I know, I know, it’s a small quibble considering all of the other characters and events that have been tossed to the wayside in the Harry Potter films. But, am I the only one who’s a little put out that Cho Chang was cut completely from the latest installment, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?”
As the only explicitly Asian character in the Harry Potter books, I immediately latched onto Cho as “my” character. Since she first appeared in the third book and right up until the sixth, I remember fervently wanting it to work out between her and Harry. Whether it was because I tend to put myself in the shoes of Asian female characters or because I wanted more Asian representation in general, the point is, I rooted for her until the very end, even when Rowling wrote her out to be an emotional wreck.
I understand that Cho Chang isn’t a central part to the story now that Harry’s moved onto Ginny. But it’s disappointing that we couldn’t get at least a little closure to the relationship — a small scene, a brief mention of the break up, something. According to imdb.com, Scottich actress Katie Leung, who plays Cho Chang, did do some filming for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” but it looks like the scenes got cut out for time’s sake.
Which is a damn shame. For a movie that focused so much on the budding love lives of the Hogwarts habitués, it doesn’t seem right that it pretended as if the Harry/Cho thing never happened. Plus, Katie Leung is completely absent from any scenes; I couldn’t even spot her in the background. The only Asian-looking actress was the girl who plays Leanne (Isabella Laughland), who’s with Katie Bell when she touches the cursed necklace.
As a long-time Potter nerd and a big supporter of Cho Chang/Katie Leung, I must say, I’m more than a little bummed.
Ed’s note: Online research says Katie Leung’s name appeared in the end credits, but no one recalls actually seeing her in the movie.
Photo from The Internet Movie Database