Emma Watson and the Beast

After being widely known as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson fans are looking forward to watching her portrayal of Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast on March 17.

A survey was presented on Southeastern U Reporter and Facebook, asking readers if they would watch the new Beauty and the Beast and their reasons for doing so. Results of the survey indicate viewers are excited for both the music and the high quality animations of the Disney remake, but just over 80 percent of the participants are Harry Potter fans. These fans are anxious for Emma Watson’s portrayal of the leading lady, Belle.

Majority of the participants are familiar with Watson’s role as Hermione Granger in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise.

“I love how quirky she is and brings a different side to characters. She was in Perks of Being a Wallflower and I just loved her in that more than the Harry Potter films. When she was Hermione Granger, she was still learning her craft, but in Perks of Being a Wallflower, she had it mastered,” said Emily Jones, a fan of Watson’s work.

Although Watson is famous for her acting career, she is also a well-known feminist activist and is the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, otherwise known as UN Women. Many Watson fans believe she will bring a new stronger, more modern style Belle.

Belle is a favorite for majority among the survey’s participants.

“I think that it’ll be something of a challenge, since Belle is already a strong, independent female character. But if anyone’s up for the challenge, it might be Watson. It’s one of the things I’m looking forward to with her portrayal of the character,” said Connor Raborn, a Disney fan.

Along with the expectations of accurately representing the Disney princess’ personality, Disney fans are also curious to see how well Watson plays Belle vocally. Like most Disney princess movies, Beauty and the Beast is a musical and Watson’s other roles were not. Nearly half of the participants of the Southeastern U Reporter survey stated that their favorite part of the original film was the music.

“I’ve never heard her sing before, but she probably has vocal trainers to help her play the part of Belle so I think she’ll be fine. They might not make her a blow-out singer, but decent enough for the role,” said Rachel Taylor, a fan of the Disney original.

“The singing I’ve heard in clips isn’t bad at all, even though she isn’t a trained singer. I try to judge movie musicals by a different standard, knowing that it’s important to cast stars who fit the screen and aren’t necessarily singers. I think she’ll do fine,” said Raborn.

The Hollywood premiere of Beauty and the Beast was on March 2 where Watson and her fellow costars walked along the red carpet. Artist of the movie’s soundtrack such as Celine Dion also attended the premiere.

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