She's ready to cast aside Harry Potter character Hermione - and her clothes - for a new role

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Look away now, Harry Potter fans – prim and proper Hermione is no more.

We were all shocked when Emma Watson, 20, unveiled her dramatic pixie cut a few months ago, but Now can reveal it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her raunchy new look.

Sources close to the star reveal she couldn’t wait for filming on the franchise to end so she could explore a sexier image.

It’s been an amazing experience but she wants to spread her wings and move on,’ says a pal.

Emma’s lived her entire teenage years with the same sweet, demure look, so she wants her new style to be a complete departure – edgy but most of all sexy.

‘She thinks if she stays with the same look she’ll always be a schoolgirl in the minds of producers who then won’t offer her more adult roles.’

According to our insider, she cut her hair against the wishes of Harry Potter bosses, who wanted her to appear for promotional duties looking as she does on screen.

But strong-willed Emma convinced them to see her point of view.

The actress, who’s currently studying for a liberal arts degree at US university Brown, admitted last week: Fashion is my way of expressing myself and who I am away from this role.’

And she’s already shown off a more mature style at the London and New York premieres of The Deathly Hallows Part 1.

She’s gone for a more rock chick look and is wearing more make-up,’ says our source. She wants to completely reinvent herself.’

To read the full story about Emma Watson, see Now magazine dated 29 November 2010 – out now!

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