Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (soundtrack)

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Released30 October 2001
RecordedSeptember 2001 at Air Lyndhurst
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The soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (titled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States) was released on 30 October 2001. The film's score was composed and conducted by John Williams. The soundtrack was nominated for Best Original Score at the 74th Academy Awards. The film introduces many character-specific themes (leitmotifs) that are used in at least one sequel as well, although most of the themes are only used again in Chamber of Secrets. These themes include two themes for Voldemort, two themes for Hogwarts, a Diagon Alley theme, a Quidditch theme, a flying theme, two friendship themes, and the main theme ("Hedwig's Theme"). This main theme can be found in all eight of the main Harry Potter films as well as the 2016 spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, although not usually in its unaltered state.

The soundtrack was certified gold in Canada (50,000 units) by the Canadian Recording Industry Association on 14 December 2001.[1] It was also certified gold in Japan for 100,000 units by the RIAJ.[2] In 2002, the soundtrack was nominated for Best Original Score at the 74th Academy Awards in which Williams took part in conducting the ceremony. However, Williams lost to Howard Shore's score of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

The soundtrack was performed at Air Lyndhurst Studios and Abbey Road Studios in London. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 48 and also charted at No. 2 on the Top Soundtracks Chart.[3] In UK, the album charted at number 19.

Track listing[edit]

Original Release[edit]

2."Harry's Wondrous World"5:21
3."The Arrival of Baby Harry"4:25
4."Visit to the Zoo and Letters from Hogwarts"3:23
5."Diagon Alley and the Gringotts Vault"4:06
6."Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters and the Journey to Hogwarts"3:14
7."Entry into the Great Hall and the Banquet"3:42
8."Mr. Longbottom Flies"3:35
9."Hogwarts Forever! and the Moving Stairs"3:47
10."The Norwegian Ridgeback and a Change of Season"2:47
11."The Quidditch Match"8:29
12."Christmas at Hogwarts"2:56
13."The Invisibility Cloak and the Library Scene"3:16
14."Fluffy's Harp"2:39
15."In the Devil's Snare and the Flying Keys"2:21
16."The Chess Game"3:49
17."The Face of Voldemort"6:10
18."Leaving Hogwarts"2:14
19."Hedwig's Theme"5:11
Total length:73:28

Harry Potter - The John Williams Soundtrack Collection: Disc 1[edit]

The Film Score
1."The Prologue – Privet Drive"4:33
2."Visit to the Zoo"3:01
3."Don’t Burn My Letter"2:08
4."Letters From Hogwarts"1:43
5."Harry’s Wish and Hagrid’s Entrance"1:24
6."You’re a Wizard, Harry"3:34
7."Diagon Alley and The Gringotts Vault [Extended Version]"4:50
8."Harry Gets His Wand"2:08
9."Hagrid’s Flashback"2:53
10."Platform Nine and Three Quarters"2:43
11."Chocolate Frog Escapes"0:52
12."The Journey to Hogwarts"2:07
13."Through the Doors"2:01
14."House Selection"3:31
15."Entry Into the Great Hall and The Banquet"3:44
16."Lonely First Night"1:08
17."The Daily Prophet"1:41
18."Mr. Longbottom Flies"3:37
19."The Moving Stairs"2:01
20."Introduction to Quidditch"1:35
21."Hermione’s Feather"0:37
22."Fighting the Troll"3:49
23."Owl Delivers Nimbus 2000"1:16
24."The Quidditch Match"8:29

Harry Potter - The John Williams Soundtrack Collection: Disc 2[edit]

The Film Score (continued)
1."Hagrid’s Christmas Tree"0:59
2."Cast a Christmas Spell"2:41
3."Christmas Morning and The Invisibility Cloak"7:22
4."The Mirror of Erised and A Change of Season"3:35
5."Hermione’s Reading"1:11
6."The Norwegian Ridgeback"1:41
7."Filch’s Fond Remembrance"1:31
8."The Dark Forest"5:17
9."The Stone"3:41
10."Running to McGonagall"2:16
11."Neville Stiffens"0:57
12."Fluffy’s Harp Lullaby"2:30
13."In the Devil’s Snare"2:29
14."The Flying Keys"2:01
15."The Chess Game [Extended Version]"7:27
16."The Face of Voldemort"6:13
17."Love, Harry"1:47
18."Gryffindor Wins the House Cup"2:40
19."Leaving Hogwarts"2:18
20."Harry’s Wondrous World [Extended Version]"5:26
21."Hedwig’s Theme"5:07

Harry Potter - The John Williams Soundtrack Collection: Disc 3[edit]

Children's Suite for Orchestra
1."Prologue (Hedwig’s Flight)"2:15
2."Hogwarts Forever"1:55
4."Nimbus 2000"2:28
5."Fluffy’s Harp"2:42
7."Family Portrait"3:26
8."Diagon Alley"2:53
9."Harry’s Wondrous World"5:05
Additional Music
10."Hagrid’s Flute"0:58
11."The Leaky Cauldron"1:15
12."Hedwig’s Theme for Harp"2:06
14."Hogwarts Forever [Vocal Version]"0:48
16."Owl’s Flight"1:08
17."Television Commercial"1:06

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reactions to the soundtrack were almost universally positive, praising the score's central themes. However, some critics felt that the score lacked originality and repeated its themes excessively.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars
Filmtracks5/5 stars
Movie Wave3.5/5 stars
Tracksounds4/5 stars

Behind the scenes[edit]

"Hedwig's Theme" is the leitmotif for the film series. Often labelled as the series's main theme, it first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the track "Prologue." A concert arrangement of the same name is included in the end credits. "Hedwig's Theme" has been interpolated in the fourth through eighth Harry Potter film scores, including in those by Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat. It also appears in the scores to the last four Harry Potter video games, all composed by James Hannigan. "Hedwig's Theme" has achieved significant pop culture status, being featured as ring tones, trailer music, and other forms of multimedia.

Track No. 10 concludes with "A Change of Season," although in the film, the season's change had occurred before the Norwegian Ridgeback had hatched.

Track No. 18 is also included in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 as a tribute to Williams and the series' end.


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