'Fantastic Beasts' Actress Claudia Kim Confirms Role As Nagini

29 September, 2018, 10:14 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • The Final Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer is Here!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald touches down in theaters in November, but Warner Bros. has chose to release the final trailer over a month in advance.

As you can see below, the brewing controversy takes offense to the fact Nagini is being played by a Korean woman. She appears in snake form a number of times in the original Harry Potter octalogy, most notably killing Severus Snape before being subsequently beheaded by Hot Neville Longbottom.

So while Kim may sit alongside fellow cast members in interviews, in the viewer's mind, she'll likely be remembered as "the foreign one" behind a long line of Asian actresses cast for their exoticism. Not only does the snake become one of his Horcruxes, but they lives their life in service to the Dark Lord.

That's a hell of a weird connection to throw in there, Fantastic Beasts.

Now, if you're asking yourself how a flesh-and-blood human being could also be a snake, "Harry Potter" fans have already done most of the heavy lifting.

Kim recently shared that it will be "interesting to see another side of Nagini", going on to say, "You've only seen her as a Horcrux".


When the cast photo was released a year ago, fans immediately began to wonder who Kim's character could be, and of course, rumors and conspiracy theories began to swirl.

Rowling has noticed some of the backlash, and on Wednesday morning she responded to someone offended by casting an asian woman as a snake. "I'm sure she will bring humanity, dignity and vulnerability to Nagini".

It's also worth noting on the subject of representation that Nagini is a Sanskrit name and actually describes a half-woman, half-snake creature from Indian mythology.

The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has certainly made an impact.

Fantastic Beasts and The Crimes of Grindelwald features Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp. The 55-year-old actor had previously faced domestic abuse allegations against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

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