Music of the Harry Potter films

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John Williams, composer of the first three films and creator of Hedwig's Theme.

The music of the Harry Potter film series was recorded and released in conjunction with the post-production and releases of each of the eight corresponding films.

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), composed and conducted by John Williams (1) and orchestrated by Conrad Pope and Eddie Karam
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), composed by John Williams (2), adapted and conducted by William Ross, and orchestrated by Conrad Pope and Eddie Karam
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), composed and conducted by John Williams (3) and orchestrated by Conrad Pope and Eddie Karam
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), composed by Patrick Doyle
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), composed by Nicholas Hooper (1)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), composed by Nicholas Hooper (2)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows − Part 1 (2010), composed and conducted by Alexandre Desplat (1), and orchestrated by Conrad Pope
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows − Part 2 (2011), composed and conducted by Alexandre Desplat (2), and orchestrated by Conrad Pope[1][2]

Other musicians associated with the film soundtracks include Jarvis Cocker, The Ordinary Boys and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Musicians associated with the Harry Potter video game soundtracks include Jeremy Soule and James Hannigan.

Throughout the series, each composer manages to create new themes for certain characters, items, locations, and ideas.

Principal leitmotifs[edit]

First appearance in The Philosopher's Stone[edit]

  • Hedwig's theme: The franchise's main theme.
  • Harry's Wonderous World: A Suite that appears at the End Credits for the first, second, and eighth films of the series.
  • The Quidditch Match: A sweeping theme that represents the Wizarding World's most popular sport.
  • Diagon Alley: A theme to represent one of the most important locations in the Harry Potter series.
  • Hogwarts Themes: Two themes to represent the main setting of the series. It prominently appears in the track "Leaving Hogwarts".
  • Voldemort: Two themes that represent the franchise's main antagonist. Prominently appear in "The Face of Voldemort."
  • Flying Theme: A face-paced theme, most heard in "Mr. Longbottom Flies"
  • Friendship theme: A motif to represent the relationship between Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

First appearance in The Chamber of Secrets[edit]

  • Gilderoy Lockhart: A quirky theme to represent the cockiness and absurdity of the character of Gilderoy Lockhart.
  • Fawkes the Phoenix: A theme to represent Dumbledore's most precious pet. It prominently appears during the film's finale.
  • The Chamber of Secrets: A dark brooding theme that represents that title location.
  • Dobby the House Elf: A whimsical theme to represent of the film's main characters, Dobby. It is often compared to the middle part of Yoda's Theme from The Empire Strikes Back, also composed by Williams.
  • Moaning Myrtle: A theme that represents one of the first victims in the Chamber of Secrets.
  • The Spiders: A dark theme that represents the army of spiders in the dark forest.

First appearance in The Prisoner of Azkaban[edit]

  • A Window to the Past: The main theme of the film that represents the past, as well as Harry's parents.
  • Double Trouble: The film's second main theme.
  • Forward to Time Past: A theme representing Hermione's time turner.
  • Buckbeak's flight: A theme for Hagrid's hypogriff. It plays when Harry flies over Hogwarts on Buckbeak.
  • Hagrid the Professor: A theme for Hagrid.
  • The Dementors Converge: A theme for the Dementors.
  • The Knight Bus: A jazz-inspired theme for the Knight Bus.
  • The Patronus Light: The Patronus theme.
  • Finale: Sirus Black's Theme.

First appearance in The Goblet of Fire[edit]

  • The Quidditch World Cup: A theme for the biggest sports event in the Wizarding world. It is inspired by an Irish jig.
  • The Dark Mark: A theme for Barty Crouch, Jr and the Death Eaters.
  • Foreign Visitors Arrive: A theme for rival schools in the Tri-Wizard Tournament.
  • Rita Skeeter's Theme: A motif that represents the slimy reporter.
  • Neville's Waltz: A theme that represents love at Hogwarts.
  • Harry in Winter: A theme for Harry, Cho, and their feelings for each other.
  • Voldemort: A major theme for the return of the Darkest wizard of all-time.
  • Death of Cedric: An emotional theme that represents lost love ones.

