Katie Leung: From ‘Harry Potter’ to BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brit award

Katie Leung, one of BAFTA's 2014 Breakthrough Brits.

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J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter series gained worldwide popularity since the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was released in 1997. Kids and adults of all ages immersed themselves in these books for hours, delving into the magical wizarding world full of “muggles” and “mudbloods.” Naturally, when the book series was adapted into films, avid fans had high expectations for the actors portraying their favorite characters.

Scotland-born actress Katie Leung is well known for her role as Cho Chang, Harry Potter’s love interest in the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. She beat thousands of girls for the role that eventually meant kissing Harry Potter himself, portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe. Leung, however, initially had no interest in the movies, or becoming an actor. She simply auditioned because her father suggested her to do so. To her surprise, she got the part.

Katie Leung as Cho Chang

Portraying Cho Chang was no easy task for Leung. Aside from being a quiet Chinese schoolgirl from Scotland that needed to break out of her shell, she had to deal with fan expectations, critiques and jealousy. Some fans even sunk to the level of criticizing her appearance. Regardless, she successfully carried on with the Harry Potter films.

Once the reign of Harry Potter was over, Leung returned to school and earned a degree at the Edinburgh College of Art. However, her experience in Harry Potter remained with her. Leung was drawn to the entertainment business and decided to pursue acting. Since then, she found success both on stage and in film.

She recently starred in a television mini series drama by Guy Hibbert called One Child. Leung plays Mei, who was born in China, but was adopted and grew up in Britain. Mei’s biological mother contacts her and pleads with her to return to China to help save a brother she never even knew she had.

Mei (Katie Leung) and brother Ajun (Sebastian So) meet for the fist time in “One Child.”

So while Leung is still popularly known as Cho Chang, her presence in entertainment is clearly rising. She was recently awarded with Bafta’s Breakthrough Brit honor. In the Bafta interview below, she reveals she couldn’t imagine being anything else but an actor.

 

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Man Creates Funny Low-Cost Pop Culture Costumes From Household Objects

Elsa - Frozen
Elsa – Frozen

Thai cosplay enthusiast Anucha “Cha” Saengchart of Lowcostcosplay has created a funny collection of low-cost pop culture costumes from simple household objects.

You can view more of his creative costumes on Facebook.

Spock - Star Trek
Spock – Star Trek

Voldemort - Harry Potter
Voldemort – Harry Potter

Meowth - Pokémon
Meowth – Pokémon

Piccolo - Dragon Ball
Piccolo – Dragon Ball

Terminator - Terminator 2
Terminator – Terminator 2

 Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel and  Richard Parker - Life of Pi
Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel and Richard Parker – Life of Pi

images via Lowcostcosplay

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China and Japan are abusing each other using “Harry Potter” insults, with diplomats from both countries refer to J.K. Rowling’s books in row over war shrine.

 

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This is the Yasukuni War Shrine in Tokyo. It was built in 1869 to commemorate Japan’s war dead.

This is the Yasukuni War Shrine in Tokyo. It was built in 1869 to commemorate Japan's war dead.

However, since the 1970s, the Japanese Government has been criticized by China, South Korea, and Taiwan for using the shrine to be revisionist about World War II.

However, since the 1970s, the Japanese Government has been criticized by China, South Korea, and Taiwan for using the shrine to be revisionist about World War II.

So it was a controversial move for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit it recently.

So it was a controversial move for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit it recently.

China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom wrote inThe Telegraph: “If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing the darkest parts of that nation’s soul.”

China And Japan Are Abusing Each Other Using "Harry Potter" Insults

That’s right.

China And Japan Are Abusing Each Other Using "Harry Potter" Insults

In response, the Japanese ambassador said China plays “the role of Voldemort in the region by letting loose the evil of an arms race and escalation of tensions.”

China And Japan Are Abusing Each Other Using "Harry Potter" Insults

Really. Japan just compared China to Lord Voldemort.

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Harry Potter Theme Park to Open in Osaka in Late 2014

 

Harry Potter Theme Park to Open in Osaka in Late 2014
Hogwarts Castle beginning to take shape at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka.

Universal Studios Japan has announced that it will open “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in late 2014. The sprawling attraction is modeled after the original Wizarding World that opened to the public within the Universal Orlando Resort in 2010, in the United States.

The Osaka attraction, which will feature replicas of Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade Village in the only official Harry Potter theme park outside the U.S., will see Universal Studios Japan partner with Warner Bros. and Universal Parks & Resorts, with funding coming from several private investors including Goldman Sachs. Total construction costs are estimated to run in the region of 45 billion yen ($440 million).

As the completion date draws nearer, the scaffolding surrounding the nascent Hogwarts Castle has started to come down, revealing the sight of impressive spires to delighted fans who have been posting pictures on Twitter.

Outside the U.S., Japan is the largest market worldwide for the Harry Potter series. The films alone have grossed nearly $900 million at the box office and attracted more than 78 million moviegoers.

J.K. Rowling, author of the original book series said, “I was delighted to experience and enjoy the attention to detail, creativity, and superb craft that went into the first Wizarding World in Orlando. I am equally delighted that the same level of expertise and enjoyment will translate to the new park in Japan.”

Elsewhere, trains on the JR Sakurajima line — which will provide a direct link to the theme park when it opens — have been running Harry Potter-themed ads on their sides since February to drum up advance interest in the Osaka attraction.

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New Harry Potter anniversary cover art by Kazu Kibuishi

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Scholastic celebrates the 15th anniversary of J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter series novels with new artwork by Eisner Award-nominated comic book artist and author Kazu Kibuishi. The new special edition paperbacks are now available as a box set. Here is a great interview with Kibuishi on the process…

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New Harry Potter anniversary cover art by Kazu Kibuishi

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Pacific Rim kicks Harry Potter’s ass… in China

Pacific Rim just kicked Harry Potter‘s ass… in China. The Guillermo del Toro-directed summer blockbuster posted a record-breaking $9 million opening in China, from an estimated 5,700 digital 3D screens, 117 digital 3D IMAX screens, and 22 China Giant Screen sites. This makes it the biggest first-day ever in the republic for Warner Bros., even ahead of the $7 million taken in by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” in 2011.

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Pacific Rim kicks Harry Potter’s ass… in China

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