The Wizarding World Winners at the 80th Golden Globes

We have big wins from the 80th Golden Globe Awards for Wizarding World alumni! With several projects featuring actors from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises receiving big nominations, here’s the list of magical winners.

The night’s biggest win was for Colin Farrell (Percival Graves in Fantastic Beasts) and Brendan Gleeson’s (Mad-Eye Moody in Harry Potter) dramedy The Banshees of Inisherin, which tells the story of two friends who stop being friends for no apparent reason. The film received awards for Best Picture – Musical/Comedy and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture. Colin Farrell also received an individual award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, beating out Ralph Fiennes for The Menu.



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House of the Dragon, which features Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood) as Otto Hightower, also won big. The Game of Thrones spin-off show won the Best Drama Series award, beating Imelda Staunton’s The Crown to take the prize. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, to which David Bradley (Filch in Harry Potter) and Ron Perlman (Gnarlak in Fantastic Beasts) lend their voices and which Alexandre Desplat (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) scored, won Best Picture – Animated.

While some Wizarding World stars did take awards home from the ceremony, which took place earlier this week on January 10, others, unfortunately, missed out. Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) was beaten by Austin Butler (Elvis) for the Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama award, and Michelle Yeoh (Everything, Everywhere All at Once) took the Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy over Dame Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney). While composer John Williams missed out on the Best Original Score – Motion Picture for his work on The Fabelmans, the film itself won Best Picture – Drama.

Thompson and Farrell spoke about their nominated films before the awards ceremony to Vanity Fair. Thompson described watching what happens to Farrell’s character in The Banshees of Inisherin as “so painful.”

It just broke my heart in two, just this heart, this sort of little heart walking around, completely vulnerable and nothing to protect it at all, really.

Farrell noted to Thompson that the journey of her character in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is “opposite” from that of his character in The Banshees of Inisherin.

Yours is about an awakening. […] It’s about your character coming alive to herself and to the beauty in life as she can experience it.

Congratulations to Colin Farrell for his award and to all other Wizarding World alumni whose projects won awards at the Golden Globes!

Neave Williamson

I've been a proud Slytherin for as long as I can remember, and love taking inspiration from the Wizarding World for short films.