News articles tagged 'John Williams'
27 October 2016 at 02:11 GMT
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!
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.
29 January 2011 at 04:43 GMT
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!
16 November 2010 at 15:33 GMT
Earlier this month Harry Potter Fan Zone spoke with the cast and crew of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as part of the London press junket.
Below you can read our interviews about the music of the final two films, including producers David Heyman and David Barron commenting on the possibility of John Williams scoring the final Potter film.
Harry Potter Fan Zone (HPFZ): Was John Williams ever asked to score Deathly Hallows: Part 2? Did he decline?
David Heyman (DH): Yes, he was. We wanted to make it work with John but John’s schedule didn’t permit.
David Barron (DB): He was just unavailable unfortunately.
HPFZ: He wanted to do it?
Both: He did, very much so.
DH: We asked him around the time of [movie] six. Actually, we talked to him all the way along [about coming back for the end] but his schedule didn’t permit.
DB: It’s incredible for a man of advancing years who you think might be taking it easy, we spoke to him almost two years before the scoring sessions for this film and already then he had schedule issues.
DH: And then he tried to work his schedule to try and accommodate it but it just wasn’t possible.
HPFZ: Alexandre Desplat mentioned that you picked very specific moments for “Hedwig’s Theme”. What was so significant about those moments?
David Yates (DY): Anything that felt like we were being nostalgic or in a way reflective of the past. That’s when we used it.
HPFZ: Was it a conscious decision for him to play with the melody?
DY: Yeah, we wanted it to feel like it was all getting a bit distressed. We wanted to sort of [mess] it up a bit.
We’ll have more, including an interview with Alexandre Desplat, the composer for the Deathly Hallows films, later this week.
26 March 2010 at 11:46 GMT
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park will open at Orlanda, Florida on June 18. Additionally, new information has been revealed about the highly-anticipated Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey draws you into the excitement and chaos of Harry’s life. As you venture through Hogwarts castle, you meet Harry, Ron and Hermione who convince you to skip a planned lecture and follow them. Upon taking their advice, you travel by Floo powder, and begin the adventure as you soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get pulled into a Quidditch match and more.
The ride will also explore Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor common room, the Room of Requirement and more.
The ride combines, “[a] revolutionary, 360-degree theme park experience and first-ever combination of live-action, advanced robotic technology and innovative filmmaking”. Additionally, composer John Williams (who scored the first three Harry Potter films) oversaw the ride’s musical score.
You can read the complete information about the attraction by clicking here.
16 July 2009 at 14:18 GMT
Scheduling dilemmas pending, composer John Williams will score the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films, according to a new interview with Harry Potter producer David Heyman. At a recent press event Heyman noted that Warner Bros. were in talks with Williams, and that the barring any scheduling conflicts, the composer would return to the franchise.
Maestro composer John Williams scored the first three ‘Potter’ films, while Patrick Doyle scored the fourth, and Nicholas Hooper the fifth and sixth. Reports have also surfaced that Nicholas Hooper has chosen to leave the franchise, and wishes for Williams to return.
Williams is slated to score Steven Spielberg’s 2011 films, Tintin (currently in post-production) and Lincoln. Please note that at this stage, nothing is confirmed. We will endeavour to update you with any new information.