4 Things JK Rowling Just Revealed About Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

by Natalie Zamora

The ​final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was released today, and besides getting seriously creeped out by Johnny Depp's Gellert Grindelwald and intrigued by Jude Law's Dumbledore, everyone was extremely shocked by the inclusion of Nagini. Voldemort's snake was no longer a reptile, but a whole woman.

Between all three elements, we are expecting some crazy stuff from the next installment in the series, and JK Rowling has added to the hype by answering fan questions on Twitter today following the trailer's release.

Here are four things the acclaimed author revealed about the upcoming film.

1. NAGINI IS A MALEDICTUS.

Upon first watch, the only thing we could figure to explain Nagini being a woman was that she had to be a horcrux. How else could a snake be a human? Well, Rowling explained she is actually a Maledictus, which is a female whose blood was cursed at birth, leading to her eventual transformation into a beast.

2. A MALEDICTUS IS NOT DESTINED TO BE EVIL BEFORE THE CURSE.

Rowling went on to explain that just because a Maledictus has cursed blood at birth, they are not destined to be cursed beforehand. "The slow transformation into a beast is beyond their control, but they aren't destined to be evil," she shared.

3. THE NAGINI FAN THEORY IS INCORRECT.

For those of you who still think Nagini was the snake trapped in the zoo at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Rowling is here to tell you no, that's not what happened! Calling it a "very persistent fan theory," the author explains it was never the same snake. That would be terribly sad.

4. DUMBLEDORE AND GRINDELWALD'S PAST WILL BE EXPLORED BOTH HERE AND IN FUTURE FILMS.

As for our two major characters, Rowling revealed the past and ​deep connection they share will be explored in the film, but even more so in the next installments.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters on November 16, 2018.

Game of Thrones Counseling Available for Upset Fans Following Series Finale

Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Helen Sloan, HBO

It’s no surprise that some fans are having a hard time dealing with the fact that Game of Thrones is over. The show ran for eight seasons, and became a huge part of fans's lives and Sunday night routines. Moreover, since the season 8 premiere first aired, fans haven’t been too thrilled with the trajectory of the show, and it has only gotten worse. (The final episode in the series scored the lowest rating in the show’s history on IMDb).

But if you’re having a hard time wrapping your mind around the end of Game of Thrones, or just want to vent, there's a counseling service here just for you. CNN reports that if you go to Bark.com, a UK-based online marketplace, you can find a Game of Thrones counselor who will listen to your every qualm about the show. "The professionals will help them digest their feelings and interpretation of the show, which could range from anger and confusion to sadness and grief," the service description reads.

"We watch them to escape our daily lives and immerse ourselves into the 'unknown,'" Lynette, a counselor from Bark.com, said in a statement regarding people's TV show obsessions. "This is the very reason why we sometimes become addicted to watching them, the stories they tell become part of our identity."

There’s options of booking a 30-minute or 60-minute session, which range from $25 to $51. Fans can choose from a face-to-face session, group session, or online, and can specify which specific problems they’re having regarding the show. 

What do we say to Game of Thrones-related anxiety? Not today!

New Coke is Making a Comeback Thanks to Stranger Things

Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Netflix

In what was considered one of the biggest consumer product marketing blunders of all time, the Coca-Cola Company upset devotees of their signature beverage by introducing New Coke in 1985. Sweeter and smoother than the original, people practically revolted over the change, and the drink eventually disappeared from shelves.

In 2019, New Coke is not only resurfacing—it might turn out to be one of the company's savviest marketing moves to date.

CNN reports that Coca-Cola will be producing 500,000 cans of New Coke in collaboration with Netflix to promote season 3 of Stranger Things, the 1980s-set paranormal drama. Cans will be featured on the show in a kind of retro product placement.

Fans can look for the cans online, which will be offered as a free gift with the purchase of two special Coca-Cola Classic or Coke Zero Sugar glass bottles with Stranger Things artwork beginning Thursday. Special vending machines will also be set up in major cities, and visitors to Atlanta's World of Coca-Cola can purchase the product there, too.

The company is using the exact same recipe for New Coke that got them in hot water back in 1985. For many, it will be their first chance to sample the drink that anti-New Coke activist and retiree Gay Mullins described as being "unbelievably wimpy" and tasting like Pepsi (a comment meant to be derogatory). Originally intended to replace Coca-Cola Classic, the drink was eventually rebranded Coke II and sold through 2002.

Coca-Cola anticipates demand will exceed their 500,000 can allotment, which means you're likely to see them pop up on eBay before long.

The new season of Stranger Things premieres July 4.

[h/t CNN]

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