Hermione Granger is a fan-favorite in the Harry Potter series, and it's easy to see why. Her character is honored for highlighting her intelligence over her looks and she is as brave as she is kind. She's a force to be reckoned with, and Emma Watson's portrayal of the character in the films just made Hermione all the more likeable.
It may seem strange to note that, unless you have read the books, you don't have a full picture of just who Hermione is. The depth of her character in the books goes beyond anything that could be shown in the films, and as such, there are several details that movie fans don't know about her.
10 Her Yule Ball Dress Was Originally Quite Different
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hermione's true coming of age story is highlighted when she descends down the steps in a gorgeous purple and pink gown. Her Yule Ball ensemble is clearly the most stunning, and fans of the film were pleasantly surprised with this wardrobe. However, her famous gown is actually very different from how it is described in the books.
In true wizard fashion, all of the students wore dressy robes to the ball. The book tells us that Hermione wore robes of a "floaty, periwinkle-blue material." Fans have taken to Photoshop tor re-imagine her layered Yule Ball dress in its rightful color scheme, and it honestly looks gorgeous either way.
9 She Founded S.P.E.W
Hermione came up with S.P.E.W after seeing how Barty Crouch treated his house-elf, Winky, at the Quidditch World Cup. The tiny female elf is forced to climb up and down the stadium steps, despite the fact that she is terrified of heights.
S.P.E.W stands for the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, which she starts in their fourth year. The film doesn't mention this, and the chapter from the books where they discover the entire elf-run kitchen at Hogwarts is only known to those who have read the series. In her later Ministry career, she will continue to fight for the rights of magical creatures.
8 She Was Bad At Wizard's Chess
Audiences know from that start that if there is anything that Ron is good at, it's Wizard's Chess. We see Ron defeating Harry in a game in the library, and his skills are truly put the test during the final battle to get to the Sorcerer's Stone. In the books, however, Hermione (who is naturally gifted at almost everything) can't seem to win a single match against Ron. Harry thought it was "very good for her" to have something she didn't excel at, much to Hermione's chagrin.
Apparently, she isn't very good at knitting, either. She tried fruitlessly on several occasions to knit clothes for the house-elves that worked in the Hogwarts kitchen, as a part of her S.P.E.W initiative, but they came out in all sorts of odd shapes.
7 Her Biggest Fear Was Failing
In their third year, Remus Lupin introduces his Defense Against the Dark Arts class to Boggarts. These shapeshifters' true forms are not entirely known, as they take on the appearance of whatever their opponent fears the most. Hermione never gets a chance to face the Boggart in class, much to her disappointment. Ron pokes fun at her, stating that the creature would probably turn into a sheet of parchment with something less than full marks. This turns out to be somewhat true.
Later, Hermione does gets to face the Boggart, and comes out screaming. When Professor Lupin asks her what's happened, Hermione tearfully tells him that the creature took the form of Professor McGonagall, who told her that she had failed all of her classes.
6 She Had Buck Teeth
While Watson's own personality is on par with J.K. Rowling's fictional character, the way the actress is styled in the films does not line up with Hermione's novel characterization. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the book's description of Hermione reads, "lots of bushy brown hair, and rather large front teeth."
Hermione's buck teeth are actually sorely missed by fans. Hermione's subdued looks are simply more relatable to readers and it's actually a pretty major moment for her in the fourth book (which we'll discuss next). Although, in the novel series, Hermione eventually has her teeth shrunk by Madame Pomfrey to get rid of their protruding appearance.
5 She Used Sleekeazy's Hair Potion For The Yule Ball
The moment that Hermione arrives at the Yule Ball in the novel, it's not just her blue gown that makes people stop and take notice. This is the first time that Hermione's hair is described as anything but bushy. With the aid of Sleekeazy's Hair Potion, Hermione is able to drastically alter her appearance.
In the films, Parvati Patil's comment, "she looks beautiful" has much less impact, because Watson hadn't been through such a transformation. However, because Hermione's real looks are more conventional, seeing her with gorgeous flowing locks, a blue dress, and no buck teeth is simply astonishing for everyone at Hogwarts.
4 She Was Almost In Ravenclaw
Hermione is referred to as the "brightest witch of her age" by both professors and her peers. Despite her reputation for being a know-it-all, her classmates recognize her keen mind. One Hogwarts student, Terry Boot, even questions why she wasn't in Ravenclaw since this house is known for their intelligence.
Hermione replies with, "Well, the Sorting Hat did seriously consider putting me in Ravenclaw during my Sorting, but it decided on Gryffindor in the end." Hermione previously mentioned that she considered Gryffindor house to be "by far the best," so chances are the Sorting Hat detected her preference, which is how she became a Gryffindor.
3 She Can't See Thestrals
Thestrals are the skeletal horses that pull the carriages of students to Hogwarts on their first day back to school. Harry discovers he can see these after Cedric Diggory's death. The only wizarding folk who can see these creatures are, rather grimly, those who have seen someone die.
When Dumbledore's Army uses the Thestrals to get to the Ministry of Magic, Hermione is afraid to ride them because she can't see them (she's also pretty scared of flying in general). However, Hermione is eventually is able to see them after the Battle of Hogwarts.
2 She Had A Feud With Rita Skeeter
Rita Skeeter had a knack for twisting words around to mold her own story, which Hermione deeply resented. Skeeter became a prominent character in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as she covered the Triwizard Tournament at Hogwarts. She took a particular interest in Harry, due to his fame, and used her Quick Quotes Quill to twist stories and slander his name.
Hermione, who is never one to bite her tongue, called Skeeter out on this. In retaliation, Rita wrote a piece on her, suggesting that Hermione had a "thing" for famous wizards. Skeeter came up with the story by eavesdropping on Harry and Hermione's conversation. Turns out, she was an unregistered Animagus and could turn into a beetle. When Hermione finds this out, she captures Rita in a jar in her beetle form and threatens to report her unless she stops writing lies.
1 She Created A Brilliant Form Of Communication For Dumbledore's Army
Hermione uses her resourcefulness and magical ability to come up with a covert communication system for Dumbledore's Army. Members were given coins which were enchanted with the complex Protean Charm. If, for any reason, their meeting time needed to be changed, the coins relay the message, as Harry possessed the 'master coin' and the changes he made to his own would affect the rest. All the while, they looked like regular magical money, but the supposed serial number actually told members the time and date of the next meeting!
Hermione also bewitched their D.A. attendance sheet so that anyone who outed their rebellious meetings would suffer the consequences. In the book, it is Cho's friend who turns them in. As a result, Hermione's jinx caused the word "SNEAK" to spell out across the girl's face in painful boils.