Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’s Final Trailer Reveals Nagini’s Surprising Past

Before the final trailer of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was released, fans and enthusiasts alike have been theorizing about “The Maledictus.”

Yesterday, upon the release of the last trailer, those theories were confirmed.

Nagini is the Maledictus.

Claudia Kim, a South-Korean actress will be playing the role of Nagini. According to Pottermore, a ‘Maledictus’ is a carrier of a blood curse which will ultimately destine them to transform permanently into a beast. In the previous films, Potterheads know that Nagini was Lord Voldemort’s faithful snake who acts as his weapon and horcrux… Well, until Neville Longbottom beheaded her.

Now, Nagini’s past will be revealed more in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

So far, we know that Nagini is part of a magical traveling wizard circus called The Circus Arcanus, together with Credence (Ezra Miller) who is said to have formed a special bond with Kim’s character in the movie.

“It’s amazing how these two broken souls are able to form some kind of friendship within the circus. Credence is special to her because he encourages her to use her power,” Kim stated in an interview with EW.

The author of the Harry Potter series, J.K Rowling, also confirmed Nagini’s past via Twitter.

Claudia stated that her character in the film is far different from the ones we recognize in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In the new Fantastic Beasts movie, she is a woman who lives her life and wishes to stay a human being forever.

“It will be so interesting to see another side of Nagini,” Claudia said. “You’ve only seen her as a Horcrux. In this, she’s a wonderful and vulnerable woman who wants to live. She wants to stay a human being and I think that’s a wonderful contrast to the character.”

Claudia explained as to why Nagini is still able to transform into a human being and snake back and forth.  She stated that the film takes place in 1927, where her curse isn’t permanent yet so her character can still switch from human to snake.

“She does feel sometimes it’s not controllable. She is bound to transform at some point to a beast so she feels this pressure that the clock is ticking,” Claudia explained.

Other fan theories are soon to be unlocked once the movie hit the screen on November 16, worldwide!

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