London: She spent her childhood playing Hermione Granger in 'Harry Potter' but now that the wizard franchise is over, actor Emma Watson wants to explore herself.

The 21-year-old actress, who started doing the money-spinning film series when she was just 11, is happy that she will be able to take her own decisions, a news report stated.

"Not a single second of the day was in my power. I was told what time I'd get picked up, what time I could eat and when I could go to the bathroom. I have spent more of my life being someone else than I have being myself,” she said.

Among the ways the movies have affected her life was her decision to put her studies on hold last year.

The British beauty was two years into a liberal arts degree at America's prestigious Brown University but left because it was too much of a struggle combining her school work with promoting the final two films in the series, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2'.

"I was commuting back and forth between the US and the UK trying to fulfill my commitment to this enormous 'Harry Potter' franchise and it just wasn't feasible. I'm only human.” added Watson.

"I wasn't getting the best out of either my studies or the filming, so I decided to give a proper goodbye to 10 years of work and resume my studies later," she said.

(Agencies)