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Harry Potter fans are not happy JK Rowling is defending Johnny Depp

Harry Potter fans are not happy JK Rowling is defending Johnny Depp

JK Rowling at the Fantastic Beasts premiere.

JK Rowling released a statement today regarding the casting of Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

‘Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role,’ she acknowledges.

Fans’ issue with the casting stems from Depp’s relationship with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, whom he allegedly physically abused.

She also reveals the team at Warner Bros. considered recasting him. However, based on the ‘agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people’ and an ‘understanding of the circumstances’, the team decided they were ‘comfortable’ and ‘genuinely happy’ to keep Depp on board.

‘Conscience isn’t governable by committee,’ she concludes. ‘Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.’

Rowling is canceled

Many Harry Potter fans are expressing their outrage over this statement.

Some are particularly unhappy Depp is playing a queer character (Grindelwald had an unspecified relationship with Dumbledore, which may be explored in the movies), especially after the domestic abuse allegations against Heard, who is openly bisexual.

Twitter user cjandmiles wrote a short thread about it.

The queer baiting refers to Rowling revealing Dumbledore’s sexuality after all the books were finished, rather than within the text itself.

Numerous others cite the themes of the Harry Potter series, including abuse and doing the right thing, in regards to their disappointment in Rowling.

Others brought up their own misgivings with the series.

Many are also saying Rowling is now canceled and beyond.

This level of outrage could have a major impact on the remainder of the Fantastic Beasts films.

The sequel comes out on 16 November 2018 in the US.