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Fantastic Beasts Fans Hissed Off By ‘Racially Insensitive’ Casting

Messenger As the Potterverse explodes once again with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the next instalment in …read more

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Fantastic Beasts Claudia Kim Nagini
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As the Potterverse explodes once again with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the next instalment in the franchise has been branded “racially insensitive” by some fans.

With the final trailer blowing everyone away, the action-packed footage included a closer look at Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald and gave us a hint of the dark wizard is planning next. The trailer also confirmed the long-held theory that Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s Claudia Kim is playing Potter-favourite, Nagini.

Claudia Kim Fantastic Beasts
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For anyone who missed it, there was a scene in the latest trailer where Ezra Miller’s Credence called out to Kim’s character and shouted “Nagini” before she transformed into a snake.

The news that an Asian actress is playing a slave/snake/Horcrux hasn’t sat well with the wizarding world and some have taken to the Twitterverse to air their concerns.

The casting of Kim has caused a pretty big stir online as one of the few women of colour in the movie. 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was criticised for a lack of diversity as Carmen Ejogo joined the cast of Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, and Ezra Miller.


Although The Crimes of Grindelwald brings back Ejogo and Zoë Kravitz (after her Leta Lestrange cameo) while adding Kim, the diversity of the cast is still leaning towards white actors.

Claudia Kim Avengers-Age of Ultron
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The Harry Potter movies aren’t exactly known for their Asian actors, with the main series only really being remembered for Katie Leung as Cho Chang. Unfortunately, what could’ve been seen as a big step for Asian actors with The Crimes of Grindelwald is now caught in the fangs of controversy.

That being said, Nagini is a pretty major part of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and at least we know Kim’s version of Nagini will be making it out of the spin-off franchise alive. Everyone knew that Nagini would have some sort of complicated backstory, and the story will come full circle with The Crimes of Grindelwald.

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Fantastic Beasts now joins the likes of Ghost in the Shell‘s whitewashing controversy and claims that Ralph Breaks the Internet has “softened” Mulan’s features.

Thankfully, Disney’s live-action Mulan promises to ditch the racial stereotypes and fly the flag for Asian equality. Either way, Kim promises to be a major part of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, so expect the debate to continue.

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