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Harvard Students Live-Stalk Harry Potter's Hermione

When they're not busy playing croquet, stroking their egos, or hemorrhaging their endowment, Harvard students apparently find the time to squeeze in some quality stalking, as well. Their latest target? Hermione.

Actress Emma Watson, who plays the teenage heroine in the 'Harry Potter' film series, is a freshman at Brown University. When visiting Cambridge, Massachusetts for a recent football game, she was "quite shaken" by the hoards of Harvard hecklers -- so shaken, in fact, that she had to be escorted by an entire security team, the New York Post reports. The entire spectacle, though, was the direct result of a stalking campaign initiated by the Harvard Voice, a student magazine.

Both before and during the game, the mag's blog and live Twitter feeds featured the kind of insightful pearls that one would expect to hear from the future leaders of the Free World: "We will be Live-Tweetin' the game and possibly stalking Emma Watson, so keep your eyes peeled for that, too!"; "Let's go Hermione! Lolz"; "In enemy territory. Lookin for a certain witch," "WATSON FOUND. i repeat WATSON FOUND." The magazine later published Watson's picture on its Web site, declaring the mission a roaring "success."

Several readers were angered by the campaign, including one admonishment which read, "Anybody can do anything unfeelingly to anybody in this day and age, especially if they feel imbued with entitlement from membership in Harvard College." (What? A sense of entitlement? At Harvard?? No way...). After the Post story appeared, The Voice came out with an editor's note in response to the (non) story, saying the event was "a parody of one that might originate from an overeager fan with no intentions of watching the football game at hand." She then went on to explain that "the blog was meant as an intentionally sensationalist parody for which no real action was taken," and the Post blew the story out of proportion. Perhaps a Classic Lit major might call this "much ado about nothing."

Watson certainly doesn't deserve to be gawked at, especially by creepy Ivy League physics majors. But honestly, isn't this the kind of behavior you would expect to see from the world's Bastion of Nerd-dom? Surround a starlet of wizardry with 30,000 18-year-olds who over-intellectualize even a football game, and suddenly Hermione wishes the invisibility cloak was hers, not Harry's. [From: The New York Post and]

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