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J.K. Rowling Is Writing 2 New Books, Is One of Them Harry Potter?

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling is still very much in a partnership with Warner Bros., despite recent reports. This week, Sky News had been speaking with Tom Felton at a London press eevnt when the actor was asked about Rowling. Before Felton could answer the question, an unnamed PR executive told the reporter to ask the next question, not allowing any comments about Rowling’s controversy.

Reportedly, Sky News later asked the PR company about the situation, and they received a response claiming that Rowling is “not connected to Warner or Tom Felton,” making the question “not relevant to the piece.” A new statement has been released by Warner Bros. clarifying that this is false, as the studio continues to maintain its longstanding partnership with the author. Per Variety, the statement reads:

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Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has undergone a lot of controversy in recent years for going the opposite route with Johnny Depp. Because of Depp’s legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard, Depp was asked to resign from his role in the Rowling-produced film Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. This generated backlash as the studio did not mandate Heard be removed from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Fantastic Beasts 3 has since been released with Mads Mikkelsen taking over Depp’s role, and the film fell short of box office expectations, a result that could have happened in part due to Depp’s dismissal.

The studio wasn’t behind Depp, but Rowling had previously defended the decision to keep Depp in the franchise despite the allegations against the actor made by Heard. In 2017, Rowling implied she couldn’t say as much about the situation as she wanted to but made it clear that she was “happy” to keep Depp in the role of Grindelwald. Taking to her official website, Rowling posted a statement that read, in part:

Rowling went on to add:

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