The 54-year-old actor’s part in the Harry Potter franchise spin-offs received a backlash from some fans due to previous allegations of domestic abuse made against him.
However, the author, 52, defended the decision in a lengthy statement on her Website today, saying: “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,” she admitted. “Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role.”
Rowling reiterated Harry Potter director David Yates’ revelation that they had “considered the possibility of recasting”, but went on to explain why should stood by Depp’s role.
“The huge, mutually supportive community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life,” she said, confessing: “For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful.
“However, 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,” Rowling insisted. “I’ve loved writing the first two screenplays and I can’t wait for fans to see The Crimes of Grindelwald.
“I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role,” she added. “However, 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.”
Warner Bros. previously issued a statement regarding the casting, saying: “We are of course aware of reports that surfaced around the end of Johnny Depp’s marriage, and take seriously the complexity of the issues involved.
“This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said ‘there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm’.”
The studio then pledged their support of Depp in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, citing the settlement of the abuse case between him and his ex-wife Amber Heard, 31.
Source : EXPRESS