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John Williams’ signature piece of music, “Hedwig’s Theme“, is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the music in the Harry Potter films. Over a decade, four different composers wrote music for the film series. Read on to learn about these soundtracks, stream the audio, download sheet music, and learn some of the highlights on piano.

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John Williams scored the first three Harry Potter films

John Williams scored the first three Harry Potter films

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

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Famed composer John Williams wrote the score for the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Williams actually composed the primary theme (which became the theme for the entire movie franchise), “Hedwig’s Theme“, as a piece of promotional music for the film’s trailer. Warner Bros. were so impressed with the piece that Williams used it as the basis for the entire score. Other noteworthy themes include, “Harry’s Wondrous World“, “The Quidditch Match” and “Leaving Hogwarts“.

Learn to play “Prologue” (Hedwig’s Theme) on piano:

Track listing (73:28)
1. Prologue (2:12)
2. Harry’s Wondrous World (5:21)
3. The Arrival of Baby Harry (4:25)
4. Visit to the Zoo and Letters from Hogwarts (3:23)
5. Diagon Alley and the Gringotts Vault (4:06)
6. Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters and the Journey to Hogwarts (3:14)
7. Entry into the Great Hall and the Banquet (3:42)
8. Mr. Longbottom Flies (3:35)
9. Hogwarts Forever! and the Moving Stairs (3:47)
10. The Norwegian Ridgeback and a Change of Season (2:47)
11. The Quidditch Match (8:29)
12. Christmas at Hogwarts (2:56)
13. The Invisibility Cloak and the Library Scene (3:16)
14. Fluffy’s Harp (2:39)
15. In the Devil’s Snare and the Flying Keys (2:21)
16. The Chess Game (3:49)
17. The Face of Voldemort (6:10)
18. Leaving Hogwarts (2:14)
19. Hedwig’s Theme (5:11)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

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Williams returned in 2002 to score Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Due to scheduling conflicts, Williams brought in composer William Ross to help adapt his themes and flesh out the score. Borrowing many of the themes from the first film, Chamber of Secrets introduced a number of new musical motifs, including the gorgeous, “Fawkes the Phoenix“, “Gilderoy Lockhart”, and “Dobby the House Elf”.

Learn to play “Fawkes the Phoenix” on piano:

Track listing (70:08)
1. Prologue: Book II and the Escape from the Dursleys (3:31)
2. Fawkes the Phoenix (3:45)
3. The Chamber of Secrets (3:49)
4. Gilderoy Lockhart (2:05)
5. The Flying Car (4:08)
6. Knockturn Alley (1:47)
7. Introducing Colin (1:49)
8. The Dueling Club (4:08)
9. Dobby the House Elf (3:27)
10. The Spiders (4:32)
11. Moaning Myrtle (2:05)
12. Meeting Aragog (3:18)
13. Fawkes Is Reborn (3:19)
14. Meeting Tom Riddle (3:38)
15. Cornish Pixies (2:13)
16. Polyjuice Potion (3:52)
17. Cakes for Crabbe and Goyle (3:30)
18. Dueling the Basilisk (5:02)
19. Reunion of Friends (5:08)
20. Harry’s Wondrous World (5:02)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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Williams’ final contribution to the musical world of Harry Potter was 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Williams, in collaboration with director Alfonso Cuarón, decided to take the music in a darker direction — introducing a medieval flavour to the score. One of the film’s most prominent themes is, “Double Trouble“, a choral piece written by Williams and borrowing lyrics from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Other highlights include the film’s primary theme, “A Window to the Past“, and “Buckbeak’s Flight“.

