Harry Potter Star Poses Naked In Playboy, Sparks Controversy (Photos)

Harry Potter Star Poses Naked In Playboy, Sparks Controversy (Photos)

Harry Potter star Scarlett Byrne turned heads when she posed naked for Playboy.

Byrne, who played Draco Malfoy’s friend Pansy Parkinson, shared a photo from the Playboy shoot on her Instagram alongside the caption, “Nude is normal.”

“I’m very proud to be a part of the March/April issue of Playboy. I penned a short essay along with my pictorial titled, The Feminist Mystique,” she wrote. Byrne thanked Playboy, and specifically her fiance Cooper Hefner – the magazine’s CCO and the son of Hugh Hefner – for the opportunity.

Harry Potter Star Poses Naked In Playboy (Photos)

Harry Potter Star Poses Naked In Playboy (Photos)

Byrne’s photos will appear in the March/April issue, which is set to be the first to return to full nudity one year after the magazine made the decision to discontinue showing nude photos.

“I’ll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake. Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem. Today we’re taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are,” Cooper Hefner said in a statement, Daily Mail reported.

Hefner and Byrne got engaged in 2015.

“This is a remarkably special moment personally and professionally that I get to share this issue of Playboy magazine with my Dad, as well as with readers. It is a reflection of how the brand can best connect with my generation and generations to come,” Hefner said, E! Online reported.

Hefner was a vocal opponent of the nudity ban, which was announced by Cleo Scott Flanders in March of 2016. He is the heir to his father’s Playboy company.

The photos quickly went viral, with many people criticizing the actress for posing nude.

“It’s all about the money. She is a [disappointment] to us all,” one Daily Mail reader commented.

“Acting career dried up after HP then?” another speculated.

Sources: Daily Mail, E! Online / Photo credit: Daily Mail

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