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MIT Reads: The Casual Vacancy: Controversy

"...we naturally considered the possibility of recasting. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn’t happen."         

 - J.K. Rowling

Full Opinion

You can read J.K. Rowling's full opinion and response concerning the casting on her website.

In Response

Read Amber Heard's statement and response to the controversy.

Criticism

In the wake of the domestic abuse allegations against Johnny Depp, J.K. Rowling released a controversial statement regarding her supportive opinion and involvement about the actor's presence in her creative works. 

This has not only affected fans in the Harry Potter community, but also has been seen as a hypocritical move on Rowling's part. Many believe that since domestic abuse is a prevalent topic in The Casual Vacancy in particular, Rowling is acting conversely to her literary intents and minimizing the voices of women.

Revealing that she had been part of a discussion concerning recasting, many fans are upset that while Rowling has been a prominent voice in defense of women, she did not utilize a power seldom allowed to authors to remove an allegedly abusive actor from an adaptation of her work. 

We encourage you to join us in listening and sharing your opinions on this difficult topic at a Casual Vacancy Discussion Session.