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The 'Fantastic Beasts 2' trailer might have confirmed a major fan theory

Or not. But no matter what, Youngledore is hot.

By Eliza Thompson
Credence and Maledictus in Fantastic Beasts 2

The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald finally debuted this week, and while it includes a return to Hogwarts and plenty of Youngledore action, it offers very little in the way of information about the plot. There is, however, a moment that may or may not confirm a theory that's been floating around the internet since the first cast photo appeared back in the fall, and concerns Claudia Kim's character, currently only known as a Maledictus.

According to Pottermore, a Maledictus is a witch (or wizard) that carries a "blood curse" that "destines her ultimately to transform into a beast." This is different than an Animagus, who can transform into an animal at will but must learn to do so. The "destiny" part of the equation is what's strange here. Does it mean a Maledictus just goes in and out of their beast form at random, or does it mean that they'll just eventually turn into that beast and stay that way? Unclear, but keep this in mind as you go.

Moving on: Last summer, news broke that Fantastic Beasts 2 would involve a magical circus and that Claudia's character would be someone the others first encounter at that circus. A shot in the first movie actually included a blink-and-you-miss-it poster for this circus, which is called the Circus Arcanus, and that poster mentioned an act called the Snake Girl. Now cut to the release of the first cast photo (seen at the top of the post) and Claudia's tights. Don't they kind of look like... scales? Emoji thinking face!

Now the first trailer for the movie has appeared, and sure enough, it features a shot of the Circus Arcanus. On the left side, there's a poster for an act that looks like a snake with a human head, but it doesn't say "Snake Girl" — it says "Maledictus." Coupled with the fact that the head has dark hair about the same length as Claudia's, it seems safe-ish to assume that her beast form is a snake (unless there's some other dark-haired woman in the circus who's also a Maledictus, and you really never know with Harry Potter).

The shot of the circus from the trailer.
The shot of the circus from the trailer.

So what does this have to do with Nagini? Officially, nothing, but the fact remains that Claudia's character still doesn't have a name, which is sort of weird. We get to know about Torquil Travers, but not whatever the Maledictus is called? Even if she's not Nagini, there's got to be a reason the Warner Bros. powers that be don't want to reveal her name just yet — otherwise they'd just tell us it was, like, Tiffany.

Secondly, not much is known about Nagini's backstory, which is unusual both for Harry Potter in general and because the rest of Voldemort's horcruxes do have backstories and great significance to him. While Nagini's weird powers could be explained by the fact that she's a horcrux, it seems unlikely that Voldemort would have picked any old snake to hold a piece of his soul.

Also of note is the fact that the first Fantastic Beasts movie is set in 1926, the year of Voldemort's birth, and the fifth will reportedly conclude in 1945, the year Voldemort finished at Hogwarts. If these movies are actually tracing Voldemort's origin story, then it would make complete sense for there to be something about Nagini hidden in one of them.

The Crimes of Grindelwald doesn't come out till Nov. 15, but keep theorising, people. I'm sure Hogwarts will add an O.W.L. in Outlandish Fan Theories one of these days.