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An In-Depth Look At Hermione As Described In The “Harry Potter” Books Vs. The Movies

The results may surprise you.

For many Harry Potter fans, there was a fairly significant difference between how they imagined Hermione Granger in the books and how she appeared in the movies.

We decided to create photoshopped depictions of what she may have looked like if the movies followed the book descriptions more closely. What we found may surprise you.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Book description — "lots of bushy brown hair, and rather large front teeth."

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Warner Bros. Pictures / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed
Warner Bros. Pictures / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: No major descriptive changes.

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We assume she continues to have "lots of bushy brown hair, and rather large front teeth."

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We assume she continues to have "lots of bushy brown hair, and rather large front teeth."

Warner Bros. Pictures / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed

We assume she continues to have "lots of bushy brown hair, and rather large front teeth."

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: No major descriptive changes.

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Warner Bros. Pictures / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed
Warner Bros. Pictures / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: A momentary change in appearance.

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On several occasions in this book her teeth are pointed out as unusually large.

In a fight Malfoy proclaims:

"You're joking Weasley!" said Malfoy, behind them. "You're not telling me someone's asked that to the ball? Not the long-molared Mudblood?"

Consequentially she pounces on the chance to get her teeth shrunk by Madame Pomfrey.

After that, and for The Yule Ball, she has smaller teeth than before. She also smoothed out her hair with Sleekeazy's Hair Potion.

That said, it is then noted that she decides to discontinue smoothing her hair due to the amount of effort it takes:

"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: While her teeth have been permanently changed, her hair remains bushy.

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At this point, while Hermione may be blossoming out of an awkward phase, it has been made clear that her hair remains the same as previous books.

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At this point, while Hermione may be blossoming out of an awkward phase, it has been made clear that her hair remains the same as previous books.

Warner Bros. Pictures / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed

At this point, while Hermione may be blossoming out of an awkward phase, it has been made clear that her hair remains the same as previous books.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: No major descriptive changes.

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Warner Bros. Pictures / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed
Warner Bros. Pictures / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Again, no major descriptive changes.

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Warner Bros. Pictures / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed
Warner Bros. Pictures / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed

Conclusion:

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While some might debate casting someone as beautiful as Emma Watson for the role of Hermione (and then not changing her hair and teeth), with more research it is clear that Hermione is continually described based on her intelligence and personality and not her appearance. With no definitive look described by J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson may have been the perfect fit...even if they ironed her hair smooth.

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