JK Rowling faces heat as fans call out 'racist' casting of Nagini in Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

The trailer of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald has left fans fuming as JK Rowling confirms a long-standing theory about Vodlemort's faithful snake Nagini.

FP Staff September 27, 2018 11:08:52 IST
JK Rowling faces heat as fans call out 'racist' casting of Nagini in Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

The new trailer of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald has left some fans fuming after it confirms a long-standing theory about Vodlemort's faithful snake Nagini. The snake was one of the Dark Lord's horcruxes used to be an Asian woman before turning into a reptile. She is a Maledictus: a human woman with a blood curse which turns her into an animal.

JK Rowling faces heat as fans call out racist casting of Nagini in Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald

Claudia Kim as Nagini in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. YouTube screengrab

In the trailer, Ezra Miller's Credence calls out to Claudia Kim's Nagini at a circus. The actress appears as a normal person and mysteriously turns into a snake shortly. The shapeshifting act may be enticing to watch given the mystique about bloodthirsty reptiles but Potterheads soon started sharing their concern about the character. In the books, Nagini's character is devoid of any humanity and is ultimately killed by Neville Longbottom in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Because Nagini is ultimately a murderous snake who has little humanity to her character, members of the Potterverse have started calling out JK Rowling, accusing her of being sketchy with Asian characters. Many find it problematic and racist that an Asian woman is ultimately killed by a white man and for the most part, is servile to Voldemort.

Nagini's characterisation as a caged, enchanting circus performer has also revived the debate on Rowling's history of fetishising Asians and the Asian culture. The fact that Nagini has its etymological roots in Sanskrit but the person playing it is South Korean has added fuel to fire. Displeased Potterheads have also pointed out the lack of diversity in the Harry Potter books and why Crimes of Grindelwald deserved the heat it is facing right now for escalating the problem.

Rowling's defence is not doing her any good either. Apparently, the acclaimed writer had kept Nagini's backstory a secret for almost 20 years. Her response is being seen as a cover up for the shoddy representation of one of the few South Asian characters that can be found in the Potterverse.

Updated Date:

also read

Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck confirm they’re back together; a timeline of their relationship
Entertainment

Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck confirm they’re back together; a timeline of their relationship

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, who were together from 2002 to 2004, have rekindled their romance since April this year after she ended her engagement with Alex Rodriguez

Explained: Dwayne Johnson's decision to not appear in Fast and Future movies, his beef with franchise star Vin Diesel
Entertainment

Explained: Dwayne Johnson's decision to not appear in Fast and Future movies, his beef with franchise star Vin Diesel

Here's charting the feud between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, after the latter recently confirmed he won't appear in the tenth and eleventh Fast & Furious movies.

Black Keys' Dan Auerbach to make directorial debut with documentary on Grammy-winning New Orleans musician Dr John
Entertainment

Black Keys' Dan Auerbach to make directorial debut with documentary on Grammy-winning New Orleans musician Dr John

Dr John was known as the funky New Orleans “night-tripper” musician who blended several musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl. He was a six-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who was a white man that found a home among Black New Orleans musicians.