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Daniel Radcliffe Reacts to Johnny Depp's 'Fantastic Beasts' Casting Controversy

Johnny Depp‘s casting in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has been criticized following allegations against the actor and now Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is reacting to the controversy.

The casting has since been defended by Warner Bros., writer J.K. Rowling, and director David Yates.

“It’s a very hard thing for me,” Daniel told EW about the controversy.

“I can see why people are frustrated with the response that they were given from that … I’m not saying anything that anybody hasn’t already said – and this is a weird analogy to draw – [but] in the NFL, there are lots of players arrested for smoking weed and there is other people’s behavior that goes way beyond that and it’s tolerated because they’re very famous players,” Daniel said. “I suppose the thing I was struck by was, we did have a guy who was reprimanded for weed on the [original Potter] film, essentially, so obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much greater than that.”

Jamie Waylett, who played the role of Vincent Crabbe in the first six Harry Potter movies, was let go from Deathly Hallows after he was arrested for growing marijuana plants.

Harry Potter's '19 Years Later' Day Has Arrived - 9/1/17!

The end of the final Harry Potter book, “The Deathly Hallows,” gives us a look into the characters’ lives 19 years later and the day featured in the novel has finally arrived!

September 1, 2017 is the official “19 Years Later” day and fans across the world are celebrating the occasion.

In the book and movie, we saw Harry Potter and his wife Ginny Weasley send off their son Albus Severus Potter to Hogwarts. Also on their way to school are Rose Granger-Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy, all of whom are characters featured in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

“Today’s the day Albus Severus Potter boards the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross for the first time #19yearslater,” author JK Rowling remembered on Twitter.

It gets even better when you see that muggles gathered in London’s King’s Cross Station to celebrate said day and it makes us sad that we aren’t there too.

Together, a packed crowd counted down the minutes until 11 a.m. – the exact time when the Hogwarts Express promptly departs the station. How cool is this?

New 'Harry Potter' Books to Be Released in October!

Attention Harry Potter fans! Two new books will be released in October, coinciding with the opening of the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition, “A History of Magic.”

British publishing house Bloomsbury revealed the two books will be titled “Harry Potter: A History of Magic – The Book of the Exhibition” and “Harry Potter – A Journey Through A History of Magic.” The former will take the reader through the subjects that the wizarding students learn at Hogwarts and the latter will take on subjects like alchemy, unicorns and ancient witchcraft.

The exhibition is set up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series, and will run until February of 2018, the AP reports. No official release dates have been announced just yet.

Julianne Hough Was an Extra in the First 'Harry Potter' Film - See the Pic!

Julianne Hough is remembering her first movie role – and it was a big one!

In honor of the first Harry Potter book coming out 20 years ago, the 28-year-old entertainer shared a few pics of herself as an extra in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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“Happy 20th Anniversary Harry Potter! Remember that one time when I was 11 and a Gryffindor? Oh and apparently liked flirting with the Weasley twins? #ivealwayslovedredheads #gryffindor #harrypotter #firstfilm,” Julianne captioned the below post.

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J.K. Rowling Pays Tribute to Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary

It’s been 20 years since J.K. Rowling introduced us to the world of Harry Potter, and she’s marking the occasion with a special tribute.

The 51-year-old author took to Twitter on Monday (June 26) – the same day Bloomsbury published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K. in 1997 – to share her thoughts.

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“20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others,” she wrote. “It’s been wonderful. Thank you. #HarryPotter20.”

Bloomsbury is set to release four new editions of the book, one for each house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in honor of the anniversary.

“She had a vision,” Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley in the films, tweeted. “Congratulations @jk_rowling ⚡️#HarryPotter20.”

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