Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (soundtrack)

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film score by John Williams
Released 25 May 2004 (2004-05-25)
Genre Soundtrack
Length 68:37
Label Warner Bros., Sunset
Producer John Williams
John Williams chronology
Catch Me If You Can
(2002)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
(2004)
The Terminal
(2004)
Harry Potter chronology
Chamber of Secrets
(2002)
Prisoner of Azkaban
(2004)
Goblet of Fire
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars
Empire 4/5 stars
Filmtracks 4/5 stars
Movie Wave 4.5/5 stars
SoundtrackNet 4/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on 25 May 2004. The film's score was composed and conducted by John Williams. It introduced two major themes: "Window to the Past" and "Double Trouble", although neither were featured in the series' other films. Two other notable themes were used to represent the Time-Turner and Sirius Black's hunt for Harry. The soundtrack was performed at Abbey Road Studios in London. It charted at No. 68 on the Billboard 200 and also charted at No. 3 on the Top Soundtracks Chart.[1]

The album was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score, the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media and the World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Score of the Year.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by John Williams.

No. Title Length
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
Total length:
68:37

Track details[edit]

"Double Trouble"[edit]

It was composed by John Williams during the film's production as he felt it to be a warm welcome back to Hogwarts. The song was sung by the London Oratory School Schola. This song's lyrics are taken directly from William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

"Buckbeak's flight"[edit]

A popular track among fans.

"Forward to Time Past"[edit]

The track is heard when Hermione and Harry use the Time-Turner to go back in time. During the whole piece a ticking sound is heard, indicating that time is running out. Loads of flourishing strings over-lap the four note motif that the brass repeat rhythmically, and lastly the little bursts of woodwind throughout enforce the sensation of movement.

"The Dementors Converge"[edit]

This music is heard when Harry is attempting to save Sirius Black from the Dementors. The piece mainly consists of discordant wavering strings at the beginning, but as it progresses, Williams weaves punctuating piccolos and long notes of brass that gradually build up the menacing tension. This rises to a climax where thunderous clusters of timpani and hair-raising choir are introduced only to die back down, followed by an atmospheric flutter from the harp. The strings then lead into another extremity which uses bits and pieces from John Williams' "The Patronus Light", interjected by harsh grating brass. The music appears to die off again instantly; however, the familiar sound of lush strings and celesta (so prominent in John Williams' earlier scores for these films) subdue the tension afore.

"Finale"[edit]

This is probably best known for appearing in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire trailer.

Responses and ratings[edit]

The album was well received among film music critics. Archie Watt of MovieCues highly praised the score, calling it "One of the best albums of 2004, and well worth a listen by any film music or John Williams fan."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trust, Gary (24 November 2010). "Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, the Beatles". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.moviecues.com/hp3/