Harry Potter's author defends casting Johnny Depp in 'Fantastic Beasts 2'

Angelo Anderson
December 8, 2017

After much speculation, British author J.K. Rowling has released a statement confirming that USA actor Johnny Depp will portray the character of Gellert Grindelwald in next year's sequel to the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Fans were not stoked to see him, though some were understanding; casting decisions are made more than a year in advance after all.

J.K. Rowling's statement defending the casting of Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts franchise has sent shockwaves rippling through social media.

Heard, who had previously accused Depp of being "verbally and physically abusive throughout their relationship", has now appeared to claim that Rowling deliberately misconstrued the agreements put in place following her divorce from Depp.

Harry Potter has long maintained a mass of fervent, devoted followers, but reactions to J.K. Rowling's Johnny Depp statement show that even a fandom that faithful has its boundaries, and now, they've near-unanimously been crossed. Many fans of the franchise were unhappy over the casting news following allegations of spousal abuse by Depp's ex-wife, actress Amber Heard.

Later in 2016, though, Heard withdrew her restraining order request and the two settled the divorce for a reported $7 million.

With the hype building for the movie, it has gotten people talking about the bad as well as the good of the upcoming flick, and much of the "bad" has been directed at Johnny Depp's casting.

Warner Bros said in a statement on Thursday that it supported the decision to keep Depp.

"Honestly there's an issue at the moment where there's a lot of people being accused of things, they're being accused by multiple victims, and it's compelling and frightening", Yates said. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn't happen. "I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role", she wrote. However, conscience isn't governable by committee. No one involved in the production seemed to have reservations with Johnny Depp playing the lead in The Crimes of Grindelwald. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing. Whatever accusation was out there doesn't tally with the kind of human being I've been working with.

"There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm". Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Heard a gold digger, you should probably know that she then donated the entirety of that settlement to charity.

Yates and Heyman issued a more brief but similar statement to ET, saying, "None of us involved in Fantastic Beasts would ever let our appreciation of talent obscure other, far more important considerations".

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