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Ben Turner

Emma looked absolutely incredible in her latest photo shoot for Vogue Italia. Since her days of being a female wizard, the movie star-come-social activist has been praised for her style and appearance. One of Emma's constantly talked about features is her hair and this is most likely due to her origins as Hermione Granger.

Emma Watson is known for being a very beautiful actress, which ended up influencing Hermione's on-screen persona (as opposed to the books) as being a very smart and very attractive female wizard.

However, in the books, Hermione's appearance is described rather differently from what was eventually portrayed on the screen. The intelligent female witch is described as having:

“lots of bushy brown hair, and rather large front teeth.”

The only movie where the description of her hair (but not her teeth) was transferred from the books was the first Harry Potter.

In a recent interview with Vogue Italia, Watson opened up about why the state of her hair makes the first Harry Potter movie difficult for her to watch:

“When I see the images again fro the first Harry Potter I immediately think how bad my hair was”

Emma was contractually obliged to keep her hair long until the franchise finished in a way to respect and maintain J.K. Rowling's vision of Hermione's character in the books. However, Watson was reprieved somewhat after the first movie as producers and directors were okay with moving from the bushy style to a more 'sleek on fleek' approach.

Let's trace the 'hairvolution' of Hermione through the movie franchise:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

In the first movie, Hermione's hair was the closest to the book's description. It is long, bushy and rather unkept. It doesn't stop little Emma's adorable face from shining through, though!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

By movie number two, the uncontrollable frizz had been tamed somewhat with some curls going on. The eyebrow bangs were still going strong, however.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Emma/Hermione's hair was cut shorter and the sea of hair across her forehead was parted by a hair stylist we assume was sent from God. The third movie was really the transition between young bushy-haired Hermione to the more sleek and styled teenage Hermione we witnessed for the rest of the franchise.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Despite her hair being much more controlled by movie number four, it's actually pretty close to the book description of Hermione who saw an image transformation in this installment.

For the Yule Ball, Hermione was applying Sleekeazy's hair potion in order to tame the beast on top of her bed. Although it is also mentioned that she cannot be bothered to maintain this regime after the event:

“Hermione’s hair was bushy again; she confessed to Harry that she had used liberal amounts of Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion on it for the ball, ‘but it’s way too much bother to do every day,’

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

From frizz to curls to waves, Hermione was gorgeous but arguably straying far from the book's portrayal. If a girl had a face and locks like that in my school, she would have definitely been the 'it' girl!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The curls came back similar to The Prisoner of Azkaban, but this time Emma was a few years older and her hair was of a longer length. I also think she was getting back to the essence of Hermione.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Hermione's hair was a lot tamer and straighter for the two parts of the franchise's finale. Perhaps the stress of being on the impossible mission of finding horcruxes coupled with the impending doom of the War of Hogwarts caused Hermione's curls to fall to limp locks.

From a styling point of view, it was nice to see a new sort of style for Hermione. We bet Emma was counting down the days until her contract was up and she could sport a new pixie cut!


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