It’s no secret that the character Emma Watson is most famous for playing, Hermione Granger, was highly intelligent. Does Watson share that same characteristic?
Emma Watson has an IQ of 138. This means that she falls under the category of gifted. Growing up mainly on the set of the Harry Potter films, she spent five hours a day with tutors alongside her co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. She graduated from high school and, after taking a gap year, attended Brown University.
You can read more below about Emma Watson’s IQ and academic history.
What Does an IQ of 138 Mean?
The Intelligence Quotient (IQ) is a standardized test that determines how smart a human being is. Approximately 70% of the world’s population sits within the range of 85 to 114, which is the average human intelligence. People who range from a score of 70 to 84 account for 13.6% of the world’s population and are considered low intelligence, a score of 55 to 69 marks people who are mentally inadequate. These people account for 2.3% of the world’s population.
On the flipside, a person with an IQ ranging from 115 to 129 accounts for 13.6% of the world’s population and are considered to have a high intelligence. Another 2.3% of the population is considered superiorly intelligent or gifted with an IQ ranging from 130 to 144. People with an IQ of 145 or higher are considered to be exceptionally gifted and account for less than 1% of the world’s population.
With an IQ of 138, Emma Watson is considered to be gifted. She is within the top 3% of the world’s most intelligent people. Now IQ can change over time and can go down and up depending on learning and exposure to other elements. As the English psychologist, Charles Spearman, put it “Every normal man, woman, and child is, then, a genius at something, as well as an idiot at something.”
Watson’s On-Set Tutoring
Since Emma Watson spent a lot of time away from school while growing up, she had to take tutoring lessons on-set almost everyday. She did this alongside the other two stars of the films, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.
In a recent interview with Josh Horowitz on the podcast Happy Sad Confused, Watson’s fellow Harry Potter co-star, Rupert Grint, spoke about their on-set tutoring. He said “I don’t know what this says about where I was on the curriculum, but I was schooled with Emma. She’s pretty smart. She’s just not supposed to be that smart.” Grint is two years Watson’s senior, so yeah, she is pretty smart.
Watson has commented about intelligence to magazine’s in the past. Back in 2007 she even said “There are too many stupid girls in the media. Hermione’s not scared to be clever. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that’s bad.”
Emma Watson Attends Brown University
After she graduated from high school, Watson decided to attend Brown University in Rhode Island, USA. Watson is English though, so why did she choose to go to the Ivy League American university? She liked the concept that American universities allow their students more freedom to create their own curriculum.
In 2011, Watson took a hiatus from studying to focus on her career. In an interview with Sunday Times Style Magazine [quoted by US Weekly], she said “I was in denial. I wanted to pretend I wasn’t as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I’m in and what happened.”
During her hiatus from Brown, she did study at Oxford University as a visiting student and returned to the Ivy League institution for the Fall 2013 year. She graduated the next spring with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.