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Emma Watson confirms she is transferring from Brown University… but denies it’s because of ‘bullying’

Emma Watson has confirmed she will be transferring from Brown University to another school this autumn.
The Harry Potter star’s announcement comes just days after it was claimed the reason she put her studies on hold at the university was because she was taunted by her peers in class.
Watson’s representative Vanessa Davies said the actress – who has a fortune estimated at £10million – had decided to pursue a course not offered at Brown, and  had ‘absolutely loved’ her time at the institution.
Davies also denied reports that Watson had been picked on at the Ivy League institution by fellow students.
Miss Watson is said to have been the subject of frequent jibes whenever she answered questions in lectures.

A source told the New York Daily News: ‘They would respond with a quote from Harry Potter. The most popular choice was, “Three points for Gryffindor!”’

Gryffindor is one of the competing houses at Hogwarts, the franchise’s school of wizardry. Miss Watson’s peers at the university in Rhode Island also shouted phrases from the film at her as she watched an American football game, it is alleged.

Miss Watson, who was studying European women’s history and drama, has admitted being ‘scared’ that she wouldn’t fit in when she arrived at the university in September 2009.

She said of her peers: ‘I was afraid they’d think, “You’re famous. You’re given free handbags. Why should you deserve to be normal?”’
Watson’s peers also shouted phrases from the film at her as she watched an American football game, the newspaper reported.
Last month Watson, 21, announced she was putting her studies at the Providence, Rhode Island institution on hold.
‘I will still be working towards my degree… it’s just going to take me a semester or two longer than I thought,’ she wrote on her website.

As you know, I love Brown and I love studying pretty much more than anything but recently I’ve had so much to juggle that being a student AND fulfilling my other commitments has become a little impossible.’Watson is now busy working on a number of fashion projects before she turns her attention to the promotion trail when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released in July.

Brown University is one of the top colleges in the United States, boasting alumni including former presidents, diplomats, royalty and a heavy sprinkling of celebrities’ offspring.

It was number 1 for America’s ‘Happiest College Students’, according to the Princeton Review 2010 rankings.

It has also been named ‘the most fashionable school in the Ivy League’ by the fashion trade journal Women’s Wear Daily.

Watson achieved straight As in her A-levels before landing a place at the university.

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