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.
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:
Rowling is yet to respond to the Twitter storm that she has caused and Yahoo Celeb UK have contacted her rep for comment.