When looking back at the first Harry Potter film, Emma Watson has a very immediate and specific reaction to her character's appearance. And funnily enough, it just so happens to be one of the trademark aspects of her brainy, wand-wielding character, Hermione Granger.
Given how successful the Harry Potter movies were and continue to be, it's hard to imagine Emma Watson has many regrets about getting to play the lead female character in all eight feature adaptations of the beloved J.K. Rowling series. But according to a recent interview, she's expressed extreme distaste for her character's hair circa Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone...
As out-of-control as Hermione's hair game was in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (see photo above), as a fan of the books, I kind of think Emma Watson got off easy as it relates to her appearance in the feature adaptations. For one thing, her hair is only really bushy in the first film, after which it shifts to a more tamed and even becoming look throughout the remaining seven movies. Her initially messy hair appeared to be an intentional nod to the description of the character in the books, as Hermione is described from her very first appearance on as having bushy hair. She's also supposed to have "large front teeth," but that physical trait never made it into the movies.
Hermione seemed to grow into her looks in the books, thanks in part to her taking the time to manage her hair as she got older, and in part to her sneakily having Madam Pomfrey shrink her teeth in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In the movies, the transition happened much sooner, as her hair went from big and bushy in Sorcerer's Stone to full and curly in Chamber of Secrets.
In fact, her hair went through a bit of a metamorphosis between Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Let's take another look at what she looked like in the first film, and slideshow from there...
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Her hair's about what we expected it to look like, by the book's description. The contrast is pretty drastic when you see what her hair looked like in Chamber of Secrets...