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Johnny Depp speaks for the first time about involvement in ‘Harry Potter’ series, playing Grindelwald, casting controversy Johnny Depp speaks for the first time about involvement in ‘Harry Potter’ series, playing Grindelwald, casting controversy

Actor Johnny Depp has spoken publicly for the first time about his involvement in the Harry Potter series, playing dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in both Fantastic Beasts and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Chatting to Entertainment Weekly, Depp spoke of his love for the Harry Potter series, bringing the character of Grindelwald to life, and controversies surrounding his casting.

Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald

Were you a Harry Potter fan at all before all this?
I read the books when my kids were smaller and watched the films with them. The books were superb. What J.K. [Rowling] delivered is really a difficult thing to do as a writer — to create a whole new universe and a set of rules. And you pick it up in one fell swoop in the first book and first film. It’s a whole lot of information and I was amazed — you never felt like you were being slathered with exposition or being condescended to. It’s good literature and great writing in its own right.

You’re known for having a hand in creating your characters. We only got to see him briefly in the first film, did you have any say in his initial appearance?
I had an image in my head of the guy. The beauty of J.K. and of Yates is they put trust in me to a degree. J.K. and I had some really nice talks and I had some ideas and she just said, “I can’t wait to see what you do with him.” It was beautifully left as this open gift.

Another controversy surrounded your participation in the film. The director, studio, and Rowling issued statements of support. What was that like for you, and is there anything you’d say to fans on the fence about seeing the film?
I’ll be honest with you, I felt bad for J.K. having to field all these various feelings from people out there. I felt bad that she had to take that. But ultimately, there is real controversy. The fact remains I was falsely accused, which is why I’m suing the Sun newspaper for defamation for repeating false accusations. J.K. has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused, and that’s why she has publicly supported me. She doesn’t take things lightly. She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it.

Read the full interview over at Entertainment Weekly.

Jude Law will play young Albus Dumbledore in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequels Jude Law will play young Albus Dumbledore in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequels

Jude Law will play Albus Dumbledore in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequels

The search for young Dumbledore has ended. Actor Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Contagion, Sherlock HolmesThe Grand Budapest Hotelwill portray the transfiguration teacher turned Hogwarts headmaster in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequels.

In the second Fantastic Beasts film, Dumbledore is a transfiguration teacher at Hogwarts. The film will follow Albus’ story and his rivalry with dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (portrayed by Johnny Depp). Eddie Redmayne will return as Newt Scamander, and both J.K. Rowling and David Yates will reprise their roles as screenwriter and director, respectively.

Albus Dumbledore was portrayed by Richard Harris in the first two Harry Potter films, and replaced by Michael Gambon after Harris’ passing in 2002. Harris’ son Jared was rumoured to be in consideration for the role of young Dumbledore.

The second Fantastic Beasts film (still untitled) will be released next year.

Check out 3 new ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ textbook covers Check out 3 new ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ textbook covers

In March, Scholastic, Bloomsbury and Pottermore will publish a new edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them charity textbook with a brand new forward from author Newt Scamander (Rowling).

The editions feature three brand new cover illustrations (depending on your region), and will include brand new illustrations of many of Rowling’s magical creatures by artist Tomislav Tomic.

The new Fantastic Beasts textbook will be available in both eBook and published format from 14 March.

Check out these cool ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ creature posters Check out these cool ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ creature posters

The folks over at Skyes Cottages let us know about a series of unique Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them creature posters they have created. You can check them out below, or visit their website to download print versions.

Composer James Newton Howard confirms involvement with ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’, talks about scoring process Composer James Newton Howard confirms involvement with ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’, talks about scoring process

James Newton Howard will score 'Fantastic Beasts 2'

James Newton Howard will score ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’

A new interview with James Newton Howard confirms the composer will score the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel. The composer also talks about the scoring process for the current Fantastic Beasts film, following the legend that is John Williams, and career highlights.

Asked about whether scoring a film like Fantastic Beasts was a daunting prospect, Newton Howard said, “Absolutely. I was very nervous. Well, I don’t know if nervous is quite the word. I think to do anything out of one’s comfort zone, there has to be some aspect of it that feels inspiring and challenging in a positive way … I think I understood the world, I understood the script, I had great conversations with David Yates, and I felt prepared to dive in.”

And on following John Williams (who scored the first three Harry Potter films): “I would describe inheriting a franchise where John Williams has written unforgettable thematic material for the last 15 years and being asked to re-create the melodic world as slightly uncomfortable. I seek those kinds of jobs out … we tip our hat and acknowledge in a respectful and witty wink and a nod kind of way to “Hedwig’s Theme”. (Aside: I [Andy] counted three references in the score.)

Finally, Newton Howard talked about the scoring process itself — it took seven months — and confirmed his involvement with at least the next Fantastic Beasts film: “David and I have talked about it. I’m certainly doing the next one, he’s asked me to do it. We had a pretty incredible time together on this one, so I will certainly be doing that one. Beyond that, who knows?”

Cast and crew walk the black carpet at the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ world premiere Cast and crew walk the black carpet at the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ world premiere

Earlier tonight, cast and crew of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them walked the black carpet at the film’s world premiere in New York City. Check out photos below, courtesy of Warner Bros.

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