First appearance in The Order of the Phoenix[edit]

  • Fireworks: A theme that represents Fred and George Weasley. It also appears in the End Credits for the sixth film in the series.
  • Professor Umbridge: A theme that represents the film's main antagonist. It also represents Umbridge's conniving, controlling, and creepy nature.
  • Possession: A theme that represents Voldemort invading Harry's mind.
  • Dumbledore's Army: A theme that represents the group that plans to rebel against Umbridge and Voldemort. It appears when Harry, Hermione, and the four Weasley siblings are discussing their plans, when the group practices their Patronus charms, and in the film's End Credits.
  • Flight of the Order of the Phoenix: A theme that represents the title team.
  • The Ministry of Magic: A quirky theme that plays when Arthur Weasley and Harry first enter the Ministry of Magic.
  • Darkness Takes Over: A theme for Voldemort.
  • The Kiss: A love theme for Harry and Cho. An excerpt of this song appears in the track "A New Beginning" from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
  • The Hall of Prophecies: A battle theme.
  • Loved Ones and Leaving: A theme to represent the friendship of the film's main characters.

First appearance in The Half-Blood Prince[edit]

  • The Half Blood Prince Theme: A slow melancholy theme that represents the title character, later revealed to be Severus Snape. It appears in the film's Opening scene and in the Tale of the Prince scene in the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
  • In Noctem: A theme for Albus Dumbledore. It was slated to appear when he dies, but for unknown reasons doesn't make it in the final cut.
  • Ginny's Theme: A theme for Harry's main love interest.
  • Wizard Wheezes: A theme for the joke shop owned by Fred and George Weasley. However, it didn't make the final cut.
  • Snape and the Unbreakble Vow: A dark theme that represents Snape's promise to Narcissa Malfoy.
  • Living Death: A theme for Felix Felicius.
  • Ron's Victory: A theme that represents Ron Weasley and his Quidditch match.
  • Hermione's Theme: A theme that represents Hermione Granger and her love for Ron Weasley. It appears in the track "Harry & Hermione".
  • Malfoy's Mission: A theme for Draco Malfoy.
  • Into the Rushes: A theme for the Death Eaters.
  • When Ginny Kissed Harry: A love theme for Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley.
  • Slughorn's Confession: A theme that represents Horace Slughorn and plays when he confesses his true motives to Harry.
  • The Friends: A theme that represents the friendship between Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It also represents the uncertainty of their future.

First appearance in The Deathly Hallows: Part 1[edit]

  • Obliviate: A theme that represents the loss of innocence of the Trio. It is also known as "The Trio Theme" or the film's main theme.
  • Snape to Malfoy Manor: The Malfoy Manor theme.
  • Sky Battle: Action theme that plays during the "Battle of Litte Winging".
  • At the Burrow: A theme that represents that Weasley's home.
  • Harry and Ginny: A love theme.
  • Death Eaters: A theme for Lord Voldemort and his followers.
  • The Will: A theme for Albus Dumbledore and his legacy.
  • Dobby's theme: Another theme for the character. This one is more dark than Williams' theme.
  • Ministry of Magic: A theme that represents the corruption of the Ministry.
  • The Locket theme: A theme to represent Salazar Slytherin's locket.
  • Bathilda Bagshot's theme: A motif to represent her creepy and myserious nature.
  • The Deathly Hallows' theme: A theme for Voldemort's horcruxes.
  • Lovegood: A theme for Luna Lovegood and her father Xenophilius.
  • Bellatrix's Theme: A theme that represents her heartless and dark nature.

First appearance in The Deathly Hallows: Part 2[edit]

  • Lily's Theme: The film's main theme.
  • Gringots: A theme that represents the bank.
  • Neville's Theme: A soft theme that represents Neville Longbottom. It also represents Neville's friendship with Harry.
  • Statues: The film's main battle theme.
  • Battlefield: A variation of the "Statues" theme.
  • The Grey Lady: A theme for Helena Ravenclaw.
  • The Diadem: A theme for Rowena Ravenclaw's most prized procession.
  • Broomsticks and Fire: The flying and running battle theme.
  • Courtyard Apocalypse: Another Battle theme.
  • Severus and Lily: A theme to represent their old friendship.
  • Neville the Hero: Another theme for Neville. This one represents his transition into a hero.

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