👓 Is ‚ÄėFantastic Beasts 2‚Äô racist? Not quite. | The Washington Post

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Twenty years after the first Harry Potter book was released in the United States, the franchise still has the power to amaze ‚ÄĒ and offend. To this day, J.K. Rowling‚Äôs series is still banned in some schools and libraries for promoting ‚Äúwitchcraft.‚ÄĚ But with the release last week of a new trailer for the next film in the fictional universe, ‚ÄúFantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald,‚ÄĚ Rowling is facing a different sort of backlash. This one shouldn‚Äôt be dismissed so easily.

At the heart of today‚Äôs Harry Potter controversy is a five-second clip in the ‚ÄúFantastic Beasts 2‚ÄĚ trailer showing South Korean actress Claudia Kim transforming into a massive snake. The scene apparently reveals the backstory behind her character, Nagini, who eventually becomes Voldemort‚Äôs pet: She is a ‚Äúmaledictus,‚ÄĚ or shape-shifter, cursed to eventually become trapped in a snake‚Äôs body.

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