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7 December 2017, 16:55
Rowling wrote a blog post on her website about the controversial decision to keep Depp in the film.
JK Rowling has written a blog post defending her decision to keep Johnny Depp in the cast of Fantastic Beasts 2 despite the domestic abuse allegations made against him by his ex-wife Amber Heard.
In the statement, Rowling says her decision to keep Depp was "based on our understanding of the circumstances" and that "the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies."
Here is the statement in full:
"When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he’d be wonderful in the role. However, around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories had appeared in the press that deeply concerned me and everyone most closely involved in the franchise.
Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role. As David Yates, long-time Potter director, has already said, we naturally considered the possibility of recasting. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn’t happen.
The huge, mutually supportive community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life. For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful. However, the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected. Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.
I’ve loved writing the first two screenplays and I can’t wait for fans to see ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’. I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing."
No charges were ever pressed against Johnny Depp. Once the divorce was settled, Depp and Heard released a joint statement saying, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love...There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains.”
so you prefer coming with excuses than recasting j*hnny depp? pic.twitter.com/Jr0Fjqi9cQ— Jay-23 (@gothxam) December 7, 2017
I don’t understand why you didn’t take the opportunity to recast, I love Harry Potter with all my heart but there’s no way I can watch a film starring a known abuser— Liv (@ahumanmoon) December 7, 2017
In other words - “he’s our chum & a huge name so we don’t really care.”— Paul McClure (@chiefmackers) December 7, 2017
I'm sorry, I don't see any explanation here. 'Yeah he beat some women, but I'm still happy to have him there.' Really deeply disappointing to see how little you actually care when it affects your pocketbook directly.— mmmkay (@angryUTdude) December 7, 2017
The perfect quote. No matter what decision is made, you can’t make everyone happy. I hope she followed her gut on this one and is content with herself/her decision.— Hayli ⚡️ (@HayliNic) December 7, 2017
She said that legally there are certain things she can't discuss publicly about it. Meaning she probably knows things about the Depp situation you don't. She had been in an abusive relationship. She wouldn't let him stay if that's all there was to the story— James S. Rants (@rantyravejames) December 7, 2017
People will get outraged over anything. Despite the mistakes he’s made, I’m sure Depp will do a fantastic job as Grindelwald. It’s important to separate the actor from the character.— Quinn Knight (@qknightz) December 7, 2017
The fact that you took the time to explain shows how much you care about the opinions of the fans - I like Johnny as Grindlewald but I can understand why others are against his casting. Fair play to you @jk_rowling !!— L o t t e (@caseimz333) December 7, 2017