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Emma Watson

When you are growing up, it’s perfectly natural to develop schoolgirl (or boy) crushes on the people in your class. This still applies if your school happens to be fictional, and magical, and the person you’ve got your eye on is the sworn enemy of your pretend best friend, even if that friend is Harry Potter.

So let’s all try not to get too geek-strange about the WORLD-SHAKING REVELATION that Hermione Granger (or rather, the actress Emma Watson) actually had a secret crush on Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton, the actor).

I mean, how could she do that to Harry? As if he’d be interested in a mudblood like her anyway (etc etc).

Emma told Seventeen magazine: “For the first two movies, I had a huge crush on Tom Felton. He was my first crush.”

Luckily, Tom’s a much nicer fellow than his fictional counterpart, which made things less awkward than they could have been.

She explained: “He totally knows. We talked about it – we still laugh about it. We are really good friends now, and that’s cool.”

Emma also revealed that this strategy of going up to the person you fancy and just blurting out that you like them seems to be her chosen technique when it comes to matters of the heart. She’s clearly not someone who likes to drop subtle hints, in any case.

She said: “I’m a terrible game player. I’m so impatient – it’s one of my worst traits!”

“I’ll pretty much say to a guy, ‘I like you – let’s go hang out.’ But my friends are like, ‘You can’t do that! You have to string this guy along.’

“And I’m just like, ‘No! I won’t! I just want to go on the date!’ – I definitely haven’t figured it out yet.”

Is it just me that thinks that’s actually the perfect way to do it? Tell us here.

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By Fraser McAlpine