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J. K. Rowling responds to ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel casting controversy

J. K. Rowling defended her decision to cast a South Korean woman in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”

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Author J. K. Rowling responded to the casting controversy surrounding the upcoming film “Beautiful Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” on Wednesday.

The recently released trailer of the upcoming movie revealed Claudia Kim, a South Korean actress, will be portraying of Power, a serpent who serves as a slave to the villain Voldemort.

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Finally, I can say! I am #POWER ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿโ™ฅ๏ธ

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Rowling, the famous author of the “Harry Potter” series, defended her decision to cast Kim as the snake. Rowling responded to a tweet from a social media user who said that the “waste” to the release of a Korean woman as a Power. Rowling wrote the film scenario and serves as a producer for the film.

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“Listen, Joanne, we get it, you will not have enough representation when you wrote the books. But suddenly the make of Power in a Korean woman is garbage. Representation as an afterthought for the more awake points is not a good representation,” a social media user tweeted to Rowling.

The Naga are snake-like mythical creatures from the Indonesian mythology, hence the name ‘Power.’ They are sometimes depicted as winged, sometimes as half-man, half-snake. Indonesia consists of a few hundred ethnic groups, including Javanese, Chinese and Betawi. Have a lovely day ๐Ÿ

โ€” J. K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 26, 2018

Rowling said, “The Naga are snake-like mythical creatures from the Indonesian mythology, hence the name ‘Power.’ They are sometimes depicted as winged, sometimes as half-man, half-snake. Indonesia consists of a few hundred ethnic groups, including Javanese, Chinese and Betawi. Have a lovely day.”

The author also said that it was part of a “maledictus” or “a man transformed into an animal by an infectious blood curse,” the times reported.

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“Maledictuses are always female, while the werewolves can be slaughtered. The Maledictus wearing a blood curse from the birth, which is passed from mother to daughter,” Rowling explained in a tweet.

They can be subject to different terms. Maledictuses are always female, while the werewolves can be slaughtered. The Maledictus wearing a blood curse from the birth, which is passed from mother to daughter. https://t.co/wYfvPeQFRW

โ€” J. K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 25, 2018

This is not the first time that the film was criticized for its casting.

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Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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