Harry Potter star Emma Watson voiced her support for Swaziland-born actor Noma Dumezweni, who will play Hermione Granger in the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Watson, who played the “brightest witch of her age” in the Harry Potter films, shared her excitement on Twitter for Dumezweni, reports ew.com.
“Can’t wait to see Noma Dumezweni as Hermione on stage this year,” she wrote.
Can't wait to see Noma Dumezweni as Hermione on stage this year. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #harrypotterandthecursedchild #2016— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 2, 2016
Dumezweni joins Jamie Parker as Harry Potter and Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley in the production, which picks up 19 years after the events of Deathly Hallows.
Earlier author JK Rowling, who developed the story with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, defended the casting of a black actor for the role of Granger. “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified,” the Harry Potter author tweeted in December 2015.
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione 😘 https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
Performances of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will begin on June 7.
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