It turns out Emma Watson did not get the part of Hermione Granger jusr because of her beauty and talent. The today 24-year-old actress literally has magic in her blood as she can trace her roots to a woman who lived in the 16th century and was accused of witchcraft.
Anastasia Tyler, a research genealogist, Watson is distantly related to Joan Playle. The latter was convicted of witchcraft back in 1592 in Essex County and unchurched. Tyler explained that being able to trace one’s family branches as far back as the 16th century is quite rare. Also, the fact that Watson actually portrayed a witch in ‘Harry Potter’ makes the find even more intriguing. Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, the other main cast members, can’t really praise themselves with very impressive lineage as their forebears were mainly bakers, plumbers and grocers. However, Helena Bonham Carter who portrayed villainous Bellatrix Lestrange is actually the great-granddaughter of Herbert Asquith who was the prime minister of UK in the early 1900.