Emma Watson with Noma Dumezweni after a performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Ever since the announcement of the play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry Potter fans have been eagerly awaiting their chance to see what happens next for Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The two part play tells the story not only of the boy who lived but also his son Albus Severus navigating through the wizarding world. The play has begun preview in London and will be opening later this month.

Fans wondered who would become the new faces of their favorite wizards in this new story from author J.K. Rowling. There was a bit of backlash when it was announced that black actress Noma Dumezweni would be portraying Hermione as an adult. Rowling quickly stepped in to defend the casting in an interview with The Observer.

“I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione ‘turned white’ — that is, lost color from her face after a shock — that she must be a white woman, which I have a great deal of difficulty with. But I decided not to get too agitated about it and simply state quite firmly that Hermione can be a black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm.”

Emma Watson, who originated the part of Hermione Granger in the movie series, recently got to attend on of the previews and had nothing but praise for play and Dumezweni. Watson posted pictures on her Facebook page with the cast along with her praises for the show.

It looks like fans can rest assured that their favorite characters are in good hands. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens to the public in London’s West End July 30th, while the published script of the play will be on sale July 31st.

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