Vote for ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ to Win EFAs People’s Choice Award!

Sep 16, 2019

Posted by: Dawn Johnson

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is nominated for the European Film Awards 2019 People’s Choice Award, giving fans across Europe the opportunity to name the second installment in J.K. Rowling’s epic new film series as their favorite of the year.

Fans can vote NOW through Oct. 31, and participating voters are entered for a chance to win a trip for two to attend the awards ceremony in Berlin on Dec. 7, 2019!

The other nominees competing for this year’s audience-awarded honor are: Border/Gräns (Sweden, Denmark), Cold War/ Zimna Wojna (Poland, UK, France), Dogman (Italy, France), Girl (Belgium, The Netherlands), Happy as Lazzaro /Lazzaro Felice (Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland), Mama Mia! Here We Go Again (UK), Pain and Glory/Dolor Y Gloria (Spain), Sink or Swim (France), The Breadwinner (Ireland, Canada, Luxembourg), The Favourite (UK, Ireland) and The Purity of Vengeance/Journal 64 (Denmark).

Previous winners include Ida, Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech and last year’s Call Me By Your Name.


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald may seem like an odd choice among such company, but the film is much more than a fantasy set within Rowling’s imagined wizarding world. It is also an historical drama, paralleling the rise of Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler and offering subtle commentary on the means and methods employed by such a man to win over the hearts and minds of a people even as he plots to oppress the rest of the world.

Crimes of Grindelwald also boasts exquisite costumes and sets, superb acting and characterization and, yes, an other-worldly element masterfully brought to life through groundbreaking special effects.

Vote for the 32nd European Film Awards People’s Choice nominees here!

And for further review of the stunning, and underappreciated, intricacies of Crimes of Grindelwald and its place in Rowling’s larger series as a whole, revisit Leaky’s discussions of major characters, plot points, questions and theories below.

We discussed alchemist Nicolas Flamel, his abilities in the art of Divination, his connection to Ilvermorny professor Eulalie Hicks and the intriguing golden book which may suggest they belonged to an early incarnation of the Order of the Phoenix.

Leaky poured over the parallels between Rowling’s Harry Potter storyline and the new series, comparing the impact of the cliffhangers, the orphans, the dark magic, the enchanted objects, the powerful and alluring campaigns for superiority–and more. We further analyzed Rowling’s penchant for great sacrifices and their import to the plot, as well as the prophecies which foretell–or seal?–the fate of the chosen.


There is also the question of the Blood Pact and the extent to which it constrains and directs the actions of Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald as they engage in that great chess match against one another, attempting to block and thwart plans through subtle and strategic means.


And, of course, we delved deep into what is perhaps the largest question raised by the film–what is the true identity of Credence Barebone? Has Grindelwald revealed a game-changing and shocking truth or told the greatest lie? Or is he blurring the lines of both and engaging in a twisted manipulation only Rowling can unravel in the films to come!?

Whatever the case, we’re hoping that Rowling has the answers to all of the mind-blowing plot twists in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for Newt Scamander next. The third installment is likely to be even better than the last, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it listed as a future EFA People’s Choice Award nominee in the near future!

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.