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JK Rowling responds to racism controversy on Soo Hyun (Claudia Kim)'s role as Nagini in 'Fantastic Beasts 2'

Soo Hyun (Claudia Kim)
JK Rowling spoke out about the issues involving Soo Hyun (Claudi Kim)'s role in 'Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald'.

On September 25, Warner Bros. Pictures released the official trailer for the new film by the famous scriptwriter JK Rowling. 


The film gained great attention in Korea as the cast includes Korean actress Soo Hyun. However, the excitement turned into anger to many when the trailer revealed Soo Hyun is given the role of Nagini; a villainous, evil snake character in the 'Harry Potter' books and movies. Not only South Korean viewers but many viewers of other nationalities are also displeased with JK Rowling for making an Asian play the villain and a character that later becomes Lord Voldemort's pet snake. 




Twitter users fired criticism against JK Rowling for racism. 




One fan brought the issue to JK Rowling's attention by tweeting, "Listen Joanne, we get it, you didn't include enough representation when you wrote the books. But suddenly making Nagini into a Korean woman is garbage. Representation as an afterthought for more woke points is not good representation. [sic]"

JK Rowling responded with an explanation of Soo Hyun's role, and said, "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 ethnics groups, including Javenese, Chinese, and Betawi. Have a lovely day."


Indian author Amish Tripathi disputed JK Rowling's Indonesian mythology claim and stated that it is actually of Indian origin.




What are your thoughts on the issues involving Soo Hyun's role? 
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