After the release of the final Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, fans are seriously astounded by the new character twist of a villain Harry Potter fans are all too familiar with.
The trailer reveals that
J.K. Rowling tweeted that she'd been sitting on the Nagini secret for "20 years," and while normally fans of a franchise this huge would be excited about something unseen and unpredictable happening, in this case, fans are finding the casting of a Korean woman as racist.
Only for around twenty years. https://t.co/gZadgWVREN— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 25, 2018
A bit of background for anyone who may be unfamiliar with Nagini: the character first came to fruition in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film. Nagini is Voldemort’s giant pet snake that attacked Harry and killed Snape, who he used to "milk" for her poison. She meets her demise by being beheaded by Neville Longbottom.
J.K Rowling is trash and I’m sick of it. Nagini is apparently an East Asian woman.— (@kruxila) September 25, 2018
If you don’t see anything racist about an asian woman being the pet of a white man—who is basically magic hitler, I don’t know what to say. pic.twitter.com/QeJxZCWeym
In Fantastic Beasts, Nagini a human woman carrying a blood curse that transforms her into an animal. As seen in the trailer, at some point in the new movie, she's a shape-shifting circus performer.
A lot of Twitter users are really stumped as to how anyone is finding Kim's casting OK. As Yahoo points out,
"Nagini is an Albanian snake"— Sky♠️ (@blackcatblue9) September 26, 2018
"Nagini is actually a cursed human"
"A cursed WOC, in fact!"
"Played by a Korean!"
"Was in a circus! Voldemort's pet snake!"
--So Evil White Guy's pet is a WOC?
"I kept this secret for 20 years!"
--... *opens book* pic.twitter.com/mu8L5ZZAol
Since all the backlash, Rowling has responded via Twitter, giving an explanation for Nagini being Asian. "
The Naga are snake-like mythical creatures of Indonesian mythology, hence the name ‘Nagini.’ They are sometimes depicted as winged, sometimes as half-human, half-snake. Indonesia comprises a few hundred ethnic groups, including Javanese, Chinese and Betawi. Have a lovely day — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 26, 2018