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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.

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