Emma Watson praises new Hermione in backstage meeting with Noma Dumezweni
Harry Potter star Emma Watson has said she felt like she was "meeting her older self" as she embraced the actress who plays her character Hermione in JK Rowling's new stage play.
Watson portrayed school swot Hermione Granger in eight films about The Boy Who Lived and now Noma Dumezweni is starring as an older version of the character in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child in London's West End.
Watson posted a series of photographs on Facebook of herself with Dumezweni and the crew of the play backstage after watching the show and said the production made her feel connected to her character again.
She wrote: " 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.
"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..."
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is now in previews at the Palace Theatre and officially opens on July 30.
Watson is currently taking a year off from acting but will soon be seen in Disney's live action version of Beauty And The Beast, which is due for release next year.