmen have you mentored, supported or engaged women in leadership positions?

Writers, have you challenged the language and imagery used to portray women in the media?

CEOs, have you implemented the women’s empowerment principles in your own company - what change have you seen?

Are you someone that has been persuading men to become HeForShe collecting signatures for our website. How many have you got? We want to know. We want to hear from you.

Watson revealed that while the feedback she has received has been resoundingly positive, she is aware that both men and women aren’t sure how exactly they can help.

Men say they've signed the petition, what now? The truth is - the ‘what now’ is down to you.

What your HeForShe commitment will be is personal, and there is no best way. Everything is valid.

Decide what your commitment is, make it public, and then please report back to us on your progress, so we can share your story.

Speaking about the personal impact that the HeForShe campaign has had on her, Watson was visibly moved.

I’ve had my breath taken away when a fan told me since watching my speech she has stopped herself being beaten up by her father.

I’ve been stunned by the amount of men in my life that have contacted me since my speech to tell me to keep going, and that they want to make sure that their daughters will still be alive to see a world where women have power and equality, economically and politically.

Watson concluded her speech with a call to action.

It is my belief that there is a greater understanding than ever that women need to be equal participants in our homes, in our societies, in our governments, and in our work places.

They know that the world is being held back in every way, because they are not. Women share this planet 50/50 and they are underrepresented, their potential astonishingly untapped.

IMPACT 10X10x10 will bring HeForShe into its next phase.

Full speech:

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Full quote: “The groundswell of response we have received in support for HeForShe tells us we are tapping into what the world wants: to be a part of change. Now we have to channel that energy into purposeful action. The pilot initiative provides that framework. Next we need all country leadership, as well as that of hundreds of universities and corporations to follow…IMPACT 10x10x10 so as to bring an end to the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally.

For more information about IMPACT 10 by 10 by 10 go to: PRNEWSWIRE

Emma did a Q&A on Twitter a couple of hours later: