Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a Harry Potter discussion talking about the casting of the character of Gelert Grindlewald. This is my first post in my new series. Next year I will be re-reading all of the HP novels so I thought I would create a new feature, in which I discuss my thoughts and feelings about the Potterverse. The topics I discuss with you guys will be ones I really want to talk about like why I like or dislike a certain character and how I feel about the movies vs the books.
**Obviously, there will be spoilers for the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchise within these talks
So…as most of you probably already know, Johnny Depp was cast as Gellert Grindelwald way back in 2016 and the Harry Potter (and pretty much everyone else) had something to say about it. At the time Fantastic Beasts was arriving at the cinema, Johnny Depp was being accused of domestic abuse by his then wife. And as a lot more scandals are being revealed around more famous people like Kevin Spacey or Harvey Weinstein, who have both lost gigs because of this, are wondering why Johnny Depp’s role as Grindelwald has not been re-cast.
HOW DO WE FEEL ABOUT THIS DECISION?
Honestly, I think that anyone accused of any kind of assault should not be cast in tv or film, no matter how big or small the project is. I know I am definitely not alone in this opinion, with a large portion of internet-goers agreeing with me, whether they care about the film franchise or not. Is this fair to the actors? How far could this rule go?
I honestly don’t know but I am not here for actors being rewarded for assault, while fantastic unknown actors who have never assaulted (and would never dream of assaulting) a person go unnoticed.
However, there is still a few (I have only seen a couple) of people who still believe that Depp should be allowed to stay in the role. I don’t begrudge them this, if they don’t have a problem with him in the role then that’s up to them, but I just don’t agree.
Do you have any HP topics you want to me to discuss in this new feature? How do you feel about Johnny Depp’s casting?