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Fantastic Beasts and where to find them 2: maybe not that fantastic?

Features, The QH

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them 2: maybe not that fantastic?

10 months ago
By Ioanna Oblu

After the huge success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which raked in over $841 million worldwide, it was only a matter of time before Warner Brothers released news about the upcoming sequel; the second of the 5-film saga in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World spin-off.
The new film, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, is due to be released in just under a year’ time (16.11.18), with many familiar faces returning to the series, such as Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.
Though many long-standing Potter fans are delighted with the news of a new peek into the Wizarding World, the new faces of the franchise seem to have caused quite a stir on social media in the aftermath of the film’s announcement that revealed Jude Law as young Dumbledore and Johnny Depp to remain as the face of Grindelwald.
Many fans are disappointed that Johnny Depp has been allowed to continue on his role as Gellert Grindelwald in light of the alleged physical abuse allegations posed by his ex-wife Amber Heard.
What appeared to be a footage of Depp smashing a bottle in the kitchen of his marital home surfaced online last August, which led to a lawsuit between him and Heard, sparking rumours of Depp’s collapsing career.
The 54-year-old Oscar-winning star, known best for films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Edward Scissorhands, has since claimed the allegations are false, but this information does nothing to calm Potter fans in the wake of post-Weinstein Hollywood.
Since the release of the films first look teaser trailer, many have called for Depp’s replacement, suggesting that he does not deserve such a significant role within one of the world’s biggest franchises considering the allegations made against him, but little seems to have been done in regard to the numerous complaints posted by fans worldwide.
The idea that Depp cannot be replaced at such a late stage is simply nonsense; especially in light of the fact that Ridley Scott recently recast Kevin Spacey’s character in the soon to be released ‘All the Money in the World’ with just two months until it hit cinemas.
Given that ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald’ has nearly a year until its release, replacing Depp would seem a minor inconvenience in comparison to Ridley’s reschedule.
What’s perhaps most disappointing about Depp’s casting, is the shadow it has put of the Potter franchise, a franchise that has, in the past, always prided itself on doing the right thing, regardless of the consequences.
But now that Depp is clearly in this for the long haul, it begs the question of whether his alleged actions are being unholy justified just for the sake of saving money, or continuing on the artistic continuity, with little regard to the message this is sending young audiences and actors alike.