Those Home Alone traps were nothing short of magic TBH
There’s been a lot of buzz about the new Fantastic Beasts sequel and more specifically its cast, as it’s been the subject of a lot of celebration and a handful of controversies. From Jude Law’s suave young Dumbledore to Johnny Depp’s casting in the wake of his domestic abuse allegations, the new faces to the Potter universe have been stirring up a lot of emotions and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts will be interesting to say the least. However, there’s one person who wants to be in it – and we need this to happen immediately.
So, who is it? Well, Home Alone’s Macaulay Culkin has publicly made the case for why he should be in the next Fantastic Beasts film. He tweeted J.K. Rowling herself and even provided his CV and a reference – clearly, this is a guy who knows how to apply for a job.
He tweeted at her, ‘Can you write me into the next movie? I’m Macaulay Culkin (From Home Alone: The Movie) and I was also a Pagemaster (experienced with magic).’
He also then roped his ‘real life’ friend Dan Fogler, who will be reprising his role as Jacob Kowalski in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, for a bit of extra help. He said, ‘Hey @mrdanfogler put in a good word for me. There’s a back rub in it for you. ;)’
His friend Dan Fogler later chimed in, telling Macaulay that he has ‘the same colouring as [the] Malfoy clan’ and that he could see the actor ‘as a grad student at ILVERMORNY‘. Ilvermony is the American version of Hogwarts, which we didn’t know till just now either.
Culkin’s also clearly been on Pottermore as he fired back, ‘While I may look like a Malfoy I’m actually a Gryffindor and my patronus is a Mastiff which is a dog. So that’s cute!’
He also threw in his own hashtag #MakeMeAWizard. It’s time to get this trending, people.
However he was brought low by another Twitter user, who pointed out why he probably wouldn’t last a day in the wizarding world. Referring to his death by bee in the film My Girl, @andymilonakis said, ‘Don’t do it he can’t even handle a bee sting.’
Although J.K. has yet to respond, fingers crossed the pair have just taken negotiations off Twitter and that Macaulay will poke his head into the next instalment (if there is one). We want to see hilariously over the top traps being laid for Grindelwald and we want to see them now.
Macaulay also threw his hat into a recent Fantastic Beasts casting controversy, referring to South Korean actress Claudia Kim who has been cast as Voldemort’s pet snake Nagini.
Since the new trailer dropped, it was revealed that He Who Shall Not Be Named’s reptilian servant was actually a Maledictus. Don’t worry if your Potter knowledge fails you here either, it’s a new concept. J.K. Rowling revealed that she’d known for twenty years that Nagini was a Maledictus, which she explained wa a woman who ‘carries a blood curse from birth’ and eventually becomes an animal according to J.K. Rowling.
At the moment, fans and especially members of the Asian community have taken issue with it as some perceive the casting as an ill-thought out way to diversify the film. Others have pointed out the issues of playing into a dragon lady stereotype, as well as framing an Asian actress as somebody subservient to a white man like Voldemort.
He defended the casting in his message to J.K. Rowling, saying, ‘Hey @jk_rowling I’m with you! Nagini can be whatever she wants to be! She’s a strong woman/snake.’
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released later this November 2018, starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore.