‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ sparks controversy for racial insensitivity

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Words by Tara Smith


This week we received the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and while this is usually cause for celebration, the release was met with mixed reviews from fans.

The trailer revealed a huge twist, something that J.K. Rowling has kept secret for 20 years. Nagini was once a human, cursed to transform into a snake for increasingly long periods of time (before the transformation eventually became permanent).

But fans were quick to criticise the casting of Nagini as Claudia Kim – a Korean woman – citing the representation as racially insensitive.

Think about it: a woman of colour playing the role of evil (and a white man’s pet).

Let’s not forget that Wormtail milked Nagini to bring Voldemort back to power in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is a disturbing thought in its own right.

Rowling defended the casting with the below tweet:

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Claudia Kim revealed her excitement in playing the role:

“It will be so interesting to see another side of Nagini. 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.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set for release on November 17.


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