Track listing (68:37)
1. Lumos! (Hedwig’s Theme) (1:38)
2. Aunt Marge’s Waltz (2:15)
3. The Knight Bus (2:52)
4. Apparition on the Train (2:15)
5. Double Trouble (1:37)
6. Buckbeak’s Flight (2:08)
7. A Window to the Past (3:54)
8. The Whomping Willow and the Snowball Fight (2:22)
9. Secrets of the Castle (2:32)
10. The Portrait Gallery (2:05)
11. Hagrid the Professor (1:59)
12. Monster Books and Boggarts! (2:26)
13. Quidditch, Third Year (3:47)
14. Lupin’s Transformation and Chasing Scabbers (3:01)
15. The Patronus Light (1:12)
16. The Werewolf Scene (4:25)
17. Saving Buckbeak (6:39)
18. Forward to Time Past (2:33)
19. The Dementors Converge (3:12)
20. Finale (3:24)
21. Mischief Managed! (12:10)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Patrick Doyle scored Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Patrick Doyle scored Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Due to scheduling conflicts, John Williams departed the franchise and handed the reins over to Scottish composer, Patrick Doyle. Doyle adapted Williams’ primary theme, “Hedwig’s Theme”, but composed an entirely new score. Highlights include the sweeping love piece, “Harry in Winter” and the ten-minute epic piece, “Voldemort”, which underscores the Dark Lord’s rebirth. Jarvis Cocker and Jason Buckle also wrote three songs for the film (as the fictional “Weird Sisters” who perform at the Yule Ball). Doyle provided string arrangements for these songs.

Track listing (75:48)
1. The Story Continues (1:31)
2. Frank Dies (2:12)
3. The Quidditch World Cup (1:52)
4. The Dark Mark (3:27)
5. Foreign Visitors Arrive (1:30)
6. The Goblet of Fire (3:23)
7. Rita Skeeter (1:42)
8. Sirius Fire (2:00)
9. Harry Sees Dragons (1:54)
10. Golden Egg (6:10)
11. Neville’s Waltz (2:11)
12. Harry in Winter (2:56)
13. Potter Waltz (2:19)
14. Underwater Secrets (2:28)
15. The Black Lake (4:38)
16. Hogwarts’ March (2:47)
17. The Maze (4:44)
18. Voldemort (9:39)
19. Death of Cedric (1:59)
20. Another Year Ends (2:21)
21. Hogwarts’ Hymn (2:59)
22. Do the Hippogriff (3:39)
23. This Is the Night (3:24)
24. Magic Works (4:02)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

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When David Yates was announced as director of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, he brought in his regular musical collaborator, Nicholas Hooper. Again, Hooper used elements of Williams’, “Hedwig’s Theme”, taking the piece in a darker direction to match the tone of the film. Highlights include the jaunty, “Professor Umbridge“, “The Ministry of Magic“, and “Flight of the Order of the Phoenix“.

Learn how to play “Professor Umbridge” on piano:

Track listing (51:56)
1. Fireworks (1:49)
2. Professor Umbridge (2:35)
3. Another Story (2:41)
4. Dementors in the Underpass (1:45)
5. Dumbledore’s Army (2:42)
6. The Hall of Prophecies (4:27)
7. Possession (3:20)
8. The Room of Requirement (6:09)
9. The Kiss (1:56)
10. A Journey to Hogwarts (2:54)
11. The Sirius Deception (2:36)
12. Death of Sirius (3:58)
13. Umbridge Spoils a Beautiful Morning (2:39)
14. Darkness Takes Over (2:58)
15. The Ministry of Magic (2:48)
16. The Sacking of Trelawney (2:15)
17. Flight of the Order of the Phoenix (1:34)
18. Loved Ones and Leaving (3:15)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Nicholas Hooper scored Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince

Nicholas Hooper scored Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince

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Hooper returned to score Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. As well as “Hedwig’s Theme”, this was the first score to borrow another of Williams’ themes: the Quidditch motif from Prisoner of Azkaban makes a reoccurrence. Highlights include the haunting choral piece, “In Noctem” (which underscores Dumbledore’s death), “Malfoy’s Mission”,  “Slughorn’s Confession”, and “Farewell Aragog“.

