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'Harry Potter' Actress Katie Leung Recalls Racist Bullying After She Was Cast as Cho Chang

Katie Leung is reliving the dark side of Harry Potter fame.

In a new interview on the Chinese Chippy Girl podcast, the 33-year-old actress, who played Cho Chang in the movies, said that she suffered racist bullying as soon as news of her casting was leaked online.

“It had got to the papers and then someone secretly took a photo of me,” Katie recalled. “I just broke down. I just started crying.”

After the photo was leaked, Katie, who was still a teenager at the time, said that she started receiving a lot of hate and negative messages online.

“I was like, Googling myself at one point and I was on this website, which was kind of dedicated to the Harry Potter fandom, and I remember reading all the comments,” Katie shared. “It was a lot of racist s–t.”

“And then somebody had actually created a website, a hate site — it was like, if you disagree with this casting, then click on this button and then it would just be like a count of how many people disagreed with the casting and you would just see a number,” Katie continued. “I know, it’s awful. It’s so awful.”

Katie said that she approached a publicist in regards to the racist bullying, but she was told not to talk about it in the press.

“I remember them saying to me, ‘Oh look, Katie, we haven’t seen these websites that people are talking about. And if you get asked, then just say it’s not true. Say it’s not happening,’” Katie recalled.

“And I just nodded my head. I was like, ‘Okay, Okay,’ even though I had seen it myself with my own eyes,” Katie said. “I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, I’ll just say everything’s great.’”

Looking back, Katie admits that she wished she spoke out about the situation, but still has fond memories about working on the Harry Potter movies.

“Of course, I was grateful. I was really very f–king grateful that I was in the position I was in,” Katie said of her role. “But then, yeah … it wasn’t great.”

Harry Potter's Noma Dumezweni & Katie Leung Respond After J.K. Rowling's Tweets

Two Harry Potter actresses – Katie Leung and Noma Dumezweni – are responding to J.K. Rowling‘s controversial tweets about transgender people.

The famed author tweeted her frustration after an article wrote that “gender non-binary persons menstruate.”

J.K. then reposted the article, and added her own commentary, “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? She wrote further tweets that have been called out as transphobic.

Katie played the role of Cho Chang in the Harry Potter films, while Noma played the role of Hermoine in the stage play Harry Potter & the Cursed Child.

Click inside to see what they both tweeted after this controversy…More Here! »

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'Harry Potter' Cast - Where Are They Now?

It’s been almost 20 years since the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, hit theaters.

Despite this, we’re pretty sure all of us can still remember the magical feeling that those first music notes brought us as the lights went down.

And then it happened seven more times.

Not only has the beloved book series – penned by J.K. Rowling beginning in 1997 – inspired the movies, but it has also led to the Fantastic Beasts film series, a popular Universal Studios destination, Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and more.

We’re looking back on some of your favorite Harry Potter kids to see where they are now!

Click through the slideshow to find out where the Harry Potter cast is today…

Sam Claflin & Douglas Booth Honor BAFTA's Breakthrough Brits!

Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth pose together while attending the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits Celebration held at the Burberry global flagship store on Monday (October 27) in London, England.

The guys were in attendance to present to some of this year’s honorees, who included Harry Potter actress Katie Leung.

“This opportunity will provide me with the confidence and support in aiding my pursuit of more challenging projects that will hopefully develop my skills and career further,” Katie said while accepting her prize.

Also in attendance at the event to show off their support were Jamie Campbell Bower with his girlfriend Matilda Lowther, as well as actor George Mackay.

FYI: George, Douglas, Sam, Jamie, and Matilda are all wearing Burberry.

10+ pictures inside of Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth honoring the best Brits… More Here! »

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Katie Leung Rocks Runway Fashions

Harry Potter star Katie Leung, aka Cho Chang, rocked a couple of runway fashions at the premiere and after-party of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix in London, UK on Tuesday. The premiere took place at Odeon Leicester Square, the after-party took place at the Old Billingsgate Market.

Katie, 19, donned a gold version of the Lanvin Spring 2007 runway look with a simpler neckline. The British-Chinese actress finished off her look with a black hard-case clutch and Christian Louboutin pumps.

To the after-party, Katie paired her Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2007 dress with and black ankle heels.

Who wore them best — KATIE LEUNG or THE RUNWAY MODELS?

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