Los Angeles - Emma Watson has given her backing to the actress who will play Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Noma Domezweni has been cast in the role in the spin-off play and Emma, who played Hermione in the movies, says she can't wait to see Noma take to the stage.
Can't wait to see Noma Dumezweni as Hermione on stage this year. ?????????????????????????? #harrypotterandthecursedchild #2016— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 2, 2016
Can't wait to see Noma Dumezweni as Hermione on stage this year. ?????????????????????????? #harrypotterandthecursedchild #2016
Emma's tweet comes after Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling defended the casting of a black actress in the role.
The author insisted she "never specified" the ethnicity of the popular witch when writing her series of books, so can't understand why some people are outraged that Noma will take on the role.
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
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione ?? https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH
She added: "I'm so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can't wait to see Jamie Parker, Noma and Paul Thornley bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer."
The two-part play is due to make its debut at the Palace Theatre in the heart of London in summer 2016.
In the movies Harry, Hermione and Ron were played by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma and Rupert Grint.
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