Emma Watson has good reason to celebrate August 21st. Not only was it the day she started filming the epic, eight-film Harry Potter franchise that put her firmly on Hollywood’s map, but it’s also the day she wrapped Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast adaptation 15 years later. Though the film isn’t due out until March 17, 2017, Watson has now completed her first musical thanks to her royal role as Belle, one of Disney’s most beloved princesses. Beauty and the Beast also stars Dan Stevens in the other title role, with Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, and Josh Gad.
Watson has done quite a bit in her career of 15 years, banking 21 film credits to date. Granted, eight of them came from the Harry Potter franchise (with a ninth being a Harry Potter short for the amusement park ride “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”), but she’s clearly sought roles to expand her resume outside of playing a talented young Muggle witch. More on those roles in a moment.
See what Watson had to say about her anniversary below:
The 21st of August must be an auspicious day for me 15 yrs ago I began my journey as Hermione 15 yrs later I wrap on my 1st musical as Belle.
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) August 21, 2015
After breaking onto the scene as a young Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, Watson also took on some other age-appropriate roles in the early 2000s, namely the TV movie Ballet Shoes and a voice role as Princess Pea in the animated The Tale of Despereaux. Once Harry Potter and her childhood was squarely behind her in 2011, Watson started to branch out with roles in My Week with Marilyn, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, This Is the End, and Noah.
Before Watson’s musical performance opens in theaters in 2017, she’ll be seen in writer-director Alejandro Amenábar’s thriller Regression, Florian Gallenberger’s thriller Colonia (which premieres at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival), and is currently prepping for her role in James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of The Circle.