Emma Watson attends a preview of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, meets Noma Dumezweni backstage for an all Hermione hugfest.
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Ever since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced their Golden Trio, there’s been controversy over the play’s casting of Harry, Hermione and Ron–but most especially the casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione, which made the “race bent” version of the character canon. Not only did Rowling come to her defense, but so did most of the Potter cast on social media–most importantly, Emma Watson, who had played the original, white, version of the character.
And whereas Daniel Radcliffe has basically been able to take a pass on seeing the show–after all, no one really needs his stamp of approval, and he’s not wrong about how weird it would be, seeing it in a crowd of rabid Potterheads, Watson made it clear from the getgo not only was she excited to see Hermione recast as a woman of color, but she would be there as soon as she was able, to see it for herself and give that stamp of approval.
True to her word, she did indeed go see both parts this week, since she was in London and able to fit it into her schedule. After seeing Part 2 on Thursday, she took to her social media and not only praised the cast, but posted a lovely picture of herself and Dumezweni in an embrace, and then made the one we have above in our featured image her Twitter header as well.
She also posted a fantastic message to the entire cast on her Facebook.
Yesterday I went to see the Cursed Child. I came in with no idea what to expect and it was AMAZING. Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films. Having seen it I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift. Meeting Noma and seeing her on stage was like meeting my older self and have her tell me everything was going to be alright, which as you can imagine was immensely comforting (and emotional)! The cast and crew welcomed me like I was family and Noma was everything I could ever hope she would be. She’s wonderful. The music is beautiful… I could go on…
The pictures were also tweeted by the official Harry Potter play account:
Ever the most amazing, Noma Dumezweni tweeted back to Watson:
Pardon me, it seems to be a bit dusty in here….