Emma Watson backs Noma Dumezweni as Hermione in ‘Harry Potter’ stage play

Dumezweni will take on role made famous by Watson later this year

Emma Watson has thrown her support behind Noma Dumezweni ahead of her role as Hermione Granger in the upcoming Harry Potter stage play.

Written by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will depict the wizard and his longtime friends Hermione and Ron Weasley as adults employed at the Ministry of Magic. Jamie Parker has been cast as Potter, and Paul Thornley will play Weasley.

Earlier today (January 3), Watson tweeted: “Can’t wait to see Noma Dumezweni as Hermione on stage this year.”

The casting decision has proven controversial with some Potter fans who feel that a black actress is not right for the role of Hermione. However, these doubt were cast aside by author J.K. Rowling who said at the time of Dumezweni involvement was announced: “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione.”

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child opens at London’s Palace Theatre on July 30, 2016. This year will also see the release of Harry Potter spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them starring Eddie Redmayne.

Rowling has written the script for the spin-off film, which is set around 70 years before the Harry Potter saga begins. It focuses on Redmayne’s character Newt Scamander, the author of one of Harry’s Hogwarts text books, and his adventures in New York City.