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Composer James Newton Howard confirms involvement with ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’, talks about scoring process Composer James Newton Howard confirms involvement with ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’, talks about scoring process

James Newton Howard will score 'Fantastic Beasts 2'

James Newton Howard will score ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’

A new interview with James Newton Howard confirms the composer will score the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel. The composer also talks about the scoring process for the current Fantastic Beasts film, following the legend that is John Williams, and career highlights.

Asked about whether scoring a film like Fantastic Beasts was a daunting prospect, Newton Howard said, “Absolutely. I was very nervous. Well, I don’t know if nervous is quite the word. I think to do anything out of one’s comfort zone, there has to be some aspect of it that feels inspiring and challenging in a positive way … I think I understood the world, I understood the script, I had great conversations with David Yates, and I felt prepared to dive in.”

And on following John Williams (who scored the first three Harry Potter films): “I would describe inheriting a franchise where John Williams has written unforgettable thematic material for the last 15 years and being asked to re-create the melodic world as slightly uncomfortable. I seek those kinds of jobs out … we tip our hat and acknowledge in a respectful and witty wink and a nod kind of way to “Hedwig’s Theme”. (Aside: I [Andy] counted three references in the score.)

Finally, Newton Howard talked about the scoring process itself — it took seven months — and confirmed his involvement with at least the next Fantastic Beasts film: “David and I have talked about it. I’m certainly doing the next one, he’s asked me to do it. We had a pretty incredible time together on this one, so I will certainly be doing that one. Beyond that, who knows?”

Listen to ‘Pie or Strudel’ from James Newton Howard’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ soundtrack Listen to ‘Pie or Strudel’ from James Newton Howard’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ soundtrack

A new track from James Newton Howard’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them soundtrack, titled “Pie or Strudel / Escaping Queenie and Tina’s Place” has been revealed. Check it out below.

Ranking the top 5 ‘Harry Potter’ soundtrack songs (that aren’t ‘Hedwig’s Theme’) Ranking the top 5 ‘Harry Potter’ soundtrack songs (that aren’t ‘Hedwig’s Theme’)

Four composers wrote music for the 'Harry Potter' films

Four composers wrote music for the ‘Harry Potter’ films

Between 2001 and 2011, four composers brought us nearly ten hours of music to underscore the Harry Potter films. There’s melody for characters, for action, for loss and for love, and we’re going to attempt to whittle that list down to the most memorable top five.

For variety (and because it’d be a foregone conclusion otherwise) we’re omitting John Williams’ signature composition, Hedwig’s Theme, from the list.

Aside: if what we’ve heard of the Fantastic Beasts soundtrack is anything to go by, that theme is going to transcend ‘Potter’ and become the musical signature of J.K. Rowling’s entire wizarding world.

You can also click any of the track titles to hear the piece, or to download sheet music. Let’s begin!

5. Lily’s Theme (Alexandre Desplat)

This haunting melody is Alexandre Desplat’s signature theme used throughout Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. We hear a soft choral version of the theme as the film opens, and probably the best rendition during Dragon Flight. The melody swells and takes full orchestral flight as the captive Gringotts dragon too breaks free of its restraints and flies to freedom with Harry, Ron and Hermione as passengers.

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First track from ‘Fantastic Beasts’ soundtrack revealed along with tracklisting, artwork First track from ‘Fantastic Beasts’ soundtrack revealed along with tracklisting, artwork

James Newton Howard on composing the 'Fantastic Beasts' main theme

Quote: James Newton Howard on composing the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ main theme

The first track from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them soundtrack (composed by James Newton Howard) has been released online. Listen to the main theme below.

You hear the main theme song of the movie play when the main crew arrive at the MACUSA the first time and various other times. You hear this haunting kind of theme. If you had to say what is the theme for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for now and in the future, it would be that theme. I wrote it on my piano because I believe that if that kind of thing is going to be good, it should be done that simply.

Additionally, the track listing, artwork (below) and more information about the various soundtrack editions have been revealed. Read more about those over at Pottermore. The Fantastic Beasts soundtrack will be released on 18 November.

Listen to a preview of the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ soundtrack Listen to a preview of the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ soundtrack

James Newton Howard composed the 'Fantastic Beasts' score

James Newton Howard composed the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ score

A minute-long preview of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them soundtrack has surfaced online, via composer James Newton Howard’s official website. The preview features a short choral piece, as well as jaunty brass and percussion melody.

Listen to an MP3 version of that preview below:

Audio: jamesnhoward.com

Meanwhile, a special edition of the soundtrack will be released next month. A “Collectable 12″ Picture Disc LP” for the score will be released on November 4. “Pressed onto unique artwork [it will feature] two early demos that helped shape [James Newtown Howard’s] musical vision for the film.”

You can preorder the special edition here. Composer James Newtown Howard’s Hollywood credits include films such as The Sixth Sense, King Kong and The Hunger Games.

Alexandre Desplat’s ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ score to be released on limited edition vinyl Alexandre Desplat’s ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ score to be released on limited edition vinyl

'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' will be released on vinyl

‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ will be released on vinyl

Earlier this month, we reported that the Harry Potter soundtracks would be released on vinyl for the first time, beginning with the score for Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

Now, a vinyl release for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has been announced. The score will be available as a double LP on special black and blue marbled vinyl, with a pressing limited to 1000 copies. The score will be released on September 28 of this year, a month after the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 release.

