Written byShuvrajit Das Biswas ·
'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' released its final trailer. The trailer showed protagonist, Newt Scamander, on a mission from young Dumbledore to hunt down Grindelwald, a dark wizard.
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Nagini, in the trailer, is a performer with the traveling Circus Arcanus. She uses her transformative powers to amaze Muggles.
However, before she becomes the killer snake, she is a vulnerable woman who feels the clock running out, as her transformation will be permanent.
Her only friend is Barebone, another broken being with whom she relates. Notably, her magic does not require a wand.
The biggest revelation was actress Claudia Kim turning out to be Nagini, the snake.
Fans of the Harry Potter universe will immediately recognize that Nagini is Voldemort's pet snake and Horcrux in the franchise.
The trailer shows Ezra Miller's Corvus Barebone, born Lestrange, command Nagini to transform into a snake.
Fans were further shocked by J.K. Rowling's confirmation about knowing this for 20 years.
Nagini's reveal obviously raised questions and Rowling explained that she was a Maledictus, a magical being which eventually transforms into a beast.
Further clarifying, she differentiated a Maledictus and an Animagus. The former is a curse passed down from mother to daughter, while the latter can be of any gender.
Notably, there was no previous mention of a Maledictus in Harry Potter's universe.
According to Rowling, a Maledictus is cursed with permanently taking shape of a beast. However, as seen with Nagini, they can shift at will before that.
In the Harry Potter franchise, we know Voldemort met Nagini in the woods of Albania where he was hiding. However, the story established that the two connected due to Voldemort's ability to speak Parseltongue, the serpent's language.
Nagini is Voldemort's intuitive snake, whose venom helped revive him. We see Nagini in 'Crimes of Grindelwald' in 1927 but she was first introduced in Harry Potter as Voldemort's hench-snake in 1994's 'Goblet of Fire'. Her interim actions might be explained in this upcoming movie.
Fans have generally expressed excitement at the introduction of Nagini. Most people want to know the Maledictus' backstory and how she went from working with Grindelwald to becoming Voldemort's precious Horcrux.
However, some critically nuanced fans have pointed out the problem in an Asian woman being portrayed as a pet to a white man, who is characterized with Nazi-like qualities in the story.
“Nagini was a human woman all along“ really is a bold addition to JK Rowling's list of post-series canon retcons. https://t.co/H3TsQplrwR— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) September 25, 2018
“Let's retroactively turn a woman of color into a literal object owned by a white man inspired by nazis.” https://t.co/JYTQK6YFss— Bad Janet™️ (@CharlesPulliam) September 25, 2018
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