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Watson 'wrestled with Potter role'

Emma Watson "wrestled" over her continuing role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, producer David Heyman has said.

The British star played the character in all of the movies about the boy wizard, but David told The Hollywood Reporter that there were ongoing negotiations because the actress was also keen on completing her education.

Asked if there was any point where he almost lost the Potter cast, David explained: "T hey were initially signed up to two films, but then we had to renegotiate each time.

"Emma [Watson], in particular, was quite academic and was very keen in pursuit of schooling and was wrestling a little bit more than the others. So each time there was a negotiation, it was not about a financial [matter], it really was about, 'Do I want to be a part of this?' We had to be sensitive to her needs and how important school was to her. And you have to listen.

"In our position, you're not dictating, you're listening. At the same time, it's a tipping point, and it's working within a framework."

The filmmaker said he has a lot of respect for the 23-year-old actress, who attended university in the US after leaving school.

"She's very smart, always was, and fiercely intelligent," he said.

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