A series of character posters and the final trailer for the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts were revealed today, and one of them brought along a plot twist. Rowling went to Twitter to answer to some comments about the movie and today's reveal:
Only for around twenty years. https://t.co/gZadgWVREN— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 25, 2018
They're different conditions. Maledictuses are always women, whereas werewolves can be either sex. The Maledictus carries a blood curse from birth, which is passed down from mother to daughter. https://t.co/wYfvPeQFRW— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 25, 2018
Nagini, according to Harry Potter wikia, "was a female human Maledictus, with the ability to transform into a snake. By 1927, she was a featured attraction in a wizarding circus owned by Skender, where she befriended Credence Barebone." OP doesn't know what that means because she hasn't cared about HP byproducts since The Cursed Child spoilers, but sure.
Some people, however, aren't happy by the implications (but lbr, most other fans are happy because they still love JKR's shit)...
“Nagini was a human woman all along“ really is a bold addition to JK Rowling's list of post-series canon retcons. https://t.co/H3TsQplrwR— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) September 25, 2018
lmfao ur tellin me that nagini was a woc this whole time pic.twitter.com/a3geLW6XII— jessica (@sabakunotemaris) September 25, 2018
Fantastic Beasts turned Nagini into a sexy lady animagus/shapeshifter? color me fuckin unsurprised lmao— wow! cool robot (@regretfulorb) September 25, 2018
wait so nagini is being played by an asian woman and she like.... becomes voldemort's '''pet'''???? is she.... is she a Fantastic Beast newt must Find???? oh this is bad. this is very very bad— ✍️ (@neonacropolis) September 25, 2018
Also, there was apparently a gay Dumbledore moment in the trailer, with Albus staring into the Erised Mirror and seeing non!Depp Grindewald. Homophobia is over.
OMG DUMBLEDORE SEES HIMSELF AND YOUNG GELLERT GRINDELWALD IN THE MIRROR OF ERISED CAN YOU FEEL THE FEEEEEEEELS GUYS? 😱😱😱😭😭😭#FantasticBeasts #Dumbledore #Grindelwald #TheCrimesOfGrindelwald @jk_rowling pic.twitter.com/b1vrDBGxzJ— Elisabeth Gm (@quirkyslytherin) September 25, 2018
Sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6