Depp’s casting as villain Gellert Grindelwald in the franchise has sparked huge backlash after his ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of physically abusing her, with the model even obtaining video evidence of Depp acting aggressively towards her.
Earlier this week, Fantastic Beasts’ director David Yates further ignited the outrage by calling Heard’s domestic abuse allegations a “dead issue”, adding: “It’s very different [than cases] where there are multiple accusers over many years.”
Yates’ comments triggered fierce debate online, with one fan, Lindsey, tagging JK Rowling in a tweet in a bid to get her opinion on the matter.
In the tweet, Lindsey pointed out that in previous years the actor who played Crabbe was fired from his role in the film after he was charged with growing marijuana at his mother’s home.
She wrote: “So if I understand correctly the actor who played Crabbe, a minor character, was fired from Harry Potter for doing drugs. Yet Johnny Depp, who abused his wife, gets a major role in your movies? Correct me if I’m wrong @jk_rowling”.
When she returned to Twitter, Lindsey was stunned to see that Rowling had blocked her – without responding to or even acknowledging the tweet.
JK ROWLING BLOCKED ME pic.twitter.com/UaTkeqAMsW
— Lindsey @ on the way to London (@hobbitlindsey) November 29, 2017
Lindsey insisted that she has never spammed the author nor done anything else that may have warranted a block, with other fans coming forward to share their disdain for Rowling’s move:
JK Rowling cares more about her bank account than longtime fans of Harry Potter and their concerns about Johnny Depp pic.twitter.com/8OwkbRs3vP
— Arabella (@trappedingreed) November 29, 2017
I know 2017 is the year of exposing your faves as The Most Problematic, but it would be cool if JK Rowling actually addressed the Depp thing instead of blocking critiques and keeping conspicuously silent.
— General Xendulla ✨ (@xenadd) November 29, 2017
For a survivor of domestic abuse, a self-proclaimed feminist, and a very articulate and outspoken woman, you are surprisingly quiet on the allegations of domestic abuse laid on Depp which he himself has confirmed @jk_rowling
— Jily Limes Evotter (@LilyPotterish) November 29, 2017
Hey, @jk_rowling — you'll prolly block me, that's okay. I'm disappointed you block fans criticising you over supporting an abuser in Depp. You used to be a hero for me, but well, things change. I have to relearn who my heroes truly are, but that's life.
— Ulfra (@vedia_lupae) November 29, 2017
Watching @jk_rowling stay silent about johnny depp while blocking fans who are questioning the casting of this abuser is beyond disappointing. No wonder domestic violence is so highly underreported. pic.twitter.com/bdqeNQaJCu
— Tapiwa Hazel (@tappybee) November 29, 2017
Rowling is yet to respond to the Twitter storm that she has caused and Yahoo Celeb UK have contacted her rep for comment.