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JK Rowling 'happy' about Johnny Depp casting

From BBC - December 7, 2017

JK Rowling has said she's "genuinely happy" to have Johnny Depp stay in the Fantastic Beasts cast, despite concerns about stories about him in the press.

The author admitted recasting the role had been "naturally considered" after Depp was accused of domestic abuse by ex-wife Amber Heard - claims he denied.

Yet she said she was now "comfortable" for him to stay as Gellert Grindelwald.

The Harry Potter author has written the screenplays for the spin-off films, the second of which is out next year.

The first, titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was released in 2016.

JK Rowling's full statement:

"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 did not 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.

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