Harry Potter actor's family deny kill threats

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Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad, pictured in 2005
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Afshan Azad played witch Padma Patil, a classmate of the boy wizard

The father and brother of an actress who appeared in the Harry Potter films have denied threatening to kill her.

Afshan Azad, 22, played Padma Patil, a classmate of the wizard from the film series based on JK Rowling's books.

Her father, Abdul Azad, 54, and brother, Ashraf Azad, 22, both from Longsight, Manchester, are accused of making the threat on 21 May.

Both entered not guilty pleas to the charges at Manchester Crown Court on Monday.

Ashraf Azad also denied a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in Longsight on the same date.

Both men were bailed on condition that they live at their home address in Longsight, do not contact Miss Azad or her partner, and do not travel to London.

Richard Vardon, prosecuting, told the court the complainant, now living in London, will be giving evidence at the trial.

Proceedings are due to begin on 20 December.

Miss Azad first appeared as her character - the twin sister of Parvati Patil - in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire.

She also featured in Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.