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JK Rowling, ‘Harry Potter’ fame: God is a black woman

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J.K. Rowling, the author of the “Harry Potter” series that was made into several movies, weighed in on the Alabama Senate election to say Roy Moore, who spoke of how God was in control during his explanation to supporters about his refusal to concede, was indeed correct — that God was definitely in control.

It was her next statement that was the eyebrow raiser.

Rowling, in a tweet, added, as Breitbart noted: “What [Moore] didn’t realise was, She’s black.”

God is a black woman?

This is Rowling’s full tweet, which linked to a CNN Twitter post of Moore’s speech on why he wasn’t conceding: “Narrator’s voice: Roy was right. God was in control. What he didn’t realise was, She’s black.”

Rowling’s reference was no doubt likely to the fact that blacks voted for Democrat Doug Jones with a 96 percent voice — and of that, 98 percent were black women.

But blasphemy, anyone?

Rowling’s previously used her Twitter account to make politically charged comments about President Donald Trump. Case-in-point: In 2015, Trump, angered by radical Islamic terror attacks, called for the barring of Muslims from the United States.

Rowlingresponded with this tweet: “How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad.”

Voldemort, of course, is one of Rowling’s fictional villains in the “Harry Potter” series.

And that’s the world Rowling should perhaps stick with — fictional.

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JK Rowling mocks defeated Roy Moore: ‘God is a black woman’

JK Rowling has ridiculed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore by suggesting he lost Tuesday’s election because he was being punished by a black, female God.

Mr Moore – a former state judge with strong support among evangelical conservatives – lost the Alabama special election by only a narrow margin, despite allegations of racism and sexual harassment levelled at him.

Democrat Doug Jones claimed victory on Tuesday, meaning the conservative stronghold has its first Democratic senator since 1992.

But despite preliminary results showing Mr Jones led by more than 21,000 votes, Mr Moore still refused to accept defeat on Tuesday evening.

When the vote is this close, it is not over,” he told a crowd of supporters. “But we also know that God is always in control. Part of the thing, part of the problem with this campaign is we’ve been painted in an unfavourable and unfaithful light.

“We’ve been put in a hole, if you will, and it reminds me of a passage in Psalm 40: ‘I waited patiently for the Lord,’ that’s what we’ve got to do.”

Sharing a link to footage of Mr Moore’s speech on Twitter, Rowling wrote: “Narrator’s voice: Roy was right. God was in control. What he didn’t realise was, She’s black.”

Some Twitter users criticised the the Harry Potter author, pointing out black characters did not take primary importance in Ms Rowling’s novels.

Mr Moore, who was backed by Donald Trump during his election campaign, came under fire when he seemed to express nostalgia for America during slavery at a September rally.

When a black man in the crowd asked what Mr Trump meant by his slogan “make America great again,” Mr Moore said: “I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery.

“They cared for one another. People were strong in the families. Our families were strong. Our country had a direction.”

Introducing her husband at a rally on the eve of the 12 December vote, Kayla Moore defended her husband against the racism allegations, saying: “We have many friends that are black and we also fellowship with them in church and in our home.”

The Democrat win in Alabama has nationwide consequences, since it narrows the slim Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49.

Democrats are seeking to build on anti-Trump sentiment to mount a challenge next year to Republican control of Congress.

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Prince William Presents JK Rowling With Royal Companion Of Honor Award

The royal family has just presented J.K. Rowling with a Companion of Honor award at Buckingham Palace.

The “Harry Potter” author received the prestigious award from Prince William on Tuesday, as recognition of her services to literature and philanthropy.

According to the royal family, King George V founded the Order of the Companions of Honor in 1917, and the queen names recipients of the award “who have made a major contribution in their field.” 

Rowling said in a statement that she was “deeply honored and proud” to receive the honor.

“To be included in the distinguished and diversely talented company of the other Companions of Honour, especially as a female writer, is a particular privilege,” she said.


CORRECTION: A previous version of this story indicated Prince William had named J.K. Rowling a Royal Companion of Honor. In fact, the queen conferred the title of honor on Rowling this summer, and Prince William presented it Tuesday.

