Daniel Radcliffe discusses the backlash against Johnny Depp’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ casting BY SAEED NASIR

Daniel Radcliffe has cracked his silence on the ‘Fantastic


Daniel Radcliffe has shattered his silence on Johnny Depp’s controversial casting in the sequel of J.K. Rowlings’ Fantastic Beasts.

EW.com asked Radcliffe, who grew up onscreen in as Rowlings’ wizard Harry Potter, about the uproar over Depp participating in wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the forthcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The outcry has adopted abuse allegations made by Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard through the couple’s acrimonious 2016 divorce.


“It’s an extremely hard thing for me personally,” Radcliffe said, pointing out that it’s the same film production team on Fantastic Beasts who “gave me a great begin in life and an amazing job.enthusiasts like the inexplicable Rosier (Poppy Corby-Tuech) for his nefarious plans in ‘Fantastic Beasts:


But then Radcliffe provided criticism, stating he didn’t understand the film’s support for Depp. “I can see why people are frustrated with the response that these were given from that,” said Radcliffe.

In Radcliffe’s brain, this support was especially troubling in light of the procedure towards Jamie Waylett, who enjoyed Hogwarts bully Vincent Crabbe. After appearing in six Harry Potter motion pictures, Waylett was slipped from the film franchise after being caught for growing 10 marijuana crops in ’09 2009.

Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a field from ‘Harry Potter

The dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (left, Johnny Depp)


This doesn’t seem consistent or reasonable to Radcliffe compared to Depp’s treatment.

Said Radcliffe:

“I’m not stating anything that anybody hasn’t already said — and this is a odd analogy to attract — (but) in the NFL, there are lots of players imprisoned for smoking weed and there is other people’s behavior that will go way beyond that and it’s really tolerated because they’re very famous players. Perhaps the thing I was struck by was, we did have a man who was simply reprimanded for weed on the (Potter) film, essentially, so obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much higher than that.”


Fantastic Beastsdirector David Yates and manufacturer David Heyman (who produced the Harry Potter movies) put out a statement in November handling Depp’s casting in light of Heard’s allegations.

“None folks involved with Fantastic Beasts would ever let our gratitude of expertise obscure other, far more important concerns,” their declaration said. “We identified the magnitude of the problems raised and known the strength of feeling expressed. We hoped and strived all the time to be hypersensitive to both get-togethers.

Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from 'Harry Potter

“We stand by our decision to possess Johnny in the films,” the assertion added.

Rowling published a statement on her behalf website in November, stating that she is not only comfortable with Depp’s casting “but genuinely happy” to get him starring in the franchise.

“Based on our knowledge of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I aren’t only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major persona in the movies,” she said

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