Hermione meet... Hermione. Emma Watson embraces her Harry Potter alter ego at London play


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.

Emma Watson arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle.

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.

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.