Emma Watson and her Brown

"I was in denial," Watson told Britain's Sunday Times' Style Magazine, explaining how the spotlight affected her decision to leave the Rhode Island university. "I wanted to pretend I wasn't as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I'm in and what happened."

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Emma Watson and her Brown

In March, she announced she would be taking time off from Brown to complete her responsibilities on "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" and focus on "other professional and acting projects."

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Emma Watson and her Brown

Rumors that the 21-year-old had been bullied out of the institution followed soon after, when a report said quip-slinging classmates had mocked her for her fictional bookworm persona.

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Emma Watson and her Brown

"It made me so sad when all this stuff came out that I left Brown because I was being bullied," she said. "It made no sense at all. Brown has been the opposite."

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Emma Watson and her Brown

"I've never even been asked for an autograph on campus. I threw a party for nearly 100 students, and not a single person put a photo on Facebook," she said. "Anyway, even if I was being given a hard time, I wasn't going to wuss out of university because someone said 'Wingardium leviosa' to me in a corridor, or 'Ten points for Gryffindor.'

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Emma Watson and her Brown

"I've been dealing with the media since I was 9. If I can't stand up to a few people giving me a hard time, it's a bit pathetic, really. I've had so much worse."

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Emma Watson and her Brown

Watson was said to have arranged a transfer to another university to pursue a course of study not offered at Brown; however, her recent declaration implies that she may be taking a longer academic hiatus.

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Emma Watson and her Brown

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Emma Watson and her Brown

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Emma Watson and her Brown

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Emma Watson and her Brown

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Emma Watson and her Brown

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Emma Watson and her Brown

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Emma Watson and her Brown

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Emma Watson and her Brown

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