How Emma Watson Feels About Meeting The New Hermione Granger

Emma Watson recently came face to face with the older version of her Harry Potter character, and from what the actor says, it sounds like the experience was extremely positive. Watson, who played Hermione in all eight Harry Potter movies, recently attended the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and after seeing the two-part play and meeting the cast, the actor had nothing but good things to say about both experiences...

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Emma Watson describes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as amazing and possibly even more beautiful than the films, in some ways. She went on to say that seeing Cursed Child, she feels more connected to Hermione than she has since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out. As for how she feels getting to meet Noma Dumezweni, who plays the 19-years-later version of Hermione, well, Watson kind of gushed about that...

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.

Watson went on to share a bunch of pictures, including this one, featuring Watson and Cursed Child's Hermione, Noma Dumezweni....

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is officially the eighth story in the Harry Potter series. Developed by J.K. Rowling, along with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the story picks up 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, right around the time of the Deathly Hallows epilogue. That puts Harry, Ron and Hermione in their late thirties.

It's nothing short of awesome getting to see Noma Dumezweni and Emma Watson together and looking thrilled to be in each other's company.

One of the many positive things I had to say in my report after seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was just how well Dumezweni captures the spirit of Hermione Granger. I wondered how it would be to see new actors playing these characters, having gotten so used to all of the Harry Potter movie depictions of them. It really is a credit to the Cursed Child acting, writing and direction that it was so easy to accept these new, older versions of our beloved characters. I imagine it was a bit surreal for Emma Watson to see a new version of Hermione, but from the sound of it, she really enjoyed the experience.

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Kelly West
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