How ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Ties Into ‘Harry Potter’ Films

The upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts will feature a younger Albus Dumbledore. However, this will not be the only major connection to the original Harry Potter franchise. The latest trailer for the film has revealed yet another hidden identity, Nagini.

For those who don’t know or are having difficulties in remembering the character, Nagini was Voldemort’s serpent horcrux. In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, however, Nagini will be shown as a human who can transform into a snake at will. The character is played by Claudia Kim.

The details of the character have been kept a secret until now and the trailer also featured her transforming into a snake. During an interview with EW, Kim spoke about her new character, revealing that she isn’t an evil character as depicted in the Harry Potter films:

“It will be so interesting to see another side of Nagini. 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.”

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Unfortunately, no matter how much she tries to change her fate, we know that she’ll eventually turn into a serpent permanently:

“She does feel sometimes it’s not controllable. She is bound to [permanently] transform at some point to a beast so she feels this pressure that the clock is ticking. She has powers that are yet to be explored. I can’t confirm she has powers like wizards have. And she doesn’t have a wand.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will feature Nagini as a shapeshifting character who wows Muggles with her ability until she runs into Credence Barebone, played by Ezra Miller:

“Sometimes I introduce myself as ‘Credence’s only friend’. It’s amazing these two broken souls are able to form some kind of friendship within the circus. Credence is special to her because he encourages her to use her power.”

Check out the awesome final trailer below:

Check out the latest and final trailer below:

Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp.

At the end of the first film, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise wizards and witches up to rule over all non-magical beings.In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.  

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to hit theaters on November 16th.