While we are patiently waiting for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald to finally premiere in November, Warner Bros. casually dropped the final trailer for the upcoming movie today (Sep 25) and with that revealed some major news!
Not only did we get a closer look at what Newt and his friends are going to face in the next installment of the franchise, but we’ve also met someone we already know from the Harry Potter movies!
At the same time, it was revealed who Claudia Kim (Marco Polo) is going to play.
She’s going to play none other than Nagini!
Yep, you’ve read right. Lord Voldemort’s loyal snake. And no, Nagini suddenly doesn’t speak and is only voiced by Kim but rather was actually a woman before becoming a snake permanently.
Now that the secret is finally out, Claudia Kim could finally talk about her character, which she did in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
From how Kim speaks about her character, you can tell that she’s genuinely excited for the fans to see a different side of Nagini. Something that I am already excited about for sure.
“It will be so interesting to see another side of Nagini,” Kim says. “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.”
As we can only see a glimpse of Kim becoming Nagini in the trailer, the actress explains that a mysterious blood curse helps her to transform from human to snake and the other way at will. The woman, however, also knows that one day she’ll be a snake permanently, which also explains why we have only seen Nagini in her snake form.
“She does feel sometimes it’s not controllable,” Kim says. “She is bound to [permanently] transform at some point to a beast so she feels this pressure that the clock is ticking.”
Though it is also important to note that she isn’t a witch but rather “she has powers that are yet to be explored,” Kim says carefully. “I can’t confirm she has powers like wizards have. And she doesn’t have a wand.”
We will first meet Nagini as a member of the traveling Circus Arcanus, where Credence (Ezra Miller) found refuge, after causing chaos on Manhattan in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. They become friends and Credence encourages her to user her powers, as Kim explains:
“Sometimes I introduce myself as ‘Credence’s only friend. It’s amazing 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.”
It looks like Credence has changed quite a bit after the happenings of the first movie. Maybe, he even finally becomes himself.
It’s probably something we will be able to see for ourselves when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will hit theaters on November 16!