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Emma Watson, Vogue UK

Vogue UK

A lot of girls chop their hair off to rebel. Sure enough, Emma Watson did it just because she could.

Which wasn't always the case...

The 20-year-old Harry Potter star tells British Vogue that she was "contractually obligated" to keep her hair long—Hermione started off with a head full of uncontrollable curls, remember?—and refrain from getting a tan (England, you know?).

Watson was cast as the clever wizard-in-training when she was 9, so that makes for a lot of blow-drying over the years.

"All the normal things girls do, I couldn't," the December cover girl told the mag. "So when I got the chance to change my appearance, this is what I did."

"This" being the pixie cut she unveiled in August.

But now that Watson has graduated from Hogwarts to the Ivy League, the actress can feel free to indulge her feminine whims. And her stylist's scissors.