The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald finally arrived on Tuesday (September 25) and it confirmed a long-held fan theory about Claudia Kim’s character.
Kim’s character is Lord Voldemort’s snake and Horcrux, Nagini, and was once a woman in the pre-Harry Potter era.
Still, while the trailer shows parts of Nagini’s past as a human – seeing her literally transform into the snake at the circus – and JK Rowling has revealed she’d been holding the Nagini secret “for around 20 years”, some fans aren’t entirely happy with the casting of Kim.
YA author Ellen Oh suggested that it’s problematic that an Asian actress has been chosen to play a cursed woman who eventually ends up becoming a snake and slave to Voldemort.
“It’s okay to love problematic things,” Oh tweeted. “I’ll be the first to say that the Harry Potter series made me want to write children’s books. But let’s also talk about the problems. This feels like a problem.
“I feel like this is the problem when white people want to diversify and don’t actually ask POC how to do so. They don’t make the connection between making Nagini an Asian woman who later on is the pet of a white man. So I’m going to say it right now. That shit is racist.”
Others also found fault with Kim’s casting, branding it racially insensitive.
Johnny Depp’s casting as villain Grindelwald was also criticised by fans when it was announced last year, following domestic violence accusations against the actor.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released in UK and US cinemas on November 16, 2018.
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