The Music of Harry Potter
1. Harry Potter and the Philopher's Stone
Released in 2001 and directed by Chris Columbus, the first Harry Potter film saw the 11-year old Harry, discover that he is, in fact, a wizard. The score, composed by John Williams, captures the wonder and adventure of J. K. Rowling's first book, transporting the listener straight into that amazing fantasy world with magical classics such as 'Harry's Wondrous World' and 'Hedwig's Theme'.
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
In the second Harry Potter movie, John Williams's music continues to conjure magical images of Hogwarts, often with warmth and wry humour in the pompous march for 'Gilderoy Lockhart', and a playful new theme for Dobby.
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
In the fourth, fantasy adventure film in the Harry Potter films series composer Patrick Doyle brilliantly captures the wonder and adventure of J. K. Rowling's work and continues to transport the listener straight into that amazing fantasy world yet again with the use of original themes by John Williams.
4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
With new director Alfonso Cuaron at the helm, the third instalment of the Harry Potter series took on a darker feel. This is the third and final score composed and conducted by John Williams reflects the mood in 'Window to the Past' and 'Double Trouble'.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
Now in his fifth year at Hogwarts, Harry returns with to school with mission to prove that the evil Lord Voldermort has returned. Nicholas Hooper, a regular collaborator with the film's director David Yates, succeeded Patrick Doyle and John Williams as the film's composer. His score continues the theme of the colourful and inspiring score, but with an extra edge to reflect the growing maturity of the film's characters and story lines.
6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Composed by Nicholas Hooper, who also composed the music for 'Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix' the score includes 28 tracks, with over an hour of material. Making it the longest Harry Potter soundtrack to date.