A few days ago, the final trailer for the most awaited movie for wizards and muggles, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
For over two minutes, we were given a glimpse of new magical beasts, new characters, Newt’s next adventure and the biggest surprise of all – Nagini.
For those who aren’t familiar with the Harry Potter
universe, Nagini the Snake is actually one of Voldemort’s hocruxes and his ‘pet’ snake. And a hocrux is an object which a dark witch or wizard keeps a fragment of his or her soul in order to attain immortality.
No one expected that Nagini was actually a person until the trailer came out although fans have long speculated it.
Everyone had no issues with Nagini being a person, but it seems that people are upset over the casting choice.
South Korean actress, Claudia Kim
was chosen to play Nagini the Snake. A lot of fans weren’t happy about it; claiming that J.K Rowling was trying too hard to be inclusive and diverse in her casting choices.
J.K. Rowling took it to Twitter to explain Nagini’s origin after a fan called her out for making it look like an "afterthought" by casting Kim. The critically-acclaimed author went on to say that Nagini was inspired by a “snake-like mythical creatures of Indonesian mythology.”
Some were also offended that Western producers are viewing Asians as one-dimensional, and all Asians are automatically of Chinese descendent/looking.
Well, to be honest, if Nagini has Indonesian origins, they could’ve casted someone who looked more of the part, perhaps an Indonesian/Malaysian/Singaporean/Bruneian or someone with a Javanese ethinicity.
We also found out that Indonesian actress, Acha Septriasa went for the casting of Nagini based on her Instagram post in April.
It's too late to cast another person at this stage, so we hope moving forward the producers would be more considerate on their choice of casting and stop trying to Whitesplain things that they lack knowledge in.