Fans of Hermione Granger do not need to miss her too much when the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast premieres in March. The latest Bonjour teaser for the most-awaited Disney remake starring Emma Watson included a “nod” to Hermione, also played by Watson in the infamous Harry Potter series.
Truth be told, Watson has made a name for herself since appearing as Hermione, one of the three most important characters, in the Harry Potter films. Since then, she has become a United Nations ambassadress and made numerous critically-acclaimed films. She is also a very vocal supporter of women’s rights and equality.
Beauty And The Beast Sings An Ode To Harry Potter
In the original Beauty and the Beast, Belle sang Bonjour as the opening song. Midway through the song, Belle chats with an unnamed baker who dismisses her saying, “That’s nice. Marie! The baguettes!”
Watson’s version, however, has a slight noticeable change. In a short clip that Disney provided, Belle was heard singing the Bonjour song. Instead of the original script, Belle asked: “Good morning, Monsieur Jean. Have you lost something again?”
Monsieur Jean answered: “I believe I have. Problem is, I can’t remember what.” Of course, fans noticed this change immediately. Who is Monsieur Jean? There was no Monsieur Jean in the original Bonjour song, right?
But if you’re a true Harry Potter fan, you’ll remember a scene (in the book and the movie) between Hermione Granger and Neville Longbottom. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Neville gets a Remembrall.
Hermione (Watson) explains what it means by saying: “I’ve read about those. When the smoke turns red, it means you’ve forgotten something.” Neville replied: “The only problem is, I can’t remember what I’ve forgotten.” Sounds familiar, right?
This could be a coincidence, of course, though we’re hoping it’s not. It would be fun to see Beauty and the Beast giving a nod to the character that made Watson a household name.
Similarities Between Belle And Hermione
Granger herself said there’s something connected about Hermione and Belle. Playing Belle reminded her about Hermione, and how good it feels “that I am an actress.” She added that Belle is the most “joyful” thing to do for her.
Belle is her first major role since taking a break from acting to focus on her activism. Watson will not only be lending her acting chops to the character, but her singing voice as well. Have you heard her sing as Belle in Beauty and the Beast?