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
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.
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.
2007 me: i can't believe harry potter is over forever.... i wish jkr would write more!— ✍️ (@neonacropolis) September 25, 2018
2018 me: voldemort and bellatrix have a love child called delphi who is albus severus' nemesis
2007 me: what -
2018 me: nagini is a human woman and voldemort's been sucking her milk
J.K. never stops.
A lot of fans aren't buying that J.K. knew this all along.
Jkr: I've known Nagini is a woman for 20 years— andie ☆ (@ahstanoka) September 26, 2018
Literally everyone: pic.twitter.com/cdd206PUTO
It does seem a little convenient.
Could J.K. be taking inspiration from fan-fiction?
fic writer in 2006: wow imagine voldemort having a secret child— sophie (@nbcwiII) September 25, 2018
fic writer in 2008: omg what if nagini was actually human once
Then there are those who are calling J.K. out on the problematic implications of Nagini being an Asian woman.
Just going to nope out of this whole Nagini mess because I'll be writing Asian women who are actual human beings and the heroes of my stories, kthx.— Amélie Wen Zhao (@ameliewenzhao) September 25, 2018
I can't wait for you guys to meet my kickass daughter in BLOOD HEIR 🗡️🖤 pic.twitter.com/JHS7LTsYqE
This is important.
And last but not least, there are those who think that it's all getting too ridiculous.
So Nagini is a Korean woman with an Indian name who lived in Albania later turned into a horcrux? What's next? She might as well be Harry's mother (Voldemort's his father) and Harry is actually not just a parseltongue but half-human half-snake. pic.twitter.com/vjUvWU1wOu— Joseph 슬기로운솔로몬 (@seulgisolomon) September 25, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald comes out in cinemas on November 16, 2018.