Emma Watson and Norma Dumezweni have brought together two generations of JK Rowling's Harry Potter character Hermione Granger – and the photo is almost too magical to deal with. Emma attended a showing of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this week, and went backstage to meet the cast.
Norma's casting in the stage play drew criticism from a minority of HP fans, who insisted Hermione should continue to be portrayed by a white actress. But, following JK Rowling's insistence that she never specified skin colour in the books, Emma, 26, proved that was the last thing on her mind when she watched the show.
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Emma Watson couldn't resist a picture with the 'new' Hermione Granger - Norma Dumezweni
She posted a photo on her official Facebook page, showing the two actresses cuddling up together, and wrote: "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."
The two actresses looked like they go on brilliantly
Emma continued: "Meeting Emma and seeing her onstage 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 Norma was everything I ever hoped she could be. She's wonderful… the music is beautiful… I could go on… Here are some pics of me meeting Norma and the crew. Love, E xx."
The Cursed Child picks up the story of Harry Potter 19 years after the events of the seventh and final film.