Hogwarts has always been known for the #drama, but now it’s spilling over from Potion’s Class into the real world. Daniel Radcliffe — the OG boy who lived — has voiced his opinions (and honest concerns) regarding Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. While Radcliffe is nothing but supportive about the movie, he has some not great things to say when it comes to Depp’s continued part in the magical world.
In lieu of tea, go ahead and grab some butterbeer, because Daniel Radcliffe is about to spill it.
While talking to Entertainment Weekly, Radcliffe first noted that discussing this topic is, “a very hard thing for me…[because the movies] gave me a great start in life and an amazing job.” However, Depp needs to be addressed. The actor playing Gellert Grindelwald — who was first introduced at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and literally the second movie of this franchise is called The Crimes of Grindelwald — has been accused of physically and emotionally abusing his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Though no charges were ever brought against Depp, this still leaves an incredibly bad taste in the mouths of many, and a hovering black cloud over the actor’s career.
And now, Depp’s about to meet up with Newt Scamander and Young Hot Dumbledore. Radcliffe knows we’re upset about this, and he is, too.
The actor from the OG Potter series Radcliffe is referencing is Jamie Waylett, who was arrested for growing marijuana in 2009 and subsequently did not appear in the two-part Deathly Hallows. In the scheme of things, reprimanding the actor playing bully Vincent Crabbe for weed is minuscule compared to Heard’s allegations that Depp hit her. It is like comparing apples and oranges, or the difference between receiving a message by owl to that of a Howler in the Great Hall during breakfast. The accusations against Depp should not be taken lightly, now even more so in the #MeToo and #TimesUp era.
Warner Bros. has already defended their decision to cast — and keep — Depp in the role. J.K. Rowling herself has also issued a statement, and she’s apparently fine with it. However, most viewers (and life-long fans) are not, and we can now add Daniel Radcliffe to this ever growing list of those opposed to Depp continuing to play Grindelwald.