Helena Bonham Carter comes to the defense of two fellow members of the “Harry Potter” universe.
The actress, who played Bellatrix Lestrange in four of the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, spoke out in support of both author JK Rowling and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” stars Johnny Depp in a new interview published in the Times of London.
Addressing the controversy surrounding views Rowling has expressed that have been criticized by some as transphobic, Bonham Carter called the backlash “appalling”.
“I think she’s hunted,” she said. “It’s been pushed to the limit, the judgment of people.”
Bonham Carter went on to say that the “Harry Potter” author “is allowed to have her opinion, especially if she is a victim of abuse”.
In a 2020 essay published on her website, Rowling revealed that she is a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault.
“Everyone carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma, and you have to respect where people come from and their pain,” said Bonham Carter. “You don’t have to all agree on everything – that would be insane and boring. She doesn’t mean it aggressively, she just says something from her own experience.”
The “Fight Club” actress also discussed issues surrounding actor Johnny Depp, who played Grindelwald in two “Harry Potter” spin-off films, including 2018’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”
Bonham Carter, who has worked with Depp on several projects over the years, said she considers Depp “fully justified” following his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard earlier this year, in which both Depp and Heard were found guilty of libel against each other.
The jury awarded Depp $10 million in punitive damages and $5 million dollars in punitive damages, while they awarded Heard $2 million in punitive damages and no money for punitive damages.
Depp sued Heard for libel over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.” Although Depp is not named in the article, he claims it cost him lucrative acting roles. Heard sued her ex-husband for libel over statements made by Depp’s attorney about her abuse allegations.
“People will jump on the bandwagon because it’s the trend and to be the billboard for it,” Bonham Carter told the Times of Heard and the #MeToo movement.
She also spoke about the cancel culture saying, “You can’t ban people. I hate the cancellation culture. It has become quite hysterical and there is a kind of witch hunt and misunderstanding.”
CNN has reached out to representatives for Bonham Carter, Depp and Rowling for comment.