Learn how to play “In Noctem” on piano:

Track listing (62:40)
1. Opening (2:53)
2. In Noctem (2:00)
3. The Story Begins (2:05)
4. Ginny (1:30)
5. Snape & the Unbreakable Vow (2:50)
6. Wizard Wheezes (1:42)
7. Dumbledore’s Speech (1:31)
8. Living Death (1:55)
9. Into the Pensieve (1:45)
10. The Book (1:44)
11. Ron’s Victory (1:44)
12. Harry & Hermione (2:52)
13. School! (1:05)
14. Malfoy’s Mission (2:53)
15. The Slug Party (2:11)
16. Into the Rushes (2:33)
17. Farewell Aragog (2:08)
18. Dumbledore’s Foreboding (1:18)
19. Of Love & War (1:17)
20. When Ginny Kissed Harry (2:38)
21. Slughorn’s Confession (3:33)
22. Journey to the Cave (3:08)
23. The Drink of Despair (2:44)
24. Inferi in the Firestorm (1:53)
25. The Killing of Dumbledore (3:34)
26. Dumbledore’s Farewell (2:22)
27. The Friends (2:00)
28. The Weasley Stomp (2:51)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Alexandre Desplat scored both Deathly Hallows films

Alexandre Desplat scored both Deathly Hallows films

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Since Williams’ departure in 2004, rumours had circulated of a return to score the final films in the series. We spoke to producer David Heyman back in 2010, and he revealed that John Williams was keen to return, but scheduling would not allow it. Instead, French composer Alexandre Desplat took over musical duties. Highlights of Desplat’s score include, “Polyjuice Potion”, “The Locket”, and “Lovegood”.

Learn how to play a selection of “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” themes on piano:

Track listing (73:38)
1. Obliviate (3:01)
2. Snape to Malfoy Manor (1:58)
3. Polyjuice Potion (3:32)
4. Sky Battle (3:48)
5. At the Burrow (2:35)
6. Harry and Ginny (1:43)
7. The Will (3:39)
8. Death Eaters (3:14)
9. Dobby (3:49)
10. Ministry of Magic (1:49)
11. Detonators (2:23)
12. The Locket (1:52)
13. Fireplace Escape (2:54)
14. Ron Leaves (2:35)
15. The Exodus (1:37)
16. Godric’s Hollow Graveyard (3:15)
17. Bathilda Bagshot (3:54)
18. Hermione’s Parents (5:50)
19. Destroying the Locket (1:10)
20. Ron’s Speech (2:16)
21. Lovegood (3:27)
22. The Deathly Hallows (3:17)
23. Captured and Tortured (2:56)
24. Rescuing Hermione (1:50)
25. Farewell to Dobby (3:43)
26. The Elder Wand (1:38)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

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Desplat returned to score the final film in the Harry Potter series. For Deathly Hallows: Part 2, he incorporated elements of Williams’ earlier themes, as well as nods to Nicholas Hooper. The highlight of this score is arguably, “Lily’s Theme“, the film’s primary motif. The epilogue — set nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts is underscored by John William’s piece of music, “Leaving Hogwarts”, bringing the entire musical journey full-circle.

Learn how to play “Lily’s Theme” on piano:

Track listing (68:26)
1. Lily’s Theme (Opening) (2:28)
2. The Tunnel (1:09)
3. Underworld (5:24)
4. Gringotts (2:24)
5. Dragon Flight (1:43)
6. Neville (1:40)
7. A New Headmaster (3:25)
8. Panic Inside Hogwarts (1:53)
9. Statues (2:22)
10. The Grey Lady (5:51)
11. In the Chamber of Secrets (1:37)
12. Battlefield (2:13)
13. The Diadem (3:08)
14. Broomsticks and Fire (1:24)
15. Courtyard Apocalypse (2:00)
16. Snape’s Demise (2:51)
17. Severus and Lily (6:08)
18. Harry’s Sacrifice (1:57)
19. The Resurrection Stone (4:32)
20. Harry Surrenders (1:30)
21. Procession (2:07)
22. Neville the Hero (2:17)
23. Showdown (3:37)
24. Voldemort’s End (2:44)
25. A New Beginning (1:39)