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JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts movie trailer has been released and some fans are offended by casting an Asian actress as Nagini, Voldemort's snake-like nemesis.

Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series as well as the prequel, Fantastic Beasts: Crimes Of Grindelwald, says she has been hiding the fact that Nagini was a woman turned into a snake due to a curse. Up until now fans believed the character was simply a snake.

Although the snake was killed in the last Harry Potter film, the Fantastic Beast spin-off seemingly brought her back and in the movie, Nagini is played by a South Korean actress Claudia Kim.

Fans took to social media to share their offence that having an Asian actor play the role of the snake. One Twitter user said: "If you don't see anything racist about an Asian woman being the pet of a white man, who is basically magic Hitler, I don't know what to say."

Another said: "jk rowling: "wow I'm so liberal for having Nagini actually be an enslaved Asian woman who has a curse that can only be passed to women!! also, even though Nagini is stolen from South Asian mythology, we cast an east Asian woman!! ha ha hashtag progress :^))))) (sic)"

However, Rowling defended the criticism by stating, "The Naga are snake-like mythical creatures of Indonesian mythology, hence the name ‘Nagini.’ They are sometimes depicted as winged, sometimes as half-human, half-snake. Indonesia comprises a few hundred ethnic groups, including Javanese, Chinese and Betawi. Have a lovely day".

Rowling has, in fact, had to defend the casting of Johnny Depp for the last movie after allegations of domestic violence were made by his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

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