Alexandre Desplat scored both Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2; you can learn more about his scores and the six earlier releases in our soundtracks and sheet music section.

Harry Potter soundtracks to be released on vinyl, limited edition ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ vinyl is first Harry Potter soundtracks to be released on vinyl, limited edition ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ vinyl is first

Deathly Hallows: Part 1 limited edition vinyl

The folks over at New On Vinyl let us know that for the first time, the Harry Potter soundtracks will be released on vinyl. Alexandre Desplat’s 2010 score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the first to be released, and will be available as a double LP, on green marbled vinyl, with a limited print run of 1000 copies.

Alexandre Desplat scored the seventh and eighth Harry Potter films, taking over from John Williams (Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban), Patrick Doyle (Goblet of Fire) and Nicholas Hooper (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince).

You can preorder the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 vinyl by clicking here. It will be available for shipping on 31 August. Learn more about the Harry Potter scores over at our soundtracks and sheet music section.

Update: The score for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will also be released on vinyl

Composer Alexandre Desplat talks to fan sites, Harry Potter Fan Zone Composer Alexandre Desplat talks to fan sites, Harry Potter Fan Zone

Recently, Harry Potter Fan Zone, along with a number of other fan sites, spoke with composer Alexandre Desplat.

Desplat recently scored Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (he also scored part one last year).

Harry Potter Fan Zone: When you wrote the score for the film, did you find that your ideas came to you very quickly in short bursts, or did they take a long time to develop?

Alexandre Desplat: You know these films are such huge machines–there’s such a huge expectation and so much pressure from the past because its the biggest series of the last 10 years–that you have to be very careful and double-check, triple-check that every note you write is accurate and fine, and you want to challenge yourself to be, if not as good, to approach the talent of the master that John Williams is, so it requires a little bit of attention. You can’t write a score of that kind in a short amount of time so you need to really try things over and over again. Also on these big machines now, the editing keeps changing and you have to adapt to that, so you need that time to be able to write properly and accurately.

Did you compose the soundtrack for Part 2 as a follow up for Part 1 or did you treat them as separate projects?

When I first was asked to write Part 1, it was not yet signed that I would write Part 2, so, unfortunately, I could not write thinking of the two episodes at the same time. However, there are still some themes of Part 1 which continue in Part 2 like what I call the “Band of Brothers” theme when all the friends reunite at the beginning of Part 1. We hear this theme again in Part 2 and also some of the themes and motifs of “Obliviate,” the thing that opens Part 2, that comes back also in Part 2, so there is some continuity.

Did you get to see the first half of the final film with your score added to it, and how did you feel about seeing everything put together?

I saw Part 1 finished a long time again, and it was great. I think the essence of what it portrayed–the sense of loneliness and a loss of childhood–were very strong, and I think it was a great first part.

Since Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was filmed way before it normally would be, did you got more time to score the film, and if so, did that affect your scoring process at all?

I think I had a lot of time to write, a very comfortable amount of time to write, because all together writing it and composing took about three and a half to four months for each episode. When you’re filming on set, you can decide on shooting all the scenes that belong to this set and then you can still change them. It’s very different with the score. I had to wait until I saw Part 2 edited to be able to start putting ideas together and try to find a sense of an arc and a dramatic sense for the film. There was enough time, and it was hard work for many months but also still very inspiring.

There are quite a few deaths in this film. Which was the most difficult to write, for and were there any that hit you harder than the others?

Death is very present in the Harry Potter story from the beginning because it starts with an orphan who lost his parents, and, actually, the theme of death is very present in this episode, since Lily, Harry’s mother, is the lead character of this episode. We start the film with hearing Lily’s theme, which will kind of ghost the film all along and be the music thread that will take us from the beginning to the end of the film. So that’s one element of death, the people that you miss, the people that you long for, the sorrow, and the question about death and the resurrection stone and how you cope with the death of the people you love. That’s very present in the themes that are used and you see it when you see the film and hear the soundtrack that I’ve tried to be very sensitive and emotional on these matters. The other side of death is, of course, also the battles, the duels, the final battle between Harry and Voldemort, and they are both fighting for death, and there’s no mercy. So I wrote some epic and lyrical pieces for these battle moments.

Desplat conducts the score to Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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Check out this amazing Harry Potter piano medley Check out this amazing Harry Potter piano medley

I stumbled upon this video earlier today of a rather talented YouTuber playing a medley of pieces from the first four Harry Potter films on piano; it’s definitely worth a watch!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzAXLX-cVsU

‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ score track names revealed ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ score track names revealed

The track titles for Alexandre Desplat’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 score have been published online. You can pre-order the soundtrack at Amazon. A limited edition release will also be available in December.

  • Obliviate
  • Snape to Malfoy Manor
  • Polyjuice Potion
  • Sky Battle
  • At The Burrow
  • Harry and Ginny
  • The Will
  • Death Eaters
  • Dobby
  • Ministry of Magic
  • Detonators
  • The Locket
  • Fireplaces Escape
  • Ron Leaves
  • The Exodus
  • Godric’s Hollow Graveyard
  • Bathilda Bagshot
  • Hermione’s Parents
  • Destroying the Locket
  • Ron’s Speech
  • Lovegood
  • The Deathly Hallows
  • Captured and Tortured
  • Rescuing Hermione
  • Farewell to Dobby
  • The Elder Wand
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