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After the cast of the stage play was revealed last year, a few critics online spoke out against casting Dumezweni, a black English actress, in the role, although Hermione’s race is never noted in the books.

“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)!”

2. @EmWatson It really was quite emotional to be in your company… And Thank you 4 your lovely self. We spoke of you with MAJOR respect!— MissNoma (@MissDumezweni) July 7, 2016