A few days ago, Disney released a clip of Watson crooning one of her character's signature songs, "Belle," in the studio's upcoming remake of "Beauty and the Beast." While we were busy being delighted by the actress's singing voice and a bit disappointed by a few changes in the lyrics, we failed to notice that a small exchange of dialogue between Belle and one of the townsfolk in her provincial village was eerily similar to one Hermione had with Neville Longbottom in 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
In the "Beauty" clip, Belle is exchanging pleasantries with a man named Monsieur Jean, who's looking a bit confused. "Have you lost something?" Belle asks him. "I believe I have," he replies. "Problem is, I can't remember what."
If that sounds vaguely familiar to you, it's because it's almost exactly like the conversation Hermione and Neville have in "Sorcerer's," in which Neville is showing off his Remembrall -- a sphere that turns red when its owner has forgotten something -- and sheepishly admits he has no idea why it's red now. "The only problem is, I can't remember what I've forgotten," Neville says.
Eagle-eyed "HP" fans didn't let the similarity go undetected, though, and took to Twitter to point out the awesomeness of Watson's two film worlds colliding.
@MarcieSawyers OMG I ALSO JUST DISCOVERED A VERY SLY HARRY POTTER REFERENCE AT 0:26— marcie sawyers (@MarcieSawyers) February 21, 2017
WHO CAUGHT THAT NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM REFERENCE?! WHERES THE REMEMBRALL AT https://t.co/lmKdUbdTvw— broadway belara (@belaradrevm) February 21, 2017
When there's a nod to Harry Potter in a Beauty & the Beast remake and your inner child just CAN'T. https://t.co/UTzZ1yK4oE— Ryan Donovan (@rydontweets) February 22, 2017
THERE IS A HARRY POTTER REFERENCE IN BEAUTY AND THE BEAST MY LIFE IS COMPLETE.— Alex Ankrim (@AlexAnk14) February 22, 2017
There's been no word from Disney on whether or not this was an intentional "Potter" reference, though we can't help but think that Watson's involvement in both exchanges is too big of a coincidence for it not to be. Either way, it's a fun little Easter egg for fans, and we can't wait to see if there are any more in store.
"Beauty and the Beast" opens on March 17.