Harry Potter fans cry out against Johnny Depp casting in 'Fantastic Beasts'
Johnny Depp is joining the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — and fans aren’t happy about it.
The Nov. 2 announcement by Warner Bros. was met with outcry from Harry Potter fans around the globe, who are criticizing author JK Rowling and Hollywood for rewarding Depp with a major role in a family-friendly franchise amid allegations from his ex-wife, Amber Heard, that he physically abused her during their 15-month marriage.
Joining in on letting @jk_rowling know how disappointed I am that Johnny Depp will be appearing in the fantastic beasts series.— Sarah Snitch (@SarahSnitch) November 2, 2016
I'm livid about the Johnny Depp casting. It's revealed that you attacked and abused your wife and then you get this? No. Absolutely not.— Rosianna Halse Rojas (@papertimelady) November 2, 2016
What really gets me, is how many victims of abuse have used the Harry Potter franchise as a means to heal. How must they feel today? How.— Holly Bourne (@holly_bourneYA) November 2, 2016
Heard filed for divorce in May and obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp, claiming he had hurled a cellphone at her, bruising her cheek and eye, during a drunken argument in their Los Angeles home that month.
She submitted pictures of the bruises that she claimed were from Depp and said the violent behavior wasn’t anything new.
The abuse was never confirmed in court, as the former couple privately settled their divorce in August, TMZ reported.
In the settlement, according to the report, Heard withdrew a petition to extend the restraining order and Depp agreed to pay the actress $7 million.
The former couple then released a joint statement that said their relationship was “intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.” The statement went on to say that “neither party has made false accusations for financial gain,” and that there was “never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”
While the would-be high profile case never saw the light of day, and Depp and company have vehemently denied the accusations, fans aren’t holding back their unhappiness over the casting and have asked Rowling to reconsider.
Johnny Depp starring in the Fantastic Beasts sequel makes me approx 50% less interested in that franchise
— Lucy O'Brien (@Luceobrien) November 1, 2016
I thought I'd wake up feeling less angry but no, I'm a mix of Hermione when she finds out there are house elves at Hogwarts and OOTP Harry.— Rosianna Halse Rojas (@papertimelady) November 2, 2016
The most popular, yet unconfirmed, theory circulating the Internet is that Depp will play the series’ villain — Gellert Grindelwald.
This won’t comfort unhappy fans, but if the casting remains and rumors of Depp’s character are true, he will be, maybe fittingly and at the very least — the bad guy.