If you had a time-turner, you could probably travel back to 2001 and be the first person to spot Emma Watson wearing a set of huge fake teeth in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone — but you don't, so instead you'll have to settle for reading about it here. Sorry about that.
In a new interview with Binge, a podcast from Entertainment Weekly, Sorcerer's Stone director Chris Columbus spoke about the challenges of making pretty 10-year-old Emma Watson more closely resemble the clumsy, bushy-haired Hermione of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. Despite having dentists for parents, Hermione is renowned for his comically large front teeth.
Columbus's solution? On the first day of shooting Sorcerer's Stone, he made Watson wear fake teeth. Here's what Columbus told the podcast:
"The [first] thing we shot was the final train sequence where Harry looks at Hogwarts and Emma, Dan [Radcliffe], and Rupert [Grint] are huddled outside of the train. It was a big thing in the books about [Hermione’s] teeth. She sort of had an overbite, so [Emma’s] wearing fake teeth in that scene ... So if you look closely, you can see some fake teeth."
See below for pictorial evidence of Emma's prosthetic gnashers.
Thank God it's Thursday, because that is quite the throwback. Honestly though, it's not much of a surprise nobody really noticed the fake teeth. They don't look especially huge (neither does her hair look particularly bushy), and the fact that Columbus gave up on Watson wearing the teeth after just the one scene suggests he was more than happy to let Emma's acting skills do the talking.
So, 10 points to Gryffindor if you were eagle-eyed enough to spot the teeth; otherwise, it's back to your dorms. But go quickly! Filch is on the warpath!
Can you name any other actors who had to wear fake teeth or prosthetics to become less attractive and more of a match for their characters? Hit up the comments!