Ever wonder how much Emma Watson got paid to dress up as Hermione Granger, move into Hogwarts, and perfect her pronunciation of “leviosa” (pls note: it’s leviOsa, not levioSA)? So. Much. Money. Like, Gringotts Wizarding Bank simply isn’t big enough to house it all. And while starring in multiple Harry Potter movies (and last year's reunion special) is definitely responsible for the bulk of Emma’s net worth, she’s added to it thanks to several other big-budget movies including Beauty and the Beast, not to mention some fancy ad campaigns. Let’s break it all down! But first, this GIF of Lord Voldemort for literally no reason other than the fact that it’s lol:
Harry Potter Earned Emma $70 Million
That’s correct: Emma made a reported $70 million from this franchise—which included starring in the movies, making a ton of appearances, and having her face on endless amounts of merch. We don’t know Emma’s exact salary for every single Harry Potter film, but we do know she earned $4 million for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and $30 million for both Deathly Hallows movies.
This is obviously a lot of money, but $ wasn’t a huge motivator for Emma when it came to negotiating her role in the Harry Potter franchise. Producer David Heyman told the Hollywood Reporter that “Emma, in particular, was quite academic and was very keen in pursuit of schooling and was wrestling a little bit more than the others. So each time there was a negotiation, it was not about a financial [matter], it really was about, ‘Do I want to be a part of this?’ We had to be sensitive to her needs and how important school was to her. And you have to listen. In our position, you’re not dictating, you’re listening. At the same time, it’s a tipping point, and it’s working within a framework. I deeply respected her, encouraged her. She’s very smart, always was, and fiercely intelligent.”
Beauty and the Beast Was Also a Huge Moneymaker
Emma took home $15 million for Beauty and the Beast, because duh, Disney pays. Interestingly, her base salary was $3 million and the other $12 million came from bonuses based on how well the film did at the box office. This was actually one of Emma’s most profitable eras as an actor, and in 2017 (around the time of Beauty and the Beast buzz), Forbes listed her as number six (tied with Charlize Theron) on its list of the highest-earning women in film, saying she made $14 million pretax between June 2016 and June 2017.
She’s Made a Lot from Endorsements
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Emma makes about $5 million to $10 million per year just from brand ops. Through the years, Emma’s been the face of Burberry (she got a six-figure paycheck for its 2009 campaign), and she was also the face of Lancôme back in 2011. But lately, Emma focuses less on endorsements and uses her platform largely for activism.
The Harry Potter Reunion Paid Big
According to a source who spoke to The Sun before the reunion was officially greenlit, HBO “offered big money to the cast to reunite.” How big? Unclear on exact numbers, but according to Variety, HBO paid the cast of Friends $2,500,000 each for their reunion, so let’s assume it was at least that much.
So, What Is Emma Watson’s Net Worth (and How Does It Compare to Other Harry Potter Stars)?
Emma’s total net worth is said to be $85 million, per Celebrity Net Worth. Which is huuuuuge. Meanwhile, Harry Potter lead Daniel Radcliffe has a net worth of $110 million, Rupert Grint is sitting on $50 million, and Tom Felton has $20 million. So yeah, they’re all rich.
Just FYI before we go, Emma has also given a lot of her money away, including an estimated $1.4 million to the UK Justice and Equality Fund in 2018!
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