It was revealed this year that Nagini starts life as a human inflicted with a Maledictus curse, which enables her to change from woman to serpent at will. Fans know, however, that eventually the curse will get the better of her and she’ll be forced to live as a fearsome snake forever – going on to become Voldemort’s companion and Horcrux in the main Harry Potter timeline. But how will her story play out over the remaining Fantastic Beasts films?
A new theory posted to Reddit has a poignant solution, and it’s been 92% upvoted at time of writing.
User Paleoman12 wrote: “I think that it is likely that in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films that Newt (or maybe Dumbledore) will break Nagini’s Maledictus curse, and separate Nagini the woman from Nagini the snake.
“I think this for various reasons, the principal one being that I think it is inordinately cruel that Nagini, who is ostensibly a good person, is destined to turn into Voldemort’s companion and Horcrux.”
They explained: “In universe, we see in the circus that she has control over her snake form, and later we see that Nagini chooses not to go along with Grindelwald.
“It would then seem unlikely that she would join Voldemort unless she loses control of herself when permanently transformed (which is possible).
“We also know that Newt was able to isolate the Obscurus of the girl from Sudan, and he has an affinity for magical beasts. This sets up his capacity to potentially isolate the beast side of Nagini.
“They may also be interacting with one another if they are both trying to reach out to Creedence.