Harry Potter and the Boycott Threat: Outrage over Johnny Depp in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

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By Heat Street Staff | 4:25 pm, November 4, 2016
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Earlier this week, Johnny Depp was confirmed as being cast in the sequel to Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

It’s a good end to the year for Depp who started out this year getting no awards love for his performance as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass and then underwent a very acrimonious split from his ex-wife Amber Heard.

It’s the fall-out from his break-up with Heard — which included allegations of domestic violence — that has led to unhappiness among Hogwarts fans. (Heard appeared in court with injuries to her face but reportedly decided against pressing charges against Johnny Depp over the alleged abuse that she suffered at his hands, which he repeatedly denied.)

That’s not good enough for fans of Hogwarts, who still have a fortnight to go before the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which re-locates the wizardry to 1920s New York and stars Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell.

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Mindful of Harry Potter creator JK Rowling’s record on anti-bullying and calling out misogynists, fans have stepped up their opposition to the casting by urging a boycott of the film before it’s even certain who Depp will play in the movie. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 will be released in two years time, with Depp rumored to be assuming the role of Gellert Grindelwald, the wizard who befriends and then betrays Dumbledore.

Fans say this is just the beginning: