Fantastic News for ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’! Well if you’re a Johnny Depp fan that is. Director David Yates has confirmed Depp’s casting as Gellert Grindelwald the infamous Dark Wizard from the Harry Potter series.
Fans of the beloved Book and Movie series will know that the Dark Wizard Grindelwald is not only one of the most nefarious villains, second only to Voldemort, but has a rich and storied history with Hogwarts Head Master Albus Dumbledore.
In a recent interview with Harry Potter fansite The Leakey Cauldron, director David Yates confirmed the report himself and also explained their process behind casting Depp:
“The whole principal of casting the movie was go with the best actor. Go for the most inspired, interesting, right fit for that character. And as we approached Grindelwald we thought, ‘who’s going to take this in an interesting direction?’ In this business, it’s a weird old business. You’re brilliant one week, people are saying odd things the next, you go up and down. But no one takes away your pure talent.
Johnny Depp is a real artist. He’s created several characters who have really resonated in our popular culture. He’s a really brilliant, brilliant actor. We were excited about seeing what he would do with this guy, the character. He’s fearless; he’s imaginative; he’s ambitious. We thought he would do something fun and special. So we went for him, purely on that selfish basis. We don’t care if he’s famous or not famous. We just know he’s interesting.”
What is also interesting and worthy of note is the direction Yates and Depp will go with the character and especially his relationship with Dumbledore. Not so long ago Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling claimed at a Q & A session that she implied Dumbledore being once in love with Grindelwald, and thus he has ‘lost his moral compass,’ but she did not say whether those feelings were returned.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them waves its wand in theaters November 18