The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald dropped on Tuesday, drawing a buzz online surrounding the casting for Nagini, known as Voldermort's Horcrux and pet snake in the Harry Potter series. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
The latest trailer has revealed Claudia Kim as Nagini and sees her transform into a snake. However, some fans found the reveal that Nagini is an Asian woman, played by South Korean actor Claudia Kim, to be racially insensitive. LGBTQ fans have also expressed their frustration with a perceived refusal to put an overtly gay version of Dumbledore on screen after Rowling said she "thought of Dumbledore as gay" after the final book's release.
Rowling, who is a producer on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, intimated the casting had not been an afterthought.
Finally, in the final trailer we see Kim's character begin to transform into a snake during the circus while Credence, a character from the first "Fantastic Beasts" movie looks on and calls her "Nagini".
There was then anger over the fact that Johnny Depp had been kept in the role of Grindelwald despite the very public row between him and ex Amber Heard, and the claims she had made against him.
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Had Harry Potter arrived in the 80s, there's every chance the part of the boy wizard could have been snared by Macaulay Culkin.
In the Harry Potter universe, Animagi are skilled witches and wizards who can transform into animals at will. Professor McGonagall is one - she can turn into a cat - as were James Potter (a stag), Sirius Black (a dog), and Peter Pettigrew (a rat). She died as an object, just like how the other horcruxes were destroyed.
"The Naga are snake-like mythical creatures of Indonesian mythology, hence the name 'Nagini, '" Rowling writes. And given his character's prominence - Depp plays the villain Gellert Grindelwald - he will likely be present in all films. "In this, she's a wonderful and vulnerable woman who wants to live", she said.
The upcoming sequel to 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is tapped to hit theaters on November 16, which means all the teasers and trailers have been in full force over the past few months.