When the full cast for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was revealed, it was almost immediately theorised that Claudia Kim's character might be a very familiar face.
Her character was described as "a Maledictus, the carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast." That, along with her character confirmed to be an employee or attraction at Circus Arcanus - which included an Enchanting Snake Girl - was the foundation for the claim that Kim's character was Nagini.
Subsequently, the trailers have added fuel to the fire, but it's the latest that outright confirms it. In a scene taking place at the circus, we hear Credence say "Nagini", and then watch as Kim transforms into the snake. While the theory has proved popular for a while now, it's a huge reveal to make in the trailer, and one that would have been better saved for the movie.
Still, now that it is official, it's undoubtedly interesting. It explains why Kim's character hadn't been given a name, as even at this point she is indeed called Nagini, and although she'll eventually be permanently transformed into a snake and turned into a Horcrux by Lord Voldemort, at this point she can go back and forth between the two at will. With the trailer out, Kim has explained her character a little bit more, telling EW:
"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.”"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.”
It's previously been speculated that Voldemort and Nagini's bond began in Albania, where the Dark Lord fled after his defeat by Harry Potter, but it's feasible that, with this franchise taking us from 1926 (the year of Voldemort's birth) to the 1940s, when he would've been at Hogwarts and on the cusp of becoming Voldemort, a connection could be seen in the series. Either way, Nagini is headed for a very tragic fall.
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