THE dad and brother of an Asian Harry Potter actress have been charged with threatening to kill her.

Family ‘attack’ on Harry Girl
By STAFF REPORTER , The Sun, U.K., july 1, 2010

Published: 01 Jul 2010
THE dad and brother of an Asian Harry Potter actress have been charged with threatening to kill her.
Pretty Afshan Azad, 23 — who plays Padma Patil in the hit films — was allegedly attacked at her home in Manchester.

Her father Abul Azad, 54, and brother Ashraf Azad, 28, appeared at Manchester magistrates’ court on Tuesday accused of threatening to kill Afshan.

Ashraf is also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The case was adjourned until later this month for committal proceedings to crown court.

Afshan is said to have been attacked at her home in Longsight, Manchester, on May 21 this year.

The beauty was studying for her AS levels at Xaverian College in Rusholme, Manchester, when she was first cast in the 2005 film Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire.

She has since appeared in three more of the wizard movies and is in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, due for release next year.

She plays Padma, a witch who is in the same year as Harry at Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry, and is the identical twin sister of Parvati Patil, played by actress Shefila Chowdhury.

Afshan had never acted before landing the role and has revealed how she only went to the audition — at her former school Whalley Range High School For Girls — for a laugh with friends.

She has since described appearing in The Goblet Of Fire as “the best experience of my life”.

It is the latest disturbing attack on a Harry Potter star.

In May 2008 Rob Knox, 18, who played Marcus Belby in The Half-Blood Prince, was stabbed to death when he tried to break up a fight involving his 17-year-old brother Jamie outside the Metro Bar in Sidcup, Kent.

Abul and Ashraf have been released on bail and are due to appear on July 12 for committal proceedings to Crown Court.