In the latest installment of J.K. Rowling’s famous series, Hermione Granger is a black woman played by 45-year-old Dumezweni.
Shortly after the announcement, Rowling reiterated that point — and expressed her approval for Dumezweni — in a tweet.
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione 😘 https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH
And Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the film adaptations, also tweeted his support the same day.
And Neville Longbottom was blonde. I really don't care. Good luck to her. https://t.co/0JNjK3Pe0V
But what we really, really wanted was to know what Emma Watson, aka the original Hermione, thought about the casting.
She had so far kept quiet about the whole thing, but over the weekend she decided to celebrate the start of 2016 by getting excited for the play – and with it showed her approval for the choice.
Can't wait to see Noma Dumezweni as Hermione on stage this year. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #harrypotterandthecursedchild #2016
And Dumezweni was ecstatic with her affirmation.
Thank You Miss Watson! Much appreciated. I look forward to experiencing #Hermione too. Blessings Abound to you. N🤗x! https://t.co/9l5ZtNhHKX