Emma Watson was born in Paris, France, to Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, English lawyers. She lived in Paris until the age of five, before moving with her mother and brother to Oxford, England, after her parents' divorce.
From the age of 3, Watson had expressed the desire to become an actress. By the age of 10, she had starred in several school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince. Other school activities included the Daisy Pratt Poetry Competition, in which, at the age of seven, she won first place for her year.
Hermione Granger casting
In 1999, casting began for the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (titled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States), the film adaptation of the bestselling book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling.
The film producers were looking for a young girl to play the role of Hermione Granger, who is twelve years old in the book. Impressed with her school play performances, Watson's Oxford theatre teacher filed her to the casting, and soon, she was taken into serious consideration. Following the character of Hermione Granger, the producers sought a "bossy" and "self-confident" character, and found that Watson fitted this scheme the best. Therefore, she beat out thousands of other girls who had applied, and was finally accepted for this role. After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Watson and her colleagues Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint that they were going to play the roles of respectively Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. Author J. K. Rowling was said to be supportive of Watson from the early moments on.