To many, Emma Watson will always be Hermione Granger, the beloved Harry Potter character she portrayed on the big screen from the age of 11 for eight film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's book series. But Watson is ready to see someone else take the Hermione reigns—and that's exactly what she did earlier this week when she attended a performance of the new stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London.
The story is set 19 years after the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and stars Noma Dumezweni as grown-up Hermione. So what was Watson's review? She raved about the play and gave some sweet personal shoutouts to Dumezweni on her Facebook page.
"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," she wrote on Facebook.
"Meeting Noma and seeing her on stage was like meeting my older self and have her tell me everything was going to be [all right], 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…"
See Watson's photos of herself with Dumezweni and other cast members here:
Dumezweni was clearly touched by the actress's visit and took to Twitter to share her experience. "It really was quite emotional to be in your company... And Thank you 4 your lovely self. We spoke of you with MAJOR respect," she tweeted to Watson, whom she described as "a beautiful, humble and very kind young lady."
1. Now I feel I can share the maHUSSIVE Joy I felt, alongside the company when a beautiful, humble and very kind young lady saw @HPPlayLDN.— MissNoma (@MissDumezweni) July 7, 2016
2. @EmWatson It really was quite emotional to be in your company... And Thank you 4 your lovely self. We spoke of you with MAJOR respect ❤️!— MissNoma (@MissDumezweni) July 7, 2016
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently in previews in London until it officially opens July 30 (which is J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter's birthday).