There are characters we fall in love with. The perfect mix of actor and writer that breathes magic onto the screen or inside the television.
I know what you're thinking. Sure, it's Harry Potter's story, but you've got to admit the kid can be annoying at times. And let's not even get started on his redheaded best pal Ron Weasley. One could argue it's the character of Hermione Granger that not only grounds Harry's world, but also helps round off his rougher edges. After all, no matter how annoying he may get at times, if he's cool enough to to have a friend like Hermione he can't be all bad, right?
Hermione might not be the chosen one but she's the threesome's most reliable member, the one who provides the research, knowledge, and unwavering support when Harry (or Ron) falter. Oh, and she's also, as Sirius Black remarks, the brightest witch of her age.
At the age of 10 Emma Watson began filming the Harry Potter series and she's now 21 (yeah, it's taken more than a decade to complete the eight films) as the series' final installment is ready to hit screens. She's grown up in front of the camera from a cute young child star into a beautiful young woman. And over this time she's infused the character of Hermione with heart, vitality, humor, brains, and plenty of awesome.