JK Rowling Is Fighting Fans On Twitter Over The Casting Of Claudia Kim As Nagini

Someone please show JK Rowling how to log off.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Trailer

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Remember Voldemort’s snake? Well, earlier this week a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald revealed that Nagini is actually a human witch who later became a snake, and many fans are pretty concerned about the casting. Naturally, JK Rowling is now fighting them about it on Twitter.

The new Fantastic Beasts trailer reveals that South Korean actress Claudia Kim has been cast as Nagini, and fans have voiced a few different concerns about her casting. One of those concerns is that portraying Nagini as an Asian woman has the potential to reinforce some pretty racist stereotypes about Asian women being submissive, given that Nagini is a woman who becomes a snake against her will and subsequently becomes Voldemort’s pet.

Kim herself disagrees and has expressed excitement about the role, telling Entertainment Weekly that “it will be so interesting to see another side of Nagini,” and that the character is so much more than just Voldemort’s snake. “You’ve only seen her as a Horcrux,” she said. “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.”

JK Rowling, meanwhile, has responded exactly as you’d expect: by fighting fans about the casting on Twitter. In response to a fan criticising her for continuing to try to insert diversity into the Harry Potter series retrospectively, the author tweeted that Nagini needed to be played by an Asian actress because “the Naga are snake-like mythical creatures of Indonesian mythology, hence the name ‘Nagini’.”

It’s a baffling response — as many fans have pointed out — because it doesn’t seem to be right. Not only is Claudia Kim not Indonesian, but neither is the mythology Rowling’s talking about. As many fans have pointed out, the Naga mythology Rowling mentions in the tweet emerged from India, which influenced Indonesian mythology on the subject.

Anyway, the moral of this story seems to be that once again, JK Rowling should stop tweeting. You can see the trailer that kicked off all this chaos below.