J.K. Rowling defends controversial decision to keep Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts

J.K. Rowling has faced some criticism for choosing to keep Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts series, following the abuse allegations made by his ex-wife Amber Heard earlier this year.

Despite the backlash, the Harry Potter author has defended her decision to keep Johnny Depp for the role of Grindelwald.

Johnny Depp’s character made an appearance at the very end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but has a much more prominent part in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald…

“When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he’d be wonderful in the role,” she wrote on her website.

“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.

“We naturally considered the possibility of recasting. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn’t happen.”

“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 didn’t happen.

“The inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful but the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected.

“Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”

JK Rowling did acknowledge the fact that many of her fans will be unhappy with Johnny Depp’s role, but concluded by saying that “conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.”

What do you guys think? Should Johnny Depp’s role have been recast, just as Kevin Spacey’s future roles have?