The boy who lived is weighing on the latest wizarding film from British writer, J.K. Rowling. Daniel Radcliffe may have hung up his invisible cloak, but the 28 year-old actor doesn't care about the film's legacy or the fans.
The Crimes of Grindelwald is the next film in the Fantastic Beasts series that will focus on the film's main protagonist, Gellert Grindlewald. Before there was a Lord Vordemolt, Grindelwald was the fictional world's number one bad guy who sought to bring "pure bloods" to power and control the magical world with the infamous "Elder Wand."
When it was revealed toward the end of Fantastic Beasts that Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp would be portraying Grindelwald and also reprising his role in the sequel, fans were immediately in an uproar. Many felt that Depp would not be a good fit to the franchise after his tumultuous marriage and divorce from actress, Amber Heard.
Depp was accused by Heard of domestic assault and verbal abuse, allegations he denied. Although the former couple settled the dispute, with Heard receiving $7 million after the divorce was finalized, fans are sill not pleased with Depp's casting.
Rowling and Director, David Yates, have stood by their decision to cast Depp, however; now Radcliffe is giving his thoughts on the matter and they don't exactly align with his former colleagues.
Radcliffe recently commented on Rowling's decision to keep Depp in the film despite the allegations against him. Radcliffe pointed out during his time on Harry Potter, someone was held accountable for a less serious crime and wondered why Depp's accusations weren't taken with the same intensity.
"In the NFL, there are lots of players arrested for smoking weed and there is other people's behavior that goes way beyond that and it's tolerated because they're very famous players. I suppose the thing I was struck by was, we did have a guy who was reprimanded for weed on the [original Potter] film, essentially, so obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much greater than that," Radcliffe stated.
Radcliffe elaborated that he did not want to speak negatively about the people who gave him the amazing opportunity that helped shape his career, however, he could understand the fan's frustrations.
Depp will star in the upcoming sequel along with Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, and Claudia Kim.
The Crimes of Grindelwald will be in theaters on Nov. 16.