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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.

5 brand new ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ character posters 5 brand new ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ character posters

Warner Bros. has unveiled 5 brand new character posters for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

New ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ poster New ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ poster

Courtesy of Warner Bros., a new poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald showing the major characters set against an Eiffel Tower Parisian backdrop. Check it out below.

10 brand new character banners for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, major ‘Harry Potter’ connection 10 brand new character banners for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, major ‘Harry Potter’ connection

Courtesy of Warner Bros., we have ten character posters from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, including a major Harry Potter connection. Check them out below.

Watch the final ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ trailer, with a major ‘Harry Potter’ connection Watch the final ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ trailer, with a major ‘Harry Potter’ connection

Check out the final Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer below, with a major new Harry Potter connection!

New photo of Newt (Eddie Redmayne) and Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner) from ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ New photo of Newt (Eddie Redmayne) and Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner) from ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Brothers Newt (Eddie Redmayne) and Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner) in ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Courtesy of Total Film Magazine, a new photo of brothers Newt (Eddie Redmayne) and Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner) from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has been revealed. According to the site:

“To explore the relationship with Newt was exciting for me – someone who’s super-successful and generous,” explains Turner. Although, neither he nor Redmayne actually got to visit Hogwarts for this film, so had to find a novel way to satisfy their inner fans.

“Callum and I weren’t invited to Hogwarts,” laughs Redmayne. “So we stole in ourselves and took illegal selfies.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released in November.

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