What is a Maledictus in the world of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts?

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An important Maledictus that connects both the world of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts has emerged, but what exactly is a Maledictus? We explain all.

So just in case, you don’t know what all the fuss is about. The last trailer for the up and coming movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was released today. In that trailer, an important Maledictus that connects both the world of Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts world emerged.

This Maledictus is called Nagini, and if you haven’t made the connection already, Nagini is the name of Voldemort’s snake; and yes, this Nagini in Fantastic Beasts is the same Nagini from Harry Potter.

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So, what is a Maledictus?

By definition; a Maledictus is a woman who carries a curse of the blood which will eventually lead them to transform permanently into a beast. In the case of Nagini, that said beast is a snake.

An in a nutshell that is all there is to it.

A woman who is destined to transform into an animal permanently, due to a curse that she was born with. Bit a raw deal really.

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They are very different from an Animagus, where an Animagus can be both a man or a woman, a Maledictus can only be a woman. An Animagus can also change at will, a Maledictus can do that also, but one day will be unable to transform back.

They are different from Werewolves in how the curse of the blood is transferred. In the case of Werewolves, the curse can be transformed by being bitten, whereas a Maledictus can only pass on the curse from Mother to Daughter and only via birth.

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