Johnny Depp’s character, Gellert Grindelwald, was introduced to fans at the end of the first "Fantastic Beasts" film. Many fan and critics have expressed their ill feelings about the recasting of Johnny Depp in the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," following the serious allegations that he faced, but JK Rowling has expressed her opinion on the matter.

Following the announcement of the second installment, fans expressed their discontentment and some even threatened to boycott the movie. You may be wondering why fans felt so strongly about this casting choice.

Well according to sources, Depp’s marriage to actress Amber Heard, ending in divorce last year, amongst allegations of domestic abuse, was the main source of outrage and anger from fans.

Here’s what happened

According to NME, Depp was previously accused of being emotionally/physically abusive toward his ex-wife, Amber Heard. He was also accused of having negative inebriated behaviors. He denied all allegations of abuse and a settlement was reached in 2016.

After the settlement, a joint statement was released, saying that their relationship was powerful, passionate, and at times unpredictable and volatile, but always bound by love was released. The couple made it clear that neither of them made false accusations for financial growth and their intention was never to cause any harm during the process.

What is Rowling saying?

JK Rowling has faced much criticism for allowing Depp to continue in the role as Gellert Grindelwald, the dark wizard, despite his history of supposed abuse. The criticism is especially strong at this time when many powerful men in Hollywood and the media (especially most recently) have lost their jobs over reports of sexual misconduct.

Seen on her official website and reported to Fortune magazine, Rowling shared that she believed Depp would be ideal in the role of Grindelwald, but she was apprehensive when the allegations appeared.

She also discusses worries that came up about continuing to work with Depp and admits that recasting was strongly contemplated.

Rowling shared that it has been challenging, vexing, and at times hurtful not being able to speak openly to fans about these issues. She understands and respects, however, that agreements must be upheld to protect people’s privacy and there must be space to allow each party to freely live their lives.

She shared that she and the other filmmakers are content and pleased with their casting choices and happy to have Depp playing a major role in the movies.

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," is set to premiere in theaters on November 16, 2018.