Shefali Chowdhury is a Welsh actress originally from Denbigh, Wales. Born on June 20, 1988, she was brought up in a Muslim family, along with five siblings, of whom she is the youngest. Shefali is of Bengali origin; her parents immigrated to England from Sylhet, Bangladesh in the 1980s, when many Bengalis migrated to the UK.
On the dance scene from the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Daniel Radcliffe has commented “she was completely gorgeous.”
Shefali portrayed Gryffindor student and twin sister, Parvati Patil.
Shefali landed the coveted role of Parvati Patil whilst she was still a student in her final year at Waverley School in Birmingham. She starred in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Although the role of Parvati was rather small in the book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, she was able to reprise the role for the sixth film. However, she did not appear in either of the final two films of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2.
On auditioning for the role, Shefali stated:
It all came about when the casting agents were going round some schools in my area looking for some people to go to the auditions. I had just got out of an exam and I thought that I had done really badly in the exam, and I was in a bad mood and my teacher was waving my name at me on a sheet of paper with all these other girls. She said someone came looking for two twins for the Harry Potter books to be in the film – are you interested? And I was like yeah!!!
Because I had read the books and I had always been into acting so I thought I might as well go for it. I went to the first audition and I thought OK there’s a lot of girls here, I don’t know if I’ve got a chance, but there’s nothing to lose, so I just went for it. Then I got a call about a week later, maybe more, saying that I was through to the next round, so I was OK I’ve got a chance now. I was really getting excited, and they just kept calling back after each audition until me and Afshan auditioned together with Mike Newell the director, then we got a call back saying that we both had got it – that was it really.
- She also appeared in an uncredited role in a Tamil film, Kannathil Muthamittal.
- In the film adaptations of the series, Parvati and Padma are portrayed as fraternal, rather than identical, twins. They are also shown to both be in Gryffindor, whereas in the books, Padma is in Ravenclaw.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Parvati is shown to spend a lot of time with her twin, Padma. However, in the books, she is seldom seen without her best friend, Lavender Brown.
- In the film version of the Yule Ball, Parvati wears an Indian orange blouse and a pink skirt known in India as a “Lehnga,” gold bangles (known in India as Chudiyan), and had gold braided into her hair (known in India as a Parandah Braid). She also seems to be closer to Hermione Granger than she seems to be in the books, and dances with the aide of Igor Karkaroff rather than a boy from Beauxbatons.
- Parvati Patil does not appear in the final film adaptation, but her twin sister Padma does. However, there is a student helping a teacher during the Battle of Hogwarts that is possibly Parvati. In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, she appears in Year 7.
- In Pottermore, the early names for Parvati and Padma are given with: Madhari Patel and Mati Patel.
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