The confirmation has come about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald revealing the unknown origin story of Nagini, the faithful serpent of Lord Voldemort. After over a year of keeping things under wraps, the South Korean actress Claudia Kim has revealed that she is playing the character of a circus artist named Nagini, and her story seems to be a lot more painful than we had anticipated earlier.
In the past, Warner Bros had shared that Kim was going to play a Maledictus Witch, someone whose blood was cursed and was fated to turn into a creature for the rest of her life. It was similar to the concept of Animagus, just that there was no free will here. After the revelation, the fans didn’t waste much time in speculating that she would be playing Nagini since J.K. Rowling had been uncharacteristically evasive about discussing the monstrous snake’s origins.
Now Kim has confirmed that the fan theories were correct. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, the actress confessed that she was playing Nagini. She is going to be featured as a member of the Circus Arcanus, where she will display her transformations for the Muggle viewers, who would think of her as another circus artist. According to Kim, this is going to be Nagini in a never before way. “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.”
Kim is mindful of not revealing how the Nagini magic works. She said, “she has powers that are yet to be explored,” although, she did mention that Nagini didn’t wield a wand. Nagini will be friendly with another outcast Credence Barebone, who ran away to France after his Obscurus powers created panic in Manhattan. “It’s amazing these two broken souls are able to form some kind of friendship within the circus,” Kim observes. “Credence is special to her because he encourages her to use her power.”
It must be noted here that this portrayal of Nagini might be a much different person in comparison to the nasty, unforgiving and dangerous serpent that we have seen so far in the Harry Potter films. As it was mentioned in the books that if a wizard spent long spells in the animal form, then they might lose their actual form, this might be what happens to a Maledictus Witch, and that is why they are taken over by the animalistic psyche. Not only that, we saw in the Harry Potter films how Voldemort had converted Nagini into one of his several Horcruxes by planting a piece of his evil and demented soul inside Nagini, That must be the reason why the snake became such a brutal beast, and its monstrous tendencies were enhanced.
However, it remains to be seen which side will Nagini join in the war against Gellert Grindelwald? Will she be an ally of Dumbledore and Newt or will she join Grindelwald’s mission? In any case, the comparisons between Voldemort and Grindelwald are quite similar and important. They both led the cause of wizards’ rule, led armies with symbols, and both desired the Elder Wand. Now, Nagini turns out to be another link between the two. The Fantastic Beasts series might have been planned to end in 1945, long before Voldemort’s ascent, but, it is obvious that the Dark Lord was greatly inspired by Grindelwald.