People think ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ is racially insensitive after casting Nagini as Asian

Gelo Lasin

The new trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ left everyone SHOOKT

In the film’s final trailer, it was revealed that Voldemort’s infamous snake/Horcrux, Nagini, was originally human AFTER. ALL. THIS. TIME.

WTF!

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The story – which takes place 70 years before Harry Potter’s – gives an origin tale to  Claudia Kim’s Nagini, who is portrayed as a circus performer who has the ability to transform into a snake.

And while Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling claimed that she planned this surprise twist all along

People took offense at the fact that Nagini was portrayed as Asian

Some were disgusted with the twist, as it basically meant that an Asian woman was a pet of a white male throughout the entire series.

One saw it as a poor attempt at including People of Color (POC) to the Harry Potter universe

The fantasy series, while loved by many, was often criticized for its cast’s lack of diversity.

However, others argued that Nagini was never treated like Voldy’s servant in the books.

Instead, she was more of his right-hand man…woman… snake. I’m confused.

 

What do you think? Is there any weight to this debate?

Watch the trailer here:

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