0 Muslim father, brother charged over plot to kill Harry Potter star
The father and brother of an actress who starred in the Harry Potter films have been charged with threatening to kill her.
Afshan Azad, 22, has appeared in four of the movies as Padma Patil, a classmate of the young wizard.
She was allegedly attacked at her home in Longsight, Manchester, on May 21 this year.
Now her father Abdul Azad, 54, and brother, Ashraf Azad, 28, both of Beresford Road, Longsight, have appeared in court.
Abdul is accused of threatening to kill his daughter and Ashraf of threatening to kill and assault occasioning actual bodily harm against his sister.
Both men appeared at Manchester magistrates court and the case was adjourned until later this month for committal proceedings to crown court.
Afshan was studying for her AS levels at the Xaverian College in Rusholme when she was first cast in the 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.
Her character was a witch who was 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's character has also dated Harry himself – played in the films by Daniel Radcliffe.
Before being picked to play the part Afshan had never done any acting.
She has admitted she only went to the audition at her former school – Whalley Range High School for Girls – for a laugh with her school friends.
She appeared in the films while continuing her studies and once had ambitions to be a journalist.
After landing her first part in The Goblet of Fire she told us 'it was 'the best experience of my life' adding 'The first day we had to do a cast read through, where we go through the whole script. I was a bit star struck. I was a big Harry Potter fan.”