If one thing we’ve learned about JK Rowling is that she builds every character of her story to a T. Be it their history since birth, their traits and the reason for their actions – everything is justifiable, with a story right up her alley.
Reading the Harry Potter series and watching the films have taught us that much about her. And we should know better than to realize that one central character in the Harry Potter universe didn’t have a background history. In fact, we know nothing of this character’s origin except the fact that it was one of Voldemort’s Horcrux.
Yes, I’m talking about his snake, Nagini.
This theory may or may not be true, mind you, but the Comic Con poster release has strengthened this theory further. Fans are expecting a background of Nagini in the upcoming film – Crimes of Grindelwald – or perhaps in a future Fantastic Beasts installment.
Nagini, as you remember, was a very intelligent and loyal snake who carried out killings and ate up Voldemort’s enemies. She even concealed herself inside the corpse of Bathilda Bagshot to lure Harry and Hermione into her cottage while on their search for the Sword of Gryffindor, where she got Harry alone and telepathically contacted informed Voldemort about his arrival.
The origin of Nagini however, has not been clear, not in the books and neither in the films. It’s not even sure whether Nagini was with Voldemort before his downfall at the hands of a baby Harry Potter or if he or if he had found her during his exile in Albania. However, as ScreenRant pointed out, what we do know is that Voldemort used Nagini’s venom (obtained by Peter Pettigrew) to sustain him in a temporary form until he could regain his body. She was turned into a Horcrux after Voldemort murdered Bertha Jorkins in 1994.
Claudia Kim, the actress who is seen in the trailers and is walking alongside the lead cast, has a role that is not yet revealed to the public. All that we know is that she is playing an unidentified Maledictus. A Maledictus is basically an individual whose blood was cursed, eventually leading to them turning into a beast. The anonymity of Kim’s character has everyone scratching their heads, leading them to think that either this is a form of misdirection or it’s simply what she is known as.
Kim’s character is shown working in a circus and the first trailer for the film has “snake girl” on their billing. Not to forget, Kim is also seen wearing snakeskin leggings in the promotional images of the movie. Coincidence? We think not!
And after the release of a poster at San Diego comic con, as stated earlier, the theory just got stronger.
As you can see, the new poster features Kim next to Credence Barebone; a snake winds itself around the poster, with its head and tail coming either side of the Deathly Hallows symbol. Now considering the Deathly Hallows has a strong connection to the Horcrux that Voldemort created, this detail in the poster is all but being viewed as a confirmation of the theory.
Still all but just firm speculations, the possibility that Kim’s Maledictus is a snake girl is very likely and the fact that this is Rowling we’re talking about. The brilliant author who manages to somehow tie everything with each other in a story. Who’s to say she will leave the loose tie of Nagini’s origin hanging?
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens November 17th.