JK Rowling has finally addressed her decision to cast Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them: The Crimes Of Grindelwald.
The choice caused quite the controversy as it followed domestic abuse allegations from his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
Most fans believe that he should have been re-cast.
Today, JK Rowling posted a lengthy blog post addressing the issue on her website (which has now crashed).
“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 begins.
“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.”
She then added that while “the huge, mutually supportive community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life.
"For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful”.
Adding: “ 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."
She then finally adds, "that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role.
"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."