Yesterday, Disney announced Emma Watson as Belle for its new live-action recreation of Beauty and the Beast. Watson confirmed the rumor on her Facebook page, too.
Alohamora! Safe to say she is about as excited as when she got into Gryffindor. But not as excited as the 952,805 fans—and counting—who gave their thumbs ups (including Ellen Degeneres!).
Watson first won our hearts playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series when she waved wands with the perfect blend of geek and elegance.
After the HP movies unveiled the star to the world, Watson took a hiatus from the limelight to get a degree from Brown University. What a Hermione!
But to no one’s disappointment, she’s back!
Taking on roles deviating from witchcraft and wizardry, giving speeches in the name of feminism, she seems determined to break out of Hermione’s house-elf-hugging role.
And this time, she’s bringing her magic to Disney.
As we wait for the world to settle their hearts, the role of the Beast is as open as a quidditch goal when Ron plays keeper.
Take a look at our top 10 contenders for the hairy heartthrob as well as other hilarious photographs in the gallery below.
Main image: MigMe, Facebook