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JK Rowling: ‘I’m genuinely happy to have Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts sequel’

Harry Potter author JK Rowling on Thursday defended the decision to cast Johnny Depp in the next Fantastic Beasts movie, after a backlash from fans unhappy about the circumstances of the actor’s recent divorce.

In a statement on her personal website, Rowling said filmmakers had considered recasting the role of villain Gellert Grindelwald for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

But she said the circumstances of Depp’s divorce from actor Amber Heard last year were private and should be respected.

The Warner Bros movie, due to be released in November 2018, is the second of a planned five movie spinoff franchise from the blockbuster Harry Potter films.

“Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role,” Rowling wrote.

“The agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected.

“The filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies,” Rowling said.

Depp’s marriage to Heard ended in divorce amid Heard’s allegations of domestic abuse.

After reaching a private settlement in August 2016, the couple issued a joint statement saying their relationship was “intensely passionate and at times volatile but always bound by love,” and that there was “never any intent of physical or emotional harm”.

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Warner Bros said in a statement on Thursday that it supported the decision to keep Depp. Director David Yates and producer David Heyman also said in a joint statement that while recognising “the magnitude of the issues raised” they stood by the decision to cast Depp.

Yates also defended the casting of Depp last month, saying he was “full of decency and kindness” in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“There’s an issue at the moment where there’s a lot of people being accused of things, they’re being accused by multiple victims, and it’s compelling and frightening,” he said. “With Johnny, it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something … Whatever accusation was out there doesn’t tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with.”

Depp’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

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Amber Heard supports JK Rowling on Johnny’s Depp’s ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ casting

Actor Amber Heard has defended her former husband Johnny Depp’s casting in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”, saying she hopes the Hollywood star does well in his future endervours.

Heard’s statement comes after author J.K. Rowling, who is penning the script for the Fantastic Beasts franchise, defended Depp, as a lot of fans questioned his casting following domestic violence allegations made by the 31-year-old Heard.

In a statement on social media, Heard said she and Depp shared a relationship, which was “intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.

”… Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity,” the statement on Twitter read.

The actor had initially given her statement to Warner Bros, but decided to make it public after the studio included only “10 words of the original statement” in their comments, while standing up for Depp, who features as evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming film.

Last year, Heard filed for divorce from and a restraining order against the Murder on the Orient Express actor, narrating several incidents of physical, verbal and emotional abuse throughout their marriage.

On December 7, Rowling had shared her response to a fan on social media, who questioned the author’s agreement to let Depp be a part of the film.

She wrote back saying although she understood the concern of Harry Potter fans regarding their choice to continue with Depp in the role, the directors, along with her were “genuinely happy” to have him onboard the project.

”… Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies,” Rowling wrote.

She added both she and David Yates had considered the possibility of recasting the role for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindlewald.

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David Bradley interview: ‘JK Rowling told me I was fabulously foul’

A splendid villain in Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, David Bradley is now about to board the Tardis. He talks to Jasper Rees

David Bradley is a one-man axis of evil. He was Hogwarts’ sour-faced caretaker in the Harry Potter films and a quiet paedophile in Broadchurch, while from a long roll-call of potential candidates he claims the crown as Game of Thrones’ most dastardly villain of all.

In the street, does the traumatised public recoil in horror when it sees the bony features of the mass-murdering Lord Walder Frey (garrotted but not forgotten)? Bradley chuckles. “I’ve had taxi drivers wind down their window and say, ‘I can’t forgive you for what you did!’ Now I’ve gone people say, ‘Sorry to see you go.’ No, you’re bloody not!”

Needless to say, the nemesis of the Starks, author of the infamous bloodbath at the Red Wedding, is an absolute pussycat. “I’ve never had so many laughs,” he says….

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Amber Heard sets the record straight after JK Rowling’s defense of Johnny Depp

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Amber Heard is responding to J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros’ statements supporting Johnny Depp’s casting in the forthcoming Fantastic Beasts sequelmaking sure the public hears both sides of the story.

Heard shared the joint statement she gave with Depp following their divorce settlement, captioning a Friday tweet, “For the record, this was our FULL joint statement.To pick & choose certain lines & quote them out of context, is not right. Women, stay strong.”

