The final Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer is here. The final trailer finally reveals the Claudia Kim role in the movie which has been kept tightly in the wraps. In the trailer, Kim is locked inside a large cage before her transformation to a giant snake for a surprised crowd. If that didn’t clear your doubts, for that, Credence Barebone(Ezra Miller) whispered “Nagini” just before the transformation. To further confirm this, Kim herself confirmed it in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. She expressed her excitement to finally let the cat(actually a snake lol) out of the bag.
The inclusion of Claudia Kim as Nagini in the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald makes a strong link between the Fantastic Beasts series and the original Harry Potter series. In the Harry Potter series, there was no clue of Nagini’s origin or what was it before being Voldemort’s pet as a large snake. Both of them were assumed to meet in the forests of Albania after Voldemort’s fatal face-off with baby Harry leaving him bodiless. He was reduced to possessing animals for survival. The ability if Voldemort to speak Parseltongue(the language of snakes) helped them to bond quickly.
After Voldemort returned to his strength, Nagini was the most faithful servant and a trusted companion to him. She almost got Harry and Hermione when she wore the body of Bathilda Bagshot like a puppet. For the loyalty, the Dark Lord made her, his final Horcrux. Though she was later slaughtered by Neville Longbottom with the Sword of Godric Gryffindor at the Battle of Hogwarts. But it was after she took the life of Severus Snape. The previous speculations get discarded from the Potterheads when a plot got leaked. It mentioned a circus scene in which Claudia Kim’s unnamed character is one of the “featured attractions.
The idea of attraction being a shape-shifting human cursed to a beast forever, one day, gained weight from a clip in the first Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer. It depicts a poster for “The Enchanting Snake Girl” hanging at the entrance of the Circus Arcanus. The first cast photo from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald also subtly reinforced her latent snake identity by depicting Claudia Kim in snakeskin clothing.
Until now, the movie makers continued to keep the character’s identity a secret, fuelling speculation that this wasn’t just any snake girl but was the future favourite pet of Voldemort. This means that the movie will give us the backstories of characters like Dumbledore, Grindelwald and yeah, Nagini too. We know very little about Nagini’s life before her first appearance in Harry Potter: The Goblet of Fire. Now we at least know that she has a backstory which we now know spanned about 70 years.
Kim told EW, “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 is bound to permanently transform at some point to a beast so she feels this pressure that the clock is ticking.” Claudia Kim hinted other unique forms of magic by saying, “She has powers that are yet to be explored. I can’t confirm she has powers as other wizards have. And she doesn’t have a wand.”
Confirmation of Nagini’s involvement in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer brings months of feverish speculation from Potterheads to an end. The theorizing began when early plot details mentioned a circus location with Kim’s unnamed character as one of the “featured attractions.”