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Everything you wanted to know about Nagini

Lord Voldemort’s terrifying snake, Nagini, is a great source of mystery in the Harry Potter books. Now, it’s been revealed that she will feature in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Claudia Kim Nagini

Recently, we discovered that another character from the Harry Potter adventures will be appearing in the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald film – but not quite in the same way.

In the new trailer, released earlier, it was revealed that the character played by Claudia Kim has a name familiar to us… Nagini. Harry Potter fans know this name all too well: Lord Voldemort’s deadly snake companion responsible for many terrifying moments.

Before now, Claudia Kim’s character had only been known as ‘the Maledictus’. A ‘Maledictus’ is a carrier of a blood curse which will ultimately destine them to transform permanently into a beast.

It transpires that Nagini the snake, from Harry Potter, used to be a woman with a terrible curse. And seemingly, based on her friendship with Credence as seen in the trailer, not just the evil character who did Lord Voldemort’s bidding. So, what happened?

While we ponder on Nagini’s past, here’s a reminder of everything we know about Nagini from the Harry Potter books – and her connection to Lord Voldemort.

Nagini snake

 

‘I think he is perhaps as fond of her as he can be of anything…’
Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Nagini was first introduced in Goblet of Fire

Although we met Lord Voldemort in Philosopher’s Stone, Nagini the snake did not appear until Goblet of Fire. In the book, Nagini was first introduced in The Riddle House, Goblet of Fire’s opening chapter, where she proceeded to eat the body of the poor, local Muggle, Frank Bryce. Lovely. Nagini seemed integral to Lord Voldemort’s survival before he could be restored to his body, and we learnt, quite grotesquely, that Voldemort even tasked Wormtail to ‘milk’ Nagini so he could live off her venom to keep his strength up. BFFs forever. (Sorry.)

tom riddle's house

Lord Voldemort and Nagini had a special relationship

So Nagini and Voldemort were definitely close. As a Parselmouth, (i.e. able to talk to snakes) Voldemort could communicate with her, and the pair often sent each other messages, even suggesting a telepathic connection at times. Lord Voldemort could also possess Nagini, like he did on the night where Arthur Weasley was attacked in Order of the Phoenix.

Because of Harry’s unwanted mental link with Voldemort, this is why Harry suffered horrendous visions from the snake’s point of view. Voldemort and Nagini seemed interlinked in ways beyond imagination – and as Albus Dumbledore observed to Harry, ‘he certainly likes to keep her close and he seems to have an unusual amount of control over her, even for a Parselmouth.’

Nagini assisted with many of Lord Voldemort’s murders

Lord Voldemort usually sent or possessed Nagini to do his bidding, and many key characters suffered by her. As mentioned, the snake very nearly killed Arthur Weasley, who had to spend Christmas at St Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, as Nagini’s venom kept his wounds from healing. She was certainly no ordinary snake.

While Arthur lived to tell the tale, others were not so lucky. Lord Voldemort callously fed Muggle Studies teacher Charity Burbage to Nagini after performing the Killing Curse. Sometimes Voldemort simply let Nagini do the dirty deed herself. The most famous example of this is Severus Snape. Rather than murdering Snape himself, Lord Voldemort unleashed Nagini on him, creating a truly gruesome death sentence. Quite telling that Lord Voldemort chose to not kill Snape personally…

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