The film's director, Sandra Goldbacher, commented that Watson was "perfect" for the starring role of aspiring actress Pauline Fossil: "She has a piercing, delicate aura that makes you want to gaze and gaze at her." Watson also lent her voice to the role of Princess Pea in the animated film The Tale of Despereaux, a children's comedy starring Matthew Broderick, with Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) also starring in the film.
With the lead actors now in their late teens, critics were increasingly willing to review them on the same level as the rest of the film's all-star cast, which the Los Angeles Times described as "a comprehensive guide to contemporary UK acting".
A year later, Watson again starred as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second instalment of the series. The Los Angeles Times said Watson and her peers had matured between films, Although critics panned Radcliffe's performance, labelling him "wooden", they praised Watson; The New York Times lauded her performance, saying "Luckily Mr. With Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), both Watson and the Harry Potter film series reached new milestones.
The film set records for a Harry Potter opening weekend, a non-May opening weekend in the US, and an opening weekend in the UK.
Her other roles include Regression (2015), Colonia (2015) and The Circle (2017).
The film broke records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings and was the highest-grossing film of 2001. Harry may show off his expanding wizardly skills ... earns the loudest applause with a decidedly unmagical punch to Draco Malfoy's deserving nose." Although Prisoner of Azkaban proved to be the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film of the entire series, Watson's personal performance won her two Otto Awards and the Child Performance of the Year award from Total Film.
Watson was offered the role, but turned it down because she did not connect with the character.
That same month, she was one of two British actors to land atop a readers' poll of the sexiest movie stars of 2013, beating Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence for the actresses' title in an online poll of more than 50,000 film fans. Watson joined Judi Dench, Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Mark Ruffalo as recipients of the 2014 Britannia Awards, presented on 30 October in Los Angeles.
The film, directed by James Ponsoldt, was released on 28 April 2017 to negative reviews.
Watson has been attached to several as-yet unmade projects.