Friday 14th Dec 2018
There’s a lot of wizard-y music floating about at the moment. Here’s a handy little guide on all the amazing soundtracks currently out, if you’re after a stocking-filler or two.
‘Ah, music! A magic beyond all we do here!’ Dumbledore once said – and we couldn’t agree more. The various musical interpretations of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Cursed Child are all uniquely magical in their own ways – and this year, there are many new albums to snap up.
So, what have we got?
The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Earlier this year, the music from the award-winning Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released for the first time, composed by Imogen Heap. The new album, comprised of four contemporary suites, used special technology to capture the magic of the stage production. Of the album itself, Imogen was keen to use this new album to encapsulate all the different emotions the play goes through.
‘As you experience the play, you do go through these emotions,’ Imogen told us earlier this year. ‘It’s up-tempo, it’s playful, it’s exploratory, it’s kind of fleeting… the second act is a little bit more serious, a little slowed down in time, a little more in-depth, something ominous creeping in, and then the third act really hits hard, and it’s like loud and angry – and a bit overwhelming.’
You can enjoy Imogen’s work here or have a read of our interview with the musician here.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald soundtrack
This year, the latest instalment of the Fantastic Beasts series hit cinemas, along with the latest soundtrack, composed by James Newton Howard. The collection of new tracks, including the tear-jerking Salamander Eyes and Dumbledore’s Theme, is available now – and fans of the first soundtrack will recognise certain motifs that carry through into this new adventure. You can pick up a copy of the album here.
Harry Potter – The John Williams Soundtrack Collection
Hands up if you still get just a couple of goose bumps during those rousing opening chords of Hedwig’s Theme. Yes, the now iconic Harry Potter score, as originally composed by John Williams, has been assembled in a new limited edition box-set, featuring the composer’s now iconic soundtracks to the first three Harry Potter films, newly re-mastered and restored.
This 7-disc box-set focuses on John’s soaring arrangements which infused a lot of magic into the first three Harry Potter films – with his magic prevalent in the next five films. The special box-set features a host of previously unreleased tracks for you to enjoy, as well as booklets exploring behind the scenes of how the scores came together, including insights from the great man himself.
Now, if you'll excuse us, we'll be having a boogie to Double Trouble.