Finally, J.K. Rowling decided to take a stand on the controversy of the century (perhaps), which concerns the actor Johnny Depp to be or not, in the cast of the new franchise films from the wizarding world, Fantastic Beasts. Thunder has been following this case closely and although Rowling fired a comment here, another one there, potterheads they did not consider themselves satisfied.
Since the case of family aggression in which the actor was involved, several movements "outside Depp" have been created, including a petition from fans of the saga Harry Potter so that the actor could be replaced by another to play one of the most incredible characters ever created by the writer. In a statement on her official website, Rowling decided to break the silence and say what she thinks of all this.
“When Johnny Depp was chosen as Grindelwald, I thought he would be wonderful on paper. However, around the same time he filmed his appearance in the first film, stories appeared in the media that deeply concerned me and everyone involved with the franchise.“Began Rowling.
“Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Depp on paper. How David Yates, director of the Potter films for a long time, I already said, we naturally consider choosing someone else. I understand why some are confused and angry that we didn't do this.
The large and welcoming community that grew up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life. Personally, the inability to speak openly with fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and, at times, painful. However, the agreements that were made to protect the privacy of two people, who expressed a desire to continue their lives, must be respected.
Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable with continuing with our original cast, but are also genuinely happy to have Johnny playing one of the great characters in the films“, Continued the screenwriter.
“I loved writing the first two scripts and I can't wait for the fans to watch The Crimes of Grindelwald. I accept that some will not be satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience is not something commanded by a group. Inside the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe is the right thing“, Finished JK Rowling.
The Youtuber Renie Santoschannel The Hogwarts Express, showed no happiness at the fact that Depp remained in the film's cast. In video, the digital influencer contested the title of the second film, claiming that the Warner gave a film for Depp to star in. "Anyone who has been watching the channel for a while, knows that I am totally against his presence [Depp] in the film because of the accusations he suffered in the past, by his ex-wife Amber Hearddomestic violence", said.
“And there's a video of him being the most (at that moment, Renie swears) with her and there are still people who prefer to close their eyes, who prefer to run their hands over his head. […] And the crowd prefers, once again, to believe in the aggressor than to believe in the victim. And I think that is unacceptable“Said the young man.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has its premiere scheduled for the day November 15, 2018.