Video: Because the first Fantastic Beasts was a fish out of water story about Newt Scamander travelling to America, there was only so much of the iconic English wizarding world to be seen. But that's all changing in The Crimes of Grindelwald.
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The Fantastic Beasts franchise has had its own beast to contend with, after the controversial decision to keep Johnny Depp as the series' antagonist after allegations of domestic abuse from his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. A few weeks ago, director David Yates decided victim-blaming was his way to respond to the issue; now Harry Potter author JK Rowling herself has weighed in. Basically, she's down with Depp, too.
The casting of Johnny Depp as the big villain of the Fantastic Beasts franchise has been causing consternation from some Harry Potter fans, due to the ongoing allegations of domestic abuse levelled against Depp by his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Director David Yates has now spoken about the issue directly after it bubbled up again thanks to the movie's official cast and title reveal, defending Depp in the most awful way possible.
When it was announced that Jude Law would be playing young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts sequel (now called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Johnny Depp's Hair), the response was largely: "That sounds fine." It wasn't rage-inducing, but it wasn't cause for an ecstatic fan freakout either. It was, well, serviceable. But executive producer David Heyman sees Law's casting as something much, much more.
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Thanks to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we can all see the future. We may not know how the adventures of Newt Scamander will turn out, but thanks to the Harry Potter films and books, we know what happens to many of the famous characters seen or mentioned in the prequel. Connecting the dots between these two time periods can be tough, but it's part of the fun, and we're here to help.