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Dylan Kickham
March 08, 2016 AT 07:11 PM EST

J.K. Rowling has nothing but love for Emma Watson’s diligent efforts towards gender equality. The author tweeted her support for the Harry Potter actress on International Women’s Day for all the work Watson has done with her HeForShe initiative.

Rowling responded afterwards, tweeting to Watson “Nice emoji! You’re an inspirational woman x.” Watson responded to Rowling, “RIGHT back at you. <3 thank you for everything xx."

Watson recently announced that she was taking a break from acting to focus on her work as an ambassador for the U.N.’s HeForShe initiative for gender equality. She explained her decision in an interview with U.K.’s Esquire and said, “It’s so awesome to be at the forefront of that wave and that energy and just being able to channel that which I found mildly horrifying — all of the crazy attention on me — and doing something good with it, it just feels like I’m really doing what I’m meant to be doing.”

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