By Doha Madani / nbcnews.com
“Harry Potter” actor Katie Leung opened up about being the subject of racist attacks as a teenager from the franchise’s fans and being advised to deny them in interviews.
Leung explained during an interview on the podcast “Chinese Chippy Girl” that “Harry Potter” fans attacked her online following the announcement that she would play Cho Chang in the film franchise. The character was first brought into the films for “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in 2005, and Leung is credited in all the subsequent films.
“I was, like, googling myself at one point, and I was on this website, which was kind of dedicated to the kind of ‘Harry Potter’ fandom,” Leung said. “I remember reading all the comments. And, yeah, it was a lot of racist s—.”