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Queer star of 'Fantastic Beasts,' Ezra Miller is thankful for 'Harry Potter'

Ezra Mille of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
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Ezra Miller is the star of one of 2017's most anticipated fall blockbuster films; “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a stand-alone to J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series.

The self-proclaimed queer 24-year-old said in a recent interview with WENN that coming-of-age was especially difficult for him, but thanks to a certain young wizard and an audio book he was able to persevere through the worst of it.

“I was teased as a youngster with strange interests, with a speech impediment. I was an easy target,” The actor said.

“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.”

“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 ostracised folks and disenfranchised people.”

“In those years of bullying I would come home and listen to Harry Potter for a few to several hours every single day while I ate instant ramen.”

In 2012, Miller came out as 'queer' instead of gay and told The Advocate that using the term is simply a sign of the times. 

"I think there are a lot of people who fall on this open spectrum of sexuality," Miller told the publication. "My friends and I use that word as an all-encompassing banner and for every human being. There should be an ongoing question and investigation of who you love and everything that’s involved with that very tricky and beautiful thing."

The star is tapped to play The Flash once again in the 2018 film of the same name, a spin-off of the  ill-received summer blockbuster “Suicide Squad.”