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Emma Watson: I'll return to Brown University next year

She's the brains in 'Harry Potter' and in real life too. Emma Watson plans to go back to college now that the series is over.

July 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
She's the brains in "Harry Potter" and in real life too. Emma Watson plans to hit the books again now that the series is over.

The actress who plays Hermione Granger says she'll return to college next year to work on completing her degree. Watson is enrolled at Brown University, but will attend England's Oxford University in the fall.

The 21-year-old then plans to return to Brown in 2012 to finish her studies. She left Brown earlier this year to devote her time to the final "Harry Potter" film and other acting opportunities.

The final chapter in the series premiered last week, setting box office records. It took in an estimated $168.6 million domestically from Friday to Sunday. That beats the previous best opening weekend of $158.4 million for 2008's Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight."

The Associated Press contributed to this story