Rowling is voicing her support for Depp and his casting in an upcoming sequel to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".
On her official site, the author said she and the film's producers were concerned by the stories in the press about Depp and acknowledged fans' concerns, but stood by their casting decision. Many wanted to an explanation as to why Depp, whose ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of domestic abuse during the couple's 2016 divorce, was chosen to appear in the film.
When Warner Bros. released a promo shot for the "Fantastic Beasts" sequel, fans online were quick to criticize the choice to keep Depp in the role of Grindelwald, an evil wizard to be chased down by a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).
"Fantastic Beasts" director David Yates, left, said this of the accusations made against Johnny Depp: "It's a dead issue".
'So if I understand correctly the actor who played Crabbe, a minor character, was sacked from Harry Potter for doing drugs.
The huge, mutually supporting community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life.
She said: 'For me, personally, the inability to speak opens to fans about this issue has been hard, frustrating and at times painful. "However", she added, "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".
While Rowling acknowledged that some fans would remain unsatisfied by Depp's ongoing role, "conscience isn't governable by committee". Some fans just don't think Depp looks right for the role (that weird platinum hair!), or is a good fit overall.
She acknowledges that she's aware of the "legitimate questions and concerns" raised by fans and understands why some are "confused and angry" as to why Depp's role was not recast. "With Johnny, it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something".
'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". "Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains". I can only tell you about the man I see every day: He's full of decency and kindness, and that's all I see.