Johnny Depp finally addresses the casting controversy surrounding his role as Grindelwald

Gellert Grindelwald holds an audience spellbound in an amphitheater beneath the Lestrange Mausoleum

Gellert Grindelwald holds an audience spellbound in an amphitheater beneath the Lestrange Mausoleum

With the witching hour drawing near (these are the jokes, folks), Warner Bros. has released a final poster for the movie, along with a batch of five character posters featuring stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, and new baddie Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald.

First appearing as a surprise addition in the end of the first "Fantastic Beasts" movie, fans have expressed concern over his role in the films as the villain Grindelwald after he was accused of physical and emotional abuse by ex-wife Amber Heard.

Johnny Depp has said that he "felt bad" that J.K. Rowling had to come forward to support him in the casting row over Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

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"I'll be honest with you, I felt bad for J.K. [Rowling] having to field all these various feelings from people out there. But ultimately, there is real controversy", Depp said. "The fact remains I was falsely accused, which is why I'm suing the Sun newspaper for defamation for repeating false accusations".

When asked if he enjoyed playing him, Depp said he appreciated the opportunity to play a character who is teetering to be a fascist, but who is also sensitive, concerned and manipulative. She doesn't take things lightly. The thing that hurt me is being presented as something that you're really as far away from as you could possibly get, you know? After a long conversation with few directors, producers and JK Rowling herself, the actor came to have a comprehensive idea about Grindelwald's character. Grindelwald is an interesting character. The possibilities in that world are wide open, so you can really try anything. His intentions in his mind are for the greater good, but there have been other people in world politics and such who felt the same way.

This article contains potential spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, in theaters November 16. Now, with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald picking up a few months after the events in NY, we are not only getting introduced to a younger Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) but also getting closer to more links to the Harry Potter series. They're joined by Claudia Kim, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, with Jude Law as Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as the titular Grindelwald.

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