We were floored to discover the (potential?) Harry Potter Easter egg in the newest Beauty and the Beast sneak peek. And now, it looks like there may be another connection between the two movies. In fact, according to the star and one of our fave actors, Emma Watson, there’s a direct connection between her beloved characters, Hermione and Belle.

Emma Watson

In the March issue of Elle UK, Watson talked about taking on her latest iconic role, saying, “For me, ‘Beauty’ was the perfect, most joyful thing to do.” And while that sounds absolutely lovely, she went on to reflect on her broader career, including the role that brought her fame as a young child actor.


“There was something connected about Hermione and Belle,” she said, before adding, “It was good to be reminded that I am an actress; this is what I do. The film is pure escapism.” We couldn’t agree more. While Hermione lived in a world filled with witches and wizards, Belle also comes from a place where magic is real and a spell can turn a prince into a brooding beast.

Belle _ library

We can’t wait to see what other possible Harry Potter connections and Easter eggs we can find in Beauty and the Beast when it comes to theaters on March 17.

What ways can you see a connection between Hermione and Belle? Let us know @BritandCo!

(h/t Elite Daily; photos via Pascal Le Segretain/Getty, Disney, Warner Bros.)