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The best throwback photos of Emma Watson as she turns 30

By Heather Cichowski

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By Heather Cichowski

Emma Watson has grown up in the spotlight after gaining worldwide fame thanks to her starring role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.

It's hard to believe that one day we were seeing a young Emma in the movies based on J.K. Rowling's incredibly successful book series, and now the British actress is celebrating her 30th birthday.

In honour of the milestone, scroll through the gallery (or click through if you're on desktop) to see Emma Watson's most adorable throwback photos.

Photo: © Warner Bros./Newsmakers/Getty Images

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2000

Awwww! Rising stars Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe attended a photocall to present the new cast of the Harry Potter films in London on Aug. 23, 2000.

Photo: © Dave Hogan/Getty Images

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2001

An 11-year-old Emma was all smiles at the world premiere of the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on Nov. 4, 2001.

Photo: © Jon Furniss/Getty Images

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2001

The little fashion darling struck a pose at the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on Nov. 11.

Photo: © DMIPhoto/FilmMagic

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2002

No Gryffindor and Slytherin rivalry here! The young actress posed alongside co-star Tom Felton, who played mischievous Slytherin Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, at the London premiere of Scooby-Doo on July 3, 2002.

Photo: © Dave Benett/Getty Images

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2002

She looked so sweet at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in a soft pink dress and bow-adorned sandals at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on Nov. 3, 2002.

Photo: © John Li/Getty Images

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2002

Giving her movie critique? Emma gave a double thumbs up at the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Los Angeles premiere on Nov. 14.

Photo: © Granitz/WireImage

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2003

The Harry Potter cast showcased their film, along with their flair for prints, at the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets DVD launch at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire on April 8.

The studio is where the fantasy films were shot, and fans can now go on the famous Harry Potter Studio Tour in the area.

Photo: © Fred Duval/FilmMagic

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2003

You're Lego, Harry! The Harry Potter star posed alongside an incredible Lego artwork of the Boy Who Lived in the press room at the British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards, in association with The Lego Company, on Nov. 30, 2003 in London.

She is holding her special Lego award. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets won the BAFTA Kids' Vote that year.

Photo: © Steve Finn/Getty Images

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2004

(L-R) Daniel, Rupert, author J.K. Rowling and Emma put on their best outfits for the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban UK premiere on May 30.

Photo: © Mike Marsland/WireImage

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2004

They're growing up! Rupert, Emma and Daniel stepped out to the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD launch on Nov. 18, 2004. Behind them is the famous triple-decker purple Knight Bus!

Photo: © Mike Marsland/WireImage

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2005

Like a lot of people, Emma had braces! The teenager showed off her smile at the Wedding Crashers London premiere on July 4, 2005.

Photo: © Tim Whitby/WireImage

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2005

The young cast of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire had a photocall at Merchant Taylors' Hall on Oct. 25, 2005 in London. Newcomers Katie Leung (back L-R), Stanislav Ianevski, Clémence Poésy and Robert Pattinson joined Rupert, Daniel and Emma.

Photo: © Dave Hogan/Getty Images

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2005

Emma made a cool retro fashion statement at the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire world premiere in London on Nov. 6.

Rupert and Dan looked spiffy in their velvet blazers!

Photo: © Dave Hogan/Getty Images

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2007

Daniel, Emma and Rupert posed arm-in-arm at the European premiere of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in London on July 3, 2007.

Emma was 17 at the time, while Dan was about to celebrate his 18th birthday on July 23. Rupert was going to turn 19 on Aug. 24.

Photo: © Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

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2009

Accio umbrella! The rain didn't dampen the 19-year-old's time at the UK premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in London on July 7, 2009.

Emma looked beautiful in a vintage Ossie Clark gown.

Photo: © Mike Marsland/WireImage

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2010

The British beauty showed off a dramatic pixie haircut at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 world premiere in London on Nov. 11. She cut her long hair after wrapping filming the movie franchise.

In honour of Armistice Day, she, Dan and Rupert wore poppies to the premiere. Emma also sported a black lace Rafael Lopez dress with feathered trim.

Photo: © Fred Duval/FilmMagic

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2011

It was definitely a magical moment when Emma and the rest of the cast attended the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 world premiere at Trafalgar Square in London on July 7, 2011. It marked the final instalment of the franchise.

Emma shed a few tears, but also enjoyed some laughs.

The actress wore a voluminous, grey Oscar de la Renta gown for the special premiere.

Photo: © Ian Gavan/Getty Images

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