Daniel Radcliffe Weighs in on the Johnny Depp 'Fantastic Beasts' Controversy

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

When it was revealed towards the end of Fantastic Beasts thatPirates of the Caribbean star, Johnny Depp would be portraying Grindleward and also reprising his role in the sequel, fans were immediately in an uproar. We even argued that WB should just go back to Colin Farrell, who played the role in the first film, if for nothing else than avoiding a public relations headache. J.K. Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter novels and has written both of the Fantastic Beasts movies, recently addressed Johnny Depp's casting, saying that she's not only comfortable with the casting, but that they're happy to have him on board.

Now, the face of the Harry Potter cinematic universe has spoken out about the casting controversy, siding with those who are disappointed and somewhat hurt. On one hand, he wants to support the producers who gae him "a great start in life and an incredible job", but on the other hand, he totally understands the frustration fans are feeling.

However, he realizes it's a complex issue.

"I can see why people are frustrated with the response that they were given from that", he continued.

Speaking to EW, Radcliffe said "it's a very hard thing for me", because he wants to support the producers who gave him "a great start in life and an awesome job".

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Waylett starred in six franchise films, but was dropped from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows after he was arrested for growing marijuana plants.

When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he'd be wonderful in the role.

Depp plays titular evil wizard Gillert Grindelwald in The Crimes of Grindelwald, out November 16. Before there was a Lord Vordemolt, Grindleward was the fictional world's number one bad guy, who sought to bring "pure bloods" to power and control the magical world with the infamous "Elder Wand". Heard accused Depp of mental and physical abuse, before the pair finalized their split.

Waylett was arrested again on suspicion of producing a class B drug, a charge which carries up to 14 years imprisonment.

In 2016, a joint statement from Depp and Heard read: 'Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. "Neither party has lied nor made false accusations for financial gain".

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