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Fantastic Beasts actor Ezra Miller says Harry Potter helped him cope with homophobic bullying

Fantastic Beasts actor Ezra Miller says Harry Potter helped him cope with homophobic bullying

Ezra Miller suffered bullying as a child

Fantastic Beasts actor Ezra Miller was bullied when he was kid, and it turns out his new role has brought up some old emotions.

The queer 24-year-old actor has revealed when he would come home from school, through the years of bullying, and he would listen to Harry Potter audio books.

‘I was teased as a youngster with strange interests, with a speech impediment. I was an easy target,’ he told WENN.

‘When I started going through puberty and having confusing feelings about wanting to kiss people – not all of them being girls, there were moments in my life where I felt ostracized from my contemporaries or my peers,’ he said.

Miller revealed he would listen to Stephen Fry-narrated audio books ‘for a few to several hours every single day while I ate instant ramen’.

‘Those times were very painful but also very formative because they prompt us to step outside of society and to look at the world with fresh eyes, which is why I think so many of our great minds have been ostracized folks and disenfranchised people,’ Miller added.

Miller stars as Credence Barebone in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which is out now.