As the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald has now dropped, fans of the Wizarding World franchise will be well aware that Warner Bros and JK Rowling are aiming squarely at recapturing some of the magic of Harry Potter in a very conscious way with the sequel.
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Previously, Digital Spy had revealed the theory that Claudia Kim – who will be playing one of the Circus Arcanus’ employees (or attractions?) – is actually going to turn into Nagini. She’s reported to be a Maledictus – a wizard born cursed to turn them into an animal and the theory goes that when she grows up shes’s going to be a Horcrux.
That was used as the explanation for her wearing snakeskin trousers in the promotional image for Fantastic Beasts 2 that preceded this trailer release by months…
The trailer seems to add fuel to this fire, as it reveals a first look at the Circus Arcanus and shows off some of the artwork used to advertise the attractions they have in their repertoire…
One of the posters bills an “oni” – an ogre in Japanese folklore – while the other carries the word “Maledictus” under the image of a serpent and the words “in the flesh” in French. Could that be confirmation that the show includes a character who turns into a snake? Could that be Claudia Kim’s character? And could she be set to turn into Nagini as her tragic end?
Perhaps this is why Kim’s character so far is the only character who doesn’t have a name? Could that be protected as a means to hide the spoiler?
Maybe a young Tom Riddle saw the circus and attached importance to the pre-transformed Nagini the same way he chose the cave as the site of a cherished memory? It’s certainly not outside of the realms of possibility.