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Emma Watson with Logan Lerman in ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ (Photo: Summit)

Emma Watson, known the world over as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, has been at the Toronto Film Festival promoting her new role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

It’s a significant part in a coming-of-age story set in the world of an American high school, an environment that couldn’t be more different from Hogwarts.

Watson says: “It’s another planet to what I’ve done before.”

The 22-year-old actress plays a high school senior who along with her step-brother befriends and guides a younger troubled pupil called Charlie (Logan Lerman), the film’s protagonist.

When the Harry Potter actress was asked if she was keen to rebrand her screen image she said: “I can’t force anyone to perceive me any differently I just hope my performances will speak for themselves and the movie choices I take on will have their own weight.”

Watson gives a strong performance in this vibrant film refreshingly free of many of the clichés often found in American high school coming of age stories.

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By Tom Brook