All Potterheads have been gearing up for a brand new hit in the Harry Potter Franchise. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the next big movie to make it to theaters and we’ve all been waiting to see what’s in store and if Niffler will be there. Be honest: we all want Niffler be in this. However, a more serious chord has been struck when it comes to the movie’s cast.
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According to BBC, Johnny Depp, who will be playing the wizard Grindlewald in the sequel, apparently felt bad for the controversy that ensued with his casting. Back in 2016 his then-wife, actress and model Amber Heard, accused him of domestic violence and abuse/ When Potterheads got word of Depp starring in the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series, social media blew up. Many even called into question Rowling’s morals and what she believed to be true.
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The hailstorm that overtook Twitter at the time was directed at Depp, but also at Rowling whose passionate fans were threatening to boycott the movie due to the accusations. He expressed his feelings about the anger directed at J.K. Rowing to Entertainment Weekly:
JK has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused… That’s why she has publicly supported me. She doesn’t take things lightly… She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth… I felt bad for JK having to field all these various feelings from people out there… I felt bad that she had to take that. But ultimately, there is real controversy. The fact remains I was falsely accused, which is why I’m suing the Sun newspaper for defamation for repeating false accusations.
J.K. Rowling was definitely happy about her choice in casting, but Depp still “felt bad” for her taking the brunt, but he still finds the Potter fans still looking forward to the movie to be very special.
“They know that world inside and out,” he said tells EW. “I hope to give them something they haven’t seen before.”
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