The 26-year-old Harry Potter
star attended a special preview of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
play at the Palace Theatre in London, England, on Thursday, and received an extra special treat when she came face-to-face with Noma Dumezweni
, the actress who portrays the adult version of her beloved role.
Following the show, Watson took to Facebook to share her raving review of the two-part play, which officially opens July 30. The post was accompanied by photos of her conversing with the cast and crew backstage.
"Yesterday I went to see the Cursed Child. I came in with no idea what to expect and it was AMAZING," she shared. "Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films."
"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," the British actress added. "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)!"
Watson noted that the cast and crew made her feel like family, and "Noma was everything I could ever hope she would be."
"She's wonderful," Watson revealed. "The music is beautiful… I could go on…"
Watson also took to Twitter, writing, "It was SO lovely to meet you @MissDumezweni. #Hermiones."
Dumezweni, 45, appeared to be just as ecstatic over the meet-and-greet, gushing over Watson in a series of tweets.
"Now I feel I can share the maHUSSIVE Joy I felt, alongside the company when a beautiful, humble and very kind young lady saw @HPPlayLDN," she wrote. "@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!"
"Blessings Dear @EmWatson," she continued, "and Thank You!"
Directed by Tony Award winner John Tiffany, the play is a narrative set 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling's final book in the popular fantasy series. The stage version was written by Jack Thorne and features music composed by Imogen Heap.
Back in May, Disney released the first teaser for their live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, in which Watson portrays the role of Belle.
The video invites viewers to "be our guest" on March 17, 2017, the film's release date. Hear more on the movie -- which also stars Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts -- in the video below.