The actress who played 'Cho Chang' in 'Harry Potter' responded after JK Rowling was called out for the character's name

Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage/Evan Agostini/Invision/APKatie Leung played Cho Chang in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series.

Katie Leung, the actress who played Cho Chang in the “Harry Potter” film series, has responded to recent criticism of JK Rowling, which was initially sparked by the author’s comments about trans people.

On June 6, the Rowling shared an article on Twitter with a headline that used the phrase “people who menstruate.”

She tweeted: “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

Her tweet received plenty of criticism, and one user pointed out that “women are not defined by their periods.”

Rowling then doubled down on her position by posting a thread of tweets, writing that while she does “know and love trans people,” “erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.”

She wrote: “It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

“I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them,” Rowling tweeted. “I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”

Rowling’s second round of comments received a considerable amount of backlash, with celebrities inlcuding Sarah Paulson and Jonathan Van Ness criticising her words.

The conversation then led people to discuss other instances where Rowling’s work has been deemed “problematic.”

A number of people called her out for the “Harry Potter” character of Cho Chang, whose name was labelled “lazy” and “racist,” with @kimmythepooh calling it “the name equivalent of ching Chong.”

Another Twitter user said the name “speaks for itself” when the “Harry Potter” world is full of “interesting” names like Nymphadora Tonks.

Meanwhile, @angryasianman wrote: “Over 20 years after she was introduced in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,’ people are expressing irritation that JK Rowling lazily named her only East Asian character Cho F—— Chang. Yes, we’ve been holding on to this one for a long time.”

Addressing the issue, on Sunday Leung tweeted: “So, you want my thoughts on Cho Chang? OK, here goes…(thread).”

She then used her platform to post links to charities and initiatives accepting donations to suppor black trans lives.

Leung posted links to Go Fund Me’s Homeless Black Trans Women fund,’s more protection for black trans women UK,UK Black Pride, and a Vice article listing places to donate in support of black trans people.

She finished the thread with a tweet that read: “#AsiansForBlackLives.”

This is not the first time Rowling has been criticised for seemingly transphobic comments.

Last year, the author came under fire after she defended a UK-based tax expert who made transphobic comments and was terminated from her job due to her statements.

In March 2018, she liked a tweet that referred to trans women as “men in dress,” Them previously reported.

And, in 2017, Rowling liked another tweet that promoted a transphobic Medium article.

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