Nagini From 'Harry Potter' Is Human In 'Fantastic Beasts 2' And The Internet Is DIVIDED

26 September 2018, 13:38 | Updated: 12 November 2020, 23:58

By Sam Prance

The infamous character is a maledictus...

It's no secret that J.K. Rowling is prone to shocking fans with surprise Harry Potter revelations. Ever since the hit collection of novels drew to a close with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in 2007, the beloved author has been dropping major details about the series' characters in tweets, on Pottermore and via all of the franchise's many spin-offs. The Harry Potter universe continues to impress us.

However, it's this latest detail regarding all things Harry Potter that fans aren't sure how to deal with. Yesterday, Warner Bros. Pictures unveiled the trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In it, we get a glimpse of young Dumbledore, a hint at what's next for Newt Scamander and plenty of drama. Nevertheless, it's the appearance of Nagini that's taking fans aback; she's human.

Fantastic Beasts
Fantastic Beasts. Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures

Say what?! Yes Nagini, as in the humongous snake/Horcrux from the Harry Potter books, is actually a person. Mere seconds into the new Fantastics Beasts teaser, we find out that Claudia Kim (Marco Polo) is playing Nagini as a human being. Not too much is given away about her but we see Nagini perform at a circus and there she transforms into her infamous snake form for an audience.

Obviously fans are shook and confused by the news but J.K. has now explained what it all means. Responding to questions on Twitter, she confirmed that Nagini is a "Maledictus". She also revealed on Pottermore that a Maledictus "is a carrier of a blood curse which will ultimately destine them to transform permanently into a beast." Not only that, but only women can carry the curse.

Ah, okay. That all makes sense. Still, avid Harry Potter readers still can't believe that they never knew this. Here are just a few of the reactions.

Some are annoyed at themselves for not realising it.


It's been over a decade.

Others are struggling to process it.


It's a lot to take in.

One or two people are joking about how much they've found out about the Harry Potter universe after the books.


J.K. never stops.

A lot of fans aren't buying that J.K. knew this all along.


It does seem a little convenient.

Could J.K. be taking inspiration from fan-fiction?


No comment.

Then there are those who are calling J.K. out on the problematic implications of Nagini being an Asian woman.


This is important.

And last but not least, there are those who think that it's all getting too ridiculous.



Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald comes out in cinemas on November 16, 2018.

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