Harry Potter's Jessie Cave recalls "horrible" treatment on set over weight

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

Harry Potter actress Jessie Cave has claimed she was treated differently after gaining weight in-between films.

The star appeared in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the two Deathly Hallows films as Lavender Brown, a student who was infatuated with Ron Weasley in her first appearance, and tragically killed during the Battle of Hogwarts.

She's now gone on to be a successful author, illustrator and comedian, and was talking to The Independent about her newest release, Sunset, when she spoke about her times on the set of the franchise.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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"I gained a lot of weight after doing Harry Potter," she recounted. "I wasn't starving myself. I was growing up and people tend to gain weight as they get older. That's just what happens. So I did.

"And so going back to the last film[s], I was treated like a different species."

Describing the experience as "really uncomfortable" and "horrible", Cave said: "It wasn't a time where actresses were any bigger than size eight... you get a bit bigger, or you're not as relevant, and it goes off, and you have to make your way in the dark. I definitely felt invisible.

"Since then, it's definitely made me have weird issues with weight and work. And it's just so f***ed up, but it's just how it is."

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Photo credit: Dave J Hogan - Getty Images

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She says that women being judged by their size is not specific to the acting industry, but she definitely feels "safer" having changed careers.

"If I'd stayed thin – unnaturally thin, unhappily thin – I would have probably got more acting roles, and then I wouldn't have started writing," she added.

"And then I don't know who I would be now because writing is who I am. I'm almost grateful that I gained all that weight."

Digital Spy have approached Warner Bros. for comment.

Jessie gave birth to her third child in October of last year, and revealed in January that he had tested positive for coronavirus. Thankfully, he was back home after a few days.

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