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Amber Riley & 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Win Big at Olivier Awards!

It was a big night for Amber Riley at the 2017 Olivier Awards!

The 31-year-old actress took home the award for Best Actress in a Musical for her lead role in Dreamgirls at the awards show held at Royal Albert Hall on Sunday (April 9) in London, England.

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It was a huge night for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the play took home a record breaking nine awards tonight including Best New Play!

Jamie Parker – who plays Harry Potter in the play – took home the award for Best Actor while his co-stars Noma Dumezweni (who plays Hermione Granger) and Anthony Boyle (who plays Scoripus Malfoy) took home the awards for Best Supporting Actress and Actor.

Andy Karl also took home the award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in Groundhog Day, but unfortunately had to skip the ceremony because he is currently on starring in a show on Broadway.

Also pictured inside: Andrew Garfield and Russell Tovey hit the red carpet after the awards show.

Congrats to all the winners!

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Emma Watson Got Super Emotional Watching 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'

Emma Watson reacted to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in a way she didn’t expect!

The 26-year-old actress says she got super emotional seeing Noma Dumezweni portray Hermione in the hugely successful play.

“It was so strange. It was so emotional seeing Noma’s performance in a way that I had not anticipated at all. I went to the play…and she walked in the room and I just spontaneously burst into tears,” she explained to EW.

Emma added, “I had played that character so intensely up until that point, that to know that Hermione was going to be okay — I know it sounds crazy — but to know that everything turned out all right and everything in the world was okay, that there was someone else carrying her on and carrying her forward…it was just such a relief.”

Pictured inside: Emma making her way through a Eurostar station on Tuesday (February 21) in London, England.

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Emma Watson Sees 'Harry Potter' Play, Meets Older Hermione!

Emma Watson attended a performance of the new stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and she raved about it in a review posted to Facebook.

“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,” the 26-year-old actress said.

“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,” Emma said. ” Meeting Noma [Dumezweni] 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)!”

“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… Here are some pics of me meeting Noma and the crew. Love, E xx ‪#‎keepthesecrets‬ ‪#‎19yearslater‬,” she added.

Emma also snapped a photo with Sam Clemmett, who plays Albus Potter, and Anthony Boyle, who plays Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius.

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J.K. Rowling Slams Critics of Hermoine Casting for 'Harry Potter' Play: 'Bunch of Racists'

J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” series, is opening up about the casting of Noma Dumezweni to play Hermoine in the new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, opening in London next month.

“With my experience of social media, I thought that idiots were going to idiot,” J.K. told The Guardian about casting the black actress to play the role. “But what can you say? That’s the way the world is. Noma was chosen because she was the best actress for the job.”

“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,” J.K. added.

“What shocked me was the way people couldn’t visualise a non-white person as the hero of a story. It’s therefore brilliant that this has happened,” director of the play John Tiffany said.

See photos from the production below…

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Emma Watson Endorses the Casting of Adult Hermione Noma Dumezweni!

Emma Watson has finally commented on the casting of an adult Hermione for the upcoming London stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

There was some controversy after African-American actress Noma Dumezweni was chosen to play the role, but author J.K. Rowling shut down any critics with a simple tweet.

Emma has now endorsed the casting as well. “Can’t wait to see Noma Dumezweni as Hermione on stage this year,” she wrote on Twitter along with a ton of heart emojis.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins performances in June!

J.K. Rowling Slams Critics of Black Actress Playing Hermione

J.K. Rowling has taken to her Twitter account to defend the casting of a black actress in the role of Hermione Granger in the upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

English actress Noma Dumezweni has been cast as an adult Hermione in the play, which will be the eighth story in the franchise.

“Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione,” the author and playwright tweeted.

J.K. also sent some love to fans who praised the casting of Noma.

'Harry Potter & The Cursed Child' Casts Actors for Adult Harry, Ron, & Hermione!

The three actors playing adult Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been revealed!

Jamie Parker, pictured to the right, will be playing the role of Harry Potter. Noma Dumezweni will be playing Hermione Granger and Paul Thornley will play Ron Weasley.

“I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer,” author and playwright J.K. Rowling said in a statement.

Here is the synopsis of the play, intended to be the eighth story in the franchise: “It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

Performances start on June 7, 2016 and there are two parts to the play, which can be seen separately or on the same day.

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