In November 2016, we saw the Harry Potter magic continue in a thrilling way. Although the original movie series had ended, there came an extension of the wizarding world through the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie, directed by David Yates, produced and written by J. K. Rowling in her screenwriting debut, was inspired by her 2001 book of the same name. Among may other thespians, we saw the talented 54-year-old actor Johnny Depp playing the villain Gellert Grindelwald. Although fans were excited when the movie’s sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was announced, they were less than impressed by the fact that Johnny Depp would be returning to reprise his role as the pre-Voldemort Dark Lord.
When Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out last year, Harry Potter fans everywhere pretty much lost their minds. They adored the movie!
The movie’s sequel will hit theaters on November 16th, 2018. The producers shared the first cast image from the film through their Twitter account, with some fans less than pleased.
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The disappointment with the inclusion of Depp comes not only because of the fantasy world’s Dark Arts. Some Harry Potter aficionados feel that the values promoted by the J.K. Rowling’s books and movies are at odds with the recent revelations about the actor’s domestic life.
Many found this problematic because of the accusations of domestic violence against him by his now ex-wife, Amber Heard. In August this year, Amber withdrew her request for a domestic violence restraining order in a deal which included a reported $7m divorce settlement. Both actors issued a joint statement and finalized their divorce. However, the public couldn’t forget the allegations.
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Fans took to Twitter and started the hashtag #NotMyGrindelwald so as to protest Johnny’s presence in the film
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Some fans are disappointed with the decision to cast Depp
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Many were tweeting directly to J.K. Rowling in order to express their concern. Others even threatened not to watch the movie because of the Kentucky-born actor being in it.
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Of course, there were people who supported the actor as well
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They think that his private life should remain separate from his work
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