The final Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer hit the internet on Tuesday morning and has a couple of big reveals for Harry Potter fans!
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Notably, Credence’s pal at the circus, the Maledictus played by Claudia Kim, is indeed Nagini — it’s been a popular fan theory over the past year since we knew this mysterious, unnamed character was a snake. A Maledictus is “the carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast.”
In a brand new interview with EW, Kim confirms she is Nagini. In this part of the timeline, Nagini is able to transform between human and snake at will. “She does feel sometimes it’s not controllable,” she told EW. “She is bound to [permanently] transform at some point to a beast so she feels this pressure that the clock is ticking.”
“It will be so interesting to see another side of Nagini,” she added. “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.”
WB released a 10th character poster today (the other nine were released yesterday) which confirms Nagini. Her tagline says she’s “aiding a fugitive”:
Elsewhere in the new trailer, Dumbledore’s feelings towards Grindelwald are hinted at in new shots depicting the Hogwarts Professor visiting the Mirror of Erised, and now we’re learning that Jamie Campbell Bower is back as young Grindelwald. Bower played young Grindelwald in the Harry Potter movies. The young young Dumbledore also appears to be the same actor who made a brief cameo in a photo in the Harry Potter series: Toby Regbo. They’re the first actors to appear in both film series.
And here’s young young Dumbledore:
I’d ship them!
Here’s a photo of the two characters played by the same actors in the Harry Potter movies:
Even Quidditch gets a cameo in Fantastic Beasts:
Of course, the “Beasts” are all over this trailer. Speaking of our Magizoologist, we learn that Newt wants to take the middle ground in the brewing battle. “I don’t do sides,” Newt tells his brother. As noted by Dumbledore, Newt only wants to do what’s right.
In related news: On Monday, J.K. Rowling made a brief appearance on NBC’s Today Show and emphasized Dumbledore’s role in the five-part series: “These movies are largely about how Dumbledore became Dumbledore,” she said.
Also on Monday WB released a slew of gorgeous character posters.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released this November.
Editor’s note: Johnny Depp, who co-stars in this film, has been repeatedly accused of acting violently towards others. He allegedly beat his ex-wife Amber Heard (read the accusations by Heard and Depp’s former associates). J.K. Rowling responded to the controversy. In July 2018, Depp was accused of punching a crew member on the set of a film in April 2017. Why are we telling you this?