Helena Bonham Carter has spoken out in defense of longtime collaborator Johnny Depp and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, addressing recent controversies involving the actor and writer.

Rowling has been condemned in recent years for comments that have been labeled “transphobic” by critics and activists. The 56-year-old actress said the treatment of Rowling has been “horrendous.”

“I think she has been hounded,” Bonham Carter told the Times of London, speaking of the backlash against Rowling. “It’s been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people.”


In the interview, Bonham Carter said Rowling’s opinions are formed from “trauma,” referencing a 2020 essay in which Rowling revealed she is a “domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor.”

“You don’t all have to agree on everything,” the actress said. “That would be insane and boring.”

Bonham Carter also discussed her former costar Depp’s recent defamation trial against Amber Heard. She said the actor was “completely vindicated.”

She also expressed her contempt for cancel culture and called the #MeToo movement a “bandwagon.”

“Do you ban a genius for their sexual practices? There would be millions of people who if you looked closely enough at their personal life you would disqualify them,” she said. “You can’t ban people.”

While she called cancel culture a “witch-hunt,” she also clarified that certain people were rightfully vilified. Specifically, she said, there was no “way back” for Kevin Spacey, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 30 men, ranging from groping to sexual assault of minors. Depp, however, is “totally fine,” she said.

The interview has unsurprisingly ignited a backlash against Bonham Carter.

“I don’t know why I expected better from the woman who gave birth to Tim Burton’s children,” one TikToker said.

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