The casting of a black actress as Hermione got the Internet in a tizzy, but Rowling gave her blessing and actor Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) tweeted in defense, "And Neville Longbottom was blonde. I really don't care. Good luck to her."
Emma Watson initially just retweeted that reaction from Matthew Lewis, but on January 2 she added her own enthusiastic support:
Can't wait to see Noma Dumezweni as Hermione on stage this year. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #harrypotterandthecursedchild #2016— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 2, 2016
Emma is usually too busy calling attention to serious world issues to tweet that many hearts about anything, so it shows her strong level of commitment.
Here's the play's synopsis, from Pottermore:
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
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The play is meant to be staged in two parts -- due to the "epic nature of the story" -- and it debuts this summer in London. And now we know Emma Watson will be attending at least one show. Will you try to see it yourself?