Heard’s tweet appears to be responding to statements that Warner Bros. and Rowling released this week supporting Depp’s casting as Gellert Grindelwald in the new movie, after his casting came under scrutiny for his alleged history of violence against Heard during their short marriage, part of the sexual harassment reckoning currently sweeping Hollywood.

Heard separated from Depp in May 2016, when the actress alleged domestic abuse, filing for a restraining order against Depp while providing evidence of harm, including a visible bruise on her cheek, claiming the actor had recently thrown a cellphone at her face.

The Los Angeles police who went to their downtown loft the night of the alleged abuse have said they found no evidence of a crime when they arrived.

“During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me,” Heard submitted in court at the time. “I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.”

Depp, through his lawyers, claimed Heard was ginning up bad press to increase her payout for the “short marriage.” Heard later withdrew her request for a permanent restraining order, and the couple reached a settlement agreement in August 2016.

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Both Rowling and Warner Bros pointed to the joint statement that the former couple released following their divorce settlement, suggesting that it justifies their casting of Depp. 

“This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said, ‘there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm,” Warner Bros. shared in a statement Thursday.

Rowling published her statement on her website the same day, writing, “Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”

While Warner Bros. and Rowling’s statements focus on Heard and Depp’s declaration that “there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm,” they did not acknowledge the parts of the statement that read, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile,” and “neither party has made false accusations for financial gains.”

Andrea Mandell contributed to this report. 

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JK Rowling defends Johnny Depp’s casting in the Fantastic Beasts films

J.K. Rowling has commented on Johnny Depp’s casting in the Harry Potter prequel series of Fantastic Beasts movies today, defending it as “the right thing” for the upcoming sequel.

Spoilers for 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them below

Rowling’s comments mark the latest in an ongoing controversy that dates back to the original release of the first film in the new series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The end of that movie reveals that the film’s antagonist, Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) is actually the infamous dark wizard Grindelwald in disguise. When his identity is revealed, he’s played in a short sequence by actor Johnny Depp.

The reveal provoked some backlash online, given that only a few months before Fantastic Beasts’ release, Depp had been accused of verbal and physical abuse by his wife, Amber Heard, who filed for divorce and filed a restraining order against Depp. The two later reached a settlement and released a joint statement, saying “there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm” in their relationship, which marked the matter as closed for some.

The issue was moved to the back burner for a while, but with the recent reveal that Grindelwald has a title role in the upcoming film — and the growing social movement for perpetrators of sexual and physical misconduct to be held accountable, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein accusations — Depp’s casting has become a public issue. Fans have been petitioning to have the role recast in the upcoming sequel.

Earlier this week, director David Yates defended the decision to keep Depp on board in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Yates dismissed Heard’s claims as “one person who took a pop at him and claimed something,” and said “Whatever accusation was out there doesn’t tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with.” Yates has previously explained Depp’s casting in an interview with The Leaky Cauldron as someone the production team thought “would do something fun and special” with the character. At a premiere in New York, Yates reportedly dismissed Heard’s statement because of his respect for Depp: “What you have to remember about Johnny is that extraordinary talent, and that talent never goes away.”

Yates’ statements haven’t been received well. He’s been accused of a “truly gross” dismissal of Heard, and of suggesting that talent excuses physical abuse. Rowling’s follow-up comments feel like damage control after the negative response to Yates’ comments, but she also mostly sidesteps the issues. According to Rowling, the production team was concerned when stories first broke regarding Depp, and did consider recasting. But Rowling implies that fans may not have the full story, and due to circumstances of “agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people” — presumably Depp and Heard — “both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives,” she can’t openly address the concerns. However, she adds that “based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”

Warner Bros. also released a statement today (via Deadline) that’s in line with Rowling’s: “We are of course aware of reports that surfaced around the end of Johnny Depp’s marriage, and take seriously the complexity of the issues involved… Based on the circumstances and the information available to us, we, along with the filmmakers, continue to support the decision to proceed with Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald in this and future films.”

These statements aren’t likely to shut down the controversy over Depp’s casting. But like it or not, fans have been answered — and Depp seems guaranteed to play Grindelwald for the next Fantastic Beasts movie.

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